M Southern California – Italy 1995-2009 (Solo Show)
1.07.2009 al 09.08.2009
Enrico Astuni Gallery, (Pietrasanta).
Curated by Valerio Borgonuovo.
The project is an intermediate chapter in Luca Pozzi’s program, influenced by an event that took place in 1995 at the University of Southern California. In that occasion the physicist Edward Witten overcame the embarrassing impasse that was preoccupying the scientific community, giving new impetus to those who were involved in the formulation of a T.O.E. (Theory of Everything).
A walkway consisting of five visible geometry modules (water / linoleum / aluminium squares) and the geometry of invisible fields of force (electromagnetic levitation fields) appears in the long, narrow space of the gallery. The rhythm of the display, which is accompanied by the specific chromatic identity of the actors on each platform – which are suspended sea sponges – culminates in an equivalent counterpart (photograph) of the same format, but with vertical coordinates in which the potential for absorption is added to by a pentagonal structure made of light. Unlike the natural form of the sponge suspended over the water, it has the power to emerge and not to exist in its own right. What is visualised here is what happens when, in a “theory of everything”, the cone of light that rises up and spreads out suddenly starts thinning out towards a focal point – a zero point from which it bursts out again in the potential indeterminacy of a landscape of dual identity. But what is this space originally? What is its intrinsic physicality, and what are the values of its ability to contain and transmit data? Particular, the support of gravity is offered as a “non-space space, contemporaneously an ideal theoretical and non-theoretical landscape” from which, as the loop quantum gravity theory predicts, every possible geometry, quite plausibly including that of the known universe, emerges.