5 > 8 November 2020
h 11 > 20
Pala Alpitour > Turin > Italy
Flashback is the project dedicated to art, conceived as an open artwork,
born in 2013 with the aim of building an atlas of visual culture
able to link culture and market into one equation, without constraints of space and time.
Flashback is a tale that develops through several chapters, one for each edition, and each of them is required for a correct interpretation of the story. Every year, a new title, a new image entrusted to a different visual artist, a new color, an unprecedented setup, and unusual graphic setting and new contents: all elements that are required to be led to that elsewhere where “all art is contemporary”.
Ludens (The Players) is the eighth chapter of Flashback, inspired to the game of chess of the humorous science-fiction tale Unicorn Variations by Roger Zelazny, where a wandering former player called Martin is playing a game whose wager is the permanence on Earth of the human race against unicorns, i.e. the timeless archetypes. An edition that is therefore interested to the playful dimension of Man, to which every culture has recognized a sacred value.
The Ludens are all those individuals who are fully free and conscious that they can act on the world, recreating it through creativity and free play. They are wandering players, in this case, of the game par excellence: chess, a fil rouge in the history of art, from Nefertari’s Mortuary Chapel – Egypt, 1200 B.C. – to conceptual art, passing through Dadaism and Surrealism. Every Ludens knows that – within those 64 cases, which are as white like life and black like death – there is the whole spectrum a human being experiences in his/her existence. The game is life itself, because chess is a very complex game, of variable infinite dynamics, where the potential combinations are immense. The freedom of Man manifests in the infiniteness of such variable and in the chance to chose: every Ludens is given his/her “variant” in the game.
Flashback expo >>
The innovation capacity of Flashback sees this year the introduction of a new section for the exhibiting gallerie, OneShot, which involves the exhibition of only one artwork of significant cultural, historical and artistic features, as always dated prior to 1980. The sections you can participate to will be therefore two, OneShot and Main Section, and one does not exclude the other one.
Flashback program >>
Flashback finds its peak and synthesis during the lively Torino Art Week but it is project which develops continuously throughout the year with Flashback day-by-day: from the Flashback is Opera Viva special project to the pedagogic workshops, from sound to storytelling, from the talks to the ‘all contemporary’ art classes, in an unprecedented journey dedicated to art without any space-time limit.
MV: Don’t you believe that contemporary art, founded on the principle of subjectivity, is radically different from ancient one?
GDD: Art is actually all contemporary. Otherwise it would be like if you see a 1920 car arriving and you decide to cross the road safely, thinking you won’t be invested because that car is from another era. But this is not true. For artworks is the same. They are always ‘alive’.
MV: So according to you there is no difference between a Madonna by Brunelleschi and a portrait by Picabia?
GDD: There is a difference. But they are both contemporary. The work of art is a living thing.
Marina Valensise Interviews Gino De Dominicis – Il Foglio, March 20th 1997