ISCP TalkMarch 9, 2010
Salon: Stuart Ringholt (Australia) and Valerio Rocco Orlando (Italy)
Stuart Ringholt’s interdisciplinary art practice grapples with our social environment, exploring ideas of perception and states of consciousness. With uncomfortable honesty, he highlights awkward interpersonal interactions, revealing complex networks between individuals and communities. At the recent Sydney Biennale, Ringholt facilitated 50 Anger Workshops with 400 people participating. In 2010 Ringholt will participate in the Adelaide Biennial and present a solo show ‘Vitrines’ at Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney. His work has been profiled in Artforum and Frieze. Ringholt is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery.
During a six months residency at ISCP, Valerio Rocco Orlando created a new series of works about love in order to explore all the changes and correspondences experienced inside the identity of a couple. Starting from the French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy’s theories about being-in-common and the dynamics of self-reflection and sharing coexisting in a web of relations, his intent was to demonstrate the fundamental importance of reciprocity and interchange with “the other” in order to evolve and build up one own identity and self awareness. Valerio Rocco Orlando works across a range of media including film, video, and photography. His installations show articulated compositions made of cinematic and emotional portraits. Inspired by the evolution of identity dynamics in contemporary society, Orlando’s research explores the relations between individual and collective memory, as well as the changes induced by social relationships in the process of identity formation.