Wednesday 6 September 2023 at 6 p.m. at Contemporary Cluster inaugurated TECNORITI, an exhibition project by the students of the Multimedia Arts and Design course at Rufa – Rome University of Fine Arts, curated by Re:Humanism.
The exhibition stems from the intention to investigate the possible forms of rituality that emerge from the use of technological devices as well as from the pervasive use of the web. Straddling social critique, emancipation and imagination, the works on show, whether installations or multimedia performances, will thus engaged the public by interacting directly with the different subjectivities of the visitors, while at the same time restoring new visions of possible futures.
Through a multidisciplinary perspective that brings together spirituality, esotericism and science, the artists in the exhibition investigate the idea of rituality from its origins to the present day, in a context in which technology has become an integral part of the collective ritual experience.
The uncritical gaze, blind trust and sometimes uncontrolled fear of techno-scientific progress can be read today as a modern form of belief; on the other hand, it is precisely the languages of the irrational and rituality that can give light to new perspectives for reading the complexity of the present.
Angolo Vivo by Andrea Cecconi, Martino Cassanelli and Olimpia Zamò, is an interactive installation that allows the public to experience the modern hypothesis of Quantum Theory, according to which the indeterminacy and fluctuation of matter confront us with a plural reality in which events exist in multiple possible states.
There is no shortage of reflections on the impact of man’s presence on the environment: Giulia Vietti‘s immersive sound installation Broken Balance transports the audience on an initiatory journey to discover the marine world. Through this sound and meditative experience, the user is invited to reflect on the impacts of noise pollution in the oceans, developing an empathy that goes beyond the observable.
Dedicated instead to the relationship between religion and spirituality is the installation Light Stream by Martino Cassanelli and Daniele Imani Nobar, which compares the Buddhist meditative experience with Islamic collective prayer and identifies a link between these practices and modern video surveillance technologies.
Jeno by Martina Carbone, on the other hand, explores the ancient ritual of tarantismo, typical of the areas of Southern Italy, highlighting the social aspects related to gender but also the decisive role of sound in relation to body movements.
Finally, Hic et Ignes by the Bivlet collective (Alessandro Battaglia, Benedetta Marino, Beatrice Resta, Marco Valera, Micol Gelsi, Riccardo Tartaglia, Paolo Rucci) stimulates a profound reflection on nature and on the relationship between man and the primordial element of fire, a collective reverie that opens up new perspectives on human transformation and imagination.
These two works also included a performance moment held at the opening.
Photo credits: Giorgio Benni