Special Participation: Daniel Lismore

13/05 – 26/11/2017
Opening hours: 10.00 – 6.00 pm– Closed on Sundays
Venice, Palazzo Pisani - Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello,
Campo S. Stefano, San Marco 2810
On the occasion of the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, M17 Contemporary Art Center presents Extraterrestrial Odyssey exhibition featuring Conde’s new piece ‘Sphinx’ as well as two new sculptures by Daniel Lismore. The curatorial is consists of Paolo De Grandis (Biennale de Venezia), Tamara Li (International Association of Art Crities) and Magdalena Gabriel (Future Contemporaries committee member of the Serpentine Galleries) . 

Lina Condes has pioneered the use of technology, architecture and biology in her art.  Her research and practice has moved recently towards creating pieces in which technology and architecture are not just the medium; but are positioned centre stage as the art.  The results are powerful works that evoke the sense of bringing the spectator close to the soul of their creator.

For Venice, Lina Condes presents a major new piece of work, ‘Sphinx’. This is an interactive sculpture, the fusion of an active eye on a stylised body that observes its surroundings possibly benignly, possibly malevolently.

The placing of Sphinx, resting resplendent in the historic Palazzo Pisani a Santo Stefano, represents that continuity, science art amid glorious architecture, technology amid history. The Sphinx languishes resplendent, relaxed. It looks out upon the world, radiating energy and light, symbolising an omnipresent creator.

Its vocal reactions are basic, and sometimes base, and their meaning intentionally indistinct. Are they a delighted reaction to what it sees, or a dismissive reaction to the absurdity and futility of our supposed progress? The eye communicates to each of us individually, our reaction to it is not prescribed. Our understanding and emotion to its endless gaze is entirely our own. It has created and now rests, looking on at the bustle surrounding it. It does not judge, we judge ourselves under its stare. It perceives, and simultaneously through its own observations, generates self-perception.

Condes created a site-responsive live performance - an optimistic walking parade by singers specially selected for this exhibition, guided by Daniel Lismore - aiming to raise inner questions of who are we as human beings and what our role is on this planet, as well as a call for collective action to make a world a better place. The exhibition aims to inspire us to look inward, how can we capable of such beautiful dreams but still generate such horrible nightmares. This celestial temple, under the eye’s unremitting stare, resets visitor awareness, encouraging us to denounce the ego and embrace enlightenment through love and peace. Only through such introspection can we counteract the alarming recklessness and destruction of our environment, which we are all responsible for.

Complementing the works, within the otherworldly arena created by Lina Condes, the view is confronted by alien gatekeepers – new works by Daniel Lismore.  Known for living life as a work of art, using his own body as a canvas and wearing elaborate ensembles for this exhibition Lismore created life-sized sculptures. Inspired by Condes concept, Lismore uses new technologies of 3-D scanning – to create renditions of himself from the future, or perhaps from another world. His gatekeepers usher the viewer into a chamber of self-examination, they speak of a future unknown, but one that exists. These future heirlooms give hope to a generation in this time of uncertainty,that a new day will dawn. They act as beacons of hope.

Co-exhisting in this Extraterrestrial Odyseey, the work of Lina Condes and Daniel Lismore use not only modern technology as a way to communicate, instead of traditional mediums of paint & canvas, but have added artistic olfactory elements to communicate on a deeply subliminal platform. In collaboration with Creative Perfumers London, active molecular and botanical constituencies   are released to capture the outward eye of our expansive Univers, whilst cleansing our mind to take the viewer through an inward journey where free thinking is possible. Their work has evolved past the need for gods and myths the subject is their own inner exploration of time and space, today and tomorrow.


Silvia Lattova
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