For this fourth installment of Critical Grounds, Arshake proposes a luminous contribution by Stefania Zuliani, one of the most important theorists of contemporary art museums, dedicated to the complex nature of the installation – its metamorphosis and its current dynamics. This is the first account of its kind in Italy that examines a phenomenon which invests the time and space of art to conceive visual patterns that are increasingly chameleon-like and versatile, open to linguistic chaos, mixture and fusion.
Senza cornice. Spazi e i tempi dell’installazione is the very first Italian analysis of this contemporary phenomenon that examines – with the help of several artists – «a cognitive device that interferes with reality, not only avoiding to escape change, but turning it into its distinctive realm, urging reflections and questions concerning the issue of authorship, the significance of site-specificity (and time-specificity) of the work and its (possible?) storage and conservation».
«Critical Grounds», the Arshake’s publishing project, curated by Christian Caliandro and Antonello Tolve, is born from the desire to network precious and of great cultural interest books in open source electronic format. It is, in fact, a shelf which, together with the re-release of untraceable or forgotten essays, spreads rumors of the international critical scene to offer a wide-ranging look at the culturological contemporary landscape. Alongside this program, «Critical Grounds» also proposes artist books, new authors and new voices of fiction to share with its authors and its readers a wide choice of assumptions, guidelines, designs on the creative area of the near future.