Prompted

The departure point for “Prompted” is a shared fascination by the three invited artists and the curator for spaces of ambiguity opened up by aural works. The works selected for each of the artists configure the contrast that exist between an authorial voice framing an artistic experience and images recorded simply with live recording and surround sound.

Catalina Niculescu’s film looks at the resonance of the interiors and exteriors of the Cite Radieuse, the renowned building complex designed in Marseille, Southern France, by architect Le Corbusier. The artist performs the place with the aid of a portable sculpture of her own making: it folds and unfolds and measures the space, drawing the viewer’s attention to materials, light fixtures and transient passageways.

In his film, Italian artist Diego Marcon reconstructs the visual journey and manual process leading to the production of postcards, with simple gestures and cinematic close ups, he succeeds in suggesting how memories are generated, transmitted and eventually sent off to family, friends and loved ones.

Through her hypnotic tales narrated with the artist’s disembodied voice, Clare Gasson whispers in the listener’s ears effortless poetic riddles that have the power of constructing new worlds in the receiver’s brain and heighten any sense of perception.

Caterina Riva

01 CITÉ RADIEUSE (EPISODE ONE)

Catalina Niculescu’s film looks at the resonance of the interiors and exteriors of the Cite Radieuse, the renown building complex designed in Marseille, Southern France, by architect Le Corbusier. The artist performs the place with the aid of a portable sculpture of her own making: it folds and unfolds and measures the space, drawing the viewer’s attention to materials, light fixtures and transient passageways.

Catalina Niculescu was born in 1978 in Bucharest, Romania, and studied at the Academy of Art & Design in Offenbach, Germany and at the Slade, London. She lives in London but she is currently in residence in Los Angeles at Raid Projects.

She made work in Marseille, Berlin, London where she had solo shows in galleries. Her films were screened at Milton Keynes Gallery. In 2010 she travelled to China and held a residency at Triangle France.

02 5MHM

5mhm is a song, performance and score. Through her hypnotic tales narrated with the artist’s disembodied voice, Clare Gasson whispers in the listener’s ears effortless poetic riddles that have the power of constructing new worlds in the receiver’s brain and heighten any sense of perception.

Clare Gasson’s practice springs from text. She works in a variety of ways: from working with the voice, performance, film, photography, sculpture, city walks to writing scripts and scores. Her core concerns are around layering of minimal textural structures and event.

5mhm is a song, performance and score (2011); 7’ was originally conceived as a film for Thinking Through Cinema (Deep Red) – a LUX commission for Artissima Art Fair, Turin, Italy (2010).

03 SALUT! HALLO! HELLO!

In his film, Italian artist Diego Marcon reconstructs the visual journey and manual process leading to the production of postcards, with simple gestures and cinematic close ups, he succeeds in suggesting how memories are generated, transmitted and eventually sent off to family, friends and loved ones.

Diego Marcon (Busto Arsizio, Italy, 1985) graduated in film editing at Milan’s New Media School and got his BA in Visual Arts and Theatre at IUAV University of Venice. In 2009 he took part to the Advanced Course in Visual Arts of the Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como and did a residency in Paris with the Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art. In 2010 he was a studio recipient at Fondazione Bevilaqua La Masa in Venice.

His works have been show internationally at Fondation d’entreprise Ricard (Paris), De Vleeshal (Middelburg), National Architecture Institute (Rotterdam), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Torino, Italy), MAGA Museo Arte Gallarate (Gallarate, Italy), Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea di Monfalcone and have been screened in film festivals both in Italy and abroad.
www.diegomarcon.net

04 7'

Through her hypnotic tales narrated with the artist’s disembodied voice, Clare Gasson whispers in the listener’s ears effortless poetic riddles that have the power of constructing new worlds in the receiver’s brain and heighten any sense of perception. 7’ was originally conceived as a film for Thinking Through Cinema (Deep Red) – a LUX commission for Artissima Art Fair, Turin, Italy (2010).

05 Caterina Riva - Biography

Caterina Riva is the director of ARTSPACE, Auckland, New Zealand. Riva studied in Italy and the UK where she received her MFA in Curating at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She was previously co-director and curator of FormContent, an innovative not for profit space she co-founded in East London (2007-2010). Previously she was the coordinator of the Advanced Course in Visual Arts for Fondazione Ratti in Como, Italy, from 2004 to 2008.

She participated to the 6th Berlin Biennale’s curatorial workshop (2010), and was curator in residence at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia (2010). Riva has contributed as a writer to a number of artists’ books and publications, and to international art magazines, mostly recently to cura magazine.
http://www.artspace.org.nz/

06 Exhibition credits

Curator: Caterina Riva
Author of Texts: Caterina Riva
Realization: Lenka Střeláková and Janek Rous
Published: 1. 4. 2012