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So happy to announce that on November 15 I will be at the MADRE museum in Naples for the first official presentation of Out on your own, video animation by Valerio Berruti with an original soundtrack by the american songwriter Joan as Police Woman and curated by me.

The official presentation will take place at the MADRE museum at 6 pm, introduced by a talk with the the participation of: Valerio Berruti, artist and author of the work, Maria Savarese, curator of the exhibition of Valerio Berruti at Al Blu di Prussia gallery,  Paolo Mele, curator of the video animation, Andrea Viliani, director of MADRE.

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I’m curating a new residency projet promoted by Ramdom with the support of SIAE – Bando S’Illumina.

4 artists under 35 in residence for 6 months into the Extreme Land!

Keep posted on sinoallafinedelmare.ramdom.net

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I’m glad to announce this upcoming project.

EXHIBITION ON A TABLE

April 30th 2017

Solo show by Carlos Casas, curated by Paolo Mele.

A project by Arthub Asia

The artist today is a researcher: he collects any kind of data (video, audio, text, objects, etc.) and, through his works; he offers a personal interpretation of the reality. The method used to collect and remediate those kinds of materials represents the architecture of the new artistic practice.

Fieldworks are the architecture of the work of Carlos Casas: a series of free, anti-narrative notes in which the artist takes the time to plunge his gaze into the meaning of the place, of the landscape, without drawing on the need for the definition of a complete story.

Renewed mostly as video artist and filmmaker, Carlos Casas’ world reveals us a deep an intimate analysis of the contemporary world, the physical and fictional border that divides or merges imaginary and perception.

He has been investigated the landscape and what there is beyond it since the beginning of his artistic research. Casas is obsessed by extreme locations, extreme lands and its extreme inhabitants, because he believe therein lies a truth, a geological scar that shows us how we lived and who we were, thus allowing us to understand who we are now.

This is an exhibition about nature, landscape, border and extreme and how the humans approach and deal with those. It includes video, photos, audio, and drawings from different places around the world: Patagonia (South America), Cape of Leuca (Europe), Nepal, Siberia and Tajikistan (Asia).

At the same time, the exhibition is not only about topics, but also about a methodology. Casas is mostly know as visual artist and filmmaker, but his practice is much more deep and analytic. He makes videos, audios, drawings, photos and he collects objects. He uses the fieldworks as instrument of cataloguing the known and the unknown and to represent an intimate vision of the world, a personal encyclopaedia.

The exhibition reflects this multidisciplinary attitude of the artist, who, like a modern researcher, plays with different kind of media and tools to study and offer a representation of the world.

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Hi all,

I’m glad to announce you that the call for the 4th edition of Default is now online!

DOWNLOAD THE CALL

ANNEXE A

ANNEXE B 

 

RAMDOM ASSOCIATION is calling for research-based artists to take part in a 7-day group investigation aimed at ideas related to extreme lands and remote areas. Situated at the southern tip of east Italy on the Mediterranean, Gagliano del Capo poses as an ideal location for participants of the DEFAULT 17 Residency to contribute to an investigation of the extreme land. The project will investigate geographic dislocation as a socio-anthropological characteristic embedded in extreme territories. It confronts challenges, particularly relating to climate and environmental conditions, as a means to explore diverse interpretations of human and natural landscapes.

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Hey friends,

I’ve curated a new project. It’s a collaboration between the artist Valerio Berruti and the  American composer Joan as Police Woman.

The result is a wonderful animation made by more than 180 drawings by Valerio Berruti and a soundtrack composed by JAPW!

In the catalogue Paradise Lost you can find an anticipation of this work, with a text written by me and few drawings from the animation.

The animation will be soon presented around the world!

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I’m happy to announce that Ramdom will be in Turin from the 4th to the 6th of November 2016, to take part in Nesxt, a festival-exhibition on independent contemporary art.
Ramdom, based in Lastation, a space on the first floor of the latest train station in south-east side of Italy (Gagliano-Leuca), has been selected by a Scientific Committee through a national call, and it will be one of the

twenty spaces represented under the Mole. Ramdom will be the only association selected from Puglia, and one of the three in Southern Italy.

Nesxt is a parallel event of Artissima, one of the most important week on contemporary art in Italy, and in Europe, by now. It is a Festival dedicated to no-profit associations.

Ramdom will present the last chapter of Investigation of Extreme Land, a project that approach the territory from an artistic perspective.

In this last chapter the Extreme land has been investigated by Carlos Casas, Spanish visual artist, who studies and portrays the Cape of Leuca in his intimate nature. Casas explored the hidden cavities, he followed the light, that in the Finis Terrae, from the horizon, rises and sets counterpointing the switching rhythm of Santa Maria di Leuca’s lighthouse.

The result is a video trilogy (Faro, Vucca, Cava), which can break into the bowels of the earth, and can pick up the essence of the place.

The natural light is one of the elements that gives magic to many of the caves placed between clefts along eastern coast of Salento. One in particular, Vucca de lu puzzu (Well’s mouth), appeared to the artist in its magnificence and majesty. While exploring it, Casas fell down and suffered a cranial trauma, comprehending first-hand his works try create an intimate bond between those caves (Vucca is the result of a long, natural, process) stones, lights and the most remote places of the human soul.

Cava, finally, has been recorded among an abandoned cave made of a light stone. The cave is a magical show, hidden by a field of tall grass and clovers, and there is a small access opening in an hidden cavity, made by architectural cuts and excavation works, finished since the Eighties.

As Casas says: “Vucca, Cava and Faro make a trilogy, a trilogy of destinies, with the territory and its elements that interconnect them; it is a collection of field works, that ideally tie all my experiences in the territory of Capo di Leuca.

The exhibit design will be curated by the designer Jessica Gastaldo.

WHERE

Q35 – Via Quittengo 35, Torino
WHEN
Friday 4th November – Opening: 19.00 – 01.00
Saturady 5th November: 17.00 – 1.00
Sunday 6th November: 12.00 – 20.00

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I’ve been selected to be part of  Month2month, a public art project in private residences organized by artists William Powhida and Jennifer Dalton and produced by More Art.

During the first weekend of May I will be their guest.

MONTH2MONTH explores New York’s labyrinthine housing policies, that range from the inclusion of “affordable” housing units within new luxury developments and the rezoning plans that quickly transform neighborhoods to the quasi-legality of the “sharing economy” and the rise of “illegal hotels.” This exploration will at times take the form of information sharing, but also use unorthodox methods to push discussions into unfamiliar places.

I’ll try to give my contribution to the project. I’ll host a social dinner on Sunday 8th May. If you are interested, please contact me in private.

Here more info about the project:

http://www.brickunderground.com/live/art-exhibit-gentrification-real-estate

Book your place for the housewarming!

http://www.month2month.nyc/calendar/2016/5/7/housewarming-party

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016
6:30pm (open and free to the public)
Residency Unlimited
360 Court Street (enter through the big green doors)
Brooklyn, NY 1123

The evening begins with a screening of “Extreme Land,” produced by Ramdom and edited by Luca Coclite. RU curator in residence Paolo Mele (director of Ramdom) and Brett Swenson (artist) engage on the topic of contemporary art production outside large capitalistic cities. How are artistic projects sustainable in remote areas? What is the role of local communities in the artistic process? How are projects of this nature considered from the perspective of cultural production poles? What can be learned from these experiences?
This discussion investigates the concept of site-specific art and the fragile relation between art production and urban spaces. The point of departure is Mele’s artistic and research project “Investigation on the extreme land,” led by Ramdom in the outermost limits of location specificityonFinis Terrae of Italy. This project focuses on life, culture and social relations in the extreme lands, where geographical dislocation is deeply embedded in the socio-anthropological fabric of its inhabitants. Sea, cost, cliff, shore are here investigated from different perspectives: the journey, the drift, the landing, the isolation, the end.

Brett Swenson is a Brooklyn-based multimedia artist who’s work explores the mutability of perception and the unseen, hyper-realities embedded within material time and space. Through sculptural processes and choreographed action, improbable phenomena juxtapose human constructs within the natural.
Brett was born in Chicago, IL. He received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2010. He has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center of New Jersey, Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation in New York, and Ramdom Association’s “DEFAULT” workshop series stationed in Gagliano Del Capo, Italy. In 2016 he was awarded a year long studio grant from Urban Glass and will be in residence this fall at Residency Unlimited on a grant awarded by the NEA Art Works. He has exhibited internationally, most recently with  the group show “Perched in the Eye of a Tornado” at Ying Space in Beijing.

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Carlos Casas, Phil Niblock and Robert Poss
Video screening and live sound

Curated by Paolo Mele

 

Avalanche is an immersive site specific film installation, the installation allows visitors’ movement through the space and pro­vides them with the intimacy for a contemplative vision.

Avalanche transports the public to Hichigh, one of the world’s highest inhabited villages, located in the Pamir mountain range (Tajikistan), known as the roof of the world, and one of the world`s most unknown and unexplored regions; the Pamirs are as mysterious as fascinating, home of some of the most archaic and well kept millenary traditions. The film follows the dusk of a village bound to disappear, just before it becomes a ghost village, just before its stones and mud houses are swept by the mountain again.
Avalanche is an audiovisual meditation about a village and its traditions on its journey to oblivion. Avalanche is also about the archaic, the enduring spiritual relation between landscape and man, and the overlaying of traditions and rituals within the periphery of our modern world.

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