Armin Linke, Miltos Manetas, MASBEDO, Claudia Pajewski
In collaboration with the Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI) and the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso (LNGS-INFN), the German-Italian artist Armin Linke develops themes related to photographic instruments, archive images and active experiments through his research into audio and video documentation inside the Laboratories and at the GSSI. Armin Linke’s research involves the public in debates ranging from topics such as the physics of neutrinos naturally produced in the Sun and in Supernova explosions, the search for dark matter particles and the study of nuclear reactions of astrophysical interest.
The Museum continues its research into new performance spaces, between physical and digital, with work commissioned from Miltos Manetas on Metaverso, curated by Chiara Bertini and Serena Tabacchi.
The Greek artist allows the public to navigate through his FLOATING STUDIO sulla metaverse art space platform di ARIUM.xyz, on the metaverse art space platform ARIUM.xyz which is accessed through impermanent “portals” made of pigments and soap, inside the Museum and elsewhere in the city and the world.
MASBEDO‘s installation builds on the discourse begun with the performance Gli occhi del topo presented for the PERFORMATIVE01 festival on the walls of the Spanish Fort.
The project, in collaboration with MUNDA, stems from the invitation to work on the city of L’Aquila with particular attention to the Fort, which was built in 1532 by the viceroy of the Kingdom of Naples, Pedro Álvarez de Toledo y Zúñiga and represents one of the most significant examples of ballistic engineering. Inside the Fort, the artists were inspired by the extraordinary acoustic connection system that allowed soldiers to communicate in the dungeons. Visitors are immersed in two video installations, set up in the Museum rooms, in an evocative environment that recalls the events that took place inside the Fort over the centuries until the present day through voices, sounds and images.
The second work commissioned in collaboration with MUNDA is linked to the Mammoth. It is a fossil, now a true symbol of the city, which was found in the 1950s in a clay quarry and exhibited following restoration in the Spanish Fort at the end of last October. Claudia Pajewski, uses photography to analyse both the scientific aspects and the symbolic value attributed to one of the world’s most important prehistoric finds.
The works by Armin Linke, MASBEDO and Claudia Pajewski were realised thanks to the scientific advice of the representatives of the three institutions (GSSI, LNGS-INFN and MUNDA), who accompanied the artists along a path of research and shared planning.