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Matteo Fato - Somersault - Galleria Michela Rizzo Venezia 2017 2017 by Alfredo Cramerotti

Matteo Fato - Somersault - Galleria Michela Rizzo Venezia 2017  2017

In the past, our technologically conceived artifacts structured patterns of life. We are now in transition from an object-based culture to a system-oriented culture. Here change emanates not from things, but from the way things are done.

(Jack Burnham, System Esthetics, 1968)

Burnham, art critic and curator, wrote this passage in an essay on the Artforum magazine in 1968; certainly the processes of change require time. In the case of visual culture and the physical environment that supports it, the system is both the space (of creation) and the material (of the work); it concerns at the same time the method and the form.

A "visual system" is at the crossroads between image, thought, word and time; exemplifies the mutability (and complexity) of life. A visual means, therefore, brings with it not only the message, but also the psychic state that allows us to understand that message: "A mental structure, a way of thinking and feeling that is expressed in everything we say, write, we build and develop - from architecture and advertising to movies and the arts. "

The presumed coherence of visual practice is constantly challenged by the combination with other systems of representation, communication or visual representation (text, painting, impression, graphic design, photography, light projection, object construction and oral commentary). It is an environment consisting of the formation of relationships between sign and signal, people and objects. Our visual actions extract meaning on which to build new relationships and effects, both independently and through conscious settings. According to Burnham, "where the object almost always has a fixed form and boundaries, the consistency of a system can be altered in time and space, its behavior determined both by external conditions and by control mechanisms."

We now live according to a visual assembly system; we have become a broader and more complex "system" in which users dubbed as creators.

On systems, Alfredo Cramerotti