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BASIC:

 

Carlo Zanni was born in La Spezia (Italy) in 1975. Since the early 2000′s his practice involves the use of Internet data to create time based social consciousness experiences investigating our life. He lives far from the worldliness of the art world while showing and screening his projects in venues worldwide including: Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; New Museum, New York; Tent, Rotterdam; MAXXI, Rome; P.S.1, New York; Borusan Center, Istanbul; ACAF Space, Alexandria; PERFORMA 09, NY; ICA, London; Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh;
Science Museum, London. He founded PeopleFromMars.org to experiment new distribution models for video art and new media projects. www.zanni.org

 

 

SHORT:

Carlo Zanni (La Spezia, Italy, 1975)
Carlo Zanni's practice involves the use of live Internet data feedback to create time based social consciousness experiences under the form of games, photos, films and installations investigating topical issues of our life. This data can be eBay.com stock market charts like in "eBay Landscape” 2004, or a set of images gathered from daily top news like in "Average Shoveler” 2005 (Rhizome.org commission winner), or World Bank Indicators and other political data for the latest “The 5th Day”, 2009. This use of live data, screening our society, lets the viewer be part of the piece even if he physically doesn't interact with it. His work has been shown worldwide in galleries and museums including: MACRO Museum, Rome (2010); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2009); Galleria Lorcan O'Neill, Rome (2009); MAXXI Museum, Rome (2007, 2006); New Museum, New York (2005); Gavin Brown's Enterprise at Passerby, New York (2005);
Chelsea Art Museum New York (2009,2004) P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2001). He participated in the last edition of PERFORMA 09, new performance art biennial held in New York in the fall 2009.
ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts in London held his first retrospective in October 2005 and published the book "Vitalogy". In October 2006, "8-bit" a documentary by artist and director Marcin Ramocki featuring an interview with
Carlo Zanni premiered at MoMA, Museum of Modern Art, New York. With the upcoming "Iterating My Way Into Oblivion" (2010-11) Carlo Zanni keeps investigating what he calls DATA CINEMA: a new way to approach filmmaking and narrative forms at large based on the use of live data feedback gathered from the Net, to create ever changing cinematic live environments.
He founded PeopleFromMars.org to experiment new distribution models for video art and new media projects.
http://www.zanni.org




LONG:

Carlo Zanni (La Spezia, IT - 1975)
Carlo Zanni's practice involves the use of live Internet data feedback to create time based social consciousness experiences under the form of games, photos, films and installations investigating topical issues of our life.
This data can be eBay.com stock market charts like in "eBay Landscape” 2004, or a set of images gathered from daily top news like in "Average Shoveler” 2005 (Rhizome.org commission winner), or World Bank Indicators and other political data for the latest “The 5th Day”, 2009. This use of live data, screening our society, lets the viewer be part of the piece even if he physically doesn't interact with it.
Ideally Carlo Zanni's practice finds its roots in Sol Lewitt's work and above all in the sentence: "The Idea Becomes A Machine That Makes The Art" updated to a more contemporary "The idea becomes the code that renders the art". The artist creates his own real time digital worlds, lets the "sacred fire" (Internet feedback) lead through them and stores the live process, available at the website, in digital archives (weeks, months, years). Paintings, drawings and prints help investigating and representing these ever changing live environments.

His work has been shown worldwide in galleries and museums including: MACRO Museum, Rome (2010); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2009); Galleria Lorcan O'Neill, Rome (2009); MAXXI Museum, Rome (2007, 2006); New Museum, New York (2005); Gavin Brown's Enterprise at Passerby, New York (2005); Chelsea Art Museum New York (2009,2004) P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2001).
Following a multi-year investigation on net art market issues (inspired by the IKB International Klein Blue, the color patented by Ives Klein) during Artissima X (2003) he presented at the Analix Forever booth, a sculpture-server called “AltarBoy” (Altarboy-Cyrille): a sculptural portrait and a "physical way" to sell Internet based works.

Carlo Zanni has been recipient of the 2004-05 Rhizome.org Commission for which he produced “Average Shoveler” [ www.zanni.org/average ] a net videogame challenging the boundaries between video, painting, net game and photo. In late 2005 The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York hosted a presentation of the project. In February 2005, with artist Yucef Merhi, he hacked into the TimeOut New York magazine's website and shaped a cityscape using their online queries database. This work, "Time In' [ www.zanni.org/timein ] was performed live at Gavin Brown's Enterprise at Passerby during the opening of "CultureCounter" a show organized by Fernanda Arruda and Michael Clifton.

ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art in London held his first retrospective in October 2005 and published the book "Vitalogy". In October 2006, "8-bit" a documentary by artist Marcin Ramocki featuring an interview with Carlo Zanni premiered at MoMA, Museum of Modern Art, New York.In August 2006, in "Wireless", a show held at La Rada Art Center in Locarno in partnership with the International Film Festival, Carlo Zanni presented The Possible Ties Between Illness And Success - 2006 a short film daily transformed by the visitors of the project's website [ www.ThePossibleTies.com ].

He participated in the last edition of PERFORMA 09, new performance art biennial held in New York in the fall 2009.


With the upcoming "Iterating My Way Into Oblivion" (2010-11) Carlo Zanni keeps investigating what he calls
DATA CINEMA: a new way to approach filmmaking and narrative forms at large based on the use of live
data feedback gathered from the Net, to create ever changing cinematic live environments.

He founded PeopleFromMars.org to experiment new distribution models for video art and new media projects.
http://www.zanni.org



LONGER:

Carlo Zanni (La Spezia, IT - 1975)
Carlo Zanni's practice involves the use of live Internet data feedback to create time based social consciousness experiences under the form of games, photos, films and installations investigating topical issues of our life. This data can be eBay.com stock market charts like in "eBay Landscape” 2004, or a set of images gathered from daily top news like in "Average Shoveler” 2005 (Rhizome.org commission winner), or World Bank Indicators and other political data for the latest “The 5th Day”, 2009. This use of live data, screening our society, lets the viewer be part of the piece even if he physically doesn't interact with it.

Ideally Carlo Zanni's practice finds its roots in Sol Lewitt's work and above all in the sentence: "The Idea Becomes A Machine That Makes The Art" updated to a more contemporary "The idea becomes the code that renders the art". The artist creates his own real time digital worlds, lets the "sacred fire" (Internet feedback) lead through them and stores the live process, available at the website, in digital archives (weeks, months, years). Paintings, drawings and prints help investigating and representing these ever changing live environments.

His work has been shown worldwide in galleries and museums including: MACRO Museum, Rome (2010); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2009); Galleria Lorcan O'Neill, Rome (2009); MAXXI Museum, Rome (2007, 2006); New Museum, New York (2005); Gavin Brown's Enterprise at Passerby, New York (2005); Chelsea Art Museum New York (2009,2004) P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2001).

In 2002 he organized a three day chat based dialogue called "P2P_$: Peer to Peer $elling Processes for net_things" inviting 40 artists and curators to discuss these subjects online. The second edition "P2P_.edu: Peer to Peer Educationals for Art Dealers" has been held from April to June '03 as a mailing list. In 2003, he has been invited by CCA Glasgow’s director Francis McKee to create a new net project and he participated in "Copy it. Steal it. Share it." at the Borusan Center for Culture and Arts - Istanbul, a show curated by Anne Barlow and Michele Thursz.

Following a multi-year investigation on net art market issues (inspired by the IKB International Klein Blue, the color patented by Ives Klein) during Artissima X (2003) he presented at the Analix Forever booth, a sculpture-server called “AltarBoy” (Altarboy-Cyrille): a sculptural portrait and a "physical way" to sell Internet based works.

In 2004, invited by Christiane Paul (Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts, Whitney Museum, NY) and Zhang Ga (Parsons School of Design, NY), he showed the second Altarboy sculpture, “Oriana”, a networked portrait of Italian writer and journalist Oriana Fallaci. Carlo Zanni has been recipient of the 2004-05 Rhizome.org Commission for which he produced “Average Shoveler” [ www.zanni.org/average ] a net videogame challenging the boundaries between video, painting, net game and photo. In late 2005 The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York hosted a presentation of the project. In February 2005, with artist Yucef Merhi, he hacked into the TimeOut New York magazine's website and shaped a cityscape using their online queries database. This work, "Time In' [ www.zanni.org/timein ] was performed live at Gavin Brown's Enterprise at Passerby during the opening of "CultureCounter" a show organized by Fernanda Arruda and Michael Clifton.
ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art in London held his first retrospective in October 2005 and published the book "Vitalogy". In October 2006, "8-bit" a documentary by artist Marcin Ramocki featuring an interview with Carlo Zanni premiered at MoMA, Museum of Modern Art, New York.In August 2006, in "Wireless", a show held at La Rada Art Center in Locarno in partnership with the International Film Festival, Carlo Zanni presented The Possible Ties Between Illness And Success - 2006 a short film daily transformed by the visitors of the project's website [ www.ThePossibleTies.com ].

He participated in the last edition of PERFORMA 09, new performance art biennial held in New York in the fall 2009.

With the upcoming "Iterating My Way Into Oblivion" (2010-11) Carlo Zanni keeps investigating what he calls DATA CINEMA: a new way to approach filmmaking and narrative forms at large based on the use of live data feedback gathered from the Net, to create ever changing cinematic live environments.

He founded PeopleFromMars.org to experiment new distribution models for video art and new media projects.
http://www.zanni.org