Amalia Pica: (un)heard
Organizer: Danielle Shang
Duration: 2018.11.6 – 2019.2.28
Venue:Cc Foundation & Art Centre
Address: Room 101, Bldg. 15, M50 Art Industrial Park, 50 Moganshan Road, Putuo District, Shanghai
Cc Foundation presents (un)heard, Amalia Pica’s solo debut in China. The exhibition title is adopted from her title for the large wall installation of over 100 noisemakers, such as megaphones, kitchen utensils, drums, and shoes, for street protest and celebration. The objects in Pica’s work, however, were covered with plaster bandages to both mute their acoustic function and preserve their forms, implying a kind of ad hoc archive and archeology.
In the film and sculpture installation “A ∩ B ∩ C ∩ A ∩ B ∩ C” (∩is read as intersection), produced in collaboration with filmmaker Rafael Ortega, Pica explores the mathematical device of set theory as a means to formalize infinite semiotic vocabulary. The film and sculptures were based on the performance where four performers collectively arrange different compositionswith colored, geometric shapes that are randomly chosen from a cache.The only instruction given was to perform the act of intersection according to set theory---the principle of Venn diagrams---by overlapping the shapes to simultaneously represent and create cooperation among participants for indexing meanings with signs. The soundtrack of the film is an attempt at uttering visual compositions of the non-linguistic system by assigning vowels and consonants to various colors and shapes.This semiotic gesture of encoding communication with signs is rooted in the memory of the dark era of the 1970’s in Argentinean history, when gatherings were closely monitored, and mathematical set theory and Venn diagrams were banned from school programs. Also worth noting is that the geometric forms in Pica’s work give the nod to the history of avant-garde abstraction and the embedded utopian aspirations in concrete and neo-concrete movements from the 1940s to the 1960s, when artists in Brazil and Argentina adopteda number of materials and techniques to explore mechanical and mathematical aesthetics.
Pica further highlights the significance of listening and interpretation in her installation “Eavesdropper” (2011), in which a drinking glass is affixed to a wall. Placing one’s ear against the bottom of the glass in a hope to clandestinely listen in conversations or sounds next door, the viewer, under other viewers’ watchful eyes, turns the secret mode of surveillance into a social and public act.
Amalia Pica was born in Neuquén Capital, Argentina. She currently lives and works in London and Mexico City.
(un)heard, organized by Danielle Shang, is on view from November 6, 2018 through February 28, 2019 at Cc Foundation & Cc Art Center, Room 101, Building 15, M50 Art Zone, 50 Moganshan Road, Putuo District, Shanghai.
About Cc Foundation
Cc Foundation, founded and supported by collector and entrepreneur David Chau, is committed to supporting and sponsoring young and emerging practitioners, encouraging innovative ideas, and promoting the development of contemporary arts and culture in China and beyond. With offices in both Hong Kong and Shanghai, the foundation launched its non-profit space at M50 Art Zone in November 2016.