Raum / Spazio

Currently it seems that everything is possible, nevertheless our capacity of imagination is un consciously determined by trends and opinions. We want to create a free place, not occupied, which solicits a reflection on conventions and confines, which makes an intellectual freedom possible and gives space to the imagination of desires.

Katherina Putzer, Projec meeting, 21.12.2010

It is fundamental that this act of looking at each other, of producing new symbols to be able to look at oneself and look one’s own pain in the eye, coincides with posing oneself once again the problem of shape, with the desire to make shapes. In general, for art, this also means a return to posing the problem of space, of how I move within it and of how I can give it shape (style) by means of a reactivated symbolic awareness.
Lecture by Matteo Cavalleri, “A monument to the possible”, Research week, 30.10.2010

Tommaso Laureti completed this painting in 1585, and it spreads across the ceiling of Constantine Hall at the Vatican Palace. As far as I know, The normally verbose discipline of art history has had almost nothing to say about the painting, which habitually translates a ‘nothing to see’ – an insufficiency, yet here silence might work in response to the surplus effect, the excess that Laureti seeks to convey. The painting is a vast expanse of illusionistic sitelessness, designed both to dislocate and not to interfere with the climactic episode at the center – an absolute bluntness in demanding full attention to the cataclysm at its center, and proportional devotion.
Mihnea Mircan, Monument to concomitance, conference 26.10.2010