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Presentation of the book "How do I imagine being there?" by Claudia Losi
Fri 19 May 2017, 19:00 – 21:00 BST
Presentation of the book How do I imagine being there? (Humboldt Books - Maramotti Collection, 2016) by Claudia Losi.
The author will be present, in dialogue with Carlo Maiolini.
Also attending will be Giovanna Silva (Humboldt Books) and Marina Dacci (Collezione Maramotti).
To what degree may a place be described by its geology, geography and history, and how much of it is imagined? What does it mean to think of a place before being there physically?
The archipelago of St Kilda is the most remote part of the British Isles, in the Outer Hebrides. Some of the most populous colonies of marine birds make their nests amongst its cliffs, which rise straight up out of the ocean. In 1930 the last inhabitants left the island for good: all that remains are stonewalls, houses, trails marked by their toil; the entire topography has lost its framework; what was once there is dispersed, what was once hoped for never to come about. With the outbreak of the cold war, the archipelago becomes, thanks to its strategic position, an important radar base of the British Army. The artist Claudia Losi managed to reach St Kilda only in 2012, after having tried a few years earlier in vain.
How do I imagine being there? arises from this experience and becomes much more. It’s not just a book, but rather a thinking a relating attitude, aiming to answer these question by means of a choral reflection and describe the idea of an ‘archipelago world’ starting out from St Kilda.
The artist will give a talk with the biologist and science communicator Carlo Maiolini (MUSE Museum, Trento), particularly focusing on the interaction of technological development with the representation of reality.
Claudia Losi (Piacenza, 1971) studied Languages at the University of Bologna and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. After her graduation, she has lived and studied for long periods in Italy and abroad. The most recent among her numerous personal and collective exhibitions in Italy and abroad were held at Triennial of Fiber Art, Hangzhou; Teatro Arsenale, Milan; Triennale Design Museum, Milan; Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia; Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Milan (2016); Livorno In Contemporanea; Tenuta dello Scompiglio, Vorno-Lucca (2015); La Maréchalerie-centre d’art contemporain de l’énsa V, Versailles and Studio Orta Les Moulins, Boissy-le-Châtel; MAMbo, Bologna (2013); MAXXI, Rome (2012 and 2010); Viafarini-DOCVA, Milan (2011); MAGASIN, Grenoble; Royal Academy of Arts, London (2010); IKON Gallery, Birmingham; Stenersen Museum, Oslo (2008).
Carlo Maiolini (1979), biologist and science communicator, since 2006 he works at the MUSE, the Science Museum of Trento. Among his main interests are the ways in which technological development interacts with the representation of reality in Homo Sapiens. He currently coordinates the operations by the MUSE within the project LIFE WOLF ALPS for the management of the natural return of the wolf on the Alps.
How do I imagine being there? has been published by Humboldt Books (Milan) in partnership with Collezione Maramotti, on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name at the Collezione (7th May – 16th october 2016) in Reggio Emilia.