Today is the opening of LA MACCHINA at the Museo d’ Arte Contemporanea in Lissone, Italy an exhibition by Italian urban artist 2501 that questions the development of painting based on the interaction between man and machine. The exhibition will also feature various car models, including a prototype designed specifically for the Museum of Lissone, as well as a live performance during the opening on September 23rd.

According to the press release, the exhibition has been articulated as an atypical mosaic of 2501’s work organised in different narrative plans: installations as sculptures and prototypes, paintings on paper, performance. These works have been designed over the past three years as part of the ongoing Nomadic Experiment project.
The exhibition questions how the medium of painting is developed on the basis of interaction between man and machine, an assumption that allows to work on two antithetical channels, bringing opposites together: natural and synthetic, analog and digital, linear and circular.
Installations present various models of La Macchina, developed in partnership with recipient.cc, on which the artist and the public have painted (in the past and in other places, but always in real time) following the movement in Loop generated by the machine itself.
Going beyond the physical and structural aspects of the show, what emerges from the installations is that they are not “representations.” Do not lead to a theory outside of them, nor convey symbolic meanings.
They are instead “models” that fully express a desire of sculpture and painting to be used and developed, and seem to reproduce in a new form – inclusive and open to the unexpected – possibility to influence reality through the project in its entirety.
This broadening of perspective both to sculptural aim and the public is not so much due to the interest of translating the “real” in pictorial images, but to show the viewer how the structures, mechanisms and sounds create a new visual space.
By using a number of different techniques – sculpture, sound, painting and performance – these impulses are mixed with the experience between the audience and generative action of the artistic process.
At the opening on 24th September a live performance set, conceived as a synthesis of progression of content and techniques in the exhibition, will take place in order to enable lines, textures and signs produced by a prototype machine built specifically for the Lissone Museum of dialoguing with sounds of a battery and a modular analog synthesizer Doepfer.”

The exhibition opens today Saturday, September 23rd and runs through November 26th at the museum located on Viale Padania, 6, 20851 Lissone MB, Italia

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