Curated by Marianna Vecellio
Winner of the illy Present Future 2017 Prize with the work Soundtrack for a Troubled Time, 2017, acquired for the Collections of the Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Conteporanea thanks to the Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT, Cally Spooner presents Everything Might Spill in the Manica Lunga project room.
Through a performative practice using tools such as writing, sound and film, Spooner stages absurd repetitions of today’s political, economic and media rhetoric, in which the patriarchal order also controls time and the relative productivity of each person. Through references that include philosophy and the social sciences, the artist investigates the ways in which the pervasive diffusion of technology is altering both the body and mind of contemporary individuals.
“Cally Spooner - writes Marianna Vecellio, curator of the exhibition - explores the ways in which contemporary subjectivity and the human body are subject to continuous changes dictated by the technological condition. Through installations, writing and performance, her works analyze how the invisible violence spread in the digital age influences us. In addition, they examine the concept of physical and ontological erosion of the living being in a present dominated by digital data. Spooner’s artistic research focuses on how “the advanced techno-capitalist apparatus threatens to drain life through the optimization of affects, bodies and language and asks how we could merge with this techno-apparatus, transforming and mobilizing this post-human alienation affirmatively.” Her exhibitions and performances are anchored to feminist philosophical processes and they physically, acoustically and conceptually incorporate the concepts of durability, erosion, maintenance, destruction and collapse as practices of resistance.
In Everything Might Spill, 2018, a wall drawing baring the magnified image of a human organ is placed in relation to a fountain from which a purposely toxic liquid gushes out. The installation can be interpreted as an unsettling reflection on the human condition, subject to a growing and obsessive dependence on technology, to the point of moving towards uncontrollable and non-reversible mutations.