At this moment in which the globalized world has been hit by the coronavirus crisis, our daily lives have been altered. The Sottovuoto projects sought to to reflect about the possibilities and consequences of this situation.
The social media presence of big museums rarely generates real contact with their audience as they focus on creating a representation of themselves online instead of reacting and interacting with the dynamic created by their viewers. Smaller projects have an opportunity as they are more flexible and have more capacity to move freely. Being a vibrating body, as Deleuze and Guattari explain, consists in letting yourself be affected by others – our main purpose. A project for conjunction, in the sense of Bifo Berardi, in which we are exploring this situation and reflecting about social distancing and about the possibilities of creating an online community through contemporary art.
We are excited to be working with a group of artists from around the world – Brazil, England, France, Greece, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United States – whose practices have been affected/encouraged/inspired/damaged by the coronavirus crisis in different ways. This open and organic creative process, that is essential in this project, will be shared on an Instagram account that is considered for us the best platform in this moment, as it allows us to materialise our ideas and remain in contact with people across different time zones. While the final product is important, this project also aims to capture the artists’ process and how it has changed in these circumstances. We believe in a continuous curatorial process which will end in an “online exhibition” in which we will not only show the final works of the artists that have participated but also we will reflect about the dynamics created in the group.