SOLUZIONI Festival arrives in January, featuring art and live performance

SOLUZIONI Festival arrives in January, featuring art and live performance

Giulia Guido · 5 months ago · Art

What might the world be like in 2050 and the people who inhabit it? Can we only imagine negative futures or do we think we can also imagine utopias in 2050? What “SOLUTIONS” would we find to live the everyday life they imagine? These are some of the questions that gave rise to the first volume of a new event for artists of all disciplines: the SOLUZIONI Festival

Born from an idea of Grage 80 and with the collaboration of Stasis and Toco Coworking, SOLUZIONI Festival involved some artists from the national scene who were asked to give their own vision of the future through the creation of a poster and a survival kit. 

Once they have given vent to their fantasy and imagination, all the works produced by the artists will be exhibited at Toco Coworking in Via Montanaro, 44 in Turin from 19 to 22 January 2022.  

Intrigued by this new initiative, we asked Roberto Gentili and Edoardo, representing Garage 80 and Stasis respectively, a couple of questions. Read on to find out what they told us about SOLUZIONI Festival. 

How was SOLUZIONI born? What is the aim of this festival?

SOLUZIONI was born out of a need, like all good things. The need to create an independent artistic container capable of bringing together different artists from the world of contemporary art. An experimental place where artists can express themselves freely, combining different skills of the visual arts. SOLUZIONI was born through a strong synergy created over time between Garage 80 and Stasis, an artistic hub in the Turin area known for audiovisual and cultural events in Barriera di Milano, based in the Toco Coworking space.

SOLUZIONI’s aim is to create an independent festival, aimed at reincarnating liminal spaces. An “open studio” capable of creating empathy and sincerity with the public that aims to spread the underground culture of visual arts, very often relegated to more commercial uses. 

SOLUZIONI wants to ask real questions, related to issues that, in these last years of global crisis, prevent us from projecting ourselves into the future.  Questions such as: Are we able to imagine utopias or only dystopian futures? What will be the new artistic frontiers and the role they will play in the creation of a post-pandemic culture?

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Beppe Conti

Tell us about the artists involved. Who will be participating in this edition of SOLUTIONS? 

The call was answered by artists who have a common background and mentality that is quite in line with the ideas of SOLUTIONS. They are people we respect both on a human and professional level, and for us it is a source of stimulation and growth to work together. They are professionals who come from different worlds, from illustration to graphics, from street art to vj sets, from musicians to DJs, to the poetry slam. For us, this means inclusion!  

The programme we have put together is full of events: starting with the collective exhibition involving 8 artists and illustrators such as Luca Ledda, Michele Guidarini, Abel Bael, Fra design, Marte Giunipero, The Great Paper Massacre, Beppe Conti, Roberto Gentili who have been asked to reinterpret the concept of the future. 

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Luca Ledda

We will have special guests such as the performance by Mattia SIlano aka Matthew White, accompanied by Matteo Cozzo aka The Great Paper Massacre, in an artistic dualism characterized by raw aesthetics and Lo -Fi. From the live painting of Alice Lotti, who will find herself immersed in a digital environment thanks to the visual samples of Turin designer Virginia Toffetti aka INGRID; to the geometries of Abel Bael, also digitized by the Highfiles collective, respectively Tommaso Rinaldi and Riccardo Loira Aja Akasha, two Turin-based visual designers with Stasis roots, who share a digital abstractionism influenced by post-internet aesthetics. Finally, there will also be the poetic incursions of Alessandro Burbank, accompanied by the experimental sounds of Andrea Cauduro. 

The event will feature the electronic sounds of Sonambient and Corgiat, producers from Turin, from electronic music and techno, and the experimental live performance of the musical project by Claudio Lorusso, a singer-songwriter from Turin, also influenced by electronic music. 

Since that is the theme of this edition, we are also asking you: What might the world be like in 2050 and what might the people in it be like?

Our imagination has already taken us a long way in describing what the future will be like, it is clear when we hear of yet another environmental disaster, focusing on it with a bit of resignation we feel powerless in the face of crises that are ever wider. The point, however, is that this image cannot be overwhelmed only by images of the end of the world, it must be an engine for the reality we want. 

For this reason, the future we imagine is not made up of great utopias either, we do not claim to change the world and its people, we just want to give an extra moment to think about our everyday life, about those small gestures that will also be there in the future and make up an infinite color scale between the end of everything and the impossible. Perhaps, to answer the question we are asking, in 2050 one thing we would like to imagine could be a freer, more convivial, more everyday culture of art.

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“Okja” in ten frames

“Okja” in ten frames

Giulia Guido · 2 weeks ago · Art

Okja” is a 2017 film directed by Bong Joon-ho. Although it did not rake in awards like the subsequent “Parasite“, “Okja” ranks among the South Korean director’s best works and features an ensemble cast that includes Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Lily Collins, Giancarlo Esposito, and Jake Gyllenhaal.

The film tells the story of a young girl who for most of her life has raised a genetically modified “super pig,” building a bond of mutual affection with him. But their lives are set to change drastically as the industry that actually created the animal must take it back to begin the slaughtering process.
This is an exposing film against the mistreatment of animals within the meat industry that manages to deal with the topic by focusing on empathy and friendship. For this very reason in 2019 it was named one of the most influential films of the decade by the New York Times. 

In “Okja,” the state of mind of the protagonist and her animal are reflected in the colors of the sets and the choices related to the cinematography, curated by Darius Khondji (Seven, Midnight in Paris, Uncut Gems), which manage to completely capture the viewer. 

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The illusion of calm in the illustrations of Kento IIDA

The illusion of calm in the illustrations of Kento IIDA

Tommaso Berra · 2 weeks ago · Art

You know the sky on certain summer days, when you couldn’t find a cloud miles away and everything above our heads is a delicate blue, the color of the sweetest of spun sugars? Illustrator Kento IIDA finds in this atmosphere of calm the inspiration for his works, images of tranquil landscapes but leaving an atmosphere of suspicion, as if something unforeseen will happen soon, or as if something unforeseen has just happened, far from the eyes of possible witnesses.
In these vignettes there are always elements or signs that suggest a movement that breaks the calm, sometimes the movement has already happened or is in progress, as in the case of cars launching from bridges or space missiles lifting angular clouds to the sky like marble sculptures.

Kento IIDA (who is based in Tokyo) incorporates elements of Japanese tradition in his illustrations, thus traditional buildings and views of snow-capped peaks that hint at Mount Fuji appear in these ambiguous scenes, as well as baseball players, a national sport in Japan and probably the artist’s favorite.
There are not only clear skies in the views, however; poetry is also provided by clouds, often single and isolated, or by gloomy skies that sound like an omen, in an increasingly suspended and uncertain time.

Kento IIDA | Collater.al
Kento IIDA | Collater.al
Kento IIDA | Collater.al
Kento IIDA | Collater.al
Kento IIDA | Collater.al
Kento IIDA | Collater.al
Kento IIDA | Collater.al
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Vickie Vainionpää’s code-generated works

Vickie Vainionpää’s code-generated works

Tommaso Berra · 2 weeks ago · Art

Artistic expression is now no longer bound only to manual gesture, and in some cases not even to the artist’s choice. Vickie Vainionpää‘s works in fact follow that artistic strand in which works are the result of codes, of an algorithm that creates unpredictable solutions by reworking basic information. The Montreal-based artist creates his works through a generative code, which traces a certain number of points placed in a Cartesian plane.
The result is that of twisted shapes like guts or extraterrestrial organic creatures, in which even the color and shades are dictated by the generative code.

The forms are then the basis for oil paintings on canvas, in which the digital forms acquire a presence and matter through the texture of the support, the shadows and the layering of color. Some of these canvases are recently on display in New York at The Hole NYC gallery for the artist’s solo exhibition entitled “Software.”
In Vickie Vainionpää’s works, the relationship between man and machine merges, the physical and virtual experience become interconnected to the point of blurring the genesis of everything. Who creates? Who is created by whom? A series of questions that help read and complicate the present.

Vickie Vainionpää | Collater.al
Vickie Vainionpää | Collater.al
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Vickie Vainionpää | Collater.al

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Stefano Vitale trusted folk art

Stefano Vitale trusted folk art

Tommaso Berra · 1 week ago · Art

Arriving in the United States, in Los Angeles, to study at the University of Southern California, Stefano Vitale sought a way to express his hitherto unexpressed ideas using the skills he had at his disposal. Art began to figure as the most precise and sincere tool through which to do so, so he began a path that led him to a career as an established artist, thanks to his colorful and metaphysical illustrations, evocative of magical worlds in which nature dialogues with man, in which figures are suspended in mid-air in starry skies and under the hot Sicilian sun.

In the early years of his career, Stefano Vitale insists on a recurring subject, a one-eyed Madonna, a subject certainly influenced by the sacred iconography he studied and explored throughout his travels in Mexico and Central America. “I have always trusted popular art more than official art,” Vitale explains.
His look toward an elemental art is reflected in the style that uses simple lines, leaving the decorative component to color. The subjects are celebrations of joy or primal bonds such as that between mother and child or man and nature. Plants and leaves are superimposed on faces, while the sky is always a central subject of the compositions, signaled by the presence of bright stars or moons that make magical nights and sunsets.
Stefano Vitale’s work has then been linked for more than two decades by his collaboration with Donnafugata. For the Sicilian winery, the artist illustrates bottle labels, visually representing an imagery of flavors and smells that originates in Sicily, finds its inspiration from music and the Leopard, and seeps into sensory memory. Below are some of the labels created by Vitale for Donnafugata.

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Stefano Vitale | Collater.al
Stefano Vitale | Collater.al
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