'FUGA DI UN PIANO'
Uqbar foundation (Irene Kopelman and Mariana Castillo Deball)
Design of a book that formed part of the installation by the Uqbar foundation (Irene Kopelman / Mariana Castillo Deball) at Manifesta 7, Rovereto, Italy, Manufactura Tabachi.
Unfolding space, sculptures and publication by Irene Kopelman / Mariana Castillo Deball
Uqbar takes as a point of departure the International Center for the study of Futurism, held at the Museum MART in Rovereto. Approaching the archive not in a literal but in an oblique way, Uqbar takes the notion of time and its projection to the future as a point of departure. This idea refers to Jorge Luis Borges’ story ‘The Garden of Forking Paths’ where the book and the labyrinth are intertwined in one form which conduce to infinitive meanings, and to the ‘The Library of Babel’ from the same author, where Borges describes how the universe, the library, consists of an infinite expanse of interlocking hexagonal rooms.
The Futurism movement tried constantly to compare human nature to machines, in terms of eficency and speed, but we ask the question: What would be the style of a creative automaton? The first answer would be classicism, nevertheless, as Italo Calvino points out, the true literature machine will be one that itself feels the need to produce disorder, as a reaction of its preceeding production of order, a machine that a certain point feels unsatisfied with its own traditionalism and starts to propose new ways of creating, turning its own codes completely upside down.
Uqbar presents the publication Fiora Inesistenti in Natura, with texts by Moosje Goosen, Italo Calvino, Alejo Carpentier, Fortunato Depero and Myriam van Imschoot.
Fuga di un piano has been possible with the support of: The Netherlands foundation for visual art, design and architecture, Manifesta 7.