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The show

From 25 February to 27 March 2022 OGR Torino presents two new exhibitions for an unprecedented relationship with time: HERE by Maria Hassabi , curated by Samuele Piazza with Nicola Ricciardi at Binario 1, and HARDSCAPES by Nina Canell , curated by Samuele Piazza with Lorenzo Giusti at Platform 2.

The HARDSCAPES exhibition presents two large-scale works, which draw attention to the concepts of circulation and transformation. Energy Budget (2017-2018), a video work created in collaboration with Robin Watkins, is the study of a leopard snail slowly exploring an electrical panel. Apparently merging into a hybrid form, the snail's muscle fluctuations respond to disused circuits and a schedule of electric fields, almost becoming part of the infrastructure. The intimate images of the snail's movement are juxtaposed with a sequence of shots of the so-called dragon doors - large architectural portals built according to feng shui principles. These openings allow dragons to pass through the skyscrapers, allowing them to travel from the mountains to the ocean for drinking and bathing. The video is shot in Telegraph Bay, a district of Hong Kong where the first submarine telegraph cable was mounted at the end of the 19th century, with a camera that moves in a constant zoom out, using compressed air to control the movement of the equipment.

The absence of sound in the video allows a floor sculpture to speak from the ground, filling the space with its presence. Muscle Memory (16 Tons) (2021) is simultaneously transformed and shattered by the density of moving bodies, literally crumbled by the footsteps of visitors. The shells of marine molluscs are the raw material that underlies most of our built environment, including the floor of the Officine Grandi Riparazioni. Calcium carbonate is in fact a fundamental component of concrete, an essential scaffolding for any type of building and industrial flooring. Originally commissioned by GAMeC, the work Muscle Memory (16 Tons) is revived in a new installation that takes into consideration the history of OGR Torino as a repair site.

Free admission from Thursday to Sunday from 12:00 to 20:00


Works on display

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Corso Castelfidardo, 22
10138 Turin


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