— Paolo Mele


Mnemoscope is a project by artist Emilio Vavarella, curated and produced by Ramdom with the support of MiBACT and SIAE, as part of the “Per Chi Crea – New Works” programme. The programme includes the creation and production of new works.
The work questions the topic of collective memory, creating a “cartography of memories”: this concept is linked to the idea of “home”, starting with those who left from Gagliano del Capo – the place where Ramdom actively operates – and then returning.

After having worked for years on the re-emergence of memories on the web (MNEMOGRAFO, commissioned by Villa Manin), on the cartographic potential of collective memories of Italians who emigrated to New York (MEMORYSCAPES, currently within the Fabbri Foundation collection), on the weight of their family memories (The Sicilian Family), and on the role that memory plays in the development of drones and artificial intelligence (MNEMODRONE), the artist proposes a new project linked to the mnemonic and cartographic stratification.

Mnemoscope is a site-specific work that consists of a cartographic device in which the physical reality of the place, where the work will be installed, is overlapped and merged with a virtual map composed of maps of all those places called “home”, over a lifetime, by the people the artist interviewed. The cartography that visually translates the layering of mnemonic traces will be made visible through a technological device of new conception: an apparatus of “mixed realty” for the stereoscopic vision and the 360° virtual exploration of a new cartographic space, produced by cartographically interweaving places, memories, and present and past dwellings.

More info: www.ramdom.net // https://mnemoscopio.ramdom.net/

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Winner of the VI edition of Italian Council (2019), program to promote Italian contemporary art in the world by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, rs548049170_1_69869_TT (The Other Shapes of Me) is a new project launched by artist Emilio Vavarella. The work focuses on the translation of the genetic code of the artist into a textile, using one of the first computing machines of modernity. By July 2020, this project will lead to the creation of a monumental work of art that will become part of the permanent collection of MAMbo – Museum of Modern Art in Bologna. The work will be the result of a performative and research process that sees the artist and his mother, tailor and embroiderer, working in a textile laboratory. The title, rs548049170_1_69869_TT, refers to the first line of text resulting from the genotyping of the artist’s DNA. The genotyping was carried out in a laboratory in Mountain View, California, but the final work will be made entirely in Italy at a historic weaving mill in Southern Italy. The project also includes an interdisciplinary round-table at Harvard University (USA) and a residence in New Delhi (India).

The work consists of three elements: a large fabric, a Jacquard loom and a video of the production process of the fabric. The fabric, which represents the artist’s genetic code point by point, is made with a 19th century Jacquard loom (the first industrial binary technology) that will be operated by the mother of the artist. The final tapestry translates visually the genetic code that “gives shape” to the artist. The Jacquard loom will be modified to accommodate a video documentation of the entire production process, portraying the mother of the artist at work.

In addition to the production of the fabric, which will take place entirely at Tessitura Giaquinto in Gagliano del Capo (LE) in Southern Italy, the project also includes workshops, exhibitions, presentations and screenings on the local and national territory. The work will be presented for the first time in its entirety at MAMbo – Museum of Modern Art in Bologna.

The Film Study Center will host a roundtable with international professionals (philosophers, curators, theorists, researchers). The result of this discussion, together with the research that underlies the production of the work, will culminate in the final catalogue.

Arthub Asia will host the artist and the curators during a period of residence in New Delhi where they will study alternative possibilities of rendering the artist’s genetic code, as they relate to alternative techniques of weaving and data visualization. In addition, an exhibition will be held at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, focusing on this work’s technical processes.

More info: www.ramdom.net // https://theothershapesofme.ramdom.net

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I’m very happy to announce that I’ve been appointed as Project Manager for Matera Basilicata 2019 Foundation.

I will give my personal contribution in the realisation of the programme of Matera European Capital of Culture 2019, until end of 2019

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I’ve been involved in a new project: Lands End Contemporary Art Festival.

It takes place in Gagliano del Capo (LE), in southern eastern point of Italy. Exhibition, Public Art installation, talk, performances.


Contemporary Art Festival

Gagliano del Capo

29 July – 27 August 2017

organized by Capo d’Arte, Ramdom, NOON

corso Umberto I, piazza San Rocco, via XXIV Maggio, piazzale Stazione, Ciolo.

Exhibitions, talk, residence: a spontaneous festival organized by Capo d’Arte and Ramdom, which will take place in different spots of Gagliano del Capo, in Salento. Civil organizations will present ideas, projects, visions and prospects.

Capo d’Arte, in collaboration with L’Accademia di Francia in Rome – Villa Medici, present the works by Simon Rouby and Eva Jospin conceived during a residence in Gagliano. Ramdom presents in Lastation the artworks of Matthew Wilson, Andrew Friend, Brett Swenson, Oliver Palmer and Giorgio Garippa, in an exhibition curated by Francesca Girelli and Heba Amin. Palazzo Comi hosts Regola, solo show by Daniele D’Acquisto, curated by Lorenzo Madaro, after a project with NOON and in collaboration with Via Vai, are all together in a talk with Matteo Fato. In the galleries of Palazzo Daniele, Misurare il tempo, exhibition of Giancarlo Pediconi and Simon d’Exéa curated by Duccio Trombadori, organised by Christine Ferry. Nearby Lastation, Antonio De Luca, after a project of Ramdom, will propose two public art installations

All of the initiatives will be freely accessible.


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I’m happy to announce that as director of Lastation I’ve been selected to take part to the project re-generation.

re-generation is a project started by Associazione Culturale Link and granted by Erasmus+ program – Key Action 2 / Strategic Partnership, in cooperation with the organizations La Vibria (Spain), Intercultura (France) and Fundacja Navis (Poland). The main aim of the project is to develop new connections between cultural spaces for youth, active in re-generated buildings of the cities, and international youth work.

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Hi all,

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





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’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:


Book your place for the housewarming!


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