Castello, San Vito al Tagliamento
curated by Giorgia Gastaldon
Mirabilium Archiva is a collective expositive project aimed at investigating the relationship among questions of contemporary art, archival research and the natural world.
The object of this exhibition rises from the observation that man has always felt the need to study and to know the reality that surrounds him and, in particular, the natural world – vegetal, animal, together with physical, chemical and atmospheric phenomena.
The birth of the various branches of science, as we know them today, is rather recent and dates from the modern age, with a clear acceleration during the last century; as a matter of fact, in the past, man compared himself to the natural world as a will-powered living entity, with a metaphysical or alchemical attitude. Observation and the “magical” approach, therefore, were the only tools of investigation of the natural world that man had at his disposal: astonishment and the method associated with the filing of documents were thus the more common approaches towards knowledge.
Mirabilium Archiva, therefore, intends to draw the attention to these questions again by investigating how, in the works here put on display, the relationship between the contemporary artist and nature survives and results as being more linked to these ancient paradigms rather than to the aseptic approach of contemporary scientific research.