The Room of Proust: Conscience and Technology at the Fondazione Pomodoro

In his Parisian home on Boulevard Haussmann, Marcel Proust built a sound-proof room to observe the world through the most hidden corners of its being. This is the starting point of the new edition of Project Room of the Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, which, every year, offers the public the latest in contemporary sculpture, giving its spaces to young artists and curators. With three different protagonists, La Stanza di Proust seeks to rediscover “an opening to memory and thought”, explains curator Flavio Arensi, “the idea of an expanded conscience that doesn’t rely on the traditional methods of sculpture, but seeks out the deepest concepts through technology and space.” A tool for re-examining reality through fullness and void, presence and absence, sounds and echoes of the past and future, just like the protagonist of In Search of Lost Time. It all starts with the work Imprévisible by Donato Piccolo, a robotic sculpture that records the actions of the visitors and responds accordingly. At the centre of the exploration of the Roman artist, the experience of absence of man, looked at through its relationship with artificial intelligence which conserves the memory of its human creator.
Francesca Grego - © 2018 for Bulgari Hotel Milano