Apparatus 22 > 16-31 ottobre 2018
Apparatus 22 same time same space Arnhem may 2018

Apparatus 22 on hardcore minimalism, Ioana Nemes, neo myths and the great outdoors

Talk and pittogramma-cocktail-nero-sagomato-medio
Giovedì 25 ottobre 2018  h. 19.30 – 22.00 (talk ore 20.30)
Wednesday 25 October 2018 h. 7.30 – 10.00 PM (talk at 8.30 PM)
Fondazione Arthur Cravan
via Aleardi 11, Milano

The talk will introduce the practice of art collective Apparatus 22 through a set of topics ranging from their approach to minimalism in recent series of works about the body, the need to invent modern myths, the thrills of working outside institutional space and the brilliance of their late colleague, artist Ioana Nemes.

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Residency Research
We have long resisted senseless in our creative repertoire. By senseless we don’t mean absurd or surreal, counterintuitive or anything bordering SF, but blunt senseless.
In thinking of something that could be senseless in relation to our practice we ended up imagining the possibility of indulging in our peculiar obsession with Eataly – the food emporium casting a strange fascination ever since we first visited the one in Rome back in 2013.
What constitutes and feeds such fascination?
Could be the sublime selection of perfectly designed products?
The way manufactured hints of idealized Italian lifestyle unfold in the hybrid space of stores and restaurants?
The funny, slightly creepy promise in their manifesto about making all efforts in alluring us as lifetime customers?
Could there be something else, imperceptible, like a puff of cool breeze?
During the residency time we will settle our headquarters in Eataly Milan, thus allowing ourselves to linger over the rows of countless products, boxes,  immersing in the peculiar landscape,  surfing carelessly in a bottomless abyss of categories, colors, tastes, customers,  brand communication etc.
A deftly why? stays firmly unclear.  Maybe trying for a non-utilitarian reading of things (prophylactic thought in case of total disappointment).

IMG_1842 Apparatus 22 enjoying the Senseless Residency

Apparatus 22 is a transdisciplinary art collective founded in January 2011 by current members Erika Olea, Maria Farcas, Dragos Olea together with Ioana Nemes (1979 – 2011) in Bucharest, Romania. Beginning with 2015 they are working between Bucharest and Brussels. They see themselves as a collective of dreamers, researchers, poetic activists and (failed) futurologists interested in exploring the intricate relationships between economy, politics, gender studies, social movements, religion and fashion in order to understand contemporary society. A recent topic of research and reflection in Apparatus 22 practice is SUPRAINFINIT universe: a world-making attempt to use hope critically in navigating present and future. In their very diverse works – installations, performances, text based-shapes, reality is mixed with fiction and storytelling and all merge with a critical approach drawing knowledge & experience from design, sociology, literature and economics. Their work was presented in exhibitions and festivals at La Biennale di Venezia 2013, MUMOK, Vienna (AT), Brukenthal Museum Contemporary Art Gallery, Sibiu (RO), MAK, Vienna (AT), SteirischerH erbst, Graz (AT), Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (DE), Salonul de Proiecte, Bucharest (RO), Museion, Bolzano (IT), TIME MACHINE BIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART, D-0 ARK UNDERGROUND, Konji (BIH), TRAFO Gallery, Budapest (HU), Futura, Prague (CZ), Ujazdowski Castle – Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw (PL), Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (DE), Contemporary Art Museum (MNAC), Bucharest (RO), KunstMuseum Linz (AT), Osage Foundation (Hong Kong), Progetto Diogene, Turin (IT), Drodesera Festival, Dro (IT), Young Artists Biennial, Bucharest (RO), Oberwelt, Stuttgart (DE), Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest (RO), Nieuwe Vide, Haarlem (NL), Nest, Den Haag, (NL), Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles (BE), CIAP, Hasselt (BE), Barriera, Turin (IT), De Appel (NL), KunsthalleWien (AT)etc. Apparatus 22 also works beyond institutions via performances in public spaces, interventions in private spaces and other hybrid forms.

RESIDENZE INSENSATE 2017-2019, a cura di Cose Cosmiche. La Fondazione Arthur Cravan indice un programma di residenze e mette a disposizione un luogo dove sia possibile elaborare e dedicarsi a progetti considerati insensati: oltre il buon senso comune, gli standard, le norme e normalizzazioni (consapevoli o inconsapevoli) della produzione artistica e intellettuale del tempo… di questo tempo.
La Fondazione Arthur Cravan, è ispirata al performer dadaista A. Cravan ed ha l’obbiettivo di supportare, produrre e promuovere idee e progetti considerati ‘Irrealizzabili’, ‘non convenzionali’ e ‘Senza Futuro’.

2017-2019, curated by Cose Cosmiche. The Arthur Cravan Foundation announces a residency programme and provides a place for developing and working on projects deemed to be “senseless”: beyond the good common sense, standards, norms and normalization (conscious or unconscious) of the artistic and intellectual production of the time… of this time.
The Arthur Cravan Foundation, inspired by the Dadaist performer A. Cravan, is dedicated to supporting, producing, and promoting projects and ideas deemed to be “unrealizable,” “non-conventional” and “No Future”.

Talk by Apparatus 22, Wednesday 25 October 2018, Milan.  Photo by Helga Franza and Silvia Hell