Opening: Freitag 14.09.2012 19 h Openingsmoderation: Hartwig Knack
opend till 26.10.2012
The artist Costantino Ciervo, born in Naples in 1961, has been living in Berlin since 1984. Since the end of the eighties, Ciervo has been focusing on video installations that may be prepared or supplemented by works on paper. Self-taught, the artist achieved his international breakthrough when he took part in the Venice Biennale in 1993.
Although his main themes, including globalisation, politics, market mechanisms, capitalism, society and culture, suggest that Ciervo produces political art, he sees himself as a multimedia artist, as an attentive observer who critically questions the complex interrelations of world affairs.
The appeal of Ciervo’s intellectually demanding and substantially profound works often lies in their interactivity, encouraging interested viewers to engage hands-on with art and to examine the topics dealt with. The subject of connection, communication and interaction between human beings and digital systems by means of art is the focal issue in these often complex works. A programme that seems to run like a red thread through Ciervo’s work: the intermeshing of technology, philosophy and creativity.
For Costatino Ciervo the focus in 2012 was on an examination of forms of power and possible strategies of liberation, incorporating quotations from Machiavelli’s political, philosophical treatise “The Prince” (1513), which celebrates its five-hundredth anniversary next year, and the portraits of contemporary dictators, captioned with the call to “Destroy Linear Time”. The exhibition “Liberateli tutti” at Vienna’s Kro Art Contemporary gallery also fits into this context.