The Playful Experiments of Laura Lima at the Fondazione Prada

The Playful Experiments of Laura Lima at the Fondazione Prada
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With a bird, a pendulum, a telescope, the Brazilian artist invites the public to play, involving them in an eccentric experiment. With the project Horse Takes King, at the Fondazione Prada, Laura Lima presents an experiment with which she seeks to alter the senses that determine our perception, installing within the spaces of the Cisterna three large sculptures that constitute as many expressions of a seemingly absurd taxonomic system. In an illusory space, the name of which is an allusion to the game of chess, spectators are invited to move freely, absolutely unaware of the intentions of the artist. The works on display, Bird (2016), Pendulum (2018) Telescope (2018), invite the observer to elaborate what is, in astronomical terms, defined as a “syzygy”, a straight-line configuration of three or more celestial bodies in a gravitational system. While Pendulum calls on the public to posit theories on the origins of the canvas, Telescope is a vertical installation that hosts an astronomy class, whereas Bird, created in collaboration with the Brazilian artist Zé Carlos Garcia, alludes to an enormous animal which seems to have fallen out of the sky and landed by pure chance in the exhibition space. The combination of these three works - through which the artist explores the boundaries between the imaginary and the real to underline the poetic and absurd component intrinsic to what is only real in appearance - offers an exploration of the nature of involving spectators in a space, a place where their perceptions are actively stimulated. The exhibition is part of Slight Agitation, the exhibition project in four chapters from the Thought Council of the Fondazione Prada, which involves specifically commissioned site-specific works, then displayed in the spaces of the Cisterna.
Samantha De Martin - © 2018 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano