January 24, 2007 - Associazione Culturale Arte Nova - ALTERED STATES – Are you experienced?
January 24, 2007

ALTERED STATES – Are you experienced?

Gunilla Klingber, Mantric Mutation, 2006, Silk-screen printed self adhesive stickers (80 x 80 cm) on walls and floor, laser-cut texts in mirrorglas, surveillance mirrors, light tubes “Halo”, Courtesy Gallery Nordenhake/ the artist

ALTERED STATES Are you experienced?
curated by Nicolas Bourriaud and Paolo Falcone
16 December 2006-15 February 2007

Ex Mercato Ortofrutticolo,

Pescara, Italy
Concept: Cesare Manzo
Organization: Associazione Culturale Arte Nova

WAX (ex MEO), Budapest, Hungary
Opening 4 May 2007
Director of ACAX: Barnabas Bencsik

Galeria Noua and MNAC National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest, Romania
Opening 25 June 2007
Director of Galeria Noua: Aurora Kiraly

Are you experienced? This is the question asked by Nicolas Bourriaud and Paolo Falcone to present the 17th Fuori Uso exhibition in Pescara, Budapest and Bucharest.
Emese Benczúr, Anca Benera, Madeleine Berkhemer, Liz Cohen, Attila Csörgö, Daniela d’Arielli, Christelle Familiari. Matteo Fato, Vidya Gastaldon & Nathalie Rebholz, Ludovica Gioscia, Piero Golia, Barthi Kher, Gunilla Klingberg, Gelitin, Michael Lin, Justin Lowe, Saverio Lucariello, Henrik Plenge Jakobsen, Kendell Geers, Sergio Sarra, subREAL, Janaina Tschäpe, Luca Vitone, Kelley Walker.

This exhibition is the winning project of the European Programme Culture 2000 which is financially supported by the European Union. It is co-funded and promoted by the Town Councillorship for Community Policies in partnership with the Arte Nova Fuori Uso Cultural Association, the Abruzzo Region, the Pescara-Abruzzo Foundation, ACAX of Budapest and Galeria Noua of Bucharest.
Are you experienced? is organized as an itinerant exhibition: in 2007 it will be hosted at the WAX (ex MEO) programmed by ACAX, Agency for Contemporary Art Exchange of Budapest, directed by Barnabas Bencsik, and at the Galeria Noua of Bucharest, directed by Aurora Kiraly, and at MNAC National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest.
Fuori Uso has become an event of paramount importance. Created in 1990 from an idea by Cesare Manzo who intended to realize an international art show inside abandoned buildings. During its many years of activity, it hosted the main actors of the contemporary arts scene such as: Michelangelo Pistoletto, Mario Merz, Richard Long, Joseph Kosuth, Nam June Paik, David Hammons, Haim Steinbach, Enzo Cucchi, Alighiero Boetti, Maurizio Cattelan, Vanessa Beecroft, Paul McCarthy, Carsten Höller and Rirkrit Tiravanija. Many successful critics and curators were called to organize the exhibition such as Achille Bonito Oliva, Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, Hou Hanru, Helena Kontova and others.
Are you experienced? aims to examine the relationship between art and the processes of modification of perceptions. Under the concept of social surrealism it intends to link induced altered states to a collective dream into the contemporary artistic expressions. The project considers several aspects implying the study of new theories linking the alteration experience or modification of perception, from sculpture to painting and video, to performance, to site-specific installation, with anthropology, sociology, shamanist practices.
SOCIAL SURREALISM It is no longer the individual who is delirious. It is the social format of which the individual is part. Apparently, the collective unconscious is more important, more “talkative” than the sum of the individuals’ unconsciousness. “It” talks: the artist cuts out small parts of discourse in the abundant flow of social discourse, he or she decodes the flux, photoshops it, post-produces it, highlights it: pure editing of an impersonal stream of consciousness. Who is talking? Taking the floor is one of the greatest challenges of our era: taking the floor in the name of what.
HALLUCINATION In the capitalist society the psychological status of the individual is very similar to the infant’s. Jacques Lacan showed this link with the theory of the object a. Briefly, the infant asks for food because he feels a need (to eat); however, since he is a human being, dominated by the language which separates him from the real, he is disappointed. Then, his need falls into desire. What does the infant do then? He hallucinates. He hallucinates the desired object. For instance, he transforms his mother’s breast in a mental breast, which he can actually have. Hence, the hallucination represents a desire that has become an image, the purest form of substantiating the human needs in a society in which the needs, the requests and the desires are the pillars of daily life. Art, which primarily materializes the relationships existing in the world, constantly hallucinates its objects of desire. These objects can be abstract, sparkling, informal, tender, indirect or not. Anyway, we cannot stop hallucinating: our identity has become a mere projection, a black hole whose edges palpitate under the effect of desire.

The hallucination is an alteration of perception: inexistent visions, objects and sounds become, for an individual, concrete, objective and real elements? Art can be the product of such imaginative hallucinations deriving from altered psycho-perceptive conditions which the artist and the audience experienced…
Nicolas Bourriaud (born 1965), art critic and curator, founded the Palais de Tokyo in Paris in 1999 and directed it until December 2005 in partnership with Jérôme Sans. At the present time, he is working as an artistic consultant for the Victor Pinchuk Foundation of Kiev. Since 1990 he curated several exhibitions including: Aperto 45° Biennale di Venezia, 1993; Traffic, CAPC Bordeaux, 1996; Contacts (relations, bricolage et travaux de consommation) Fribourg, 2000; Négociations, CRAC Sète, 2000; Playlist, Palais de Tokyo, 2004; Biennale de Lyon, 2005. He was co-curator of the first Moscow Biennale in 2005. In 1992 he started the Contemporary Art magazine called Documents sur l’art. He wrote several essays including Esthétique relationnelle (Presses du Reel, 1998) and Postproduction (Lukas&Sternberg, 2001).
Paolo Falcone (born 1966) has curated several exhibitions in Italy and abroad on important contemporary artists such as: Jannis Kounellis, Albergo dei Poveri, Palermo, 1993; Richard Long, La Zisa, Palermo, 1997/98; Carsten Holler & Rosemarie Trockel, La Zisa, Palermo, 1998; Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, La Zisa, Palermo 1999; Martin Creed, micromuseum, Palermo, 2001; Maurizio Cattelan – Progetto a latere 49° Biennale di Venezia, 2001; PalermoVisioniVision, micromuseum, Palermo, 2002; Luca Vitone, micromuseum, Palermo, 2002/3; Shobha, Amsterdam, 2004. Since 2004 he has been working as a contemporary art consultant for the Sicily Region to curate the collection and the programs of Palazzo Belmonte Riso the first Museum of Contemporary Art of Sicily.
He took part in many international meetings and seminars on contemporary art.
ACAX Agency for Contemporary Art Exchange was established in January 2006. The professionally independent organization operates within the institutional framework of Hungarofest Kht., subsidized by the Ministry of Education and Culture, and involves further financial resources from private foundations, public and governmental sources in a project-based form. The main goal of ACAX is to establish and maintain channels of effective and continuous communication among the Hungarian and international actors of the contemporary art scene, as well as to promote and support the international appearance and integration of Hungarian artists. ACAX’s major scope of operation are residency programs, visitor programs, research trips, exhibitions and public events in collaboration with international contemporary art institutions. ACAX organizes conferences and exchange projects, provides their professional and financial support and the preparation and realization of Hungarian participation in international biennials and other art events.
Galeria Noua is an independent organization which is running a contemporary art exhibition space that present Romanian and international artists. During the six years of existence, Galeria Noua developed an impressive number of projects, produced by itself or in collaboration with Romanian and international cultural institutions.

Besides its exhibitions & events program, Galeria Noua works as a meeting ground and a place for information on contemporary art, initiating debates, round tables and presentations.
FUORI USO 2006 – ALTERED STATES (Project Ref. CLT 2006 Sec/VA/A1/IT 466)
Are you experienced?


Ex Mercato Ortofrutticolo Cofa
Lungomare Cristoforo Colombo (Porto Sud), 65127 Pescara, Italy

WAX (ex MEO)
1047 Budapest, József Attila u. 4-6. Hungary

Galeria Noua
15 Academiei St., 010012 Bucharest 1, Romania
MNAC- National Museum of Contemporary Art/ Bucharest
Izvor St. 2-4, wing E4, Bucharest, Romania / Entrance from Calea 13 Septembrie
Tel. 0040-21-3189137


Associazione Culturale Arte Nova Fuori Uso
Via Umbria, 44 65122 Pescara
T 39 085 297206
F 39 085 4221688


ACAX | Agency for Contemporary Art Exchange
H-1072 Budapest
Rákóczi út 20. I/5.
T 36 1 266 1357
F 36 1 266 5972


Galeria Noua
15 Academiei St., 010012 Bucharest 1, Romania
Fax: 40 21 3190722
Mobile: 40 765 273109


Associazione Culturale Arte Nova
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