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torino street art in biella…

…so back in Biella… a couple of our residents, Aastha Chauhan and Raphael Franco invited street art collective URBE from Turin to work on some external walls at Cittadellarte.

Together they came up with the idea of  drawing on the walls using a high pressure water jet to clean away the accumulated dirt and expose the true surface below. The technique was hugely effective…

Below they used a more lo-fi technique of wiping away the dirt again using a stencil. Anyway, beautiful work i think…and kudos to Aastha and Raphael who are always very generous in sharing possibilities through collaborations…


blixa…

Funny but of late there seems to have been a bit of a trend for gigs and accompanying art exhibitions round these parts, only the other week i saw Patti Smith play live at Bovisio in Milan, while the ticket also got you into the exhibition It’s Not Only Rock ‘n’ Roll, Baby!

…as you can see from the exterior, it’s basically a show of musicians dabbling in ART…it included Pete(r) Doherty drawings using his own blood…so it must be art…hmmmm. Musically speaking Patti Smith was well, Patti Smith…you can’t complain about that, and age has not withered Patti, she is still rather fabulous…

Fast forward a week or 2 and i find myself near Turin at the Castello di Rivoli Contemporary art museum, this time to see Blixa Bargeld & Alva Noto play a set and again the ticket also gives you the price of gallery entry to a group show (EXHIBITION EXHIBITION) inside the gallery. Regardless of what’s on show, I love the idea of going to see art at midnight, it seems like a good use of time. In fact the art was so so, but Blixa…wow…unlike Patti age has withered Blixa, but he was compelling, part Golam, part weird old drunk professor…falsetto screams…Teutonic rants, electronica…white noise…what’s not to like??? I made a wee stop motion film…see below

Blixa Bargeld & Alva Noto live at Castello di Rivoli, Turin – Sept 23th 2010

 

PAV…

Took the residents (see “current project“) to PAV (park of living art)  in Turin –  an experimental centre of contemporary art which is “a public space in a city in progress, an outdoor exhibition centre, a new interactive museum, a place of encounter and laboratorial experiences, a centre of research interested in the dialogue between contemporary art, science, nature, biotechnologies and ecology, and also between public and artists”…phew!

…turned out to be a bit of a marathon, especially the visit to the outdoors landscape installations for an hour and a half under a 40 degree sun with no shade…a kind of a torture for a fair-skinned peely wally* celt such as myself.

This building in the background is a car park for garbage trucks who donate their organic waste as fertilizer to PAV…kind of a nice relationship.

The place itself i liked but i find the idea of these semi permanent installations a bit odd, all that faux naturalism…, which in 2 years will make way for another set of faux naturalisms, a good friend recently questioned my likening for a piece of charles jenks land art at jupiter artland (see comments for this past post) …artificial and patriarchal Jenks may be but at least it is honest, his art is what it is and seems to be…am not sure about all these fake meadows (not so say i did not find them very pretty – when i was not thinking about fainting under the relentless torino sunshine…) in the end it is just another kind of gallery setting with “repainting” and “rehanging” that comes with the imminent arrival of  each new show…

…and then also at PAV there was the opening of a new exhibition by american biologist/artist Brandon Ballengèe who was researching frogs and their environmentally induced mutations…you can just see his hands in this photo below, the glass dishes contain the skeletons of tiny mutant frogs

*peely wally = scots for pale or wan