JUNE 19 – OCTOBER 5, 2013
NOMAS FOUNDATION ROME
Can Altay, Daniel Gustav Cramer, Isabelle Cornaro, Tomaso De Luca, Adrien Missika, Rolf Nowotny, Ruth Proctor, Will Rogan, Vanessa Safavi, Jack Strange, Luca Trevisani, Roger Van Voorhees and with a book library selected by Andrea Baccin and Alexis Zavialoff
curated by Ilaria Marotta in the frame of AB PROJECT by Gabriele De Santis
Premises Some months ago a group of Australian scientists studying plate tectonics in the Coral Sea noticed that a small, uninhabited Pacific island appeared on some of their charts, but not on others. Labeled Sandy Island, this tiny islet had been presumed to lie within French territorial waters for centuries. So the scientists aboard the Southern Surveyor plotted a course for Sandy Island. They arrived at the “island” to find nothing but open sea, with the ocean floor almost a mile deep at its shallowest point. So where did Sandy Island go? In the following week, geographers quickly determined that Sandy Island hadn’t disappeared: it had never really existed in the first place.
Now Sandy appears like a metaphorical device on the loss of sense and geographical coordinates and on limits of human knowledge, becoming a space into a space, a shared dream, a limbo between myth and fantasy. Here, it takes place the meeting among thirteen artists who, in reactivating a childhood imagination and following traces of a non-existing island, create a dreamlike dimension, a short-circuit between immanence and loss: a colored pattern on the floor, the map of previous human passages define traces of a wonderful world with real or fictional inhabitants, plants, animals and other things which reset the limit between real and unreal.