This all-over visual experience speaks directly to the viewing habits of our digital age, especially our relationship to the computer screen. Future Pass is a meeting of different cultures, ages and personalities. The three curators – Victoria Lu, Renzo di Renzo and Felix Schober – divided the vast number of works to be exhibited into six sections: east/west, past/future, yin/yang, universe/self, virtual/real and cosplay. Their works employ a variety of media from painting, interactive installation, animation and video to sculpture, live performance and body art.
In its two venues, the exhibition brings together 106 artists and artistic groups from every corner of the world—some already well known – including Yayoi Kusama, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Simone Legno aka Tokidoki, Gary Baseman, Cai Xiaosong – and others up and coming, like one of our favorite, Emanuele Sferruzza Moszkowicz aka The-Em. Trilogy Of Love Between A Libra And A Cusp, The-Em drawing is being commissioned by the NY based band Our Silent Canvas, a group of multimedial artists, musicians and composers who perform in churches. “The idea was to connect various elements of their music to their installations, a piece of art that could represent the rythm that exists between new age modern man and natural earthy man.”
On the evening of the opening there will be an event dedicated to cosplay, hosted by the senior Italian cosplayer Giorgia Vecchini. This combination of costume and play seeks to blend the virtual with the real, the imaginary personae created in the worlds of computer games and anime with the physical world of the here and now, the space of the exhibition with the bodies of the performers.
After the 54th International Art Exhibition in Venice, “Future Pass” will travel to the Wereldmuseum in Rotterdam in December 2011 and to the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung and the Today Art Museum in Beijing in 2012. A special collection of artworks from “Future Pass” will also be exhibited by the Streaming Museum, a new public art hybrid museum for the 21st century that brings contemporary arts programming to global audiences via screens on seven continents and online at www.streamingmuseum.org
The five co-organizing institutions are Fondazione Claudio Buziol in Venice, UNEEC Culture and Education Foundation in Taipei, Today Art Museum in Beijing, Wereldmuseum in Rotterdam, Holland and National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung.
Baseman’s new painting “Beyond the Hills of Creamy Goodness,” is a 4 x 9 ft painting that continues where Hide and Seek in the Forest of ChouChou and I Melt in your Presence leaves off. “I love creating my other worldly environments where the Wild Girls roam and the Demons lurk” says Gary “to take away all the girls hate and insecurity and fear, by absorbing it and oozing out their creamy gooey love, out of their belly buttons.”
“What does it represent for me?” says Simone Legno from Venezia “It’s night, the city is moving, and it’s creatures are coming out, playing their double role between mischief and innocence, represented by The Strawberry, which is sacrificing itself to sin. My painting symbolizes the week end, all the memories and characters of the city met during the week, which are gathering together for a party. The Strawberry for me is the symbol of purity, the scapegoat given to the Night Gods. Obviously my city is a japanese city, my ideal living place.”
Running period: June 4 – November 6, 2011
Abbazia di San Gregorio, 172 Dorsoduro, 30123 Venice (Italy)
Palazzo Mangilli-Valmarana, 4392 Cannaregio, 30121 Venice (Italy)
Fondazione Claudio Buziol – www.fondazioneclaudiobuziol.org
UNEEC Foundation for Culture and Education – http://foundation.uneec.com
Today Art Museum – www.todayartmuseum.com
Wereldmuseum – www.wereldmuseum.nl
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts – www.ntmofa.gov.tw