CASH: IX Shiryaevo Biennale of Contemporary Art




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Modern Museum 
25.08 – 09.09

Curator: Susanna Crispino /Italy/
Artists: Bruno Di Lecce, Giuseppina Esposito, Giulia Giannola, Giuseppe Manigrasso, Vito Pace, Mauro Rescigno, Angelo Ricciardi, Roxy in-the-Box, Nello Teodori, Angelo Volpe.

As a reference to the Biennale concept, TLG 2.0 – Through the looking glass 2.0 idea arises from the multiple functions of the "screen": on the one hand, it "divides" two realities (specifically the real world from its projection), on the other hand it allows – as a monitor – a double-quick transmission of  information through television and, above all, through the web. 
As a consequence, every event loses its uniqueness and significance becoming a drop in a sea of other events, in a perpetual synchronization that reduces and flattens everything in an eternal present causing a loss of perspective, history, importance. 
In the meantime, the speed of communication itself and the related independence of the sources (anyone can post photos, videos and accounts on the web, in honour of the citizen journalism) let be anyone who wishes to up-to-date on any event in every corner of the world or nearly so. As a result, the so-called "international public opinion" is heavily influenced, in a way that would have been unthinkable a few decades ago and may not be considered free from manipulation. 
In other words, while we all are virtually well-informed (an "all" that means those who have access to satellite TV and a fast web connection), on the other hand, the large amount of information makes it difficult to distinguish between the truth and the mystification, the information and the deformation and, ultimately, no one can be sure that reality is as it appears on the screen. 
The title of the project takes a leaf from Lewis Carroll novel “Through the looking glass and what Alice found there” the classic novel of English literature where Alice goes through the mirror in her house and finds a world that looks like her own world, but it is very different. 
This could be comparable to our experience with the screen or the monitor: we see something that looks like familiar, but -be it a film, or web news or photos- it can be very different. 
We all are Alice, sometimes scared of the images, sometimes fascinated, but never neutral. 
We do confront the images on the screen, but sometimes -especially when images come from a reality far away from our ordinary world- we can understand them only partially. 
Actually, the East and the West could find a relation between their reality, but they will never understand the images in the same way. 
The abbreviation TLG concerns to the web habit to put everything in acronym, that is a brand new way to communicate, but sometimes it makes us loose the real sense, the essence or the meaning of the word. 
The attribute 2.0 is the conventional way to describe a particular web codification, that it is based on the sharing of everything, from information to images, and so on. 
TLG 2.0 looks like the name of a program release or patch; it seems familiar but it is not. It's like a criticism to the impoverishment of the language that often runs into ridiculousness. 
The subtitle “Through the Looking-Glass” has the task of clarify or reveal the joke and makes us meditate upon the ambiguity of the language and the images we watch on the screen. 

Susanna Crispino

Catalog 2013