We are thrilled to present researches and works developed in Studio by the artists Emmy Skensved, João Drumond and Pete Fleming.
The open studio on March 28th opens the third edition of Cripta747 Studio, an international programme of shared studio that in 2019 will host 13 artists and one curator from Canada, France, Great Britain, Italy, Lithuania, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.
Emmy Skensved is a Canadian artist, based in Berlin since 2007. Her practice spans a variety of media including digital animation, audio, installation, and web design, and touches upon themes of new technology, economic and bodily consumption, subculture and social ritual.With her recent show, Room & Bored, at Polansky Gallery in Prague, She explored the theme of solitude in the digital age. In the exhibition space, She constructed a site-specific installation that encouraged rest and momentary isolation in order to consider how idleness and boredom are necessary for self-reflection and the creative process. Within this built environment, an audio track consisting of a whispering inner monologue took listeners through domestic spaces and communication channels, conceptualizing the ideal habitat for interior introspection.
In residence at Cripta747, She has continued working in this vein, examining the related theme of “presence” and working with both audio and sculptural elements in order to create an installation that relates to the idea of what it means to be physically present in our hyper-connected current day and age.
João Drumond was born on the Portuguese island of Madeira in 1990. His practice materializes into drawings, paintings and other graphic and tridimensional artefacts with a particular interest in language, mental health and environmental issues. After moving to Berlin in 2016 his research focused on water, in particular on water's treatment and supply for domestic consumption and on its geology, questioning the impact of this natural resource on the lives of human populations in a broader scope. Water is a basic human physiological need and has shaped societies, its economies, traditions but also people's mindsets in the form of fears of natural disasters and invasions, mythologies, or island cultures by providing isolation. The way that water influences the weather, in the form of clouds or precipitation, still has an impact in contemporary societies no matter how technologically advanced they are. It shapes what people wear and their moods and is a common topic in day to day conversations. In residency he has drawn upon these issues to research about past, present or future issues related to water in Turin and Italy. Its supplying infrastructures, environmental impact of water waste, its scarcity or abundance on ecosystems.
Pete Fleming, is a British artists living in Oslo. He approaches the digital image from a materialist position. Starting with light and touch, his installations explore the sensual and haptic nature of digital images. He creates situations that embrace my wider conceptual practice of “becoming-with” the digital image, wherein images are not discrete ‘things’ but in the words of Karen Barad “phenomena-in-their-becoming”. This means that images materialize through and within a relationship of interdependence with the rest of the world. He seeks to activate an engagement with images in the making: highlighting material transgressions between bodies and images, or by extrapolating photographic blemishes into sculptural motifs. Through these methodologies he aims to engage the affective capacities of our own bodies in response to a material situation that promotes subtlety, vulnerability, and openness. His work demonstrates an optimism for what is undefined - a position of value and hope in uncertainty.
The researches of the artists in Studio on March are accompanied by a critical text by Vincenzo Estremo, writer, editor in chief of Droste Effect magazine and Professor of “Mass Media Theory and Method” at NABA, Milan
Cripta747 Studio is a programme of shared studios borned in 2017. It aims to foster international mobility, the stay in town of artist and art professionals from all over the world and the growth of the city’s cultural and productive fabric. Every year we provide three workspace to artists, curators and researchers in a context that favours dialogue and pair exchange of ideas and skills between visual arts and other expressive languages.
Thanks to the collaboration with several research centers and cultural institutions, with the Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Turin, the artists, during the research phase, may access the rich archival and librarian heritage of the city and their projects can take advantage and be enriched by the history, geography or personalities that have characterized the city.
Cripta747 Studio Programme is also influenced by the area’s rich heritage of craft. The proximity to artisanal workshops, family-run manufacturing factories and small innovative companies present in the neighbourhood actively contribute to create a stimulating environment and an experimental production approach.
Cripta747 Studio Programme is a project by Cripta747 realised thanks to the support of Fondazione CRT.