Prière de Toucher is a “dispositif” (1) built
exchanging ideas with Giulia Brivio and thanks to the work of all the involved artists, who made it take shape.
Yes. Since Prière de Toucher deals with bodies and, stealing its title from a well known artwork by Marcel Duchamp, immediatly refers to the act of showing.
Shortly, Prière de Toucher wonders about the limits of bodies and the nature of exhibitions;. Perhaps it's only a way to show something, despite thinking about concealing.
"Prière de toucher" is a cycle of exhibirions, each strictly depending from the hosting place. First edition was in Imola at Novella Guerra, october 2013, with Patrizia Giambi and Microcollection; second edition at Something Like This (Florence), may 2014, with Oppy De Bernardo and Aldo Mozzini; the third edition took place at MARS (Milan), and 45 artists were involved. This video describes the fourth edition, in the countryside at Roccaverano, with Umberto Cavenago and Barbara De Ponti.
Recently, the Boite magazine N. 12, which is about the "hidden artwork" presents the operation.
“When one writes he always hides something so that it's going to be discovered later", Italo Calvino wrote; behind all, there's a lingering question: can you touch what you can't see? And is, concealing, perhaps, the essence of showing?
During times where no reality exists out of “exhibiting”, the question gets a specific sense.
1) Dispositif is a term used by the French intellectual Michel Foucault, generally to refer to the various institutional, physical, and administrative mechanisms and knowledge structures which enhance and maintain the exercise of power within the social body. Dispositif is translated variously, even in the same book, as 'device', 'machinery', 'apparatus', 'construction', and 'deployment'.
Director: Lorenzo Baldi, Liliana Carugati
Photography: Lorenzo Baldi, Liliana Carugati
Camera: Lorenzo Baldi
Editing: Lorenzo Baldi
Production standard: ripresa 4k 25p, montaggio HD 1080p
Camera: Dji Phantom 3, Panasonic GH4
Optics: Panasonic 14-140 f3.5-5.6
Codec: mov H264 100 Mbps, mov 60 Mbs
Postproduction: editing, color correction and chroma key Final Cut Pro X