echoes of the void


a transdisciplinary art project by Maria Rebecca Ballestra


Over two years this project will investigate the geological, cultural, spiritual, environmental and political meaning of the wastelands in the world, convinced, that the territories and environmental issues are intrinsically connected with culture in terms of understanding “the other” and that the ongoing creation of new forms of expressions helps us to increase awareness. Different levels of topographical transformation will be considered, including desertification by industrialization and globalization. During this collaborative project, multimedia art works will be produced by co-operating with researchers of science and humanities. The outcome will be, along with the art works, a production of special digital and paper publications with scientific, literary and theoretical essays as well as artistic contributions.

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For In response to experiences on Earth the visual artist and curator Sage Lewis asked a random sampling of people to describe for her a time when they felt like they were on another planet. Each segment is from a different person describing different places and she has ordered them and pieced them together with some minor edits for grammar. In this creative writing piece, Sage uses found/assembled language. Inspired by her experiences in the desert of Qatar, her current project Mars analogues uses the surface of the earth as a corollary to surfaces of the moon and Mars. Mars analogues are places on earth that simulate conditions or characteristics of Mars. The techniques of mosaic, collage, or assemblage in art are useful for thinking about the layering, coding, and collage processes that happen within “screen space” to compose and compress such images. Image data that is captured in space by remote lenses and transmitted to earth for assembly has a material process that she is tracing as a model for her work.

 

 

The American artist and curator Sage Lewis is interested in the connections between material process and concept and works through drawing, sculpture, prints, and photography to translate images into multiple outcomes. Her photo-based works evoke an uncertain sense of space and establish a tactile relationship between drawing and the photographic. Lewis has recently exhibited at the Denison Museum in Granville, Ohio, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Hamad bin Khalifa University Art Gallery in Doha, Qatar. She held positions in arts administration and curating at the Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA, the Maine Arts Commission, and most recently, the Portland Museum of Art.


project structure


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The project consits in desert itineraries, each itinerary comprises three parts:

 

The first part consist in the artist’s journey itself. The concept of the journey is defined by Maria Rebecca Ballestra as research method in which she physically and psychologically confronts conditions of the environment, therefore she explores and experiences possibilities of divers viewpoints and processes.

The second part is formed of an artistic production indicating the insights, experience and research result Ballestra made during the journeys.

In the third part is invited a researcher to contribute with a written text regarding the geopolitical or anthropological contexts of the corresponding desert.

 

 

about me


the artist in nomadic condition

art as process
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Maria Rebecca Ballestra

Exploring the relationship between humanity, science, new technologies, and the ecosystem, my work is realized across diverse media including photography, video, installation, performance, and community-based activities. Addressing social, political, and environmental themes, my work is profoundly informed by my experiences during artist-in-residency programs undertaken around the world.

 

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exhibitions and events


here are posted all events and exhibitions of echoes

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November 29, 2017

In Bastia, Corse, at 6.00 pm will be the opening of the exhibition by IFANA Maria Rebecca Ballestra, presenting her work produced during the residency at FRAC in the frame of Echoes of the Void itinerary in Agriates.

echoes in media


here you find the last and current publications, quotes, video and press release of the project

Télé Paese Corsica

November 30, 2017

 

Hier soir était inaugurée au musée de Bastia l’exposition « Ifana ». Une exposition de l’artiste italienne, Maria Rebecca Ballestra, et qui met en avant un des lieux les plus emblématiques du désert des Agriates, une belle bâtisse construite au 17e siècle par une famille génoise des Spinola. Pour réaliser ce projet, Maria Rebecca Ballestra a travaillé en collaboration avec deux lycées de Bastia (le lycée professionnel Fred Scamaroni et le lycée Giocante de Casabianca). Un projet qui à pour thème l’identité, la mémoire en mêlant des informations et des données techniques à des éléments créatifs. Le projet « Ifana » à pris la forme d’une vidéo, d’une série de photo et d’une installation au musée de Bastia. C’est suite à l’invitation du FRAC Corsica que l’artiste a réalisé ses œuvres entre 2016 et 2017. Cette exposition sera accessible au public du 29 novembre 2017 au 03 mars 2018

 

 

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