Non domandarci la formula che mondi possa aprirti
sì qualche storta sillaba e secca come un ramo.
Codesto solo oggi possiamo dirti,
ciò che non siamo, ciò che non vogliamo.
Eugenio Montale, Ossi di seppia, 1924
Don’t ask me for formulas to open worlds
for you: all I have are gnarled syllables,
branch-dry. All I can tell you now is this:
what we are not , what we do not want.
Eugenio Montale, Cuttlefish Bones, W. W. Norton & Company, 1994 (translated by William Arrowsmith)
That’s what Greeks know today: “what they are NOT, what they DON’T want to be”. That’s what they say, sometimes even with stones and with the violence of broken marbles.
“We are not, we don’t want to become” –say the Greeks– “perfect Northerners”. A new Middle South is born: it’s now visibly transforming Greece, and less visibly, the rest of the Mediterranean Europe and the Middle East. Its arrival –like that of anything newborn– brought Crisis but also Hope. Crisis is mostly economic: Middle South welcomes the crisis of its Economy! Hope is cultural: that’s now our new job.
b. 1964, Greece
Lives and works between Rome and New York. He studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan. Manetas is an artist and theorist whose work explores the representation and the aesthetics of the information society. He is the founder of the art movement Neen, a pioneer of Machinima, and an instigator of internet art. In 2009 Manetas initiated the Internet Pavilion for the Venice Biennial and since 2011 he directs the MACROeo (electronicOrphanage at the MACRO Museum in Rome). According to Lev Manovich, Manetas’s work can be placed within a well-established tradition in modern painting (representing modern people in their particular modern settings). Solo shows include: The Unconnected, 3rd Internet Pavilion for the Venice Biennial, Oratorio di San Ludovico, Venice (2013) • Blackberry Paintings, Santo Spirito in Sassia, Rome and MACRO – Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome (2013) • Padiglione Internet, first Internet Pavilion for the 53rd Venice Biennial (2009) • The Internet Paintings, Blow de la Barra Gallery, London (2007) • Dogs And Cables, Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York (2006) • Neen, A New Art Movement For The Digital Age, Gagosian Gallery, New York (2000). Among recent group exhibitions: Rematerialized, New Galerie, Paris (2013) • Painting Invisible Paintings, Fotográfica Bogotá, Galeria La Central, Bogota (2013) • Commercial Break, Garage Projects, collateral exhibition of the 54th Venice Biennial (2011) • NETinSPACE, inaugural exhibition, MAXXI, Rome (2010).