Interstellar Static, 2010
‘Interstellar Static’ is a collaboration project between artists Davide Bertocchi and Samon Takahashi consisting of an exhibition conceived to last only a fraction of a second of a photographic shot. The final result is a « kit » of 10 museum-like framed images, and each of them is a possible view of this phantom exhibition but also an autonomous exhibition in itself. In each image the two artists re-combined some of their most iconic works following a metaphysycal dialogue and exoteric combinations. The shooting took place in the span of 24 hours inside the studio of French renown artist Fabrice Hyber, by photographer Thomas Geffrier, completing a kind of invisible quartet ensemble.
Through different practices and aesthetics, the artists Davide Bertocchi and Samon Takahashi intersect in the fields of the immaterial. They explore so many fields from sound and its possible representations, sciences, cosmogony, myth.. with a poetic distance without ever wanting to be expert. ‘Interstellar Static’ is the echo of the cosmos that the ears of astronomers listen to in the hope of detecting messages from elsewhere, in short, the sound of creation.
(Modena, 1969; lives and works in Paris).
Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna (Alberto Garutti’s course), Bertocchi was a resident artist at the École de Beaux-Arts in Nantes, the Villa Arson in Nice and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Bertocchi's research stems from the relationship between music and science and concentrates different sensory and media registers. His works, which include videos, sculptures and installations, have been exhibited in museums, foundations and international art galleries such as the Center Pompidou, La Maison Rouge, the Fondation d'Entreprise Ricard, the Palais de Tokyo, the Louis Vuitton Foundation, the Hôtel de La Monnaie, in Paris; the Bozar Center of Fine Arts in Brussels; the De Appel in Amsterdam; the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; the Bronx Museum in New York; the Architectural Association in London; the Castello di Rivoli, the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome; The MAMbo in Bologna, the Marsèlleria in Milan; the MoCA Museum in Shanghai and the Biennials of Lyon and Prague.
Davide Bertocchi's works appear as free manipulations of two distinct sensory registers: music, present not only in the recurring sound installations but also in the curatorial work Top 100, and science, understood by the artist as a phenomenology of space rethought on the basis of perspectives unusual and intimate. This reflection, an integral part of Bertocchi's creative process, can be found in 'Spazio', an installation in progress consisting of 2500 images representing non-existent planets and galaxies (clear reference to the limited human knowledge of the universe) and in the curatorial project 'Zodiaco', inspired by the homonymous exhibition by Gino De Dominicis.
Solo shows (selection): Centre Pompidou, Metz (2020); spazio Mars, Milan (2019); Art-O-Rama, Marseille (2019); Istituto italiano di cultura, Bruxelles (2015); Maison du Livre et du Son, Vileurbane (2011); National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucarest (2010); White Box, New York (2009); Centre international d’accueil et d’échanges des Récollets, Parigi (2009); Palais de Tokyo, Parigi (2005); Centre Pompidou (video programma) (2004).
Group shows (selection): Hidden Display, MAMbo, Bologna (October 2020; Objets Magiques, La maison de l’ours, Parigi (2019); Le temps de l’île, MUCEM, Marseille, (2019); Où Va l’Esprit + Top 100 vol.7. espace Stalingrad, Paris (2018); WunderMoRE, Museo MAXXI, Roma (2018); Greffes, Beatrice Burati Anderson, Venezia (2018); Greffes, Villa Medici, Roma (2017); Nuit Blanche, Villa Medici, Roma (2016); The Vedettes Show Boat, La Monnaie, Parigi (2016); recto / verso, Fondation Vuitton, Parigi (2015); Nuit Blanche, Parigi (2013); Retour à l'intime, La Maison Rouge, Parigi (2012); Flea Market di Rob Pruitt, La Monnaie, Parigi (2012); Biennal de Lyon (2009; 2007); La tentation de l'espace, Espace Luis Vuitton, Parigi (2007); Code Unknown, Palais de Tokyo, Parigi (2004).
(1970; lives and works in Paris).
Samon Takahashi is known for his extensive sound composition and production as well as his video directing and acting. However in 2004, Takahashi was able to try his hand at something new when he joined 18th Street’s international residency program. While in Los Angeles, he worked on his plastic art installation that also combined his musical talent to produce his “Cortical House.” This house was a utopian idea of a place for living that would be an extension of the owner’s brain. It was a formal pretext to the elaboration of new forms and concepts to enhance the interface between an individual (his way of thinking) and his surroundings, as it was an attempt to find an ideal place for living that followed ones needs and even anticipated them. The project involved various fields and disciplines such as design, architecture, cybernetic, behaviour, theory of information, theory of groups, semiotic, biometry, neurology, psychoanalysis, new energies, and the ecology among others.
Solo shows (selection): CNEAI, Paris (2014; 2011); Spiral / Wacoal Art Center, Tokyo (2013); MNAC, Bucarest (2010-2011); Astérides, Marseille (2010); Pôle Alsace, Gare Magenta, Pôle Haussman, Gare St Lazare, Paris (2010; 2007); LAXART, Los Angeles (2009); CNEAI, Chatou (2009); De Vleeshal, Middelburg (2009); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2006); 18th Street Art Complex, Los Angeles (2004)
Group shows (selection): Group exhibition, Centre National de l’Estampe et de l’Art imprimé, Paris (2020); Greffes, Beatrice Burati Anderson, Venezia (2018); Greffes, Villa Medici, Roma (2017); Clara Meister: Ballads of the Beats, Centre National de l’Estampe et de l’Art imprimé, Paris (2016); 2, 3: a project by Sora Kim, Korean Cultural Centre, London (2015); What is potential, Wellcome Collection, London (2015); Vacarmes, Maison des arts, Malakoff (2015); Red Swan Hotel, MACRO, Rome; Normalcy, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2014); Soundworks, ICA, London (2012); Bêtes Off, La Conciergerie, Paris (2012); Interstellar Static, MNAC, Bucharest (2010); Ponder Pause Process (A Situation), Tate Modern, London (2010); OuUnPo #2, Tate Britain, London (2010); Radio Days, De Appel, Amsterdam (2005); Playlist, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2004); Traversées, Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris (2001).