On the occasion of Manifesta 12, the project room will present a programme of four exhibitions, curated by Valentina Bruschi and Ignazio Mortellaro, with the artistic coordination of Vittorio Rappa.
The project is inspired by Pliny the Elder’s Naturalis Historia (a collection of 37 books which treat, in an encyclopedic form, all the topics concerning Man and Nature, written around 77-79 AD). In 2018, a selection of international artists will be invited to combine their works with the first 4 themes listed by Pliny: Astronomy and meteorology (Allora & Calzadilla, 19th May – 2nd July); Geography of Western Europe (Katinka Bock, 12th July – 30th August); Geography of Eastern Europe (Björn Braun, 7th September – 6th October); Geography of Africa, Middle-East and Turkey (Ignazio Mortellaro, 10th October – 4th November). The project will also present a collaboration with the Fondazione Mario Merz who will lend the neon work of the artist referenced in the title to be installed outside the Calidarium, on the façade overlooking the entrance of the Botanical Gardens to be seen by the passers by and to invite a wider public to enter the space and to measure themselves with the issues it raises and the new possibilities it offers.
In the framework of the four exhibitions, Radiceterna hosts a series of avant-garde electronic live performances curated by Luca Mortellaro, aka Lucy, founder of the Berliner record label Stroboscopic Artefacts, a renowned name in the global underground scene. The four artists invited to perform represent the epitome of contemporary electronic music: Chevel (IT) on May 19th, Kangding Ray (FR) on July 12th, Rrose (USA) on September 7th, and Lucy on October 10th.
- Calidarium dell'Orto Botanico - Palermo 2018