From October 22 to November 19, 2016 Link Cabinet presented Untitled, a new work by Giovanni Fredi.
The art work is a new iteration of To my deacesed, a project that already included some video and web-based works. The project is inspired by the Qingming Festival, a traditional event in China to remember and honour the ancestors. During this event people use to burn joss papers, paper replicas of different kind of objects as offerings to be enjoyed by the deceased during their afterlife. More recently joss paper include paper currency, credit cards replicas, cars, luxury objects, smartphones and digital devices in general.
In Untitled Fredi used his own former smartphone as a symbolic offering. Scanned and turned into a 3D model Fredi’s iPhone 4s 32GB, that served as a diary and an archive of his personal memory from November 2011 to July 2016, ascends to the sky in a three-dimensional web environment. The 3D scan of the smartphone, turned in a digital joss paper in .obj file format, was available for the visitor of the show and can still be downloaded here).
Below a video documentation of the show
Giovanni Fredi is an Italian artist who focus his work on technologic interactions between man and devices, society and technology. His artistic activity is connected to virtual anthroplogy and he’s studing in deep this theme in the different cultures. He investigated in DRC Africa, in Japan and in China where he lived three years. His art want to visualize, document and archive digital culture and cultural practices.
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