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Ryuichi Sakamoto + Shiro Takatani -
LIFE-fluid, invisible, inaudible… © Ryuichi Maruo (YCAM)
Jean Michel Bruyère / LFKs - La Dispersion du Fils
© Jean Michel Bruyère & Matthew McGinity

Romaeuropa Festival
MACRO Testaccio - La Pelanda
3 March - 2 May 2010


Jean Michel Bruyère / LFKs - La Dispersion du Fils (for AVIE)
Ulf Langheinrich - ALLUVIUM (for AVIE)
Thomas McIntosh with Mikko Hynninen, Emmanuel Madan - Ondulation
Martux_M - X-Scape 09_2009
Julien Maire - Exploding Camera, Low Resolution Cinema, Memory Cone
Christian Partos - M.O.M.
Erwin Redl - MATRIX II
Ryuichi Sakamoto + Shiro Takatani - LIFE-fluid, invisible, inaudible…

Curator: Richard Castelli (Epidemic)

The idea of the end of History having spread throughout the last century (from Kojève to Fukuyama), the logical consequence was the announcement of the end of the Future.

It first came along with the renaming into past future, as if it could now only be considered by people from the past, and then with its dissolution in a widespread present also embracing the past.

Postmodernism took over this undermining, and the recent alter-modernism will certainly not be its rescuer.

DigitaLife is an opportunity to offer a complex-free perspective on the future: Without naivety but without solemnity too. An assumed Future.

This Future will witness the extinction of frames and screens that conditioned our vision since the end of prehistory and its immersive painted caves, with the emergence of new material and supports.

Some of the artworks will thus use the most advanced technologies: 3D imaging, 360° immersion, interactivity… those were used for the AVIE and ReACTOR systems for instance. Another technology will substitute to the standard screen with the vibration of the surface of a pool, while yet another one will find its source in Ancient Greece, with Damastes (who invited the travelers who went through his land to try his bed, to shorten the taller ones and extend the shorter ones), the premices of genetic and cultural standardization that the present is already announcing for the Future.

Without solemnity but without naivety too.

Richard Castelli