I desired what you were, I need what you are

I desired what you were, I need what you are è una mostra collettiva che riflette sulla rielaborazione ed interpretazione di simboli ed elementi culturali residuali, rimasti dominanti nella cultura odierna del cinema, dell’arte e della musica. La mostra mette in luce i simboli che sono stati desiderati, usati ed interpretati da una generazione che ha vissuto l’assenza di ideologie, ma che ne ha avuto un’intuizione attraverso un’esperienza indiretta.

I desired what you were, I need what you are concretizza e approfondisce il discorso su come la generazione nata negli anni Settanta e Ottanta, disillusa e privata della possibilità di credere nel presente, sia stata costretta a soffocare il proprio slancio rivoluzionario e creativo sotto il peso dell’omologazione e del consumismo, senza alcuna possibilità di pensiero utopistico. La mostra focalizza la propria attenzione sugli ‘atteggiamenti’ di un periodo storico che non lascia lo spazio per essere eroici.
Attraverso le opere in mostra, I desired what you were, I need what you are, si concentra sulla mancanza di ideali assoluti nell’epoca attuale, a partire dal ri-uso di ideologie culturali e materiale iconico del passato; influenze ereditate e sopravvissute, perché adottate e fatte proprie dalle generazioni successive. La mostra si posiziona nello spazio del divario tra ciò ‘che è stato’ e ‘ciò che è’,

I desired what you were, I need what you are non mira all’esplorazione del sistema complessivo dell’arte, del cinema e della musica; piuttosto si propone l’analisi di alcuni aspetti particolari legittimati da una presenza continuativa e persistente, che assumono la forma di “residuo”, inteso, secondo l’accezione del sociologo Raymond Williams, come qualcosa che: “in realtà è stato creato nel passato, ma che è ancora attivo nel processo culturale, non solo e spesso non del tutto come un elemento del passato, ma come un concreto elemento del presente”. Il mito sembra rappresentare ciò in cui il residuale si è trasformato.

Patrizio Di Massimo, Cyprien Gaillard, Mario Garcia Torres rievocano le pratiche artistiche degli anni Sessanta e Settanta, da molti artisti considerate l’ultima fase nella storia dei movimenti culturali che ha portato in prima linea le nozioni di idea, criticità, provocazione, sperimentazione e coraggio. Gruppi musicali, movimenti ed eventi leggendari del passato, così lontani ma ancora così vicini, conservano un forte significato, divenendo spazi di memoria emotiva, che continuano a giocare un ruolo chiave nella società, come evidenziato da Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, Jamie Shovlin e Matt Stokes.
Marcelline Delbecq, Ryan Gander, Jamie Shovlin, Olivia Plender, riflettono sul mito concreto e profondo del cinema, che non risiede nei suoi protagonisti o nelle sue pellicole, bensì principalmente nella sua capacità rivoluzionaria di ‘illusione’, nella sovrapposizione di realtà e invenzione.

I desired what you were, I need what you are si focalizza sugli espedienti che l’arte contemporanea costruisce per soddisfare desideri segreti: un modo per far diventare realtà mitologie, problematiche e leggende, per avvicinarsi maggiormente al desiderio dell’autentico. La mostra si posiziona esattamente laddove sembra collocarsi la rivoluzione del nostro tempo: soddisfare un sogno di autenticità, là, dove il ‘residuo’ diventa ’emergente’.

In occasione della mostra sarà presentato un catalogo in edizione limitata a cura di Ilaria Gianni.

I desired what you were, I need what you are, è un progetto elaborato nell’ambito del MFA Curating, Goldsmiths College University of London.

I desired what you were, I need what you are
Curated by Ilaria Gianni

Opening: Wednesday April 23 April, 6 pm

I desired what you were, I need what you are, is a group show that reflects upon the re-elaboration and interpretation of residual cultural elements and symbols that have remained in front line as issues or as myths in dominant cultural practices such as cinema, art and music and which have been used, interpreted and desired by a generation that has lived a lack of ideologies, but which has had the scent of them through a second hand experience.

I desired what you were, I need what you are, aims to concretize the discourse that many times has been superficially approached, concerning how the generation born between the 1970s and 1980s has grown up deprived of the possibility of believing in a present certainty, disillusioned after having experienced the social, political and cultural failures of the time they lived. Their attempt of revolutionary élan has been suffocated by the massive productivism of an era in which everything is englobed by the dominant systems and transformed in industrial mechanisms. I desired what you were, I need what you are focuses on the ‘attitudes’ of a time that gives no possibility of utopian thinking, no space to be heroic.

I desired what you were, I need what you are reflects upon the loss and lack of absolute ideals in the present age, through the use of past cultural products and ideologies, adopted, appropriated and inherited by generations. It is the gap between what ‘has been’ and ‘what is’, that I desired what you were, I need what you are positions itself.

It is not the myth of art, cinema and music in their essence that the show aims to explore but a particular legend that has been legitimized by its presence in these macro cultural products that create our system, and that has resisted through time, taking the form of the ‘residual’. This last concept is intended as sociologist Raymond Williams explains: as something that “has been effectively formed in the past, but is still active in the cultural process, not only and often not at all, as an element of the past, but as an effective element of the present”. The notion of myth seems to explain what the residual has become.

Patrizio Di Massimo, Cyprien Gaillard, Mario Garcia Torres, rethink artistic practices, especially those from the 1960s and 1970s, considered, by many artists, the last cultural art movement that brought idea, criticality, provocation, experimentation and courage in front line, a period seen as mythical, whose figures have become sacred monsters. Residual elements are also evident in the music system, surviving as living legends. Bands, movements and events from the past become spaces in which memory gathers and emotions conceal. Certain events, figures and experimentations, so far away but still so close, continue to play a key role in society as underlined by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, Jamie Shovlin and Matt Stokes. The element of illusion created by the overlapping of fact and fiction, which constitutes cinema’s essence and haunts our approach towards its reading, has also been analysed in its stratifications through time. The tangible and profound myth of cinema isn’t in its figures or in its films but primarily in its revolutionary capacity of ‘illusion’. The works by Marcelline Delbecq, Ryan Gander, Jamie Shovlin, Olivia Plender are looking at this substantial moment.

I desired what you were, I need what you are, shows how art is attempting to produce a device that serves secret desires: a way of making mythologies, issues and legends come true, an attempt to get closer to the desire for the authentic. The show positions itself precisely where the revolution of our time seems to lay: fulfilling a dream of authenticity where the ‘residual’ becomes ‘emergent’.
A catalogue in limited edition edited by Ilaria Gianni will be presented the day of the opening.

I desired what you were, I need what you are, is a project elaborated in the framework of Goldsmiths College University of London, MFA Curating, 2006-2007.

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