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12V (x8) - credit Ilaria Lagioia
12V (x8) - credit Ilaria Lagioia

Alice Paltrinieri

Curated by spazioSERRA
Critical text by Giuliana Benassi

On display from 06/05/2021 to 03/06/2021
Opening Thursday 06/05/2021 at 18:00
Lancetti railway station, Milan

Alice Paltrinieri (Rome, Italy, 1987) graduated in Scenography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. She worked for a short period in cinema and worked alongside some international artists for many years. She exhibits in museums, galleries and participates in various residences. In 2017 she won the Setup award as the best under-35 artist. She has been represented by Galleria Ramo for a year. Paltrinieri investigates the space by creating interactions between the work and the public, using technology to collect the data with all its stratifications.

Giuliana Benassi (Forlì, Italy, 1984) lives and works in Rome. Independent curator and art historian, she graduated in Art History from the University of Pisa. She places the relationship between a work of art and an exhibition space at the center of her research, with particular attention to the concept of site-specific. The investigation into the genesis of the work of art in non-conventional exhibition spaces is the basis of a curatorial and theoretical approach that favors a reflection on the complex dynamics that link the work, the space and the public to each other.

Thanks to Giulio Panimolle for the technical support.

12V (x8)

venerazioneMUTANTE, the exhibition season by spazioSERRA dedicated to the transformation of site-specific works during their stay, continues with 12V (x8), a personal exhibition by Alice Paltrinieri (Rome, 1987). Her intervention will be visible from Thursday 6 May until Thursday June 3 at the Lancetti railway station in Milan.

The intention of Paltrinieri's research is to investigate space through objective data that allow us to describe how it is used. The aim is to save what has been, to deconstruct a memory that is the bearer of a stratification of memories, revealing it with no nostalgia. Over the last few years, the artist has entrusted the recording of space to technology: the work presented in the exhibition, in fact, was born in a moment of research involving the use of motors, Arduino hardware and presence sensors.

The theme of the site-specific installation 12V (x8) is the time of exhaustion of an energy source directly proportional to the unpredictable attendance of visitors to the exhibition. Eight common car batteries are the mutant subject of the site-specific work. A charged battery has an electrical voltage of 12V. The motion sensors, located outside spazioSERRA on each of its eight sides, detect the passage of the public that relates with the work and becomes unwittingly (or consciously) responsible for the activation of the batteries. The digital LED displays placed against the windows of the space keep track of the process that leads each battery to discharge, up to their eventual complete exhaustion.

"The work lives and is consumed in complicity with the observer's gaze. When it is alone it is silent, when it has an audience it reacts, but always in a different way." Giuliana Benassi writes in the critical text accompanying the work, with which she initiates an attempt at dialogue with her mutability, inviting the public to complete the writing of the text which is also changeable, since "the numerical display, the electric potential difference of each battery, the gaze of the person who enters into a relationship with it (the work) produce different images each time”.

The viewer is solely responsible for the mutation, without him the work has no life. He can stop for a long time and observe 12V (x8) in all its details, he can take all the time he wants to understand the work, to capture a memory, to take a photograph. In the meantime, with his presence he will drain the batteries, consume the exhibition, leaving the next visitor an ever-changing scenario. The final electrical voltage of the batteries will be the narration of the communication taking place between the exhibition and the spectator, between inside and outside.

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