Stefano Cagol – The Body of Energy (of the mind)

Venezia - 07/04/2015 : 22/11/2015

Progetto di Stefano Cagol per la 56. Biennale di Venezia.

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THE BODY OF ENERGY
(of the mind)
Who: Stefano Cagol
Where: Belvedere, close to the German Pavilion
Giardini, Biennale di Venezia
What: VIP APERITIF – BOOK LAUNCH
When: May 7, 2015. 4 pm
On May 7 at 4 pm at the Belvedere of Giardini of the Venice Biennale, close to the
German Pavilion, Stefano Cagol will celebrate the project ‘The Body of Energy’.
The new book devoted to it will be launched and a limited number of books will be
given as a gift to the guests


Besides the artist, there will be present for an introduction Veit Loers,
curator, former director of Kunstraum Innsbruck, former director of Museum
Abteiberg Mönchengladbach, former artistic director of Fridericianum Kassel.
Then there will be present Daniela Berglehn, curator of the VISIT,
Artist in Residence Programme of the RWE Foundation, Essen.
Hereinafter, ‘The Body of Energy’ will realize a platform inside the program 2015 of the German Pavilion during the 56. Venice
Biennale.
The project ‘The Body of Energy (of the mind)’ by Stefano Cagol is a journey across Europe during which he carried out a
metaphorical and symbolic survey to ‘give body’ to energy, immaterial and invisible: cultural energy, individual energy, collective
energy, exchanges of energy among people and environment. By each stop the artist achieved participative actions that involved the
public and have been captured by photo, video and an infrared camera as symbolic energy keeper.
Crossing 10 nations from Norway to Gibraltar during the 6 months trip, it has been realized in 15 museums– like Museum
Folkwang, Essen; MAXXI, Rome; Museion, Bozen; Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen; ZKM, Karlsruhe.
The book devoted to the project has been published by Revolver Publishing, contains an introduction by Veit Loers and statements,
among others, by Andreas Beitin, Tobia Bezzola, Giovanni Carmine, Letizia Ragaglia, Andrea Viliani.
The project ‘The Body of Energy (of the mind)’ and this book have been realized within the framework of VISIT
#10, the Artist in Residence Programme of the RWE Foundation.
Through RWE Foundation, ‘The Body of Energy (of the mind)’ by Stefano Cagol is associated with the German
Pavilion program 2015 at the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia.
THE ARTIST
Stefano Cagol (b. 1969 Trento, Italy) studied at Ryerson University in Toronto, and at the Accademia di Brera in Milan. He is recipient of VISIT #10 of
the RWE Foundation, Essen (2014) and Terna Prize 02 for Contemporary Art, Rome (2009). Selected solo exhibitions and projects include ‘The Body of Energy
(of the mind)’ (2014-2015) at Museum Folkwang, Essen, Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Museion, Bolzano, Maxxi, Rome, Madre Naples, ZKM, Karlsruhe; ‘Be-diversity’ at
Goldsmiths University, London (2014); ‘The Ice Monolith’ for Maldives Pavilion at the 55th Biennale di Venezia (2013); ‘The End of the Border (of the mind)’ for the
Barents Art Triennale, Kirkenes, Norway (2013); ‘Concilio’ at San Gallo Church, collateral event, 54th Biennale di Venezia (2011).
THE BOOK
Author: Stefano Cagol. Titolo: The Body of Energy (of the Mind). Introduction: Veit Loers
Statements: Andreas Beitin, Tobia Bezzola, Giovanni Carmine, Chiara Casarin, Alessandro Castiglioni, Stefano Coletto, Giuseppina De Luca, Gianluca D’Incà Levis,
Andreas Hoffmann, Letizia Ragaglia, Maria Rusinovskaya, Andrea Viliani, Narine Zolyan.
Pages: 256. Images (color): 202. English/German. Hardcover, 15x21 cm. Year: 2015. Revolver Publishing. ISBN: 978-3-95763-271-5
[email protected] www.thebodyofenergy.com
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TBOE: quotes
When he positions himself outside museums, such as the Folkwang recently, and puts a basically invisible mark on the visible
shell of a great art institution then this is a rather metaphysical experience.
Veit Loers, curator, former director of Kunstraum Innsbruck, former director of Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach, former artistic
director of Fridericianum Kassel
By using the classic measuring device in a new, an arts context during his residency, Stefano Cagol shows us how the same
technology can also be operated according to other laws. His images are associated with the awareness that it is always the context and
our very perspective that determine the view of things.
Daniela Berglehn, curator, VISIT Artist in Residence Programme, RWE Foundation
Stefano Cagol’s thermopoetic research resounds in a peculiar way here, so close to the place of birth of Joseph Beuys, who
always understood and described art as an exchange of energy and warmth.
Tobia Bezzola, director, Museum Folkwang
Stefano Cagol’s ‘The Body of Energy (of the mind)’ is a research-based manifestation of exorcism, a technology-driven exercise
in sorcery, a social-oriented act of faith or, finally, just a simple revelation of basic contemporary digital… ghosts.
Andrea Viliani, director, MADRE Museum
The exchange of energy with the public should be one of the main goals of art institutions. Stefano Cagol found a way to make this
purpose real and physical.
Giovanni Carmine, director, Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen
When Stefano Cagol makes the thermal energy of human beings visible in his ‘The Body of Energy’ project, then this event can also be
viewed from a sociopolitical perspective because it also figuratively reveals the force within the individuals of a society.
Andreas Beitin, head, ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art
Author: Stefano Cagol. Titolo: The Body of Energy (of the Mind). Introduction: Veit Loers
Statements: Andreas Beitin, Tobia Bezzola, Giovanni Carmine, Chiara Casarin, Alessandro Castiglioni, Stefano Coletto,
Giuseppina De Luca, Gianluca D’Incà Levis, Andreas Hoffmann, Letizia Ragaglia, Maria Rusinovskaya, Andrea Viliani,
Narine Zolyan.
Pages: 256. Images (color): 202. English/German. Hardcover, 15x21 cm. Year: 2015. Revolver Publishing. ISBN: 978-
3-95763-271-5
[email protected] www.thebodyofenergy.com