REFRESH02 – #LAYERS – Contemporary Art in the Digital Era

REFRESH02 – #LAYERS – Contemporary Art in the Digital Era

Mar 29, 2018

#LAYERS – Contemporary Art in the Digital Era is the second event of REFRESH, an exhibition series that wants to research Italian contemporary art and offers an update on practices that confront with the issues, languages and forms emerged with the digital turn of the last twenty years.

Carlo Zanni,, 2018. Customized card file cabinets, business cards, iPhone, Internet.

REFRESH 02 – #LAYERS – Contemporary Art in the Digital Era is curated by Fabio Paris and organised by iMAL, an art institution in Brussels with the objective to support artistic forms and creative practices using contemporary technologies as their medium. The exhibition presents 15 contemporary Italian artists in the effort, on the one hand, to investigate how contemporary Italian art confronted with the issues and the languages of the digital, with a specific interest in the relationships between artists and their geographical dislocation; on the other hand, in the attempt to present their work on an international platform. Broad and comprehensive as it seems, the exhibition title refers to the various ways in which the complexity of the digital environment manifests itself in the works on show: the distinction between code and interface in generative art and glitch art; the layers in a digital image; the strata of time in the archives of digital memory; the distinction between public and private, material and immaterial, visible and invisible. The exhibition is accompanied by a bilingual (Italian / English) publication, published by Link Editions.
The exhibition will take place in the Machines Room of La Raffinerie / Charleroi Danse, from April 18th to May 26th, 2018. The programme of the opening week will be completed by a public debate on Friday April 20th, organized in the frame of Art Brussels and titled “Ways beyond the post-Internet”.

IOCOSE, Drone Memorial, 2016. Plexiglass mirror, laser engravings on Plexiglas, aluminum, patinated copper, GPS module, website . Photo: Matteo Cattaruzzi


Eva & Franco Mattes, Image search result for “Deep State” printed on various objects by online services, 2018. Print on round pillow, puzzle, bathroom towel set, shelf. Photo: Rinaldo Capra


Wednesday 18 April 2018, 18:30 – 22:00
Opening hours

19 April – 26 May 2018
Wed – Sat, 13:00 – 18:00
Open during the Art Brussels weekend, Sat 21 & Sun 22 April
Free Entrance

La Raffinerie, Rue de Manchesterstraat 21
1080 Brussels
Marco Cadioli, Alessandro Capozzo, Pier Giorgio De Pinto, Luca Grillo, IOCOSE, Kamilia Kard, Eva & Franco Mattes, Marco Mendeni, Martina Menegon, Filippo Minelli, Simone Monsi, Alice Palamenghi, Guido Segni, Emilio Vavarella, Carlo Zanni
Art Brussels debate “Ways beyond the post-Internet”
Friday 20 April, 16:30 – 18:00, at Art Brussels
Art Brussels – Tour & Taxis
Avenue du port 86 C
1000 Brussels
With Yves Bernard, Peter Beyls, Josephine Bosma, Constant Dullaart, Valérie Hasson-Benillouche, Hampus Lindwall, Fabio Paris, Domenico Quaranta, Carlo Zanni.
Catalogue (Paperback and Free download PDF):
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Press images
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Curator: Fabio Paris
Production: Link Art Center
Organisation: iMAL
Partners: Charleroi Danse and Art Brussels
With the support of the Vlaamse Overheid, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles and the Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie.

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