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Unseen Dialogue is a new project by the artist forum “Thinking Ahead”, whose members all have PhDs in various fields. As always, a number of guest artists have also joined the current project. The forum was established by Doron Polak from the International Artists’ Museum in order to connect its members and to publish articles and hold exhibitions that examine the link between the words of science and art.
One Contemporary Art in Venice will host the project of artists/scientists from Israel as part of its policy of international cooperation between artistic communities. The aim is to connect artists from the center in Italy with artists in Israel, as well as with the network of the International Artists’ Museum. The Museum is responsible for the production of the “Markers” project from 2001 in Venice, a project that opened at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. Since then, seven additional productions were carried out in various venues including the Jewish Museum in the Ghetto and at the Maritime Museum.
The International Artists’ Museum has also cooperated with the Venice Municipality (“Peace Section”) and with the Academy of Arts in Venice.
The current project “Hidden Dialog” pairs members of the forum “Thinking Ahead” with world-renowned artists. Each member chose one of their own art works that corresponds with a creation of the famous artist. The curator of the project chose the pairs and the work of the famous artist. Most of the members of the forum cooperated and found a connection – either in content or style of the work. Some found real inspiration and some created a new piece of art for the project. The new, hidden connection between the two artists is the starting point of the project.
The terms “Dialog” and “Hidden” that make up the title of the project, are meant to define it. “Dialog” comes from the Greek dia: through and logos: speech or reason. Dialog in art usually refers to information that is not directly purveyed. For Plato, the dialog was used as a way to solve disagreements. The word “Hidden” refers to the unseen and the invisible. In his book “Invisible Cities”, Calvino investigates the boundaries of the imagination by describing cities in the imaginary words of people like Marco Polo or the emperor of China. In general, thoughts are related to human nature. Due to language barriers and different interpretations, the stories are conveyed through objects, which opens them up to many different interpretations by the reader.
Pier Paolo Scelsi
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