Flashback day-by-day is born

Flashback forcefully enters our everyday life, accompanying us – also on-line – up to the November event (5/8 at Pala Alpitour in Turin).

The eighth season of the series is ready to start: from Monday to Friday, always at the same time, hrs. 18:30, on the social channels of the event, an unprecedented journey dedicated to art without any space-time limit.

Flashback special project
Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, the Billboard: the project by Alessandro Bulgini, curated by Christian Caliandro, is interpreted month after month by the artists, some of them selected through open call, currently in course (expiring next 15 July).
Piazza Bottesini, Turin and live on Facebook all the openings:
15 July / 2 September / 30 September / 30 October

Flashback lab
The pedagogic project curated by Maria Chiara Guerra is being carried forward and develops in the continuous search for acts of beauty in our every day’s lives.
Every Monday on FacebookInstagram and YouTube 

Flashback art class
Christian Caliandro’s classes on “all contemporary” art focus on the gap the masterpiece is and builds versus reality. 
Every tuesday on FacebookInstagram and YouTube

Flashback storytelling
The project that promotes, through narration is enriched by the contribution of Raffaele Cataldo, a young writer graduated from Scuola Holden who selected the Unicorn as the protagonist of a literary game, a pursuit through art, pop culture and legend. 
Every wednesday on FacebookInstagram and Spotify

Flashback talk
The rich program of meetings moves temporarily to the web and offers us Pasti d’artista (Artist’s meals), the project of visual artist Giada Pucci. A series of “back and forth” on the extremely current and urgent need to recognize the professional figure or the artist, the precarious worker with no bonus or unemployment benefits, who “gives us so much fun”.
Every thursday on FacebookInstagramSpotify and/or YouTube

Flashback sound
The show schedule dedicated to music, which ranges seamlessly amongst genres and time, witnesses the birth of Flashback’s Spotify channel, curated by Andrea Vailati Canta. 
Every Friday on Spotify

Opera Viva, The Billboard…Open call

 Iginio De Luca, Another round, another race, 9 June – 12 July 2020

The terms are open – until 15 July – to participate to the third edition of the call for visual artists of the project OPERA VIVA BARRIERA DI MILANO, THE BILLBOARD.

The topic which was selected for this sixth edition of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, the Billboard is – as for the fair – Ludens.
An edition interested to the ludic dimension of man as a basis for art and culture; the game as a sacred activity. 

THE PROJECT
Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, the Billboard, is an urban art project that adds meaning to the concept of public art thanks to the use of the pre-existent in conceiving the artwork, in the specific case a 6x3m municipality space for public billposting (cimasa n. 50530) in Piazza Bottesini in Turin (Barriera di Milano, a multi-ethnic neighborhood) interpreted by national and international artists throughout the year.

The Flashback is Opera Viva project was born in 2013, and by which artist Alessandro Bulgini stated that the event Flashback, all art is contemporary and all the masterpieces presented as Living Work. In 2014, Flashback is Opera Viva left the spaces of art to move to the suburbs, through Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, the Billboard (OVBM) curated by Christian Caliandro, thus marking the countdown to the November event.

The project develops around a precise idea of the relationship between art and public space, and of the function of a work within an urban context and community. Through this operation, the fair connects different areas of the city of Turin and different time zones (the ancient, the modern and the contemporary in its making), believing that art must leave the institutional spaces, go down to the road, stretch towards reality, constantly move through it, happily integrate into the dimension of every day’s existence.

On the occasion of the fair, the images of the posters – together with all the collected fragments of life – are gathered in one exhibition to narrate this window opened to the world and for the world. Therefore, in the preceding months and then in Pala Alpitour, the OVBM project sees numerous Italian and international artists interpreting this advertising space in the aim of taking art to the people and return physical and mental spaces to creativity.
The experiment, which was particularly successful in the previous editions, confirms its will of setting itself as a moment of cultural reflection that cannot do without its own contemporaneity. 

The Poster 
A 6x3m municipal billposting in the roundabout of Piazza Bottesini pulses in the heart of Barriera di Milano, i.e. one of the most interesting neighborhoods of Turin, rich in history, identity and future, thanks to artists of different background and style, but sharing an original innovative approach to the artistic practice. The artists present – month after month – artworks that translated themselves into an advertising-like poster that rejects the language of advertising in the very moment it uses it and turns the spectators – residents, visitors, car drivers, passersby and curious people – into explorers of another dimension, of an unexplored area which – on its turn – operates according to the rules and values of an unknown world.
The poster is a window and – at the same time – a hollow space, an interstice that helps us glimpse what has been, and what is coming. 

The exhibition 
During the five days of the fair, the images of the posters – together with all the collected fragments of life are gathered into one exhibition at Pala Alpitour in Turin.

The talk
An appointment of discussion on the edition developed. The talk shall be held in Flashback’s Art Lounge within the Pala Alpitour. The reflection shall develop analyzing the function of the work within a context and a community, starting from Turin’s experience.

The labs 
Flashback lab is the pedagogic project which was born with the will to widen and tell the reflections on the theme of the utilization of art as cultural experience of awareness and citizenship, and of collection as a public and private act of preservation of objects, images and works with different intents and values. From art collectorship to collection as a gesture of care of urban space, the lab is built as a pathway of knowledge of art, which roots into and connects to urban history and to the territory, in the ambition of providing the participants with a toolbox which can help them recognize Beauty in every day’s places. This process of knowledge configures itself as a free gesture, of renewed awareness and autonomy in the utilization of the public spaces, by the new citizens, either by age or by citizenship. 
In 2020, the project is widening its perspective, including pathways for students of primary and grammar schools, families and groups of citizens who live in difficult conditions in Turin’s neighborhoods of complex economic and social conditions. The classes involved shall be the protagonists of a four-appointment experience, which starts from the narration and the visit of the works developed within OVBM, to reach the Museums and culture institutes of the city. The multi-disciplinary contents shall eventually be processed in the lab appointments. The project is aimed at involving children, adolescents and families mainly from Turin’s neighborhoods of Aurora and Barriera di Milano, in a curricular and extra-curricular pedagogic pathway, where art is meant as a tool of aesthetic sharing and acknowledgment of shared cultural identities: the labs and the visits are devised mainly to be a support of those schools and realities which – because of the specific complexity of the users – do not manage to autonomously plan opportunities of cultural and artistic training.  The project involves in curricular activities approximately 300 students each school year, who move from the school place to the public places, to the galleries and to the institutions dedicated to art to find their home in the spaces of Pala Alpitour during the week of contemporary art. 

>> For further information: operaviva@flashback.to.it

Opera Viva, The Billboard…Open call

The terms are expired – on 15 July – to participate to the third edition of the call for visual artists of the project OPERA VIVA BARRIERA DI MILANO, THE BILLBOARD.

The topic which was selected for this sixth edition of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, the Billboard is – as for the fair – Ludens.
An edition interested to the ludic dimension of man as a basis for art and culture; the game as a sacred activity. 

Iginio De Luca “Another round another race”

OPERA VIVA BARRIERA DI MILANO 2020

Presents

Iginio De Luca
Another round another race (2020) 

9 June – 12 July 2020
Roundabout of Piazza Bottesini, Turin

The second billboard of the fifth edition of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, a project devised by Alessandro Bulgini, curated by Christian Caliandro and supported by Flashback, the art fair whose claim is “all art is contemporary” (Turin, Pala Alpitour 5 / 8 November 2020), shall be inaugurated live on Facebook – @flashbackfair – on Tuesday 9 June at hrs. 19.  
The billboard will be visible in the roundabout of Piazza Bottesini for everybody since the 9 June in the morning.

The theme Flashback selected this year – for its eight appointment – is Ludens, inspired to the fanciful humorous tale “Unicorn Variations” by Roger Zelazny and to the works of Johan Huizinga. Thus, playing as a foundation of human life and creativity, as an essential approach for the continuous reconstruction of the world and a basis for art and culture; the game as a sacred activity. 

In these months of emergency, lockdown and forced pause – also in the sequence of these images, which traditionally mark the approaching steps to the fair – many things have changed around and within us: the life conditions, the awareness of what is happening, the fears and hopes that concern both the present and the future. 

Then, Opera Viva Barriera di Milano is restarting from this image, which Iginio De Luca developed for the project: a small camper which has been abandoned for years, an old Mercedes model parked in Rome, close to the Baths of Caracalla. The camper is an explosion and an accumulation of objects, colors, kitsch and vernacular languages, amongst flags, pennants, exotic fans, scale models and toys. Patriotic, religious and sport souvenirs. They are, as the artist himself states, “emblems of an indiscriminate nostalgic accumulation, which clumsily decorate a vehicle allocated to travel, but which has not been traveling for a long time.  An aware or unconscious forced pause, which entrusts the mapping of a national affective touristic geography to the dynamic memory, which collects and withholds the sounds and images of its displacements”.

This work turns out – if possible – to be even more relevant now than when it was proposed: the title Another round another race evokes the funfair, a challenge and a wager, the restarting after every failure, seen like a mirage. The constant necessary illusion that the game, every game underlies, as any ludic attitude.  

This comical and – at the same time – sad fairground booth is the effective metaphor of a collective condition: a visionary monument to falling and rising again, a lost dream, which is parked there, waiting perhaps for a new, possible future. To restart the journey, against any expectation, against any rational thought. 
To have another round, another race.        

Iginio De Luca is a polyhedral Italian artist: musician, visual artist, video maker and performer. In the last few years, his poetics mainly focused on the production of videos, of photographic images, but also of what he defines blitz. Considering them between urban art and performances, the artist performs actions sometimes flying over with aircrafts, sometimes projecting images or inscriptions onto buildings during fast night raids, sometimes ever arriving in places with elements of strong disturbance and visual impact, such as fake electoral billboards. Hybridizing ethics and aesthetics, technology and behavioral actions, De Luca claims the interaction with the environment and the public, denouncing – between irony and engagement – the crisis of values of our times.  The use of multiple different linguistic registers has always characterized his projects and – subsequently – his methodological and operational choices, hinting that the common denominator lays in the need to unhinge the certainties, to break up the codes of the expressive formalization, to ambush reality, taking it by surprise from behind.  Decoding the plot of the spider net woven by the artist, making up acrobatic balances between signs of different nature, is up to the public, who are called to an active participation by a questioning that cannot be evaded. 
Even though he is working on several fields, a unit of concept can be recognized in Iginio de Luca’s poetry, which qualifies as one of the most original artists of the current Italian scenarios. 

Opera Viva Barriera di Milano “il Manifesto” ed. 2020
A project by Alessandro Bulgini
Curated by Christian Caliandro
2nd Artist: Iginio De Luca, Another round another race (2020) 
From 9 June to 12 July 2020

With the support of the Municipality of Turin
Under the patronage of Circoscrizione 6

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Opera Viva, The Billboard…Iginio De Luca

The second billboard of the fifth edition of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, a project devised by Alessandro Bulgini, curated by Christian Caliandro and supported by Flashback, the art fair whose claim is “all art is contemporary” (Turin, Pala Alpitour 5 / 8 November 2020), shall be inaugurated live on Facebook – @flashbackfair – on Tuesday 9 June at hrs. 19.  
The billboard will be visible in the roundabout of Piazza Bottesini for everybody since the 9 June in the morning.

The theme Flashback selected this year – for its eight appointment – is Ludens, inspired to the fanciful humorous tale “Unicorn Variations” by Roger Zelazny and to the works of Johan Huizinga. Thus, playing as a foundation of human life and creativity, as an essential approach for the continuous reconstruction of the world and a basis for art and culture; the game as a sacred activity. 

In these months of emergency, lockdown and forced pause – also in the sequence of these images, which traditionally mark the approaching steps to the fair – many things have changed around and within us: the life conditions, the awareness of what is happening, the fears and hopes that concern both the present and the future. 

Then, Opera Viva Barriera di Milano is restarting from this image, which Iginio De Luca developed for the project: a small camper which has been abandoned for years, an old Mercedes model parked in Rome, close to the Baths of Caracalla. The camper is an explosion and an accumulation of objects, colors, kitsch and vernacular languages, amongst flags, pennants, exotic fans, scale models and toys. Patriotic, religious and sport souvenirs. They are, as the artist himself states, “emblems of an indiscriminate nostalgic accumulation, which clumsily decorate a vehicle allocated to travel, but which has not been traveling for a long time. An aware or unconscious forced pause, which entrusts the mapping of a national affective touristic geography to the dynamic memory, which collects and withholds the sounds and images of its displacements”.

This work turns out – if possible – to be even more relevant now than when it was proposed: the title Another round another race evokes the funfair, a challenge and a wager, the restarting after every failure, seen like a mirage. The constant necessary illusion that the game, every game underlies, as any ludic attitude.  

This comical and – at the same time – sad fairground booth is the effective metaphor of a collective condition: a visionary monument to falling and rising again, a lost dream, which is parked there, waiting perhaps for a new, possible future. To restart the journey, against any expectation, against any rational thought. 
To have another round, another race.