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NEMO_Beta, HD movie, 39′ 36”, 2009-10.

NEMO is the Italian development project of KM3NeT, an European research infrastructure aimed to build a gigantic Cherenkov telescope, basically a giant underwater antenna, to detect high-energy astrophysical neutrinos. The movie documents the experimental installation of a twelve arms tower at 3500 meters depth. Below the sea level dozens of this module will form a grid of 1 square km about 700 meters high.

Still from HD movie.

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The KM3NeT will be the only submarine telescope to operate in the northern hemisphere and will be complementary to the American telescope installed under the ice of Antarctica. If implemented, it would become a centre of world-class research in the field of basic research as well as the largest station for monitoring the marine environment. The depths chosen by the Italian project for this telescope installation are part of a large area of the Ionian Sea located approximately 80 km from Portopalo, very close to the area where occurred the 1996 Christmas Eve wreck (see Portopalo).

NEMO_Beta is also the continuation of BdA, the exhibition contents made for the  Science Museum of Catania whose purpose was to illustrate the recent history of development in Sicily.

Portopalo, photographic installation, Durst Lambda prints on paper, variable dimensions, 2009.

Although it may seem paradoxical, “landscape” is a fundamental and recurrent theme of Modernism. So is it for those contemporary artists who through modernist models and structures once again put our way of seeing the landscape on the line. This practice clearly does not stop at the optical effect alone (or the “small pleasures”) but acts as a genuine investigative process. In this active exercise, the research (of documents and practices) overlaps with the taking apart and recomposition of the geographic and social space.

Portopalo. Installation view at the group show PPS - People and Landscape of Sicily at Palazzo Riso, Regional Museum of Contemporary Art, Palermo 2010.

Portopalo.
Installation view at the group show PPS – People and Landscape of Sicily at Palazzo Riso, Regional Museum of Contemporary Art, Palermo 2010.

Jean François Lyotard discerned how in the dominant capitalist society, signs are immediately and totally transformed (and neutralized) in information. Breaking the traditional alliance or uniformity of purpose that bound art to Capital, some artists have taken the trouble to dismantle the information and restore the value and fullness of the signs.

For some years now, Federico Baronello’s work has efficaciously pursued this line. The works presented at the gianluca collica gallery of Catania show us a landscape; a very precise landscape, that of Portopalo and the southwestern Ionian Sea. In this landscape (presented through photographic prints and full-HD video) the information is profuse and different: the realization and the installation of sculpture groups along the Portopalo promenade, by the local parish priest Don Palacino, in memory of the 283 migrants drowned off Capo Passero in 1996 (with a religious-pop aesthetic, with obvious though surely unconscious references to Picasso as well as Ed and Nancy Kienholz); the probable installation again in the same waters off Portopalo, by the Institute of Nuclear physics, of an immensely powerful underwater telescope, a kind of antenna devised to reveal astrophysical neutrinos of the highest energy; the remains and markings of Islamic culture “etched” onto the seized fishing boats in the port of Portopalo.

In Baronello’s works, all these pieces of information reacquire the meanings of a story but above all are presented as signs of modernity: useful signs enabling us to understand also what we see.

Giovanni Iovane, presentation text for the solo show Portopalo at the gianluca collica gallery, Catania 2009.

Also, see Francesco Lucifora interview (in Italian)!

Footnote

Footnote

*Candy Factory Projects

*CANDY FACTORY PROJECTS is a Japanese based platform for international collaborative multimedia based art projects, a mobile art institution, organizing curatorial projects, exhibitions, web projects and publications based on long term collaborations.

Takuji Kogo, *CFP founder, has worked and developed projects with artists such as Thomas Bayrle, Federico Baronello, Mike Bode, Young Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Charles Lim Yi Yong, Keiichi Miyagawa, John Miller, Ola Pehrson and Sean Snyder. They transform standardized everyday life and the distorted landscape of the global economy into digital kaleidoscopes presented as pavilion sculpture using multi computer projections.

Federico Baronello has been a member of the Candy Factory Projects since 1999 and produced:

'Online Ads' from Kitakyushu Biennial World Tour 2013, installation view at the Olica Phone Center, Catania 2013.

‘Online Advertisements (from #1 till #13)’, short ad messages to learn Italian / Japanese while singing and having fun.
Installation view from Kitakyushu Biennial World Tour 2013 at the Olica Phone Center, Catania.

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ʻOnline Adsʼ (with Takuji Kogo), installation view at *Candy Factory Projects in Rome, AuditoriumArte – Rome 2012.

Installation views of ʻOnline Adsʼ at *Candy Factory Projects in Rome, AuditoriumArte - Rome 2012.

ʻOnline Adsʼ (with Takuji Kogo), installation view at *Candy Factory Projects in Rome, AuditoriumArte – Rome 2012.

EUR (with Takuji Kogo), still from two Shockwave Flash movies, length 3'44'' and 4'34'', 2011.

‘EUR ROME’ (with Takuji Kogo), Arab Spring’s aftermath in Rome.
Still from two Shockwave Flash movies, length 3’44” and 4’34”, 2011.

'Vittoria', installation view at the group show 'IMIN' Kitakyushu Biennial, ex-JR Kyushu office bldg., Moji-Ko Kitakyushu (Japan).

‘Vittoria’ (with Takuji Kogo), a project about large scale Sicilian cherry tomato production backed by Romanian and Tunisian migrants.
Installation view at the group show ‘IMIN’ Kitakyushu Biennial, ex-JR Kyushu office bldg., Moji-Ko Kitakyushu, Japan 2009.

'Portopalo', installation view at the 'IMIN' KB.

‘Portopalo’, a comparative aesthetics between religions in the global age.
Installation view at the ‘IMIN’ KB 2009.

'Lampedusa (How To Reach)', installation view at the group show 'Cute or Creepy?' Kitakyushu Biennial, ex-JR Kyushu office bldg., Moji-Ko Kitakyushu, Japan 2007.

‘How to reach Lampedusa’ (with Takuji Kogo), a promotional video clip for the holiday resort on the border of Italy next to an African asylum seeker’s detention center.
Installation view at the group show ‘Cute or Creepy?’ Kitakyushu Biennial, ex-JR Kyushu office bldg., Moji-Ko Kitakyushu, Japan 2007.

'Librino New Town Project' (with Takuji Kogo), a re-mix and Japanese dubbing of a TV documentary about squatters in abandoned public housing project in Sicilia designed by the Japanese architect Kenzo Tange. Installation view at the group show Transformer (with Candy Factory), Akiyoshidai International Art Village, Yamaguchi, Japan 2005.

‘Librino New Town Project’ (with Takuji Kogo), a re-mix and Japanese dubbing of a TV documentary about squatters in abandoned public housing project in Sicilia designed by the Japanese architect Kenzo Tange.

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‘Librino New Town Project’ (with Takuji Kogo), installation view at the group show Transformer (with Candy Factory), Akiyoshidai International Art Village, Yamaguchi, Japan 2005.