Transformers: and reality is transformed
And if nothing was as it seems? Everything, even the most insignificant detail can be seen and understood in different ways, according to the viewpoint and above all on the basis of the eye, the mood, and essence of whoever is looking. In addition, the fusion of analogue and digital constantly alters our way of life. On in Rome at the MAXXI – National Museum of 21st Century Art, the exhibition Transformers looks at different levels of vision and interpretation. For example, what looks like a hanging forest is actually made from common plastic colanders. Or a chair which, thanks to the fabric, has changed its original shape and might find itself at sea in the company of a buoy to stop it from being sucked up by the tides and thoughts. Until the ultimate paradox: weapons that create pleasing music.
Art and Social Activism
These are just some of the projects by ChoiJeong-hwa, Didier Fiuza Faustino, Martino Gamper and Pedro Reyes, the four “Transformers” who are at the same time artists, designers and social activists. As if to say that everything is the opposite of what it seems. In fact, through their works, reality is transformed into another reality. One that stokes the imagination, inspires reflection, urges sharing, experiencing and looking beyond.
Visions of the Future
The Korean ChoiJeong-Hwa transforms artistic and architectural installations into provocative manifestations in support of healthy values and a happy life. The Franco-Portuguese Didier Faustino tests common perceptions of space and the conventional nature of our behaviour, by means of an encounter between physical and mental limits. And ends up thinking that the only perimeter to be overcome to reach freedom is the body. Meanwhile, the Italian Martino Gamper adopts the culture of collaboration known as DIY (Do-It-Yourself), reinterpreting the idea of making from recycling. The Mexican Pedro Reyes uses social interaction to undertake new roads, using realism and peace as means of resistance against violence and war. The future is already here.