Museum Calls the Artist – AMACI
Stemming from a collaboration between the Directorate General for contemporary art and architecture and urban outskirts of MiBACT (Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism), and AMACI (the Italian Association of Contemporary Art Museums), this year the “Museo Chiama Artista” (Museum Calls the Artist) project reaches its third edition with a focus on the work Bora by Yuri Ancarani. “Museo Chiama Artista” is a straightforward and powerful project within the framework of the Contemporary Art Program, the instrument adopted by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism to finance initiatives aimed at boosting contemporary art public heritage.
For this third edition of the project, curated by Ludovico Pratesi and Angela Tecce, the Directors of the AMACI member museums commissioned a new work of art to Yuri Ancarani, who in recent years has recorded great appreciation among critics both in Italy and abroad. Ancarani is a video-artist and film-maker, whose works are richly imbued with a mix of documentary film and contemporary art, the final outcome of an exploration aimed at investigating the less visible aspects of daily life, probably the actual borders of what is visible, in a continuous personal challenge where it is the artist to immerse himself in the first person. Bora is a project in progress begun in 2011 focusing on the relationship between sound and image. A balance that makes up the essence of a work where the Karst landscape of Val Rosandra – a natural reserve extending across the border of Friuli Venezia Giulia and Slovenia – is destabilized by the Bora, an 87 mile per hour wind that blows shaking up and modelling the rigid and essential nature filmed by the artist. Over the following four years, Bora has been ‘interpreted’ by several musicians while the video was projected on large screens during their concerts, until May 2015, when the project took an unexpected turn and the video was ‘embedded’ inside a small Brionvega monitor. This was the definitive shape of the project, where the video integrated with a wireless monitor was turned into a real video sculpture.