LE REGOLE DEL GIOCO
[...] Entering the studio, visitors are faced with an enormous archive of books, projects, prototypes, photos, drawings, films, and magazines – a world where Castiglioni worked with his brother, Pier Giacomo, for more than sixty years. The works by the eighteen artists in the exhibition also include Riccardo Previdi’s COCOON (Taraxacum), 2015, a video shot at a factory in Germany (Vanhest Germany GmbH) that produces the primary material (COCOONING RAW MATERIAL ®), previously employed in military technology, in Castiglioni’s 1960 seraTaraxacum, Viscontea, and Gatto lamps. This technology uses plastic fibers that, when sprayed in a rotational movement, create sort of chrysalis. The exhibition’s merit also lies in the fact that it never falls into the trap of being celebrative or of finding an invisible, completely camouflaged solution; instead, it expresses strong interventions that are able to resonate with the archive. Translated from Italian by Marguerite Shore.
Marco Tagliafierro in: artforum.com, critic picks
COCOON (Taraxacum), 2015 blu-ray video, Full HD, stereo, 7’ 51’’
audio: Diego Caglioni
installation view: Studio Castiglioni, Milano 2015