08.09.2012 - 21.10.2012

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08.09.2012 – 21.10.2012 installation view © Photos by Niels Vis / Courtesy of the artist and SMART Project Space, Amsterdam
© Courtesy of SMART Project Space
08.09.2012 - 21.10.2012

Arie Biemondstraat
101-111 1054 PD Amsterdam
September 8th, 2012 - October 21st, 2012
Opening: September 8th, 2012 7:04 PM - 8:10 PM

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SMART Project Space is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition in the Netherlands by Giorgio Andreotta Calò (born in Venice, Italy, and lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands). Andreotta Calò presents an immersive audiovisual installation realized in collaboration with Emanuele Wiltsch Barberio which captures the dynamic nature of time. 

Open daily from sunrise to sunset, the exhibition and site specific installation 08.09.2012 - 21.10.2012 is a meditation on temporality and a reflection on cinematic style and convention. Time is one of the most fundamental yet ineffable aspects of human experience, as though instead of seeing the world as a series of stills, we are watching it in moving pictures.  

Using the principle of the stenoscopia, Giorgio Andreotta Calò has inserted an optical lens in the outer wall of each gallery space to project the sky and surrounding environment on the floors, intermingling outside space and inside time. In addition to this visual carpet, the temporality of sound is interwoven. The sonic dimension created by Emanuele Wiltsch Barberio is based around the idea of conveying the sound produced by the clock located inside the tower of the SMART Project Space, in overlapping patterns, emphasizing and amplifying its sound shades through space in real time.

An organic and ever evolving audiovisual landscape unfolds with its natural variations and repetitions, in which standardized time stretches out to a dimension in which the distorting perspectives of past and future are forgotten.

08.09.2012 - 21.10.2012 pursues how until the industrial revolution most work, not only agricultural but artisanal and even clerical, was governed by the availability of natural light and by the annual rhythm of the seasons. Time, as a result, was elastic: working days were longer or shorter through the course of the year, and the seasons imposed periods of labour and others of comparative idleness. It was more important to know it was an hour before sunset than that it was any particular number on the sundial or the clock. But as artificial lighting allowed working hours to be standardised and the efficient operation of large-scale manufacturing required such regularisation, we came to be ruled by the inelastic time of the clock.

After graduating in sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice (1999-2005) Giorgio Andreotta Calò went on to complete a masters degree at the KHB KunstHochSchule in Berlin (2003-2004). He was a resident artist at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam in 2009/10. In 2001-2003 and 2007 he worked as an assistant to Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. Andreotta Calò’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Premio Italia Arte Contemporanea, MAXXI in Rome (2012); Silenzi in cui le cose si abbandonano, MSU Museum for Contemporary Art in  Zagreb (2012); ILLUMInazioni / ILLUMInations, 54th International Venice Biennale (2011);  Art in the Auditorium, Whitechapel Gallery, London, (2011); SI - Sindrome Italiana, la jeune création artistique italien, Magasin - Centre National d'Art contemporain de Grenoble (2010); The Wight Biennal, UCLA New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles (2010); Postmonument, The XIV International Sculpture Biennale of Carrara (2010); Scolpire il tempo, Wilfried Lentz Gallery, Rotterdam (2010); The Bakery, Annette Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam (2010); 1979-2009, Galleria Civica, Trento, Italy (2009); Atto Terzo. Volver, ZERO…, Milano (2008).

Emanuele Wiltsch Barberio's work as musician and sound designer is based on interdisciplinary research and integration. After approaching music education in Seattle and London (1999-2003), he has produced for theater, dance, performances and visual arts. He has performed in solo and in collaboration under different names for soundtracks and recordings, among which Tidal Wave, A+A, Venice (2011);Madriema, Musica per Finestrini (2010); Fluxus, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Bevilacqua la Masa, Venice (2010);  Venetian Suite, Paki Zennaro & Carolyn Carlson (2010). He has been collaborating with Giorgio Andreotta Calò since 2004. His works have been presented at NABA - Arts and Design Academy,Milan (2012);  Mare Bianco, Salone del Mobile, Milan (2012); Centro Culturale Candiani, Venice (2012); Yerebatan Sarnici, Istanbul (2012); Your Country Doesn't Exist, Icelandic Pavillion, 54th International Venice Biennale (2011).