THE REFLECTING POOL

I still have everything to put on

On the occasion of its ten years of activity, from the 16th of September to the 3rd of December, Video Sound Art presents a cycle of monographic exhibitions, projections and sonorizations at the Romano and Cozzi swimming pools, historic spaces of Milano Sport.

The title of the entire series of interventions is a tribute to Bill Viola’s 1977 masterpiece, and borrows its questions regarding: the relationship between man and the world, the reflection on the power of the image, water as a symbol of rapprochement to an initiatory path.

The exhibitions offer a look at the possibilities of representation of the postmodern landscape and take record of changes, highlighting personal expectations about the future.

I still have everything to put on screamed, as early as in 1985, the postmodern man portrayed in the pages of Tondelli: a fluctuation of combinations, a mix of images and references to the past and the present.

Since 2011, the festival has supported the production of new works, reflecting on the transformations of the installation practice as a result of a process of hybridization of traditional disciplines: sculpture, architecture, cinema, theater.

Over the years, the works have been presented to the public in exhibition contexts far from the usual distribution circuits, with the aim of testing the adaptability of art: group exhibitions at public schools (Biennale Manifesta, Palermo, Liceo Volta, Milan), in the underground (former Albergo Diurno Venezia, Milan – Ali Kazma), in theatre halls (Teatro Franco Parenti | Bagni Misteriosi, Milan – Yuri Ancarani). This year the exhibition will transform the sports facilities by putting artistic productions in dialogue with the contemporary debate, and will coexist – during the autumn months – with the sport activities.


The 10th edition will be inaugurated by the Chilean artist and director Enrique Ramirez, finalist of the Duchamp 2020 prize, for whom Video Sound Art is organizing the first solo exhibition in Italy, that will take place at the same time as his show at Centre George Pompidou in Paris.

Un hombre que camina, Full HD, 21’30”

The idyllic atmospheres of Ramirez’s landscapes are often distorted by a superimposition of signs that transform historical facts into myth, existing places into postmodern dreamlike visions. Dazzling crossings in the salt desert in Bolivia and long oceanic journeys take the shape of new conceptual spaces.

The exhibition, consisting of installations, films, sculptures and photographs, unfolds in the suggestive spaces of the swimming pool, creating correspondences and visual suggestions: the changing rooms, the internal spaces, the liberty-style building, up to the immense swimming pool with three screens on its side.

Also on display is a selection by the artist of materials from the Archives of the Italian Touring Club, protagonist of this year’s open call and residence

Brief radio tracks inspired by the thematic research of the X edition will accompany the participants in the spaces of the festival, through a play of resonances and connections with particular reference to Chile, Ramirez’s work on the ocean and Tondelli’s poetic suggestions.

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Public program: musical performances and cinema


Swimming pool Cozzi
16 October – 16 November
Artista: Giulio Frigo
Musical performance: Sentieri Selvaggi
coming soon

Swimming pool Cozzi
23 November – 3 December
coming soon

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Swimming pool Guido Romano
Via Ampère, 20, Milan

Opening (invitation only)
Wednesday 16 September
Opening Times
From Tuesday to Sunday
From 7.30 pm to 12.00 am
18 and 19 September from 8.00 pm to 1.00 am

How to get there
M2 – Piola
Tram 19, 33
Autobus 39, 55, 62, 81, 90, 91

The X edition
was realized with the support of:
Fondazione Cariplo
Regione Lombardia
Directorate of Cultural Affairs of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile (DIRAC)
MiBACT

With the patronage of:
Comune di Milano

Partner:
Milanosport
Touring Club Italiano

In collaboration with:
Le Cannibale
Sentieri Selvaggi
Cinema Beltrade
Lake Como Film Festival
Filmmaker Festival
Il Cinemino
Rosso film