Vincenzo Fiore Marrese

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Symbiotic Violence


A human community is a symbiotic entity. The Internet, a digital community, is a layer of the broad human community. Despite the rationality behind Information Technologies, the Internet outcome is often emotional. The hate speech online phenomenon is a kind of emotion spread on the Internet. I’m working on a series of artwork around these themes. I developed a data-driven art engine based on a late XVI-century cryptography method to produce images and sounds. Likewise, I worked with a file destruction technique on some picture files.

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To make landfall


"To make landfall" is an artwork about fuel transportation. I used walking as an art practice entangled with information technologies in this work.

How the fuel transportation affects people? How it impacts global issues between nations? Which questions raise about the population that have no availability of fuel? How can art frame this topic to produce artworks?

To maintain a satisfactory temperature to face warm or cold weather to survive can be tricky. Let's think about the cold. Generally speaking, you need to have dresses or other stuff to cover yourself. Then it is relevant to have a shelter or a home. But you also need a heating system and fuel to warm up your place. You can search for fuel or pay for it. For the latter, you could face risks like fuel poverty. On another layer, you can have a home and economic resources to afford the fuel cost, but fuel cost is not constant. It can increase.

That's the relevant background behind this work, more focussed on another side of this faceted theme. It is the topic of natural gas transportation in the energy industry.

Natural gas transportation affects the population that has access or could have access to this kind of fuel. But at the same time, it implies the other side. It raises questions about the population that has no access to natural gas. Furthermore, it opens other global issues, since gas transportation can imply relationships between nations.

It is related to my biography, also. It affects the country where I was born, Italy, in the region where my father was born, with the so-called Trans Adriatic Pipeline, part of the Southern Energy Corridor, and the country where I'm living, Germany with the so-called Nord Stream. Furthermore, it impacts Europe, in general, and, of course, beyond places related to my biography, other nations and the geopolitical balance in a broad sense.

As is known, natural gas is one of the "most important energy resources"[1]. Where it is available, it is used domestically as "space heating, water heating, and cooking", "to produce energy" in some power plants, and as heating sources "for manufacturing process"[2]. It is "mostly made of methane", and pipelines transport it, or, in some cases, tanks as "liquid natural gas"[3].

In Italy and Germany, there are the landfalls of two noteworthy gas pipelines, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline[4], part of the Southern Energy Corridor, and the Nord Stream[5].

In some cases, gas pipelines come from other nations, often pass in the middle of in-between nations.

Due to the role of the Internet, a collateral topic is related to emotions. Internet technologies, based on rationality, spreads often emotions. I mix in this kind of events some emotions, trying to collapse with the computational background of the Internet technologies. In this case, I will cast a part of a spell that needs gas energy. It is related to magical thinking that we used to think like the opposite of rationality. I'm working to find similarities between this side and the artistic act.

Another collateral topic is the multiplication of the identity overlapping the here and now. I'm interested in exploring this state as a performer. For that reason, the performance is not live-streamed because the time gap between the action and the performer's life create another kind of identity multiplication by the absence.

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I (don't) know the spell


“I (don't) know the spell” explores our inner border between ration and emotion through the lens of Internet technologies, posing questions on the dividing line between the performance art and the magic act. In this work, I used walking as an art practice.

For my performance, I cast a spell according to instructions in an old manuscript of magic. Then I broadcast my action on Instagram in a temporary account that I will delete after after a few hours. The idea is to model a collision between magical thinking and the world of information technologies built upon rational frameworks. The audience will experience this collision, and the art insider would appreciate the boundaries of the performance act compared with the magical one. With "magical thinking", I mean:

"the belief that one's (...) actions (...) can influence the course of events in the material world. Magical thinking presumes a causal link between one's inner, personal experience and the external physical world. Examples include beliefs that the movement of the Sun, Moon, and wind or the occurrence of rain can be influenced by one's thoughts or by the manipulation of some type of symbolic representation of these physical phenomena."[1]

Information technologies are a rational tool, but the use of the Internet seems to improve emotional behaviours. I will explore this theme through my performance using Instagram doing a magical act, a spell. There are similitudes between "magical thinking" and "performance art". First, in "performance art", the artwork is an action that sometimes involves objects. Second, the idea that art could be related to magic or rituals is intriguing. Historically, this kind of connection appears in the specific field of "performance art". I will explore through my performance the relationship between magic and performance doing magic and performative action at the same time. My action is artistic, but a magic action too. I'm doing it according to the instruction of a book of spells.

The topic is labyrinthine. Is magical thinking emotional? Are technologies rational? Is there a connection between a magic action and an artistic one? How do I take steps in the world according to the information that surrounds me? I (don't) know, could be the answer.

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Aesthetic regulations


"Aesthetic Regulations" is an art installation of three objects. Refusing the idea of creating the objects themselves, showing a craftspeople's skill, I developed the artwork by assembling two existing things. I put these two things "in contrast" as function and essence. I used a slice of decorative wood bought in a DIY store and police barricade tape. Indeed, the purpose of the wood is to look pretty, and the barricade tape aims to give a warning related to police officers' activity. The idea of "contrast" comes after the visual practice used to develop pictures in the traditional Western way. The work is about the departure of the aesthetic from art after the conceptual turn of the sixties. The word "regulations" has a political reference. Indeed, art is nowadays closer to ethics rather than aesthetics.

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Reorder power structures


Is it possible to change the rules of a game through the same game's rules? Playing, you cannot break the rules. But if you are allowed to change the rules, you can easily break the rules by rule. And if someone disagrees, you can always say that's the rule. Part of my art workflow implies, generally, the reading of academic papers around my topics. One of the most pertinent papers on my research interest for this artwork is "Law against the Rule of Law: Assaulting Democracy" by Ivan Ermakoff[1]. This text inspired me with the title of the piece[2]. The text is around this question, «How do authoritarian contenders use the law to dismantle democratic institutions?»[3]. In my artwork, I don't have the aim to show skills. I work on the edge of the ordinary, changing meanings and merging direct reference to the topic of the artwork (like the barricade tape) with some more related to the intuition (the sunflower not yet unpacked) or more elusive (the x-rays).

About age-based targeting


A "police line do not cross" tape divide an hotel room into small sectors wrapped around the objects that I find in the room. There is paper scattered on the floor. In the paper sheets, there are notes about marketing strategies. My laptop is on. On the screen, the software appears to work on its own. A word editor writes some phrases. Everything happens without my intervention. Meanwhile, I move around the room, exploring aspects, actions and body language related to the stereotypical age-based narration. The title comes after a Facebook online guide for Facebook Business Pages.

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Achilles and Tortoise, Kornieieva-Marrese duo


It is an artwork about identity fragmentation and the perception of the body through Internet technologies. The context is about cities in different time zones. Berlin is in the UTC+1, and Kyiv is in the UTC+2 time zone. There is a time zone gap of one hour. When people talk through the Internet, this gap seems to disappear. It seems strange. They remain in their cities but, at the same time, they are elsewhere. They are able not only to talk but also to see each other. They experienced a sort of bodies presence. But in what kind of space and time, this connection happen? It looks like they are close, but they are still far. This situation reminded us of the “Achilles and the Tortoise” paradox. It seems that technology can fill this gap through the fragmentation of ourselves. We are not communicating directly. Each of us communicates with a mathematical representation of the other that appears through the machine. Despite the time zone gap, we live the same present. But it is a present that seems possible and impossible, at the same time because only the fragmentation of ourselves allows us to communicate with each other. This paradoxical situation is experienced daily, by a lot of people, for different reasons. We felt the urgency to explore it through the prism of our art practice.

Der Weg der Kohle


The concept of this work is the possibilities to shape social changes. The topic is related to the idea to imagine a network of former power plants that become museums of art that can create an innovative art platform rethinking the social function of a museum of art today. In the Museum Kesselhaus Herzberge, as a former power plant that provided energy as heat and electricity, you can see in the boiler room a didactic panel as a schematic representation that shows the use of fossil fuel. Everyone knows that fossil fuel phase-out is a big challenge. What if during this transition, we start an art phase-in through a network of a new type of art museums from the former power plants? On the floor of the boiler room there is a trap door. According to the narrative topos of the magic door that brings us to a new world, this trap door will be the place where the artwork will drive our imagination to this option.

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post performance


What kind of questions could performance art pose to the relationship between people and the social world while happening through social media channels?

After 50 years, performance art is still a contemporary art medium. But, is it a medium, like painting or sculpture? According to J. Westerman «performance is not (and never was) a medium»[1], but «a set of questions (...) about how art relates to people and the wider social world»[2]. I imagined that these questions are some FAQ about posting on Facebook as an online social world. I assign these questions to some famous performance artists, as fake quotes, printing them on some panels. I place these panels in the space of the theatre room. I move my body through the panels, creating some electronic sounds related to my movements by sensors. These sounds are related to the idea of how our data creates information in the social world. In this case, pure useless, creative information. I have a golf-club with me, is a reference to a success-story about performance post on Facebook by a professional golfer called Rick Shiels. With this golf-club, I destroy the panels with fake quotes. It refers to the history of performance art, through the piece called "paper breakthrough" by S. Murakami. But this action to destroy the panels happen with the lights off when the audience could not see. So they can see only the result, not the process. During the performance, the lights are off and on, alternatively. I construct a plot of the performance, and the main action is not visible.

Cordone, artistic collaboration with Live Art Lab: Tetiana Kornieieva and Anton Romanov


Three artists that speak different native languages, Ukrainian and Italian, meet in Kyiv to create a brand-new performance art piece. According to some academic papers in the Ukrainian language, there are a few hundred Italian word loans. We also discovered that some words have the same pronunciation but different meanings. During the performance, we explore the relationships between languages and create a physical action related to language collisions.

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It's time, artistic collaboration with Dagmar I. Glausnitzer-Smith


Two artists share the same space at the same moment. They act differently, and their actions appear not related. But because they are here and now, together, they start to collide. And in this collision, a new meaning comes up. It is related to the relationship between the body, and the objects as an ontological category. From one side, the attempt to dissolve the presence of the object through the movement, and the sounds. From the other side, the attempt to combine the body, and space, with the objects. This piece show, in a sense, how it is possible to found harmony from two different points of view, that appear as two different worlds of experience. It's time. It's time to collide.

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I don’t think you realise what I’m talking about


The title of the artwork refers to the idea of complexity, and to the attitude to refuse it. I thought about Edgar Morin’s philosophy. I thought about his idea on the disorganisation of the three terms “individual”, “society”, and “species”, and the necessity to reorganise this relationship.

I downloaded a picture representing the idea of “nature” from a public domain stock photos website. I used this picture, uploaded from a user (representing the term “individual”) to talk about nature. I chose one with a plant and a bird (representing the term “species”). I wrote the words “individual”, “society”, and “species” on the image. I changed the size of this image. I published this image on the Internet (representig the term “society”).

The image exceeds any screen sizes. You can’t see it unless you drag and scroll it in two directions. This image suggests that nature exceeds humans machines, although it exists inside humans machines. It is only a matter of discovering it, as the complexity that is represented by the text ("individual/society/species") that you could find exploring the image.

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Community Standards


Two years ago, Facebook released to the public its guidelines about what is forbidden to post, the “Community Standards”, with a section on “Violence and Criminal Behavior”. Violence relating to aggressivity and Facebook rules the idea of violence. I found Facebook's rules related to the self-domestication hypothesis and the media, the Internet, that I used for my artwork. I created a tension between the media itself and a meta-vision of its rules. I created a video that could be engaging for the Facebook audience (it is not so long, based on movements, and so on), but that included part of the text from the “Violence and Criminal Behavior” rules in itself. As you will see in the video, this text became part of my environment. During my action, I played a sound based on synthetic voices of chimpanzees during a fight, again something between real and virtual. I worked on chimpanzees voices because chimpanzees are very close to us, but, at the same time, they are animals that could be aggressive. In the video, you can see and old “tile stove”. I pull out from the stove some ethernet cables, and you can see a light source. I liked to create a connection between the stove, as a source of energy, and the Internet that hosting Facebook. The Internet is a potential source of energy that needs to be discerned, under the light of critical thinking.

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People also ask


The concept of this work is the human self-domestication hypothesis. The topic is about the search engines semantics and the online researches related to aggressivity.

I have composed a sound piece based on some synthetic voices of chimpanzees, and a beat. There are chimpanzees voices during a fight. As we know, chimpanzees are very close to the Homo genus. Anyway, they are still more aggressive than humans in the wild environment. As a human, we are, generally, less aggressive. There is a debate about the idea that natural selection supports less aggressive humans instead of more aggressive. Anyway, we still fight and make wars. Recently media show debated news about a navy seal. This man, Edward Gallagher, seems to have committed war crimes, appear like a very aggressive soldier. Anyway, the President of the USA justified it. So, in this piece, I will explore how this news, related to the topic of aggressivity, is presented by Google in its function called “People also ask”.

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Body’s Law


“Body’s Law” is an action about a state of transition of the body. Transition means a passage from one point to another. It explores a social state of transition from the state of detention in a jail to the state of being part of a society.

Transition means a bridge-state, a state of passage from one point to another. During this state, a subject, like a body, is not entirely in the starting nor in the ending point of something: it is in between.

In this action, I explore a social state of transition. It is the state of passage from two other states. The starting point is the social state of detention of a body in a jail. The ending point is the social state of a body being part of a civil community, a society. If we presume that a body, generally, is part of a society before entering in jail, we can speak about this state of transition as a state were the body came back into an original social state, so it is a sort of “reintegration”. The action was, in fact, inspired by the reading of a handbook called “Reentering Your Community” a book developed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, an agency of the United States of America.

The state of detention entails, in fact, the idea that the society needs to take control of some people by control their bodies movements and by containing their bodies inside a building, the prison. The level of the control on the body's movement is related to the penalty that the society believe that is necessary for certain people. For example, if the level of the penalty is high then the body’s could be incarcerated in a very small jail, also without contacts with others prisoners. In the community movements of the bodies looks like free, I mean free on purpose, but, often there are related to the social convention. But, obviously, there is a quite big difference in a body constrained inside a jail from a body constrained inside a social convention.

So, in this action body’s movements is a way to point through an art form, the dance. It’s a way to include an artistic purpose in the action. But action art is not the dance. Artistic action often involves the body of the artist and if an artist uses the body focussing on the movements it looks like that artist want to do dancing. However, action art is not dance nor theatre nor other well-defined forms of art, but in some case entails movements. So, in that cases, the body’s movement is a way to point to an art form, the dance, but remaining in a not well-defined form of art as the action art is. To remain in a not well-defined or not well-explored form of art, the artist uses the body’s movement focussing on the natural language of his body rather to a dance style.

During the action, some of this movements generate some electronic sounds in real time thanks to some electronic devices. The sound is related to movements because is a sort of metaphor of creation. The creation, in the meaning of creativity, is related to art but also to an action executed by the body in general. Again if in the action there are sounds it does not mean that is music, as a well-defined form of art, for example, the dance. The body’s movement generates sounds in real time like an outcome of the action, not with the purpose to make music. There are other sound sources that appear during the action, one is a synthetic voice and another is a sequence of sounds composed originally by the artist. The synthetic voice repeats some phrases taken from the handbook mentioned before. The sequence of sounds, actually, is something close to a music composition. Essentially the sound composition is in contrast with the sounds generates by the movements. It is recorded and it is created without the direct control of the body’s movements, so it is a metaphor of a sort of vital stream that burst into the state of transition without the possibility that you can shape it.

Body is an animal feature rather than a culture feature. To control a body inside a prison often we use technologies. But technologies are also essential in the relationships between bodies and community. Some features of the body are more related to the animal side than others. For example, the language is not related to the animal side as the body’s fluids, like saliva, drool. The artist uses his saliva to stick some paper sheets in the space around him: on the stage, on the wall, on windows etcetera. On the paper sheets, there are some phrases that represent the language: culture. These phrases were taken from the handbook mentioned before.



The concept of this work is the gamification of warfare. The topic is about the relationship between wars and children.

“Strike” is a piece about war and games. It is sound art based, with an action created by the engagement of local children. A child stays in a room and plays with a toy drone and some sounds playing. The sounds come from some registrations. There are sounds like a buzz by male bees (“drones”, in English), some interviews about the impact of drones in war zones, and some sounds of explosions. The purpose is to create an impactful experience about the relationship between playing and war. The sounds are mixed and modified in real time by the artist.

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Suspended Sentence


“Suspended Sentence” is a piece about colonialism, pollution and exotic plants. It happens, generally, in botanical gardens. Some sounds that I recorded during my trip to Bangladesh create the core of the piece.

I developed this piece for botanical gardens and similar spaces. The idea is to add a temporary plant to the collection of the garden. It is an unusual plant, not a real one.

In Italian, my first language, the word "plant" has two meanings. The first meaning is "plant" as an organism. The second meaning is "map", typically "a map of a city". The unusual plant is "a map of a city". But this is an extraordinary map. Maps are, generally, pictures. In this case, sounds made the map. It is a "sound map of a city". It is a sound map that creates a perceptual contrast inside the environment of the garden. That is the reason why I work, primarily, with sounds. To enhance the perceptual contrast, I work on two different perceptual channels. The vision of the garden remains quite the same. The sounds that you hear in garden changes. What you see create a perceptual contrast with what you hear.

The city that I mapped with the sounds is Dhaka. Dhaka is the capital city of Bangladesh in Asia. I recorded some sounds from the city during my journey in Dhaka. I was in Dhaka to participate in a Biennal of Live Art. The sounds that I recorded were sounds from birds, traffic, demonstrations and prays. That sounds come from the categories of nature, technology, politics and religion: a complete set that could describe the sound environment of a city.

Generally, historic botanical gardens have exotic plants in their collections. Exotic plants, in the XIX century, comes from colonies. Dhaka could appear an "exotic" country, at least for people of XIX century. That is the reason why I use sounds coming from Dhaka. To make a connection and to create a reflexion about nature, city and the idea of colonisation.

Another reason is that Dhaka, according to some research, is one of the most polluted cities in the world. Put the sounds of traffic comes from a city like Dhaka inside a botanical garden, is another way to create some reflexion about the environment and the climatic changes caused by our actions. During this action, I also use my body. I move from one point to another, from a three to another three, and during my way, I create some electronic sounds, in real time, related to my movements. The metaphor of the movement refers to the idea that a lot of pollution is created to move bodies from one point to another. Scientific studies say that pollution is related to several thin particles suspended in the air. That is the reason why I use the word "suspended" in the title.

But this word could be another meaning related to law matters. In these terms "suspended sentence" is a law sentence. This sentence is special. It will not be applied if this person maintains is behaviour legal. This concept is particularly interesting for my artistic research that is, at present, around the relation with body and politics. The thin particles, related to the pollution, altered our environments and our bodies. We need to find an alternative. Humanity has a sort of "suspended sentence" related to this topic.

At the end of the action, I donate to the audience a printed card.

On the first side of the card, there is a picture. It is a picture of a leaf covered by dust. I shot this picture in Dhaka. On the other side, there is the phrase "Suspended Sentence".

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Pull it Down (Put it Down)


“Pull it Down (Put it Down)” explores with an artistic purpose the idea to use the technology to find new ways to rules the bodies movements. The experience to be arrested by taser weapon is the focus of the performance. It is a weapon that the police start to use now in our country, Italy. It is a weapon that involved a strange reaction in the body. I’m a very interested in it for what that implied in a biological and political sense.

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Across the Body


“Across the Body” is an artwork about the drawing and the disappearing of artwork perceived as an object.

I came from the centre of Italy, close to the northern, and I approached art via our traditional media, drawing, painting and etching. I felt the urgency to question the nature of these media from the Western historical perspective.

In the West, drawing was not considered an autonomous art form for a long time. Several centuries passed until artists realized they did not necessarily have to represent reality. Under the influence of the European avant-garde, American painters developed a gesture paint style inspired by the idea of drawing in the loss of rational control. A critic and an artist, Rosenberg (1952) and Kaprow (1958), wrote relevant articles about gesture painters. They popularize the idea of the artwork as an immaterial event raher than a material object. At the same time, a new art movement arose. They believe that the immaterial idea is more relevant than the material artwork (LeWitt 1967). Two critics, Chandler and Lippard (1968), wrote about the concept of the complete dematerialization of the artwork as a material object. A philosopher, Osborne (2004), sees the dematerialization of the artwork as a pure idea, unachievable.

Gesture painters inspired artistic events beyond the act of painting and the painting as an object. What if these events include the act of painting and the painting as an object?

I decided to avoid painting and chose to draw. Remaining focused on the paramount role of the hand in drawing, I decided to move attention to the body gesture. Playing with the expectations of the viewer, I remove the draw at the end of the drawing action. The event becomes the disappearance of the object.

Some questions remain open. The viewer's perception can find relevant the drawing signs, also if they represent nothing. What happens to the power of representing reality (Moxey 2009) while drawing signs? Involving the viewer in the process of drawing is a way to entangle art and ordinary life. How does the artwork join art, ordinary life and reality altogether?

  1. Rosenberg H. (1952), The American Action Painters, ARTnews 52, December, New York City, pp. 22-23
  2. Kaprow A. (1958), The Legacy of Jackson Pollock, Art News vol. 57 no. 6 (October 1958): 24–26; 55–57
  3. LeWitt S. (1967), Paragraphs on Conceptual Art, Artforum, 5:10 (Summer 1967), pp. 79–84
  4. Chandler J., Lippard, L. (1968), The Dematerialization of Art, Art international, 12:2 (February 1968)
  5. Osborne, P. (2004), Art Beyond Aesthetics Philosophical Criticism, Art History and Contemporary Art, Art History, 27: 651-670.
  6. Moxey K. (2009), Mimesis and Iconoclasm, DOI:10.1111/j.1467-8365.2008.00648.x, ART HISTORY . ISSN 0141–6790 . VOL 32 NO 1 . FEBRUARY 2009 pp 52-77

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