Artist: Parasite 2.0 (Stefano Colombo Eugenio Cosentino, Luca Marullo)
Exhibition title: Architecture parlante
Curated by: Julia Korzycka
Venue: Galeria Skala, Poznań, Poland
Date: October 23 – November 20, 2020
Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Galeria Skala, Poznań
“Architecture parlante” concerns an artifact’s potential to tell stories and to envision new paths for collective living. Its title “Speaking architecture” derives from a term coined by Claude Nicolas Ledoux to describe structures that explain their own function or identity. The project includes a series of objects and possible architectures inspired by what artists defined as “architecture novel” about a fictive group of individuals enmeshed in a conspiracy to take over the main institution controlling their city. The show will start with a performance in which the public will be invited to live and experience the architecture itself.
Parasite 2.0 was founded in 2010 as an independent research unit, a space of expression parallel to the academic environment. The founders are Stefano Colombo (1989); Eugenio Cosentino (1989), Luca Marullo (1989). They investigate the status of human habitats, acting within a hybrid of architecture, design and scenography.
Their works were presented, among others at the Museum of Design and Contemporary Art in Milan (2020), at the Design Festival in Madrid (2020), at the Camp Design Gallery in Milan (2019), Ar / Ge Kunst in Bozen (2019), Damien and The Love Guru in Brussels (2019) ), MAMbo Museum of Contemporary Art in Bologna (2018), at the Terraforma festival in Milan (2018 and 2017), domesti.city in New York (2018), 501 (c)3 Foundation in Los Angeles (2017) at the 20th Chilean Biennale of Architecture in Valparaíso, (2017), the Venice Architecture Biennale (2014, 2012) and the Shenzhen Architecture Biennale (2015).
They have led didactic activity at the Faculté d’architecture de l’université libre de Bruxelles, Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, Design Academy Eindhoven and Politecnico di Milano, among others. They taught at NABA Nuova Accademia Belle Arti Milano, and since 2016 they have been regularly teaching at MADE Program-Accademia di Belle Arti R. Gagliardi in Syracuse, Italy.
Parasite 2.0 was awarded with the Young Architects Program MAXXI in 2016. They are artists in residence at Jan Van Eyck Academie and mentee at Forecast for the 2019 program. Parasite 2.0 is represented by Operativa Arte Contemporanea Gallery and Galleria Corraini Arte Contemporanea.
*Exhibition is organized in association with Italian Cultural Institute in Warsaw (La mostra è stata organizzata in collaborazione con l’Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Varsavia).
*Exhibition funded by the City of Poznań and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.