All posts tagged as conceptual art

06Jan

Flow like the river’s water that goes to the sea

Water splashes, 2018

Sometimes life can be overwhelming and chaotic. It’s natural to want to find order and coherence in our lives, but this should not come at the expense of our well-being.

Rather than maintaining rigid control over every aspect of life, it can be beneficial to take a different approach and learn to flow like the river’s water that goes to the sea. In this blog post, I’ll explore how adopting this mindset can help us find balance and peace.

THE ADVANTAGES OF BEING INCOHERENT

Life is eternal change, then is wise to have a flexible mindset.
If everything is constantly changing, why don’t you also?

To be constant and not adapt to life changes is stupidity and stubbornness. It would be better for us if we were more adaptable than coherent; it would benefit us more than harm us.

HOW TO BECOME INCOHERENT

It’s more challenging to be incoherent than coherent.

To be incoherent, you must be wise, conscious, witty and curious. You can’t become incoherent if you’re not a little bit of an “artist” because artists are always practising becoming inconsistent.

One way of being inconsistent is admitting your vulnerability without feeling ashamed. Or you can be a person that many calls ‘being of many minds’: you have many passions without being committed exclusively to one of them.

Another way of inconsistency is by being different from your own self. You can also be inconsistent by being unpredictable. To make things happen, we often do the opposite of what people expect us to do, which makes them think in a new way, so they come up with their own answers and create a new approach to life for themselves.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BEING INCOHERENT?

You will become adaptable to the changing reality and never be unprepared to face the unexpected.

Incoherent people are not set in their ways and can explore different perspectives with an open mind rather than getting stuck in one way of thinking.

Being incoherent also means being someone who can’t be controlled easily because you are not predictable.


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30Dec

Turn on the light

Rinascimento, 2020

It’s a strange story because it’s a strange feeling.
What is it like to live in a time of decline?

In the last 20 years, it has been a crescendo.
My discomfort grew to intolerable levels.
Around me, values and many perspectives of life slowly melted away.

The desert of social mediocrity has been consolidating. Human relationships became more and more empty and superficial, often downright detestable.

We even witnessed the resurgence of denunciation and betrayal as socially virtuous behaviours and the community concept sanctified to the detriment of the inviolable reasons of the individual.

I FEEL THE DECADENCE ALL AROUND

Globalism levels and flattens everything.
It tends to eradicate every singularity, every voice that doesn’t sing that particular song within the choir.
No dissonance of lead vocals.

Globalisation wants your dreams and will give you cheap false certainties in return.

But life is always that individual quest for a momentary balance, even if precarious.
Life is the continuous, fantastic achievement of this goal, day after day.

No society will ever be able to guarantee this result to anyone. Still, it can do one crucial thing: not hinder anyone in realising his dreams and ambitions.

A PIECE OF THE HEART

In my life, only one thing has played a central role: art in all its forms and expressions.

Art has repeatedly saved my life over the years.
I’m still alive because art embodied my dreams.
And not only that: art has filled my existence (and not only mine) with meaning and value.

In this first quarter of a century, even art has become infected with the virus of mediocrity of conformity.

Today, many old and new artists have been cleverly deceived and manipulated to the point of appearing as a compound army of propagandists, ready to convey the ‘ politically correct ‘ as the new gospel by any means.

Much of today’s art seems mass-produced: same message, same taste, just little stylistic differences.
Today art, in my opinion, is mediocre and homogenised from a formal point of view that repeats the same worn-out contents like a broken record, similar to advertising slogans.
These artists just want to please a possibly paying and increasing large audience.
They want desperately to feel approved.

And unfortunately, all forms of art are victims of this phenomenon, none excluded.

As an artist, I am sad, and my heart is broken.
In my art, there is a sense of bitterness; something wants to escape from everything and everyone.

My art is restless, iridescent and elusive.

We are both uncomfortable.

THE WHEEL TURNS, TURNS…

But like all things, this particularly confusing period in human history also will be just a memory.

But it is important to have lived it intensely, even in the innumerable difficulties.

An era that ends always entails a certain amount of trauma for billions of people.

But not for everyone and not to the same extent.

Even if it takes many years, the world of men will invent new landscapes for new ventures because this is precisely the goal of this epochal change: to provide humanity with new scenarios for new experiences to fulfil its values.

Change of scene, new play.
Get ready to turn on the new lights on your new dreams.

And art, together with society, will flourish again in new and unique forms.

No more mediocrity, no more.
There’s a time for everything.


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15Dec

Why a raft can be a metaphor

Le radeau de la meduse, 2021

Have you ever been frustrated by something that seemed like a “sea of troubles”? Or perhaps you got caught up in something that felt like a “whirlwind” or a “vortex”?

A lot of us probably have.
These words—sea, whirlwind, vortex —are common metaphors.
A metaphor is when we use one word to stand for another thing.

So, the sea stands for troubles; the whirlwind stands for stress; the vortex stands for problems again. Why is the raft such an
interesting metaphor?

Because it means more than you think.

We all use figures of speech like these almost daily without realising it.

But if you stop to think about it, why do we call troubles seas? Why do we say stress whirls? Why do we say we are caught up in something or need to avoid a situation quicker than a rat escaping a sinking ship?

WHAT MAKES A GOOD METAPHOR?

A metaphor works because it links two seemingly unrelated concepts. The process gives a new idea and adds depth and resonance.
A successful metaphor will prompt the reader to think, “That’s an interesting and unexpected way to look at things!”

A good metaphor has three qualities: it’ s original, it’s precise, and it’s memorable.

WHY ARE METAPHORS IMPORTANT?

Metaphors have the power to change how we think about the world and about ourselves. By seeing something in a new light, we can understand it in new ways and make connections we would otherwise miss.

A metaphor can both reflect and shape the culture of the time.

It can help us make sense of complex or abstract things, like emotions or scientific concepts.

HOW DO METAPHORS SHAPE OUR LANGUAGE AND CULTURE?

Metaphors influence our language and culture in three ways.

Firstly, they help us to express complex ideas.
Secondly, they often help us to create new words.
And finally, they can become so commonplace that they become “dead metaphors” that we no longer notice them or think about them as metaphors.

A good example is the word “unicorn”.
The unicorn is a mythological creature with a single horn on its head, and it first popped up in writing around the year 900.
Around the 16th century, it came to be used as a metaphor for a rare or unusual thing.
Since then, it has become so overused that most people don’t consider it a metaphor anymore.

THE TAKEAWAY

The raft metaphor highlights the need to survive while maintaining core values and principles.

It reminds us that we do not need to “go with the flow” if we do not want to; we can actively change the course as necessary.

The raft also points to the importance of collaboration and team-working in times of change.
It shows us that we can learn from each other and build on our strengths to create something more significant than none of us could achieve alone.

With the world changing rapidly, and the need for new ways of thinking about our organisations, we need to reflect on the insights metaphors provide.

By understanding how metaphors work, we can use them to enrich our thinking and help us to “see” new things.


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10Nov

Silence, please

Eat that question, 2022

Having a good relationship with silence is a question of character.

Silence is always present around us, like that wallpaper you barely notice on the walls of certain houses.

Din is generated in the bowels of silence, and not vice versa.

SILENCE IS ALWAYS A DIFFERENT QUESTION

What happens when silence takes over inside and outside of us?

How many questions arise in a disorderly, ramshackle way piled on top of each other?

Silence is like good wine: it stuns and, as the Latins claim (in vino, veritas / in wine, the truth), it always contains the truth.
All possible truths.

However, meeting silence also makes your wrists tremble.

When that happens, you need to be ready for anything.

ACT IN SILENCE

In silence, every action is best performed.
You can follow them undisturbed, see them in full light, naked, in all their splendour.

Clearly see the world in action.
See the world in total transparency.

SILENCE IS A MAGNIFYING GLASS

Look into your silence.
You will find everything that truly has value.
You will find your treasures.

Make peace with silence.

Until next


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20Oct

Investigating the darkness

Lightnings splinters, 2022

I am Italian. I am Roman.
Throughout the course of human history, the lineage of man has lived and prospered in this country.

The humanity that inhabited these territories was heartfelt, inventive and creative in an almost obsessive, uncontrollable way.

The Rasenna people (better known as the Etruscans) have influenced and contributed substantially to the birth and development of Rome and its culture.

Rome was founded with an Etruscan rite, and the Senate of the Republic consulted the ‘Sibillini Books’ (probably of Etruscan origin) to make the most critical decisions for the fate of the Eternal City.

The oracular response is the word of the gods, and knowing how to interpret it is a sublime art.

The Aruspice or divinatory priest is, for the Etruscans and the Romans, the one who possesses exceptional sensitivity.
The intuition that comes directly from the gods.

‘ LIBRI FULGURALES ‘ OR THE BOOKS OF LIGHTNING

Ancient people loved and venerated the sky. Everything that nourishes man and the earth comes from above.
And in the signs of heaven, it is possible to read all kinds of messages.
Lightning is one of the most important celestial signs.

As a child, the vision of a lightning bolt in the gloomy, rain-filled sky caused me a deep fascination and amazement.
I am always attracted to that light that breaks through, violent and unexpected.
Pure energy.

I find a profound similarity between the artists of every age and these ancient visionary priests: their art consisted in looking into the dark and waiting for a sign.

Every artist is also waiting for that flash in the dark: his imagination will shine as lightning in his soul and generate new, prodigious, divine creations.

The ‘Libri Fulgurales ‘ were written only for those who would be able to interpret them.

IF YOU GAZE LONG ENOUGH INTO AN ABYSS, THE ABYSS WILL GAZE BACK INTO YOU.

In my life, I have never stopped studying, searching, and connecting data and notions that are only apparently distant.

The book of life is about everything and is written in every possible language.
Everything is in everything.

In my studies, philosophy plays a fundamental role.
The sentence by F. Nietzsche, which gives the title to this paragraph, seems to fit magnificently to the figure of these ancient interpreters of signs, visionaries of the future and their loving relationship with it.

The abyss sees, loves and never judges anyone.
Love the abyss.

Until next

Daniela


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06Oct

Solitude beings

Our house, 2016

For me, solitude has represented a precious value and a severe and impartial life teacher.

Loneliness (inserted in the proper perspective and certainly not in absolute value) is a condition that allows us to know, reach and preserve the most precious state that governs the spiritual, mental and physical health of the human being: equilibrium.

In music, the pause value is the same as the notes.
The result of this balance is harmony.

If you can make complete silence within yourself, you will have the surprise and joy of hearing the sound of your true, authentic voice.

LISTEN

When you accept the challenge that solitude demands, you are taking an invitation to the most intimate knowledge of yourself.
Accepting solitude means recognising that you are the fulcrum of your existence, the pillar that will never collapse, the safe shelter and the counsellor who makes no mistake and will never lie to you.

Never fear silence, don’t be scared.

BEATA SOLITUDO

The famous phrase in which solitude is defined as ‘blessed’ is Latin.
Sublime definition.

IN MEDIUM STAT VIRTUS ( VIRTUE LIES IN THE MIDDLE, IN THE BALANCE POINT )

However, one thing must be pointed out: the proper balance to which I refer is the condition of equilibrium between loneliness and everyday sociality.

In this case, also, a Latin proverb comes to clarify the issue. It reaffirms the art of living is knowing how to manage the balance of opposites.

For the Romans, the wise man is the one who lives ‘cum grano salis’, that is, always with intelligence.

BLAISE PASCAL AND JOHN DONNE, AKA THE OPPOSITES, TOUCH ONE ANOTHER

The philosopher Blaise Pascal and the poet John Donne describe the actions men can use to reach happiness with different words, so much so that they seem to have opposite perspectives.

But in reality, their points of view are nothing more than the face of the same coin:

  • ‘ All of man’s misfortune comes from one thing, which is not knowing how to sit quietly in a room ‘ (Blaise Pascal)
  • ‘ No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine… ‘(John Donne)

We are all here, in the same boat.
So don’t row against the current and be silent.
Shhhhhhhhhh…

Until next
Daniela


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22Sep

Alienation

Rome 30th level, 2016

I often hear our society defined as ‘alienated’, the realm of alienation.
In 2017 I dedicated one of my artistic projects to the city of Rome, a megalopolis that, from the very first day of its foundation, had to face this issue.
For the ‘Eternal City, ‘ alienation is a condition of daily life. In this reflection, I will briefly talk to you about the multiple meanings that the Latin word ‘alienus’ has assumed up to the present day.

STRANGERS, BUT ONLY AT THE FIRST MEETING

The first meaning of alien is foreign, strange, or outsider.
Since the dawn of time, Rome has been a city that welcomes anyone who arrives within its walls amicably, as long as they are always willing to follow its laws and customs.
If you are willing to adapt, you are immediately considered one of us.
So the first rule says: if you don’t want to feel like a stranger, it’s enough to be respectful and polite in a house that is not yours.
You will be considered different, but not strangers.

NO, I DON’T FEEL INVOLVED

Alien can also mean distant, in the sense of ‘ not feeling involved ‘.
The meaning can also be more extreme: hostile, adverse and contrary.
Large metropolises often predispose to these moods, especially those with miserable lives and failed relationships.
But Rome, by its very nature, has one heart that admits nobody to be continually treated hostilely. Rome is so extended that you will eventually meet someone in the same condition as you. Rome loves everyone.
The mirror name of ROME is AMOR: love.

LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND NOT RECOGNISE YOURSELF

This situation can happen to everyone.
After a night of revelry, you wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and be shocked.
Unfortunately, some people feel increasingly split in two every day, even if they don’t drink or use drugs.
And slowly but surely, the distance becomes unbridgeable and the surrounding world a hostile place.
They no longer know where to flee to find protection and shelter; they feel like strangers, even in their own bodies.
Mental illness becomes the only company, their escape route.
In 1548 Rome officially opened a structure to welcome the ‘poor crazy people, that is, all those who are poor in the brain and crazy of any sex and nation’.
And during many centuries, the hospital of ‘Santa Maria Della Pietà’ restored thousands of people to social life.
Throughout history, not all societies have rejected, tortured and vilified the mentally ill.

NOTHING BELONGS TO ME ANYMORE

To alienate can also mean getting rid of something or antagonising someone.
It is said ‘to alienate an asset’ or ‘to alienate someone’s trust ‘.
All of this can be painful, but it can also be a release.
The coin always has two sides.

GOOD NEWS – OMNIA MEA MECUM PORTO

The last note I want to write is not about alienation. On the contrary, it is about something no one can alienate and ever lose.
Our personal history and the knowledge we accumulated through thousands of life experiences are our true wealth, the wisdom we gained through joy and pain.

Anything can happen to us during our lifetime, any kind of misfortune ranging from the banalest to the most terrible.
But as Biante of Pirene (one of the Seven Greek Elders ) said: all I have that is most precious is always with me.

So, with this great news, that’s all, folks.
And remember to say hello to the aliens for me.

Until next
Daniela


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18Aug

Like the heart’s beat

Resurrection, 2020

Today I want to address a bar topic, something that each of us discusses with friends and family daily:
the resurrection.

1 Resurrection of who?
2 Resurrection where?
3 Resurrection why?

This is not trivial: most people have a deep and paralysing fear of dying.

This fear belongs to men and women across the board, regardless of culture, religion, race or age.

Thousands of years of human reflection on the subject haven’t served to mitigate (or exorcise) death.

But I am convinced that many people are also afraid of being resurrected among you.

TRUE OR FALSE ISSUE?

It’s not about believing in something or having faith in someone.
It’s a question of observing a fact that is difficult to refute: life is something inextinguishable, as well as personal identity.

In other words: what exists is and will be forever.

Eternal means that it has no definite starting point and no end.

Being is eternal; the forms of being are infinite, continuously created and recreated and subject to permanent change.

Therefore death and resurrection are synonymous with the same action: mutation.

I answer the first question: being is the one who changes, who rises again.

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY

In our reality, we experience space as a place.
We think in terms of moving the matter from one place to another.

But if being is eternal (therefore not subject to the direct influence of time), in which place (or rather, dimension) do we rise again (that is, we change)?

Since the dimensions of reality are infinite in number, our choice has no limitations.

Don’t panic, dear friends!
We are always free to choose according to our needs and preferences.

There’s only one difference between who is afraid of dying (and being resurrected) and who is not: awareness.

I answer the second question: wherever we want and desire to be.

ANYWHERE AND EVERYWHERE IS RESURRECTION

The resurrection, described in this way, may seem almost a trivial action.

On the contrary, I would call it natural.

In the mists of time, some men have taken this action very seriously: resurrection is a matter of practice, worship and culture.

In ancient times the cult of Mithras (of oriental origins) generates more or less directly in the West the figure of Christ, who is the duplicate of the ‘Deus Sol Invictus’.

In the east, for example, in Hinduism, there is the idea of ​​’Mukti’ or the complete liberation of the human soul (atman) from the cycles of existence which occurs when it is finally ready to merge or dissolve entirely in the soul of the world ( Brahman).

The alchemical doctrine is the purest theory and practice of ‘transmutation’.
The Philosopher’s Stone is the symbol and image of mutation and resurrection.

The ‘Araba Fenice, always her.

STILL FEAR?

The third question I have to answer is: why be resurrected?

The answer is: that it’s inevitably part of being and inseparable from it.

Getting out of bed in the morning is also a resurrection …

Until next
Daniela


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11Aug

Easy as cooking a broth

Hooked, 2020

In his daily practice, each artist must answer two questions:
Because?
How?

They always appear in just this sequence order.
And after all, any action that’s negligible or fatally important follows this rule.

You always have to start from an idea, even if it may still be vague!

This idea wants to have a body, a shape.
And giving birth it isn’t always as easy as cooking broth.

TO BECOME THE IDEA

Why am I an artist?
Because I like the danger.
Because the unknown and the new upset me.
And even if they scare me, I can’t resist their charm.

What could be more multifaceted and changeable than a concept, an idea?
During my life, I have found myself involved in bizarre and dangerous situations, but creative activity is the most surprising.

When the artist creates, he always plays a game with himself, and it’s not to take for grant that he’ll come out to be the winner.
The important thing is never to take yourself too seriously: becoming an idea is exciting.

BUT WHAT COMES INTO YOUR MIND?

Yes, conceptual art is often irritating and outrageously ugly, but it never leaves the viewer indifferent.

The aesthetic of disgust always remains a type of aesthetic.
Arousing disgust is having hit the target anyway.

‘Fountain’ by Marcel Duchamp and ‘Artist’s shit’ by Piero Manzoni docent.
But suppose you don’t like vulgar objects like urinals or shit… in that case, you can always turn your attention to something utterly neutral like Salvatore Gerau’s ‘immaterial sculptures’, where there is nothing that can disgust or upset you except emptiness.
The void is empty but, beware, it isn’t nothingness …

Think about this, carefully.

MAYBE IT’S NOT JUST A WORD PLAY

As an artist, I defend any free and conscious expression (but also unconscious is perfectly fine), and I always hope that it’s generated by an act of pure joy or anger and not just necessarily for the sake of mere aesthetical beauty.

Playing with concepts and ideas is undoubtedly an art too.

So try to move even an inch from your seat, and your perspective will inevitably change.

Maybe even drastically.
Maybe even for the better.

Until next
Daniela


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04Aug

Fear to fly

Higher, 2020

The fear of flying, of freeing oneself lightly into the air, is not encountered only in dreams.

Many people are afraid of taking a plane, and perhaps many of you fall into this category.

But here, I want to talk to you about another fear of which flying is only a symbolic image: the fear of freedom.

WHY DON’T YOU TRY?

I seem to hear your voices … you are saying that you are certainly not afraid of freedom.

But the word freedom implies another one, much more uncomfortable and demanding: responsibility.

And these two states are never separable.

It’s too easy to put problems on the shoulders of others!
But any action we take is always and only ‘ours’: burdens and honours.

So why not try to stay, to be free consciously and responsibly all the time?

The world around us would be very different.
Imagine, you can…

INDEPENDENCE DAY!

A synonym for freedom (and responsibility) is the word independence.

Independence always has costs, sometimes even very high ones, which involve the individual ability to face every difficulty alone, with confidence and courage.

And, looking around me, genuinely independent people are pretty rare …

THE EYE OF THE EAGLE

Flying high like the eagle means trusting the wind, embracing an ever wider horizon with your gaze and above all, it means never being afraid of falling.

The joy of being up there, alone, and flying higher and higher.

Still afraid?

Until next
Daniela


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