E IL TOPO PERFORMANCE
28 APRIL 2012 @ WHITE BOX
New York City – April 28, 2012 – In only four years (1992-1996) E IL TOPO has recorded, through the contribution of artists such as Art Club 2000, Massimo Bartolini, Vanessa Beecroft, Maurizio Cattelan, Mark Dion, Dominique Gonzales Foerster, among others, the spirit and attitude of a generation of artists which, at that time, was about to achieve definitive international recognition both by the critique and the public, anticipating in this sense the experience of relational art, which in recent times we have learned to recognize in very different and complex ways.
These artists had proposed inedited projects that were mixed, overlapped, sometimes hidden, but always showing a completely innovative practice for the moment in which they were being developed.
The 4th issue, conceived during the installation of Aperto 93 at the Venice Biennale, consisted of 105 portraits of the artists and curators who took part of it; but the names were exchanged, deconstructing the meaning of personality in art history. After sixteen years, E IL TOPO originally created by Gabriele Di Matteo, Franco Silvestro and Vedova Mazzei, has decided to leave its lethargy and to get going again to create new issues.
In 2012, the 12th issue, against the archaeological tendencies that led to the research of ultimate sense in sad fossils, E IL TOPO decided, de motu propio, to summon personalities of the art world who passed away during the lapse of time in which the magazine vanished.
Introduced by a series of performances, readings and secret activities, the new publication, a fragile and living organism itself, is being presented in prestigious institutions such as Careof, Milan, on March 27th, in Berlin at Supportico Lopez Gallery on June 21st, and at White Box, New York on April 30th, where the performance by Art Club 2000 and Martin Gimenez, directed by Gabriele Di Matteo, will be centered on the figure of the late American artist Sibyl Cohen.
Participating artists are alma mater Gabriele Di Matteo, Art Club 2000, Martín Giménez, Franco Silvestro, Francesco Fossati and Francesco Locatelli.
The launch of this new issue, a true séance, will bring to ephemeral existence those in the portraits that are no more, blurring with sharp images the concept of life.