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The "BacteriArt3, from invisible to visible" project, initiated by NABA and Yakult Italia at the start of the Academic Year, culminates with a public exhibition that this year is part of the distinguished Milano Art Week 2024 programme. The exhibition of the finalist works by the students will be held on April 12, from 6 PM to 9 PM at the NABA Milan campus (via Carlo Darwin, 20), in Rooms G 0.4, C 0.2, C 0.4, and C 0.5, with widespread interventions in Academy different spaces. Curated by Andris Brinkmanis (Bachelor of Arts in Painting and Visual Arts Course Leader) and Letizia Mari (BacteriArt 3 project leader), the project was conceived with the aim of merging two areas of excellence – one scientific and the other artistic – under a single theme: the centrality of the human microbiota to psycho-physical health. To highlight the essential role that the microbial community plays in human health, "BacteriArt3, from invisible to visible", now in its third edition, posed a new challenge to NABA students this year: to make visible the micro-world of bacteria living in the human gut through the language of art and creativity.

 

For this purpose, the project, which began in November 2023, included exploratory workshops and a lecture with artists and experts in communication and visual arts, enabling students from the BA in Painting and Visual Arts and the MA in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies to delve into this year’s theme, the centrality of the microbiota in interpersonal relationships, exploring the concept of the "exposome", the interaction between the external environment and the internal environment of the human body and the outcome of their encounter.

 

"BacteriArt3, from Invisible to Visible": the finalist works exhibition at NABA

From the projects conceived by students, the jury, chaired by Michelangelo Pistoletto and composed of artist Agnieszka Kurant, Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas, Tomás Saraceno and Dr. Valeria Sagheddu (microbiologist and senior research scientist at AAT Advanced Analytical Technologies), Giulia Ronchi (editorial director of exibart), and Arianna Rolandi (Science and Corporate Communication Director at Yakult Italia), selected 8 finalist works to be publicly exhibited at the NABA Milan campus during the event on April 12.

 

"BacteriArt3, from Invisible to Visible": exploratory workshops and the exclusive lecture

The first workshop for students featured artist Agnieszka Kurant, whose innovative vision at the intersection of art, science, and technology encouraged participants to conceive their creations as thriving ecosystems of life, capable of fostering innovation through interdisciplinary collaboration.

 

Subsequently, the workshop with Gediminas Urbonas, MIT researcher and architect, as well as a NABA lecturer, merged art, science, architecture, and design into a unified whole, opening up new collaborative interpretations of art. His perception of ecosystems as places of exchange and cohabitation indeed broadened new perspectives on artistic creation as an integral part of a larger system.

 

The journey continued at the Pistoletto Foundation in Biella, where artist Michelangelo Pistoletto allowed students to immerse themselves in his artistic universe during a lecture focused on the creation of artistic performances.

 

The final workshop hosted international artist Tomás Saraceno, who shared his latest research, sparking a rich debate on the nuances and specifics of the projects presented by students, and enriching their practice with references to the complexity and richness of contemporary artistic practices.

 

"BacteriArt2, from Invisible to Visible": event details

 

Friday, April 12, from 6 PM

NABA Milan Campus – within the Campus spaces and classrooms G 0.4, C 0.2, C 0.4, and C 0.5

Via Carlo Darwin, 20

Free entrance upon registration at this link