La Raffinerie -
19 / 04 / 2018 – 26 / 05 / 2018

#LAYERS_Contemporary Art in the Digital Era is the second event of REFRESH, an exhibition series that wants to research Italian contemporary art and offers an update on practices that confront with the issues, languages and forms emerged with the digital turn of the last twenty years.

REFRESH 02 – #LAYERS_Contemporary Art in the Digital Era is curated by Fabio Paris and organised by iMAL, an art institution in Brussels with the objective to support artistic forms and creative practices using contemporary technologies as their medium.

The exhibition presents 15 contemporary Italian artists in the effort, on the one hand, to investigate how contemporary Italian art confronted with the issues and the languages of the digital, with a specific interest in the relationships between artists and their geographical dislocation; on the other hand, in the attempt to present their work on an international platform.

Broad and comprehensive as it seems, the exhibition title refers to the various ways in which the complexity of the digital environment manifests itself in the works on show: the distinction between code and interface in generative art and glitch art; the layers in a digital image; the strata of time in the archives of digital memory; the distinction between public and private, material and immaterial, visible and invisible. The exhibition is accompanied by a bilingual (Italian / English) publication, published by Link Editions.

The programme of the opening week will be completed by a public debate on Friday April 20th, organized in the frame of Art Brussels and titled “Ways beyond the post-Internet” that will feature:  Yves Bernard, Peter Beyls, Josephine Bosma, Constant Dullaart, Valérie Hasson-Benillouche, Hampus Lindwall, Fabio Paris, Domenico Quaranta, Carlo Zanni.

Artists on view: Marco Cadioli, Alessandro Capozzo, Pier Giorgio De Pinto, Luca Grillo, IOCOSE, Kamilia Kard, Eva & Franco Mattes, Marco Mendeni, Martina Menegon, Filippo Minelli, Simone Monsi, Alice Palamenghi, Guido Segni, Emilio Vavarella, Carlo Zanni