THE LAW OF PAST EXPERIENCE
THE LAW OF PAST EXPERIENCE
A project curated by Atto Belloli Ardessi and Ginevra Bria
Opening 26 September 6 — 9pm
Via Giovanni Paisiello 6 Milan, Italy
27 September — 25 November 2017
In FuturDome, Nucleo presents a new series of one-of-a-kind pieces. An unprecedented solo show, based on the application of Boolean operators on sculptural forms, that tests the physical and perceptual limits of metals, epoxy resins, majolica, and construction materials, embedded with repurposed items and antique furnishings.
The title “The Law of Past Experience” is a reference to one of the best-known principles of Gestalt (das Gesetz der Erfahrung, “the law of experience”), applied three-dimensionally at an algebraic level (from the Arabic al-gabr or al-giabr, which means the grouping of several separate parts), a operation that determines the appearance of time delays, projected onto sections of surfaces and diametrically-opposed materials.
The law of past experience asserts that when faced with a multiplicity of elements in the field of view, the gaze selects and shapes a very precise interpretation of reality, on the basis of its own working mechanisms. This rule defines how, all other things being equal, the elements of the field of view, which give rise to a familiar or meaningful figure, lead, at an unconscious level, to form a separate entity, creating a representation beyond the realm of reality.
Reinvoking Wertheimer’s theories, Nucleo divides up the perceptual field, which also occurs according to the memory pathways of each individual past, in order to encourage the imagined completion of objects which remain familiar. Previously known objects are capable of begetting their opposites, with respect to surface form or everyday use.
After having selected some of the furnishings that formed the interior of the 1940’s apartment – the decade of the last generation of the Futurists to have known and collaborated with Filippo Tommaso Marinetti – the Turin collective shows and hides time delays in solid form. About fifty works of different size are exhibited on the ground and basement floors of FuturDome.
In between desymmatrized bronze statues, root-wood furniture worn thin like high relief, neutralized antique dishes, old postcards embossed with sculptural polygons, kaleidoscopic rear-view mirrors and de-signified votive masks, Nucleo has also conceived a reticular installation that will commandeer an entire basement room.
Here, the red lines of the laser will trace the imperceptible memory of an industrial process which, as it transforms unique artifacts, induces a continual state of the adding and subtracting of matter.
Each element of The Law of Past Experience is transformed through variables that can only assume values of either true or false, present or past, shape or abstraction – truth values that make the logic of the disappearance of things the result of sculptural operations of coupling, and of temporal uncoupling.