Sivilization’s Wake – Stephen G. Rhodes and Barry Johnston [2018]

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INCURVA presents the Sicilian première of Sivilization’s Wake, the latest experimental buddy comedy by Stephen G. Rhodes and Barry Johnston (Unknown Friend). Curated by Marianna Vecellio

Sivilization’s Wake is less an adaptation than an expulsion of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, floating beyond a cesspool of cinematic repetitions. Beginning with the premise that film itself, in the very act of casting light as its subject, necessarily defaces the written word which birthed it (and whose nature is always darkness), Unknown Friend attempt a further disfiguring of the text’s legibility. Misreading darkness as drunkenness, swerving toward a state of total blinded-by-the-lightness, the artists want to drive themselves—with Twain in the backseat—off the well-lit roads of authority, and down into the dark gorges of prophecy. Drowning in the rivers of Disney’s Magic Kingdom, spelunking in the bunkers of Sicily’s past patria, the gang grope wildly for anything that shines, only to find that the sunken treasure they discover is too heavy to be carried, and can only be added to the mythologies that flood, in overlapping projections, the walls of this rented basement. Using the advanced technology of the Star Trek franchise, as well as a cast of flexible characters, Unknown Friend travel through time and space performing society’s primal scenes (as well as a few of their own), often before involuntary audiences. In the process of staging these conundrums of exodus— freedom? banishment?— Sivilization’s Wake attempts an ecstatic desertion of the source text, only to wash up once again on the shore of history’s traumas, and find that the displacement, dysphoria, imprisonment, and injustice that even Mark Twain at times could not fully face, continue to plague civilization today, 200 years down river from the “Sivilization” of Huck and Jim’s time.

“Beware.  Trouble is brewing.  Keep a sharp lookout.”
– Unknown Friend

Press Preview:
Fri 15 June 2018 at 11am

Opening Reception:
Fri 15 June 2018 at 6pm

Opening hours:
From Sat 16 June to Sat 14 July 2018
Tuesday to Saturday, 11am-1pm and 4pm-7pm

Palazzo Campofranco 8,
Piazza Croce dei Vespri
Palermo, Italy

Heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped in making Sivilization’s Wake real: Gary Luster, Rosario Riginella, Claudia Cangemi, Giulia Monroy, Marianna Vecellio, Andrea Parlato, Arturo Parlato, Vito Sciacca, Pierluigi Domino, Ernesto, Banjou, Niamanto, Galerie Isabelle Bortolozzi, Attilia Fattori Franchini, Carlo Pratis, Gianni Politi, Lupo Borgonovo, Samara Scott, Nicola Martini, Megan Rooney, Dimitra Louana Marlanti, Giuseppe Fazio.

Sivilization’s Wake is supported by

Beatrice Marchi, Friends, 2017 mostrato in occasione de “Le Amiche” mostra personale di Beatrice Marchi a Casa Masaccio (IT).

Girato a Favignana nel 2017, Friends è un promo con cui Loredana, la donna clown con le chele, recluta ballerine per uno dei suoi spettacoli. Beatrice Marchi ha dato vita nel tempo a molti personaggi, ibridi e doppi, buffi e dissoluti, vulnerabili e nobili, riuniti e riattivati in occasione della mostra a Casa Masaccio nel 2019.

+390918420027 is a 1: 100 scale calcarenite maquette of a specific point of the Bue Marino calcarenite quarry.The public can activate the work by calling the carved number and listening to a story by Francesco Pedraglio. Artissima Telephone encouraged reflection on the point of passage between landlines and mobile phones, exploring the way social practices have changed since the introduction of factors of mobility (space) and simultaneity (time).

Concepito a luglio 2019 sull’isola italiana di Favignana, Ruttier for the Absent è appeso in modo precario come un segnale sulle scogliere del Mar Mediterraneo a Punta Marsala all’ombra di un faro abbandonato dove i materiali trovati – una vela, una corda e un’essiccata fronde di palma – prima mutilati dall’artista, poi distrutti dalla forza del Mar Mediterraneo. Tradotta nello spazio della galleria, la scultura è stata ora manipolata dall’artista con l’argilla caolinica, un’argilla bianca naturale che si trova spesso nelle sculture dell’Africa centrale e occidentale, come in un atto di pulizia e protezione dell’opera dallo spazio espositivo. Test Kevin Space

Babi 1 (2016), Babi 2 (2016) e Babi (2016) sono le prime opere d’arte realizzate durante Curva Blu. Le tre sculture sono state prodotte da Lupo Borgonovo a Favignana e sono adesso esposte per “ZEESTER”, mostra personale dell’artista al Museo Civico Castelbuono (Palermo) visitabile dall’8 agosto al 29 settembre 2019. Più info

Kore (2019), realizzato di da Margherita Raso durante Curva Blu 2019 , è parte della mostra collettiva “Le Monde Ou Rien” organizzata da Sgomento a Napoli (Più info). Durante la sua residenza a Favignana, Margherita Raso ha imparato a scolpire la calcarenite grazie ai consigli di Benito Alessandra, presso il suo “Giardino Incantato”

Congratulazioni a Stephen G. Rhodes e Barry Johnston, finalisti del terzo Mario Merz Prize con Sivilization’s Wake, co-prodotto da INCURVA. Potete votare qui mariomerzprize.org

Congratulations Trisha Baga for her solo show at Greene Naftali (NYC), also featuring the cave footage shot during Curva Blu 2017. More info

INCURVA has been invited at Supercondominio, a gathering of new contemporary art spaces in Italy promoted by Castello di Rivoli and its research department, the CRRI. More info about the event

8 July 2018

Some of the works conceived during the Curva Blu 2017 residency are on show at Loom Gallery, more info here.

9 May 2018

We are glad to see part of the research that took place during Curva Aperta 2017 surfacing in Gianni Politi’s exhibition “2017”. More information here. 14 Apr 2018

INCURVA mira a rendere la Sicilia occidentale un terreno fertile per la ricerca nell’arte contemporanea, riattivando i suoi spazi pubblici e stimolando il dialogo con le sue comunità locali attraverso una piattaforma per residenze, conferenze e mostre. Anno di fondazione 2016.

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