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Ambiente, territorio, cultura: tre parole che per molti versi sono sinonimi di ‘energia’. Risorse da vivere e capire, prima di tutto, che stanno alla base di un progetto ospitato a Villa Adria (Adria, Rovigo) nell’ambito del programma Scuola: Spazio Aperto alla Cultura del MiBACT– Direzione generale Arte e architettura contemporanee e periferie urbane. Il progetto, The Body of Energy. Adria, è stato ideato da Stefano Cagol, artista presenta in questi giorni anche a Milano con la mostra The Consequences of Vacua – dal 21 settembre al 21 ottobre – presso la galleria Canepaneri in Foro Buonaparte a Milano.

A Villa Adria Stefano Cagol porta “The Body of Energy (of the mind)”, uno degli estesi progetti dell’artista che ha caratterizzato la sua ricerca degli ultimi anni con presentazioni in diversi musei europei tra cui Folkwang, ZKM e MAXXI.
La performance evoca il rapporto tra energia e ambiente, territorio, cultura e risorse e si sviluppa su una forte base performativa e collaborativa.

Attraverso l’uso di una videocamera a infrarossi, l’artista cattura e rende visibili a livello cromatico le tracce di calore lasciate dal nostro corpo su quanto ci circonda come simboli dello scambio di energia tra noi e l’ambiente, innescando un processo simbolico e metaforico al quale invita il pubblico a partecipare. L’artista rende così visibile l’invisibile utilizzando uno strumento tecnico in modo poetico e simbolico.

Il progetto “The Body of Energy” di Stefano Cagol è nato nell’ambito del premio VISIT della Fondazione INNOGY (prima RWE), che fa capo a uno dei maggiori produttori europei di energia con sede in Germania e indìce a cadenza biennale una selezione per giovani artisti: Stefano Cagol ha vinto l’edizione 2014. Per compiere la sua ricerca, l’artista ha viaggiato per sei mesi da Bergen in Norvegia a Gibilterra coinvolgendo una decina di musei europei, tra cui Museum Folkwang di Essen, ZKM di Karlsruhe, Museion di Bolzano, MAXXI di Roma e Madre di Napoli. Questo progetto ha poi ottenuto riconoscimenti come la selezione a Expo 2015 nel Padiglione Italia quale progetto innovativo tra arte, partecipazione e ambiente, e l’inserimento per il 2017 nel Cultural Rucksack, il principale programma educativo culturale in Norvegia.

Per ulteriori informazioni sulla mostra a Milano alla galleria Canepaneri > Stefano Cagol – Canepaneri CS

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The Body of Energy. Adria / Stefano Cagol
Collaborative performance in the frame of “Uno Spazio Aperto alla Cultura” (An open space for culture) by MiBACT, the Italian ministry of culture
Villa Adria, Adria (Rovigo), 7 October, 2017

… In the same period, the artist will hold also the solo show titled “The Consequences of Vacua” from September 21 to October 21 at Canepaneri Gallery in Foro Buonaparte, Milan.

Villa Adria hosts contemporary art in the frame of the program “Scuola: Uno Spazio Aperto alla Cultura” (School: An open space for culture) of MiBACT, the Italian ministry of culture – General Department of Contemporary Art, Architecture and Urban Peripheries (in collaboration with MIUR, the Italian ministry of instruction) and invites the artist Stefano Cagol to present the collaborative performance “The Body of Energy. Adria”. With a calendar of events, the villa – built in 1926 by architect Giambattista Scarpari and currently headquarters of the Liceo Bocchi-Galilei with Silvia Polato as principal – opens to the public the renovated interior spaces and the Italian garden.

At Villa Adria, Stefano Cagol brings “The Body of Energy (0f the mind),” one of his extensive projects that has characterized his most recent research with presentations in several European museums including Folkwang, ZKM and MAXXI. The performance evokes the relationship between energy and the environment, territory, culture and resources and develops on a strong performative and collaborative basis.
Through the use of an infrared camera, the artist captures and makes visible the the traces of heat left by our body on what surrounds us as symbols of energy exchange between us and the environment, triggering a symbolic process and metaphor engaging the public. The artist makes the invisible visible, using a technical devicde in a poetic and symbolic way.

Stefano Cagol’s “The Body of Energy” project was born under the VISIT prize of the INNOGY Foundation (formerly RWE), headed by one of Germany’s largest energy producers in Europe, and opening a two-yearly call for young artists: Stefano Cagol won the 2014 edition. To do his research, the artist traveled for six months from Bergen in Norway to Gibraltar involving European museums, including Folkwang Museum in Essen, ZKM in Karlsruhe, Museion of Bolzano, MAXXI in Rome and Madre in Naples. This project has also received awards such as the selection at Expo 2015 in the Italian Pavilion as an innovative project of art, participation and environment and the inclusion in 2017 in the Cultural Rucksack, the main educational program in Norway.

Stefano Cagol, who exhibited this year at Maga in Gallarate, at Palazzo Ducale in Genoa, at the MMSU Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, is part of the inaugural exhibition curated by Veit Loers at Haus Mödrath in Cologne in the villa where Karlheinz Stockhausen was born (lasting till November, 2018) and will hold the solo show entitled “The Consequences of Vacua” from 21 September to 21 October in Milan at the Canepaneri gallery. He will also be co-curator of the finissage project “In Search of Mauritia” of the National Pavilion of Mauritius at the 57th Venice Biennale. He participated at Manifesta 11, at the 55th Venice Biennale invited by the Maldives Pavilion, at the 54th Venice Biennale with a solo collateral event and at the 1st Singapore Biennale. He graduated at the Brera Academy and at Ryerson University in Toronto with a post-doctoral fellowship.

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