Vincenzo Fiore Marrese

Artistic research Table of Contents

ohne alles (Without Everything)

Artificial Intelligence raises social issues. But how can it be part of the creative process? I used a chatbot to translate a line from a play and put it on a fake book cover. I'm looking at Western literature. Yet, my interest isn't limited to the West. The title means 'without everything'. In the play, it's the final age of life when we lose our senses and bodies. So, I'm studying how society divides people based on age.

Matching Labels

As an artist, I explored how society divides people based on age. I was in a town where we spoke English and German. I discovered a box of large metal nails in an old workshop close to my studio. I placed these nails on the floor to form the words 'k,' 'i,' 'n,' and 'd'. This placement resulted in the word 'kind'. In German, it means 'child,' and in English, 'category'. What does it mean to categorize people as "children"? Creating this artwork reminded me of children playing in the sand.

ohne Bilder (Without Images)

If one places photo paper in the sun, it will darken but won't create any pictures. The title of this work means "without images". I made the work by putting photo paper in the sun. But the title also alludes to a famous Western play depicting death as the end of life, when one is left "without nothing". But even after death, you can remember someone through a photo. An image can fix a person's identity, like a photo ID. The photo ID can affect how we perceive our age. I'm studying how society sorts people by age. Yet once our photo ID becomes blank, it makes any sorting impossible. I put the photo paper on a red carpet, which can highlight famous identities such as actors.

Generationengerechtigkeit (Intergenerational Justice)

I found ballot boxes in an old court and numbered metal tags in a workshop. I made this work with these objects and crepe paper. I'm exploring how governments handle voting rights and age limits. In my art, I combine current with art issues. One of the challenges I face is dealing with how things look and what they mean in society. As a result, I use decorative object, like the crepe paper, to have a visual contrast with political meanings. The aim is to add depth to my art and provoking thought.

Von der Kürze des Lebens (On the Shortness of Life)

Sometimes, we break glass and end up with a cut. Both glass and skin are delicate. Yet both protect. I used the glass as the base for painted words, similar to business window stickers. By creating a contrast, the title, "On the Shortness of Life", inspired by Seneca, introduces the idea of time and age.

eine Rolle, viele Rollen (One role, many roles)

Living through various life stages is like performing in a play, thinking of a West classic. One has one role and many roles. But the final stage, as the classic states, is about the body when matter and senses disappear. Not only humans play different roles. The wood of this work first was a trunk, then timber, then board, and now artwork.

Ah, Deridda! LOL (Ah, Deridda! laughing out loud)

While opening my art studio for visitors, I accidentally left some notes about a scholar. A visitor looked at the notes and exclaimed ironically, "Ah", and the scholar's name. The text in this work is a chat with an Artificial Intelligence. In a sense, it reminds me of the scholar's ideas about language. So, I titled this work using the exclamation and the chat slang LOL (Laughing Out Loud). The chat is about the word "kind". In German, "Kind" means "child", and in English, it can mean "type". I found this two-fold meaning valuable for my research. I'm studying how society sorts people by age. I drew the text on FAX paper.

Hierarchiestufen (Levels of Hierarchy)

The way society divides people by age could bring prejudices. Could prejudices be connected to schools that sort students by age? I found a school chair and used it to create the artwork. The chair is suspended, like an open question. There is a hidden mirror. One needs to pay attention to see itself in the mirror. The words on the paper are labels for age groups.

Ich bin dreihunderttausend (I am three hundred thousand years old)

If one asks me: How old are you? I would say 300,000 years old, like you, like our species. What's the difference if I have 10, 20, or 50 years, more or less of you? In some cases, it matters. At the same time, it could drive prejudices based on social age division. The work consists of seven red and white objects suspended by ropes. The ropes begin with a long one originating from a crack in the wall. A split turtle drawing, a long-living animal, frames the crack. The objects show names, birthdates, and professions of local people. I found these data in an old journal. In the picture, you can see the installation alongside other artworks.

Aesthetic regulations

I'm studying the relationship between art and the rules that influence how people behave in society. I used metal nails and two kinds of objects. One is an object used to decorate: a slice of wood. The other one is an object used to controll: a police tape. I combined these objects with the nails to create a contrast.

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Creating a New Language: Impossible. (et vous êtes)

I'm developing artistic research using Artificial Intelligence Software. The current outcome is an artwork with science fiction storytelling, distinct from a typical science fiction narration, and two symbolic pictures about life and death. It appears in the form of a printed book and a file. The title comes partially from Philip K. Dick's biography, and the theme is related to Karel Čapek, two science fiction classics authors. I am working with AI-powered chatbots. The problem for me is that this kind of software interacts by imitating human language. This attitude of imitation impacted Western art for a long time. Then, it was challenging for me to work with a language-imitating tool. I asked the chatbot to create a new language to break the imitation effect. The theme is at the intersection of imitation and sympathy through technologies and social implications.

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Un mot encore, & je finis

Have you ever received a special gift before leaving a place? Some years ago, when I emigrated from the city where I was born, I received a special gift before leaving. Sometimes, people visiting my art studio can spot it there. It is a soft object, teal and grey coloured, with a picture of a sculpture. It is a pleasant object for sensuous and good food for thoughts, entailing one of the oldest theories of Western art, but mainly about politics and justice. It is a modern translation of a more than two thousand years ago book. Since my common thread in art is about what I call a system of rules, I found it inspiring since it resonates with the ideas of rules in society while establishing some fundaments about what we have called later art and the status of artists in society. The book text is a dialogue, a format that reminds us how we interact nowadays with AI-powered chatbots. Indeed, for the second time in my art practice, I used Artificial Intelligence to shape the meaning of a work, this one, together with other of my favourite tools, the jigsaw and the police barricade tape. The AI-powered Chatbot translated part of the book. It is a thought-provoking dialogue, which one of the characters challenges and refutes later. I have rewritten the text in another book, which you can see in the pictures. I found this book on the street, and it serves as the primary support for my artwork. The artwork is called "Un mot encore, & je finis"

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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Good to eat (fragment)

A sentence from a well-known text of anthropology and personal communications as feedback related to my work "Good to eat (fragment)" suggested me an idea about the suitability of artworks. I developed research and artwork within the frame of food studies, ritual, and mythology. In the background, one can find ideas of command and obedience strictly connected to my common thread of the system of rules.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Community Standards

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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