Searching for Comfort in an Uncomfortable Chair, 2015
Searching for comfort in an uncomfortable chair is a pseudo-exhibition in a home-like environment. Its theoretical assumptions lay in the ambivalence of architecture as cruel design, i.e. production of structures which impose, seduce and replicate power devices and intangible hierarchies, and architecture as embodied habitus, i.e. the objectification of social habits, informal identities and rhizomatic practices – more or less spontaneous and more or less marked by anarchoid tendencies.
Searching for comfort in an uncomfortable chair involves a cluster of works and projects by contemporary artists, forced to live with unsolicited, unnecessary and often abusive art reproductions; dusty relics of personal stories; borrowed and never returned objects and an interior decor undoubtedly index of undisguised bad taste. As in the worst histories of art collectors, the whole is legitimised by the randomness of an officially private dimension, and is pandered by the omnipresent justificatory power of the caption.
with Riccardo Benassi, Bestué y Vives, Lia Cecchin, Cristian Chironi, Matteo Ferrari, Funambulist, Bruno Munari, Antonio Piga, Cosimo Piga, Valentina Roselli and Marco Scarcella, Kimitake Sato, Mattia Solari, Superstudio, Spela Volcic
Photographs by Spela Volcic
Starting Conditions (por favor no recojan y tiren las piedras!), 2015
Starting Conditions (por favor no recover y tirar las piedras!) was supposed to be the first event of a collaborative, experimental and long-term project, that was planned to be developed in the following months between Dave Hullfish Bailey, Martino Genchi and CLOG. The collaboration was meant to start from a pre-defined space-time structure, describable as the concatenation of three moments (Firstness Secondness and Thirdness), loosely based on the theory of "Threeing" by Paul Ryan and pursued in a number of different speculative and physical contexts. The conditions of exchange for each moment were supposed to be redefined collectively every time, triggering the development, success or failure of the project.
The event Starting Conditions (por favor no recover y tirar las piedras!) was the outcome of a residency of Martino Genchi at CLOG and experimented with the format of the party. The soundtrack of the party consisted in a curated selection of Naepolitan minimal techno music, while the rooms of CLOG hosted various elements and entities, meant to act as a scenography of the party and as stimuli working on the guests at a subliminal level. Amongst them: the photograph of a sea of rocks coming from an unspecified place in Latin America, sent over by Dave Hullfish Bailey; the trailer of the movie La Guerre du Feu (1981), introducing a big fire in the underground space of CLOG; and a cospicuous number of engraved bananas featuring the inscription ‘Do not build.’
Despite the success of the first event, the project was deemed a failure by the organisers and never continued. Some key words of the project were: input / output / information / ecosystem / quantum entanglement / open source philosophy / anarchist epistemology / wormholes / TechGnosis / rocks / singularity / divination / no-how / threeing / semiotics / pre-linguistic / linguistic / do it yourself / electromagnetism / to build / object / saturation / self-ecology / cohabitation /
Photographs by Nadia Pugliesi