ATPdiary invited some curators to point out three international artworks that summarize – or are meaningful of – three historical periods. 

1 from the past, even very distant.

1 from the present, focusing on the contemporary moment.

1 from the future, with a strong perspective, in a nutshell, towards what’s next. 

Emanuele Guidi 

Past —

Graffiti di mani dipinte con tecnica stencil ,  Cueva de El Castillo, Spagna,   circa 40.000 anni fa – popolo indigeno.

Una ricerca di pochi anni fa pubblicata sul  National Geographic ha messo in dubbio l’autorialità delle immagini delle mani presenti in molte grotte in tutto il mondo (che variano tra i 9000 ed 40.000 anni fa). Da sempre associate a scene di caccia e per questo attribuite a uomini, le ricerche hanno evidenziato come la percentuale di mani che apparterrebbero a donne, sarebbe molto più alta. 

Graffiti di mani dipinte con tecnica stencil,   Cueva de El Castillo,   Spagna,   circa 40.000 anni fa - popolo indigeno

Graffiti di mani dipinte con tecnica stencil, Cueva de El Castillo, Spagna, circa 40.000 anni fa – popolo indigeno

Present — 

A Studio in Hand-Reading: Charlotte Wolff. Un progetto di Valentina Desideri, kunstverein Amsterdam 

Look at your hand, that tool between a fin and a wing, which developed fingers, a thumb and now grasps and touches everything, real and imaginary. It images the real in its tactile rendering of objects, distances and shapes. It realizes the imaginary by gesturing, approximating thinking through space.

Can I read your hand?

Its surface, gestures and lines offer a complex image that calls for reading. Many readings actually, as each reading is in turn an imaging, a composition, an expression of possibilities.

Jason and Raimundas, Céline, Audrey, Koenraad, Jessica – Can I read your work?

Dr. Charlotte Wolff (1897–1986) read the palms of André Breton, Man Ray, Maurice Ravel, T.S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Antonin Artaud, Cecil Beaton and Aldous Huxley. She read their character in their hands and their palms also figure in her now rare and exceptional book Studies in Hand-Reading (1936).

But reading always happens between at least two: the reader and what is read – be it books, palms, objects, people, artworks. To engage in this kind of reading together is to engage in study. I propose to gather in the Studio, with books, hands, artworks, coffee and drinks, to read.

Jessica Warboys,   Four Lines,   2011

Jessica Warboys, Four Lines, 2011

Future —

Aleksandra Domanovi?, The future was at her fingerprints,  2013-2014

Nel progetto “The future was at her fingerprints” Domanovi? affronta la storia della “belgrade Hand”, uno dei primi tentativi di progettare una mano con il senso del tatto progettata nel 1963 in Serbia. Nel tracciare la storia di questa invenzione Domanovi?, fa emergere l’importanza di alcune donne nella ricerca che ha portato alla scoperta di Internet, cibernetica e della realtà virtuale.

Aleksandra Domanovi?,   Little Sister II,   2014,   Laser sintered PA plastic,   polyurethane,   Soft-Touch,   copper finish,   9 x 11 x 22 cm. Courtesy the artist and Tanya Leighton,   Berlin. Photo Georg Gaul

Aleksandra Domanovi?, Little Sister II, 2014, Laser sintered PA plastic, polyurethane, Soft-Touch, copper finish, 9 x 11 x 22 cm. Courtesy the artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin. Photo Georg Gaul

La serie di mani prodotte da Domanovi? è accompagnata da una cronologia: 

1843 Ada Lovelace writes what is considered the first computer program

1867 The typewriter is introduced

1908 Kikunae Ikeda proposes the existence of umami

1950 A cybernetic tortoise is designed by William Grey Walter

1963 Rajko Tomovi? develops one of the earliest artificial limbs with a sense of touch known as the ‘Belgrade Hand’

1968 Marvin Minsky creates the tentacle arm

1968 Marvin Minsky is an adviser on the movie ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

1973 The Internet consists of 25 computers

1977 In ‘Demon Seed’ by Donald Cammell, Susan Harris is impregnated by an artificial intelligence called Protheus; the AI uses the ‘Belgrade hand’ as it’s robotic prop

1980 Tito dies

1984 Hewlett Packard introduces the first inkjet printer available to consumers

1984 Jivamukti Yoga is founded in New York

1987 The second to last ‘Relay of Youth’ takes place in Yugoslavia; the baton is made out of plexiglass with 8 drops of blood

1988 Worm plagues the Internet

1989 Borka Jerman Blaži? registers the .yu domain

1989 Corbis is founded by Bill Gates

1996 Olia Lialina makes ‘My Boyfriend Came Back From the War’ 

1997 ‘Zeroes + Ones: Digital Women and the New Technoculture’ by Sadie Plant is published

1998 The first Lululemon store opens in Vancouver

2000 Saint Isidore of Seville is declared the patron saint of the Internet by the Vatican; he is also the patron saint of computers, computer users, and computer technicians

2006 Spam intensifies to 96% of all emails 

2008 Bhutan acknowledges women’s full right to vote

2008 Shapeways launches a service allowing customers to design and produce their own 3 dimensional products

2010 .yu is the most heavily used top-level domain ever to be deleted 

2012 Bayer MaterialScience LLC updates their soft-touch coating technology

2012 In ‘Prometheus’ by Ridley Scott, Dr. Elizabeth Shaw performs an abortion on herself, removing the alien fetus

2013 Zaha Hadid becomes the Veuve Clicquot businesswoman of the year

2025 New Zealand is completely smoke-free 

2099 Most conscious beings lack a permanent physical form