appropriation, copy, reinterpretation, plagiary, remix, reproduction

accumulation, archive, wunderkammer, database, cabinet of curiosities, encyclopedia

disclosure, reprint, multiplication, republishing, replication, fac-simile

destruction, deletion, burning, damage, programmed obsolescence, hidden

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Athanor №5, out soon.

Athanor is a collection of contents about arts and visual culture. Its concept draws partially from the “new aesthetic” tendencies, as a “native product of modern network culture”1; and partially from the idea of rhizomatic culture, which digital humanities scholars reworked from previous theories, united under the motto that “there is no such thing as a pure point of origin”2. In the alchimist tradition an athanor is the furnace in which the transmutation takes place, also called the occult hill, the Philosophical Tower which knows no death (α-Θάνατος).

1Bruce Sterling, “An Essay on the New Aesthetic”, Wired, 2 april 2012, Link

2Dick Hebdige, Cut ‘n’ Mix: Culture, Identity and Caribbean Music, Routledge, 2003 (first ed. 1987)

Interview with Rafäel Rozendaal

Culture is continuously transmuted, melted, evaporated, reshaped through the means of physical and conceptual actions performed over its visual appearance. In the current hyper–connected, overstimulated scenario, each of these appearances emerges as a phantom of past lives, retaining memories of previously browsed content. But still, each appearance adds a new layer, which can be reconnected to one or more categories in this loose action-based taxonomy:

  • appropriation (copy, reinterpretation, plagiary),

  • accumulation (archive, wunderkammer, encyclopedia),

  • disclosure (reprint, republishing, multiplication),

  • destruction (deletion, burning, damage, programmed obsolescence).

Athanor №5

Not only its content, but the container itself is ever–changing and loose: firstly conceived as a four-issues magazine (which have been exhibited at Fahrenheit39 art book fair in 2015), Athanor became an online log and then a distributed project, Athanor №5. Through an open call, the project gathered several contributors among visual artists, theorists and curators. The selected contributions are presented on a dedicated webpage, sorted into five temporary web exhibitions. Each page, regardless of the media format of its content, can be downloaded as a .pdf document during the exhibiting period. The printed version is now ready to be launched.

Online exhibitions

I. (Social) mediagenic art

Giorgio Ruggeri, The case of Pavel Pavel, 2016–2017

Jeroen Bouweriks, G.I.S. Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe, 2015–2017

Kasper Lecnim, Facebook.com/com..., 2015–2017

Kasper Lecnim, Symphony for 12 personal computers, 2014–2016

II. Mythologies of accumulation

Nicolas Vamvouklis, Collecting Queerly, 2017

Paolo Patelli, The Hut of European Identity, 2016

antoine lefebvre editions & Farah Khelil, ALL THE MEMORY IN THE WORLD, Toute la mémoire du monde, 2014–2016

Ryota Matsumoto, Hybrid Architecture, 2014–2016

III. On different kinds of language

R. Prost, Book of Babel, 2014

Furen Dai, Language Product, 2015–2016

Carla Rak, Artifacts, 2016–2017

IV. Copy Paste Culture

Kasper Lecnim, Malevich’s Black Square turned 400 times (becomes circle), 2015

Carla Rak, Collage #1, 2016

Nicholas Lockyer, Tombstone, 2016

Alberto Cuteri, Opening Fold, 2017

V. New Sculpture

Udit Mahajan & Tyler Henry, Destructure, 2015

Yürgen, Copy of, 2015

Leandro Estrella, Icy Coal Tons, 2017

Athanor №5

Curated by
Giuseppe Digeronimo
Davide Giorgetta
Valerio Nicoletti
Riccardo Rudi

Editing & Texts
Valerio Nicoletti

Design & Development
Davide Giorgetta
Riccardo Rudi

Social Communication
Giuseppe Digeronimo

Open Call Contributors
Jeroen Bouweriks
Alberto Cuteri
Furen Dai
Leandro Estrella
Kasper Lecnim
antoine lefebvre editions
& Farah Khelil
Nicholas James Lockyer
Udit Mahajan
& Henry Tyler
Ryota Matsumoto
Paolo Patelli
R. Prost
Carla Rak
Giorgio Ruggeri
Nicolas Vamvouklis
Yürgen

Web residency
Pavel Pavel

info@athanor.world

Athanor
2014—2018