Che c’é di nuovo, uno sguardo sulla scena artistica emergente in
Ticino, MASI, Lugano, 2016
Iteotwawki since 2003 is a work
presented in the exhibition Che c’é di Nuovo, uno sguardo sulla
scena artistica emergente in Ticino. This work consists of an
installation, a performance and a movie.
Iteotwawki is a word to contract the
sentence: It’s The End Of the World As We Know It. This term is
taken by one of the first fun footage on youtube with statements of
George W. Bush about the Iraq war which also became a song of the
rock band REM: It’s the end of the world as we know it.
These words which sound like a tribal
language is so linked with nowadays culture and contemporary
situations and in my opinion addresses the context my generation has
to deal and grow with: a time in constant update.
Part of the work consists of a Jacket
presenting this concept « iteotwawki, since 2003 » and was
worn to perform during the opening or later hung in the installation.
A lot of pockets inside the jacket were full of DVDs with a
documentary movie realized in Ticino during a protest against the
start of the Iraq war in 2003. Quite a majority of Swiss Italian
students were part of this protest and the movie can be considered as
a generational portrait or a collective picture taken in a specific
moment. At that time there weren’t many film devices and this movie
is one of the rare traces of this event. Also because of this and
seeing the consequences of the Iraqi war I consider this protest to
have been removed by the collective unconsciousness. This is why I
chose to distribute it « under coat » as something that could
be from a black market – as a sort of black market memory. The coat
rack is made from cans of beer with Swiss national iconography. One
reason is to evoke the main critics of the protest in newspaper at
that time who claimed that in the street were only drunken youth
without any idea of the world. The second reason is to use these
critics as an identity portrait and transform it as a totem for
describing Swiss youth, creating an object which supports this
The performance consisted of giving
discreetly the DVDs from under the coat or putting them in bags or
pocket of the audience as a sort of inverted pick pocket.
Here are a few pictures of installation and the jacket, the full version of the movie on DVD and the youtube video with George W. Bush fun footage.