Adiacenze - Bologna
04 / 01 / 2018

Andreco, visual artist;

Andrea Lerda, independent curator and founder of Platform Green;

Marco Mancuso, curator, art critic and director of Digicult;

Claudio Musso, independent curator;

Fabiola Naldi, art historian and art critic.

The environmental crisis, which has become an urgent and crucial issue in our contemporary world, is having a noticeable impact on cultural and visual art production. Indeed, for some time now, many artists have been confronting environmental issues, strengthening the relationship and dialogue between art and science. This union is leading to solutions capable of confronting the slow movement of international political and bureaucratic reactions to the problem, by interpreting changes and formulas in a creative way and visually presenting them to the citizens with an aim of creating awareness.

In the art-science universe various topics are eviscerated by the artists in a way that is far from being superficial, but which instead resembles the scientific approach. One of those topics is climate change, a topic that is becoming progressively more relevant in various fields of research and which represents one of the major and complex challenges of our time.

On this occasion Andreco, a visual artist, will present his most recent artwork, “Climate Art Project”, which is inspired by the recent scientific research on the causes and effects of climate change.

The project was launched in 2015 in Paris on the occasion of COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference. “Climate Art Project” is a project that is based on the artist’s reflection on the consequences of climate change. The project consists of a series of interventions of various nature, unique to each place in which it has been presented.

The presentation of Andreco’s project will be followed by a discussion whose main purpose will be to reflect on how fields such as art, science and technology are becoming progressively more interdisciplinary in the contemporary productive contexts and on how this tension is capable of introducing new forms of discussion and research dedicated to the relationship between anthropocentrism and the future of our planet. Andreco’s project will be analyzed from a critical perspective. A degree of in-depth analysis of the ecological situation in Italy will be presented and linked with the exhibition “Back to the Land” at the Studio la Città in Verona curated by Andrea Lerda.

During the talk Marco Mancuso will present “The Arts Ecosystem”, the next issue of the international publication Digimag Journal released for free in various digital formats (Pdf, Epub, Mobi, Print on Demand), with Andreco’s article in it.

Short biographies of the speakers

Andreco combines a scientific education, a PhD in environmental engineering, postdoc collaborations at the University of Bologna and Columbia University in the City of New York on sustainable resources management in various climate conditions and years of artistic activity aimed at exploring the relationship between urban space and natural landscape, between humans and the environment, by creating projects which come together as united interdisciplinary research projects. One of those projects is “Climate”, a project between art and science dedicated to the consequences of Climate Change. In his work Andreco uses a synthetic, symbolic and conceptual language and experiments with various forms of representation: installation, performance, mural paintings, sculpture and public art. Andreco has participated in international exhibitions and festivals. In 2017 the artist was the recipient of the “Talent Prize 2017” at the Macro (Rome) and in 2016 he won the Jazzi contest of ideas for the rural regeneration.

Andrea Lerda is an art historian and founder of the online project Platform Green. He has collaborated with CeSAC – Experimental Center for Contemporary Art of Caraglio, Cultural Association Marcovaldo, Franco Soffiantino gallery in Turin, Studio la Città in Verona and Lia Rumma in Milan. In 2015 and 2016 he was in charge of PER4M for Artissima – international contemporary art fair in Turin. Currently Andrea is a freelance curator and is taking part in the 2017-2018 edition of CAMPO – a course for curators designed by Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin.

Marco Mancuso is an art critic, curator, professor and independent publisher. His research is dedicated to the impact of technologies and science on art, design and contemporary culture. Since 2005 Marco has been the founder and director of online platform Digicult, Digimag Journal and Digicult Editions publishing house. For more than 10 years now he has been teaching New Media Art at NABA and IED in Milan, Publishing Systems in the Carrara Academy of Fine Arts in Bergamo and he is also a visiting professor at RUFA in Rome.

Claudio Musso, PhD in Archeology and Art History, is an art critic and independent curator. He is a professor in the Carrara Academy of Fine Arts in Bergamo and at Spazio Labo’ in Bologna. Claudio often writes for Artribune and Digicult.

Fabiola Naldi, PhD in History of Contemporary Art, is an art critic and independent curator. She is a professor in the Bologna Academy of Fine Arts, Carrara Academy of Fine Arts in Bergamo and University of Bologna. Fabiola is a correspondent for Flash Art.

In collaboration with Traffic Gallery and Adiacenze