De Umbris Idearum

De Umbris Idearum

De Umbris Idearum

Alessandro Sciaraffa
De Umbris Idearum

Curated by Marina Guida

5 October 2019 – 28 October 2019

Inauguration 5 October 2019, 12 noon

De Umbris Idearum, the personal exhibition conceived specifically for the occasion by the Turinese artist Alessandro Sciaraffa and curated by Marina Guida, will be inaugurated on Saturday, 5 October 2019, at the church of San Severo al Pendino, in via Duomo, Naples.
The exhibition, which takes its title from a work by the Nola-born philosopher Giordano Bruno, is promoted by the Department of Culture of the City of Naples and organised by Galleria Giorgio Persano of Turin. The immersive and multi-sensory site-specific project aims to change the point of view that each of us has of the things of the world and of the universe that surrounds us. The inseparable complementarity of light and shadow, which within the exhibition are separated and reshaped by the artist, is used to generate new sounds that lead to contemplation and meditation. The architecture itself that houses the exhibition is not a simple container in this context, but a resonant amplifier of sound, lights and shadows, within which the works are positioned at specific points, thereby creating a very specific musical pattern.
Moving within the space, the viewer interacts with it through installations that are conceived as musical shamanic instruments and are able to project him into a different state of consciousness, one to explore and experiment. The installation intervention consists of three works: the Totem, Le ombre del mare (‘Shadows of the sea’) and Flash drawings.
A sound installation with interactive artificial intelligence, formed of four glass plates suspended by easels, recreates a transparent reverberating sound box. The public can reproduce the sound of the sea through the glass thanks to the interaction between light and its own shadow, and with the activation of electronic sensors.
Very light black-coloured cloths leaned against the altars of the side chapels of the church conceal reflective designs that are visible only by using a camera with flash. The digital image captured by the light offers a different way of displaying the image itself, creating a short-circuit between visible and invisible.
Several large gongs produce mystical music generated by the mysterious invisible energy of sound resonance, which materialises through the metal body. Thanks to the interactivity between the public and the artificial intelligence of the machine, the totem shapes the space with sound, taking the viewer on a multi-sensory journey.
With the decision to group these three Neapolitan symbols – sea, light and mysticism – Sciaraffa pays tribute to the city that hosts the exhibition. In the artist’s vision these elements are to be considered a single body, an organically formed universe, “an admirable order” as Giordano Bruno described it in his writing, with a precise harmony that supports each single work and connects it with all the others.
The human mind, which bears in it not ideas but the shadows of ideas, can thus come closer to true knowledge and grasp the connection that connects each thing with everything else, beyond the multiplicity of the elements and their changing over time. It is a matter of trying to obtain an experiential cognitive method able to capture the complexity of reality, to the point of sensing the ideal structure sustaining the whole.

Alessandro Sciaraffa (Turin, 1976). Lives and works in Turin.
He graduated in Architecture from the Politecnico di Torino, studied at the Fondazione Spinola Banna and graduated from the Designing the exhibition course at the Domus Academy in Milan.
The winner of a number of national and international prizes, among the main solo shows, we mention: Ti porto il mare, Fondazione Merz, Turin (2011), VITRINE, GAM – Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin (2012), Greater Torino, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2013), I Lunatici parlano alla luna, Galleria Giorgio Persano, Turin (2014), Fontanella, Galerie Italienne, Paris (2016), Between a Dusk and a Dawn there is an eclipse, Galerie Mazzoli, Berlin (2017), The Winter Symphony, Hermitage State Museum, Saint Petersburg (2019), Aurora (2019), Ground Moscow, Moscow.

Exhibition details
Title De Umbris Idearum
Curator Marina Guida
Promoted by Culture and Tourism Department of the City of Naples
In collaboration with Galleria Giorgio Persano – Turin
Venue Church of San Severo al Pendino, via Duomo 286, Naples, Italy
Dates 5 October – 28 October 2019
Inauguration 5 October 2019 at 12 noon
Opening times from Monday to Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm
Admission free
Information for the public tel. 081/7956423
How to get here
From the main railway station R2, C30, alight at Piazza Nicola Amore;
CS departure from Brin car park, alight in Via Duomo

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