exhibition | Simone Bergantini

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Addiction

curated by Daniele De Luigi

We are living in an era of human evolution that will mark our path.

In the history of man on earth, the computer network will have the same value as fire in bringing light to darkness, the wheel in shortening distances and fossil fuels in boosting our production capabilities. In just a few years, a large portion of humanity in every corner of the world has become connected to a single global network through social networks and thanks to connection devices that are getting ever smaller, cheaper and easier to use. The time taken for information to travel across huge distances is becoming shorter and shorter and we might plausibly imagine a future in which data generation, distribution and utilization will take place in the same ‘telepathic’ instant. Wealth and power distribution is no longer determined by the exchange of goods but by the exchange of information. A new order of economic, ethical and aesthetic values is gaining predominance over old models. Unlike in the past, however, this epochal change does not entail the replacement of one model with another, more functional one, but is taking shape through a virtual cloning and implementation of the existing model. We are generating a dual record of references that mutually influence each another in a sort of mitosis occurring right across the planet. Today we are able to live life in a hybrid mode that can enhance our experience of the world.

Addiction is the representation of a shared social ritual enacted every single day by hundreds of millions of people. Addiction is the “photograph” of a new, transversal, social togetherness. All over the world, people’s fingers are running over the gleaming screens of mobile phones and tablets. These gestures enable us, at any given time, to alternate our experience between two worlds as we go through the ‘mirror’ between the real to the virtual world more and more frequently.

These images record the organic deposit transferred from our fingers to the hard and glossy surface of our tablets. On the surface of the POP object of the new millennium, hundreds of millions of human beings share an abstract gesture, an unwitting expression of a virtual collective unconscious. The traces revealed by this series of images take stock of the situation and highlight the bio-mechanical elements that will be the focus of attention in the future.

Outside the museum, outside the art gallery, these large, deep, black “magnets” are ubiquitous in every corner of the city, in every kind of public transport, in every restaurant, park, office, private home and in our hands, triggering a reflection on the sense of our identity and our future.

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BIOGRAPHY

Simone Bergantini was born in Velletri (Rome) in 1977; he has a degree in Art History from La Sapienza University in Rome. In 2004 he moved to Milan where he learned photography working as an assistant to fashion and advertising photographers. He has been living in Turin since 2009.

He has participated in numerous group exhibits, including: Premio Fabbri Off prize – Palazzo Giacomelli, Treviso; La Costante Cosmologica – Monumental Complex of San Giovanni, Catanzaro (2011); Contemporary Energy. Italian Attitudes, Supec – Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, Shanghai (2010) ; Pt02 – Maxxi, Rome (2009); Biennial of Photography, Alessandria (2007); Serrone Young Artists Biennial – Villa Reale, Monza (2007); Premio Cairo prize – Palazzo della Permanente, Milan (2007).

His major solo exhibits include: Alphabet – CO2 Gallery, Rome (2011); American Standard (remix) – Jarach Gallery, Venice (2011); Black Eyes Explosion – Jarach Gallery, Venice (2010).

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