Apparatus 22. Subtitles



The name chosen by Apparatus 22 for their double intervention in Edicola Radetzky and on Radio Banda Larga is Subtitles – referencing the cinema and the idea of translating into English the unaccountable emotions that exude from a (quasi)impossible world.

The architecture of Edicola Radetzky becomes a capsule where special emissaries provide testimonies from SUPRAINFINIT to entice us in a puzzling mind frame in which hope is used as a critical tool for society.

Critique is usually grounded in rationality – as absence of contradictions or their conciliation or systematization – while real hope is intrinsically paradoxical. Melting hope and critique is a painful and compelling change of paradigm that doesn’t allow illusions of a metalanguage nor comfortable thoughts. Such a change is also a test both for the power of language as a recondite force and for the limitations in describing such process.

On one side of the coin there is Subtitles C1 – the installation at Edicola Radetzky where the SUPRAINFINIT experience of hope is utterly destabilizing – hope is mindfuck – since real hope is so slippery to the grasp. Slashing our minds with crystal clear sharpness, such thought disconcerts someone who finds it much easier to bask in pessimism and bitterness. On the other side of the coin there is Subtitles C2 radio intervention that calls forth a surrender to the collective, exalted feeling of arrival in SUPRAINFINIT and hints at the immense excitement at the news of a fierce new world.

Apparatus 22 is a transdisciplinary art collective founded in January 2011 by current members Erika Olea, Maria Farcas, Dragos Olea together with IoanaNemes (1979 – 2011) in Bucharest, Romania. Beginning with 2015 they are working between Bucharest and Brussels. They see themselves as a collective of dreamers, researchers, poetic activists and (failed) futurologists interested in exploring the intricate relationships between economy, politics, gender studies, social movements, religion and fashion in order to understand contemporary society. A recent topic of research and reflection in Apparatus 22 practice is SUPRAINFINIT universe: a world-making attempt to use hope critically in navigating present and future. In their very diverse works – installations, performances, text based-shapes, reality is mixed with fiction and storytelling and all merge with a critical approach drawing knowledge & experience from design, sociology, literature and economics.

Their work was presented in exhibitions and festivals at La Biennale di Venezia 2013, MUMOK, Vienna (AT), Brukenthal Museum Contemporary Art Gallery, Sibiu (RO), MAK, Vienna (AT), SteirischerH erbst, Graz (AT), Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (DE), Salonul de Proiecte, Bucharest (RO), Museion, Bolzano (IT), TIME MACHINE BIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART, D-0 ARK UNDERGROUND, Konji (BIH), TRAFO Gallery, Budapest (HU), Futura, Prague (CZ), Ujazdowski Castle – Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw (PL), Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (DE), Contemporary Art Museum (MNAC), Bucharest (RO), KunstMuseum Linz (AT), Osage Foundation (Hong Kong), Progetto Diogene, Turin (IT), Drodesera Festival, Dro (IT), Young Artists Biennial, Bucharest (RO), Oberwelt, Stuttgart (DE), Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest (RO), Nieuwe Vide, Haarlem (NL), Nest, Den Haag, (NL), Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles (BE), CIAP, Hasselt (BE), Barriera, Turin (IT), De Appel (NL), KunsthalleWien (AT)etc. Apparatus 22 also works beyond institutions via performances in public spaces, interventions in private spaces and other hybrid forms.

Clara Madaro lives and works in Turin dove è Ph. D. Candidate in Philosphy of language to (FINO) Nord-West Ph. D. Consortium with the project Following Artistic Institutions. Conditions of Existence, Happiness and Power in Contemporary Artworld. She is the creator and tutor of the course Philosophy for Artistic Practices for Fondazione Fotografia Modena to Master Of Fine Arts In Imaging Arts And Photography.


Apparatus 22 – Subtitles
November 8, 2017 (opening at 6pm) – January 16, 2018
Edicola Radetzky
Viale Gorizia (Darsena) – Milano
curated by Clara Madaro
with an intervention on Radio Banda Larga |

Date(s) - 08/11/2017 - 16/01/2018
All Day

Edicola Radetzky

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