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Infantellina Contemporary Art
Palazzo Zenobio | Dorsoduro 2596 | 20123 Venice (Italy)
through December 3, 2011 and January 14, 2012

Contribution by Dominik Stahlberg

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Introduction by P. Charlotte Stein Infantellina [Curator]

The human being, since the dawn of time, was fascinated by the magic and strangeness that resides in the dreams . Whole treatises have been written about the dream and its motivations, sources and consequences analizing the topic from the most different points of view. Special studies have been conducted since the 60s by way looking at specific dreams at examinated groups including some subjects with special peculiarities: in addition to dreams in color and sharpness they unexpected by remembered their dreams, claimed to drive the characters of their personages and deciding the screenplay and the choreography, they were the directors of their own dreams. It was observed that this capability had multiple purposes and effects, the characters of lucid dreams had the temperaments, the forms and the voices that oneironauts decided to award to them, as well as they determined what the scenarios and the scripts were supposed to be. He/she was the pilot who decides, at his/her own will and by lucid dreaming, wether the characteristics have to match with reality or if new parameters have to begiven by applying transformations that finally produced a sort of "fantasy" (film), so he/she would achieve his/her wishes and at the same time be fully aware of the own creative act. The lucid dream is particularly strong thanks to the F.A.C.t that, compared to the few canonical minutes of standard minutes, they can be prolonged and the that the scan time is more or less equivalent to the real time. In the western emisphere many have dissertated about "lucid dreams" including Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas and Friedrich Nietzsche, compared to the eastern approach where lucid dreaming is deeply rooted in ancient times. So it can be interesting for the audience to check out for more, lucid dreaming can be induced through training in order to develop a capacity that for some is innate.

Of course Art is the supreme instrument that allow to shape the reality or to talk about it, always based on the interpretation and technique of each single artist. The artist is the creator of visions more or less conventional, more or less suited to the objective reality. She/he develops a whole idea or a concept deciding the roles and the positions and the times through the use of colors, materials, techniques. The aims of the artists are the most different, one some may be: to communicate emotionally what can by sophistry with words entangled with uninteded meanings, or to outsource their intimate peculiarities and hidden desires, or to bring up a memory defining new paths and altering what was experienced in reality. Basically, artists want to share their beliefs, their point of view and thoughts that were experienced, to share the passions and perplexities, report their own or induced experiences, to be and imagine that others can be not only pawns but leading actors.

What is the artist if not the oneironaut that not only looks, lives, develops, produces but also exist in order to communicate with the public by metabolizing what comes back from the interaction with the public that gently, dwelling in front or being attracted by the artwork,expressing its thoughts and subjective emotions.

The title "Dreaming of Lucidity" wants to be a stimulus for the spectators, led by the peculiarities of those individual works. The selection of the artists followed the thread by extrapolating from the single individual personality the various references and still-image-experiences. The origin, extraction, life of each participant is different from each others and provides an emotional spectrum of aesthetic arguments and interpretations.

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Organization and Pr: Infantellina Contemporary Berlin
Solo exhibitions (Mostre personali): Domino - Concetta de Pasquale - Reinhard Gaede
Peter Hide - Valeria Perversi Rabbordi - Daniela Rosignoli - Willi Bambach
Special guest: Enrico Manera
Group exhibition (Mostra collettiva):
Paintings/Pittura: Giancarlo Amurri - Alfredo Di Bacco - Vincenzo Baldini - Daniele Cazzato, - Gladys Colmenares - Claudia Hengevoss - Rosi Longhi de Bouard
Hedy Maimann - Jorge Selfa
Photo/Fotografia: Elena Buscemi - Daniele Manfredini
Sculpture/Scultura: Tomoko Kato - Giancarlo Marcali - Francesca Romano - Dominik Stahlberg

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Palazzo Zenobio, Venice, backside
Palazzo Zenobio, Venice, frontside