Short Interview / Andreas Angelidakis / Domesticated Mountain

19 Aprile 2012


Vedute dell’installazione della mostra ‘Domesticated Mountain’ di Andreas Angelidakis alla Gloria Maria Gallery, Milano

 Domesticated Mountain, 2012, still from short animated film, 6, 10m. Courtesy the artist and Gloria Maria Gallery, Milan

ATP: Can you explain to me the show in a few lines?

Andreas Angelidakis: ‘Domesticated Mountain’ refers to a moment when we are so saturated with consumption that we go back to an almost primitive state of being. This primitive state could be the internet, where we consume just by clicking, and our desires are satisfied in an ephemeral may, maybe without needing the object. The exhibition traces this journey to a non-material reality by following the suburban story of overconsumption, a house so full of things that it disappears.
As a parallel narrative, the exhibition questions the compulsion of the architect to always propose a built structure. So the show we made architectural drawings and a 3dprint of a precisely resolved “domesticated mountain”, a house designed down to it’s cupboards and kitchen cabinets and bathroom etc, but we call the “unproposed home” because in the main narrative of the video, there comes a moment when we dont need buildings anymore.
ATP: The title of the exhibition is fascinating, ‘Domesticated Mountain’. Obviously this is a metaphor. It’s a great mountain that symbolizes human stupidity?
AA: Mountain refers to the accumulation of objects, but also to the idea of the most primitive house or the last house: the grave. So yes you could say that the constant and unnecessary accumulation of objects makes an inhabitable grave. There is a quote of Aldo Rossi from his Scientific Autobiography, about a man walking in a forest and coming upon a mount. The first thought of that person is  “a man is buried here”. This for Rossi was the definition of architecture.  
ATP: Internet seems to have changed our perception of reality: to buy, to experience, to learn. Do you think also the way we love have changed?
AA: Of course it has changed, because the way we appreciate has changed. Maybe internet makes love stronger, maybe it becomes a fresh primitive feeling again.  
ATP: In the critical introductive text to your exhibition, tones are often apocalyptic. Stories of people who are lost between real and virtual consumption, of people whom fall asleep on their iPad, consumerism and oblivion. Where do you think we are going? Will we wake up? 🙂
AA: A lot of the stories in the text and the video come from my own experience. Ok maybe I did not fall asleep on the ipad, but I have often bought books as the last thing before closing my eyes at night, so really half asleep, sleepshopping like sleepwalking. I think the internet will make us less of consumers in the end. We will just satisfy our consumer desire by selecting things without completing the purchase. There is a infinite landscape of online information to satisfy our desire for objects.
Andeas Angelidakis 
Domesticated Mountain
a cura di Maria Cristina Didero
Gloria Maria Gallery, Milano
fino al 28 maggio 2012  
Gloria Maria Cappelletti e Andreas Angelidakis, Flavio De Monte, Carlo Antonelli 
Adelina von Fürstenberg e Angelo Plessas, Andreas Angelidakis e Maria Cristina Didero, Gloria Maria Cappelletti
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