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roberto rossini

ZEITGEIST Aesthetic-rituals actions 2006 - 2014

utopia production

2015 november

roberto rossini


Aesthetic-rituals actions 2006 - 2014

utopia production



(the spirit of time) Is an ‘in progress’ project, which began in 2006 and concluded in 2014: a reflection upon time, the passing of time and the time we live in. Is a instrument of the mind, an anti-technical technique that provides action with a mythical connotation and allows the poetic act to happen. Is the consciousness of matter as the realms of the fragmentary, the parcelledout, the discontinuous; it is a reparation ritual to the plague of the spectacle world; the materials used are chips of sign, parts of sense, traces of thought, shadows of meaning. Pursues the vision of a mythical, cyclical time where myth is meant to stop the flux of contemporary time. Is basically an emotional work; it is the gesture, the certainty of making poetry at a speed as close as possible to that of the human brain.



2006 / 2014 15 Indifference / Reference Genoa ( I ) 2014 14 tpa torinoperformanceart Turin ( I ) 2013 13 Interakcje XIV Piotrków Trybunalski (PL) 2012 12 Corpi esposti 2 Rocca Grimalda ( I ) 2011 11 Museo di Sant’Agostino Genoa ( I ) 2010 10 La voce del corpo Osnago ( I ) 2010 09 Corpi esposti Rocca Grimalda ( I ) 2010 08 Rassegna Artecò Asti ( I ) 2009 07 53ma Biennale di Venezia Eventi Collaterali, Venice ( I ) 2009 06 Rassegna Infr’Action Séte (F) 2008 05 Centro WhiteDove Genoa ( I ) 2007 04 Zero 3 + tre Rosignano Marittimo ( I ) 2007 03 Effetti Collaterali Venice ( I ) 2007 02 In the Context of Art Warszawa (PL) 2007 01 Vertical Action Poetry Monza ( I ) 2006 Video in: Optica Festival - Madrid (E) Paris (F) Interazioni - Cagliari (I) Luoghi dell’Utopia - Viareggio (I) Fama_fame - Wankdorf Center - Berna (H).




Roberto Rossini Lives and works in Genoa, Italy.

Biography Performer and visual artist, work from the mid-70s. He has participated in international festivals, with events staging in atypical areas such as industrial plants, historical buildings, religious temples and natural or defunctionalized environments. He deepened the anthropological roots of performative research by getting in touch with native cultures and through many seminars on corporal research. He realized video-art works dealing with the processes of the unconscious mind and given lectures and leaded workshops on the subjects of performance and multimedial communication. He has collaborated with the Museum of Contemporary Art Villa Croce in Genoa with performances, exhibitions and educational projects. He is a member of the Artistic Direction of Art Action International Performance Art Festival of Monza. Professor of Performance art at the Traditional Arts Institut - Museum of World Cultures of Genoa and Museum and Exhibition Design at Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan. Is co-founder of Albedo, cultural association for active imagination in Milan. In 2012 he published the book The performance: art, myth, ritual and play, edited by Utopia production, and in 2015 co-published Italian Performance Art, ed. Sagep. He currently works at Locus Solus - ritual aesthetic actions, an new performanceprogress project.


Main exhibition Action Art, Monza, 2015 Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Nervi, Genoa 2014 Indifference / Reference, Genoa 2014 tpa torinoperformanceart, Turin 2013 14th Interakcje, Piotrków Trybunalski 2012 Corpi Esposti, Rocca Grimalda 2011 Center of Contemporary Art, Lucca 2011 Museo di Sant’Agostino, Genoa 2010 53th Biennal - Collateral Events, Venice 2009 Infr’Action, Séte 2008 In the Context of Art, Warszawa 2006 12th International Performance Art Festival, Krakow 2004 City Gallery BWA, Bielsko-Biala 2004 Action Art, Monza 2003 On se dit, Nice 2003 MAC di Villa Croce, Genoa 2002 Le tribù dell’arte -Technopoetry, Rome 2001 Yamabiko Museum, Aizu Mishima 2000 Mixed Media Art Communication, Tokyo 2000 Sarajevska Zima, Sarajevo 2000 Dérapage Contrôlé, Montréal 1999 IV Itinerary Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Tokyo-Milan 1995 Studio D’Ars, Milan 1995 Museo Attivo delle Forme Inconsapevoli, Genoa 1992 Biennale Internationale Jeune Peinture Européenne, Cannes 1989 Loweside Gallery, New York 1984 Sezione ritmica, Rome 1982 Brukner Festival, Linz 1981 II Festival della Performance, Cavriago 1978 Performing Art Center, Genoa 1977



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Crucis Way

Rarely do you get the chance to write about your own biographical experience away from the descriptive ambitions of artwork. Ultimately, art and life appear to be close or distant, the evidence of their being independent from each other by virtue of their perspective point. Talking about the Zeitgeist project, therefore, makes it necessary to be free to choose this point, this punctum. It may be its poetical side, or the asymmetrical displacement of the performing process, or a life surge in a death world. The otherwise undecipherable places of our own inner experience become the pulsating centre of our interaction with the outside world. What does Zeitgeist mean? It’s a German word, made up of Zeit (time) and Geist (spirit), meaning “the spirit of times”, that is, the intellectual, moral and cultural climate that connote a certain historical period. This project arises from the need to evaluate our individual psychobiological consciousness of the social issues of our times. It is a never-ending project, a work about time, the passing of time and the time we live in. In Gilles Deleuze’s words: “We keep on remaking history, but actually it is history that keeps on being remade by each one of us, on our own body. What character would you like to have been, in what epoch would you like to have lived? Perhaps a plant, or a landscape?


And yet, this is what you are already: only, you fool yourselves in answering”. The subtle spirit of life is to be found in what is closer to us. It is the things we do and we suffer at home, in our flesh, our character, our personal history, that are most interesting. An artist always draws upon his own tragedies, his own pain, but my work is rather about the roots of suffering. The dual expressions of existence, good and evil, pleasure and pain, nature and nurture. Being there with all of one’s strength, feeling unbound and free within the Wholeness, being serenely lonely, being one’s own confidant. Material is what provides the idea, not the other way round. Encountering things has something surprising, almost upsetting, about it; like a sigh, sometimes a gasp, sometimes a faraway echo. In re-building my personal reality, I pick up images, objects, sheets of paper annotated with names and drawings of things. I collect significant fragments of my time. Fragmented, distinctive features that undoubtedly have a lot in common with memory. Made of “parts” of shapes and materials, places and images, and especially intentions. The autonomous life of things, which follow their own path in an original way. We only have time to trace the order of chaos. Life flows, dragging along energy that needs to be materialised and conden-

sed in order to be transformed. The idea as a function of transformation: this is what it’s all about, the symbolic in action. The symbolic is nurtured on a close and fertile relationship with the heritage of collective and personal memory, social environment, images of the representation of reality. The benchmark against which it is possible to assess the values of our existence. An uphill road, one step after the other, with a few stations. Crucis Way. Becoming and letting oneself become gesture, colour, light, shadow, time, material, noise, art… a reparation ritual to the plague of the spectacle world, made of chips of sign, parts of sense, traces of thought, shadows of meaning. A sort of contemporary iconostasis. Is this Zeitgeist? Or is it the umpteenth trap of a massed-up situation, a primeval soup turned upside down, where everything is ordered, everything is impossible? Very often I feel that an idea can be expressed by just one word, just one sound. Like density, loss, verticality, waste or dissolution, for example. But this is just a starting point, a grip to hold on to so as not to be devoured by the idea itself, a form that allows something to happen. The same as in life. Something to fill the emptiness, matter to fill the mould, to let the act happen. So, the performer’s proceeding along a track marks out the


space just like the possible signs of light created by a line of candles. The trajectory at stake. Art as the explicit wish and will to solve a conflict through action, whether spiritual, religious, political, personal, social or cultural. An intuition, a vision. The awareness of matter as the realms of the fragmentary, the parcelled-out, the discontinuous. The process of thinking out a figure, a figure coming to life. Our body, the only one that can reconnect us with nature and the symbolic order that rules us. There is a painting by Klee called Angelus Novus… an osmotic body. A “mystical” body. This is where the short circuit occurs. The condition of being indissolubly tied to our body, until death, allows us to envisage its transformation from body as matter to body as value. And then, time. Man has learnt from the sun to measure his own life. As T.S. Eliot put it: “We don’t know very much of the future, except that from generation to generation the same things happened again and again.” Stopping the flux of time. Breaking the rope, changing our skin. Only a madman can think of spinning the wheel that’s spinning him. Why is all this necessary? And why doesn’t all this affect just the aesthetic side of it? Does it perhaps interact with experiences involving other fields… anthropological, socioexistential fields? Issues such as

consciousness-expansion, spirituality, and liberation? My wing is ready to fly. Friedrich Nietzsche wrote: “…acting in an untimely way – that is, against time, and therefore over time and, let’s hope, in favour of the time to come”. Standing against the restlessness of the present, where the rituals of daily life unfold as compulsive, repetitive patterns. Where sounds, spaces, objects, words, and actions are freed of their relation with spirit and life. These in turn become just “things” that can feel and be felt. It is the space of the perceptible that we must act upon. First within ourselves, in our shadows and our absolute tensions. Establishing a contact with the world is a way of improving our self-awareness. A mirror game where everything has its own place, albeit temporary. Before dying, Rudolf Schwarzkogler wrote: “Everything is clear, I have the feeling I am a star among stars”. That’s why Zeitgeist is the obstinate, permanent open demonstration that forces us to pay our dues, to reveal our pretences, our infinite, endless ambiguity and cowardice. It is the gesture, the certainty of making poetry at a speed as close as possible to that of the human brain. Roberto Rossini 2008, january thanks to Pier Pietro Brunelli for the intuition of Crucis Way.



Performing a ritual means walking; rites and their executors, the traveler and the road, are one and the same thing: the traveler is the way that runs itself. There is no exit from the cycle of life, there is no exit from the cycle of history. It’s on this background of understanding that stands the sense of interdependence: each individual can perform the rite, can be a celebrant. The whole life reveals its ritual character, regardless of how individual, mundane or revolutionary can be the archetypal world that appears. The rite of the performer is an enterprise in failure; it is a product that remains unsold - this is perhaps the real reason of the venture - and even when the product is marketable, the performer can’t gain anything: in the performance act there are no revenues, it immediately begins anew. Moment by moment, step by step, I do not go towards the liberation, that is placed there, beyond the prison: I’m always here, and the here that has not elsewhere, the now that has no elsewhen are the seat, the time of my life, of my way. Roberto Rossini 2012, january



episode 1 the dream of a time -------------------------------------------------episode 2 beyond the world order -------------------------------------------------episode 3 the plague doctor -------------------------------------------------episode 4 just a flutter of eyelids -------------------------------------------------episode 5 the game of the Aeon -------------------------------------------------episode 6 the living body in the living world -------------------------------------------------episode 7 Aleph_Bet -------------------------------------------------episode 8 the rabbit on the moon -------------------------------------------------episode 9 Opus Magnum -------------------------------------------------episode 10 every word is a prejudice -------------------------------------------------episode 11 ĂŹllud tempus -------------------------------------------------episode 12 campostella -------------------------------------------------episode 13 and if we live... -------------------------------------------------episodio 14 ceremony of the world -------------------------------------------------episodio 15 magnum chaos --------------------------------------------------




Zeitgeist 1 the dream of a time 2006 Urban Center Monza

photo Paola Grassi


The world already possesses the dream of a time whose consciousness it must now possess in order to actually live it. | Guy Debord |


Zeitgeist 2 beyond the world order 2006 Mazowieckie Centrum Warszawa (PL)

photo Nicola Frangione



Zeitgeist 3 the plague doctor 2007 Spazioeventi Mondadori Venice

photo Alessandro Magherini


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Zeitgeist 4 just a flutter of eyelids 2007 Palazzo Marini Rosignano Marittimo (Li)

photo Santini Del Prete



Zeitgeist 5 the game of the Aeon 2007 Centro WhiteDove Genoa

As the child and the artist play, so the fire, eternally alive, plays building and destroying in full innocence. This is the game the Aeon plays with himself. | Friedrich Nietzsche |

photo Riccardo Sezzi

with Matteo Rossini



Zeitgeist 6 the living body in the living world 2008 Quai du port SĂŠte (FR)


photo Evelyne Goupy / Jean-Luc Lupieri


Zeitgeist 7 Aleph_Bet 2009 Campo del Ghetto Nuovo Venice

photo Donatella Meropiali


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Zeitgeist 8 the rabbit on the moon 2009 TeatroSelva Asti


photo Maurizio Conte


Zeitgeist 9 opus magnum 2010 Museo della Maschera Rocca Grimalda (Al)

photo Matteo Rossini


Everything is clear, I have the feeling I am a star among stars. | Rudolf Schwarzkogler |


Zeitgeist 10 every word is a prejudice 2010 Spazio Opera De AndrĂŠ Osnago (Lc)

Life is made up of little fragments. | William S. Burroughs |

frame video director Giuseppe Chindamo


Zeitgeist 11 ìllud tempus 2010 Museo di Sant’Agostino Genoa

photo Mario Parodi



Zeitgeist 12 campostella 2011 Palazzo Borgatta Rocca Grimalda (Al)

photo Alessandro Magherini / Matteo Rossini


Zeitgeist 13 and if we live... 2012 ODA Gallery Piotrk贸w Trybunalski (PL)

And if we live, we live to tread on kings. | William Shakespeare |

photo M. Marchlewicz/ M. Piasecka / P. Adaszek



Zeitgeist 14 cerimony of the world 2013 GreenBOX Turin

photo Guido Salvini / Erica Fortunato

whit Linda Rigotti



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Zeitgeist 15 magnum chaos 2014 Palazzo Ducale Genoa

photo Mario Parodi


Zeitgeist 13 ODA Gallery, Piotrk贸w Trybunalski (PL), 2012 photo M. Marchlewicz

We keep on remaking history, but actually it is history that keeps on being remade by each one of us, on our own body. What character would you like to have been, in what epoch would you like to have lived? Perhaps a plant, or a landscape? And yet, this is what you are already: only, you fool yourselves in answering. Gilles Deleuze

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