The fair’s collaboration with the museums of Fondazione Torino Musei continued. For Artissima 2022, under the title So will your voice vibrate, three sound installations by Riccardo Benassi (Zero… gallery, Milan), Darren Bader (Franco Noero gallery, Turin) and Charwei Tsai (mor charpentier gallery, Paris, Bogotà) has been presented respectively at GAM—Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Palazzo Madama–Museo Civico d’Arte Antica, and MAO Museo d’Arte Orientale. The artworks have been selected by Luigi Fassi in collaboration with the directors of the three museums. The title of the project So will your voice vibrate took inspiration from a poem by Dylan Thomas, from the early 1930s.
RICCARDO BENASSI @GAM
Poeticizzare il deserto invece di sapere dove termina
“Poeticizzare il deserto invece di sapere dove termina” (2019-22) is an original sound work by Riccardo Benassi. The audio track, a loop of 4 seconds, is entirely made with the artist’s own voice, through an unconventional way of using Autotune, a choice that underscores the mingling between the corporeal subjectivity of the vocal chords and the objectifying ‘correction’ imposed by the digital grid. The supple body of the soft speaker is ideally overlaid on the corporeal nature of the artist who has generated the sounds, in a technological duplication that seems to desire identification with the biological and even its surpassing into an absolute form.
DARREN BADER @PALAZZO MADAMA
Antipodes: musical quartets
“Antipodes: musical quartets” (2013) is a performative work with two quartets that interact with each other, one playing a classical piece by Beethoven while the other performs a melodic rock song of its own repertoire.
CHARWEI TSAI @MAO
The sound work “AH” (2011) is a video originally created for a public space, at the time of the festival “A Tapestry of Sacred Music” of Singapore. The work celebrates religious harmony and diversity in the world, using the voices of people with different vocal timbres, singing the syllable "Ah". "Ah" is a sacred sound which many major religions use in ritual and votive expressions, such as "A-llah", "A-men", "A-mitabha", "A-llelujah" and "A-OM". The work sets out to nurture a sense of inner peace and lightness inside all of us.