Apparatus 22 - On fake, shields, surroundings and too many questions
Presentation of the collective's work in conversation with some members of the Diogene group in Turin
Apparatus 22, conversation with some members of Progetto Diogene in Turin “On fake, shields, surroundings and too many questions” is a talk introducing the practice of the collective from many points of view: themes of interest for research and production, processes of articulating ideas, different contexts they lived and worked in, questioning as strategy for critical thinking etc.
Apparatus 22 is a multidisciplinary art collective initiated by current members Erika Olea, Maria Farcas, Dragos Olea and late artist Ioana Nemes (1979, Bucharest – 2011, NY) in January 2011 in Bucharest, Romania. Apparatus 22 is exploring the intricate relationships between fashion and economy, politics, gender studies, social movements, religion in order to understand the contemporary society. A string of very diverse works – installations, performances, text based – shapes their practice in which reality is mixed with fiction and storytelling and all merges with a critical approach drawing knowledge & experience from design, sociology, literature and economics.
The collective participated in exhibitions and festivals at MUMOK, Viena (AT), Museion, Bolzano (IT), Brukenthal Museum Contemporary Art Gallery, Sibiu (RO), MAK, Viena (AT), Steirischer Herbst, Graz (AT), Drodesera Festival, Dro (IT), Young Artists Biennial, Bucharest (RO), Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (DE), Gyeonggi Creation Center (KR), Salonul de Proiecte, Bucharest (RO), TIME MACHINE BIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART, D-0 ARK UNDERGROUND, Konji (BIH), TRAFO Gallery, Budapest (HU), Future Gallery, Prague (CZ), Oberwelt, Stuttgart (DE), Ujazdowski Castle – Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw (PL), Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (DE), Contemporary Art Museum (MNAC), Bucharest (RO), Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest (RO), Nieuwe Vide, Haarlem (NL), KunstMuseum Linz (AT), Osage Foundation (Hong Kong), etc.
The work of the collective was exhibited at La Biennale di Venezia 2013, Romanian Official Representation II – “Reflection Centre for Suspended Histories. An Attempt” exhibition.
Apparatus 22 currently presents works in two solo shows: “SEVERAL LAWS. THE ELASTIC TEST” curated by Eleonora Farina at GALLLERIAPIU in Bologna, Italy and “An archive of longings (chapter 1)” curated by Liviana Dan at Galeria Calina, Timisoara, Romania.
Progetto Diogene is an artist collective founded in 2007 with the objective to reflect upon artistic systems and the roles of artists within contemporary arts practice. Its name taken and inspired from Diogenes of Sinope, the collective looks at defining a critical approach to making, whilst maintaining a balance between autonomy of thought within the larger ecosystem of everyday realities. Operating out of a tram as the main site for the coming together of research and practice, the main projects of the group are Bivaccourbano, an international residency for artists; DiogeneLab, a pedagogical laboratory with local schools in Turin; Collecting people, a series of debates and conferences and Solid Void, a school for artists. These projects develop and execute new strategies for innovation and alternative methodologies based on the sharing of experiences