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Un passato fuori dal tempo (2019) | Zhang Xiang

Progetto RIVA

Un passato fuori dal tempo (2019) | Zhang Xiang

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Sospesi (2018/2019) | Edoardo Delille e Paolo Woods

Progetto RIVA 2021

Sospesi (2018/2019) | Edoardo Delille e Paolo Woods

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Along the -fermata- (2019-2020) | Kirsten Stromberg

RIVA Project 2021

Along the -fermata- (2019-2020) is a synesthetic installation of visual art and musical scores; the fruit of a research on relational ecology of plants growing along the banks of the Arno River. Freely drawing by hand the signs emerging from the spaces left by common reed, ribwort plantain, and pondweed found along the river banks, Stromberg graphically transposed the empty and filled spaces resulting from their growth, or when they sway in the wind, or from their interaction. This led to musical scores performed by Renato Grieco (double bass), Francesco Pellegrino (saxophone and clarinet), and Francesco Toninelli (percussions/vibes).

These scores are neither classic compositions, nor pure improvisations; these scores and their refined translation into sound are a true homage to the transitory nature of vegetation growing along the river and highlight the human-plant interaction as a musical potential.

Along the -fermata- (2019-2020) is a synesthetic installation of visual art and musical scores; the fruit of a research on relational ecology of plants growing along the banks of the Arno River. Freely drawing by hand the signs emerging from the spaces left by common reed, ribwort plantain, and pondweed found along the river banks, Stromberg graphically transposed the empty and filled spaces resulting from their growth, or when they sway in the wind, or from their interaction. This led to musical scores performed by Renato Grieco (double bass), Francesco Pellegrino (saxophone and clarinet), and Francesco Toninelli (percussions/vibes).

These scores are neither classic compositions, nor pure improvisations; these scores and their refined translation into sound are a true homage to the transitory nature of vegetation growing along the river and highlight the human-plant interaction as a musical potential.

Along the -fermata- (2019-2020) | Kirsten Stromberg

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Past beyond time (2019) | Zhang Xiang

RIVA Project 2021

Past beyond time (2019) features a surreal landscape: objects crystallised in the mud, in memory of the great flood of Florence in 1966, become an unusual, yet familiar, stage for a post-apocalyptic rebirth. This timeless landscape created by the Chinese artist during a residency at MAD evokes the spirit and behaviour of a community on the occasion of dramatic catastrophic events, which are followed by a rebirth, when life resumes its habits and people are once again able to create and produce. This work was conceived before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and today can be re-read as a sign of hope toward a new rebirth.

This work was selected among the creations produced during the China Project artist residencies, in the framework of cultural exchanges held by MAD between Italy and China, in collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts of Sichuan and Zhong Art International.

Past beyond time (2019) features a surreal landscape: objects crystallised in the mud, in memory of the great flood of Florence in 1966, become an unusual, yet familiar, stage for a post-apocalyptic rebirth. This timeless landscape created by the Chinese artist during a residency at MAD evokes the spirit and behaviour of a community on the occasion of dramatic catastrophic events, which are followed by a rebirth, when life resumes its habits and people are once again able to create and produce. This work was conceived before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and today can be re-read as a sign of hope toward a new rebirth.

This work was selected among the creations produced during the China Project artist residencies, in the framework of cultural exchanges held by MAD between Italy and China, in collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts of Sichuan and Zhong Art International.

Past beyond time (2019) | Zhang Xiang

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Suspended (2018/2019) | Edoardo Delille e Paolo Woods

RIVA Project

In the photographic project Suspended (2018/2019), the inhabitants of San Francesco (Pelago) and Pontassieve walking near the river were invited to perform an unusual action. They were asked to jump on a trampoline specifically brought by the authors, and made a gesture that, with no manipulation or photomontage, allowed the photographers to portray them with the Sieve River in the background. The photographs taken by the authors thus relayed a perspective in which the locals, suspended in the air, are as close to as superimposed over the river, visually reconstructing a man/water relationship that goes beyond simply swimming in the river or posing in front of it.

The choice, shared with locals, to exhibit the monumental works produced by Delille and Woods for the RIVA Project on the façades of the buildings of the Le Murate Complex, including the one that houses MAD, was led by the desire to recall the strong bond between the Complex and the Arno River, since the original mona

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In the photographic project Suspended (2018/2019), the inhabitants of San Francesco (Pelago) and Pontassieve walking near the river were invited to perform an unusual action. They were asked to jump on a trampoline specifically brought by the authors, and made a gesture that, with no manipulation or photomontage, allowed the photographers to portray them with the Sieve River in the background. The photographs taken by the authors thus relayed a perspective in which the locals, suspended in the air, are as close to as superimposed over the river, visually reconstructing a man/water relationship that goes beyond simply swimming in the river or posing in front of it.

The choice, shared with locals, to exhibit the monumental works produced by Delille and Woods for the RIVA Project on the façades of the buildings of the Le Murate Complex, including the one that houses MAD, was led by the desire to recall the strong bond between the Complex and the Arno River, since the original monastery was located right on the river banks, on the present Ponte alle Grazie bridge. The decision was made to enhance their project in a public framework, thinking also of the symbolic suggestion inspired by the context: Suspended and free, the protagonists stand out of the natural elements represented by water and air, and are displayed in a monumental dimension in a place that was originally conceived as a prison and that was eventually returned to the community.

Suspended (2018/2019) | Edoardo Delille e Paolo Woods

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Past beyond time (2019) | Zhang Xiang
Past beyond time (2019) | Zhang Xiang

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RIVA Project 2019

Promoted by the MUS.E Association under the artistic direction of Valentina Gensini

In 2019, the RIVA Project further explored its international focus through lectures and workshops. Of particular importance was the lecture held at MAD by Michelangelo Pistoletto, in partnership with the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence, as well as the conferences curated by LWCircus, and the cycle of encounters curated by Prof. Antonio Capestro, with the collaboration of CISDU and the University of Florence. The constant maintenance of the Terzo Giardino fluvial park continued, likewise its guided visits organised by the Mus.e. Association. The partnership programme with Zhong Art International was intensified and two professors from the Academy of Fine Arts of Sichuan spent a period of residency at Murate Art District. These events strengthened the process to the final goal: a grand pluriannual exhibit initially scheduled for 2020 and then postponed to 2021 due to the restrictions imposed to contrast the Covid-19 pandemic.

In 2019, the RIVA Project further explored its international focus through lectures and workshops. Of particular importance was the lecture held at MAD by Michelangelo Pistoletto, in partnership with the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence, as well as the conferences curated by LWCircus, and the cycle of encounters curated by Prof. Antonio Capestro, with the collaboration of CISDU and the University of Florence. The constant maintenance of the Terzo Giardino fluvial park continued, likewise its guided visits organised by the Mus.e. Association. The partnership programme with Zhong Art International was intensified and two professors from the Academy of Fine Arts of Sichuan spent a period of residency at Murate Art District. These events strengthened the process to the final goal: a grand pluriannual exhibit initially scheduled for 2020 and then postponed to 2021 due to the restrictions imposed to contrast the Covid-19 pandemic.

RIVA Project 2019

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