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Simona Lodi: What is the Meaning of Art? A Master of Arte Povera Gives the Answer (Huffington Post) -
May 16, 2012
"Andrea Bellini, curator of the exhibition, calls Gilardi a "forerunner of relational art." Now I don't want to take issue with Bellini or challenge the paternity of Gilardi's work, but to call it simply "relational aesthetics" -- a rubric invented by Nicolas Bourriaud in the 1990s and misused ever since by curators lacking in imagination--hardly does it justice. Gilardi's work goes beyond the "relational"; his sense of "collaboration" embraces a shared goal and implicitly contains the sharing of knowledge and action, the horizontal dimension of participatory democracy. These artistic elements have plenty in common with the concepts that underpin art in a globalized world and the ethics of art in our global, digital age. Open source, the art of networking, Internet freedom, horizontal democracy, freedom of speech, participation and new forms of social representation are all political issues that technology always brings to the fore, concepts which people make either positive or negative use of." -
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