by Cesare Pietroiusti
Thursday 28. 6. 2018 at 5pm
MEDIUM Gallery, Hviezdoslavovo nám. 18, Bratislava
The discussion is part of the exhibition Questionin Values
The definition of the non-functional thought is relative to one’s own situation. It is a way of observing fragments of reality, of creating connections among events, people, places, perceptions, beliefs etc. Each idea that is not directly determined by carrying out an activity, and therefore appears without a reason, can be considered non-functional.
The imaginative territory of the non-functional thought does not belong exclusively to a specific category of people (e.g. artists or psychopaths) but is shared by everyone. In the majority of cases, such thoughts are excluded or ignored because they are perceived as parasitically disturbing the mechanisms of mental concentration commonly applied to such tasks as working or studying.
One of the central ideas behind work of Pietroiusti is that it is possible to make an artwork which concentrates attention on non-functional thoughts. His practice is an attempt to better articulate these thoughts by building a communicative context in which they can be recognized by others as part of a shared patrimony. At best, this investigation points to the possible existence of a psychic dimension which is generally ignored.
Cesare Pietroiusti is an artist living in Rome, principally concerned with problematic and paradoxical situations that are hidden in common relationships and in ordinary acts. In particular, through performative actions his practice explores the relations between the logics of economy, exchange and art’s perceived worth. Trained as a medical doctor, Pietroiusti studied Psychiatry in the late 1970s. His artist’s book Pensieri non-funzionali (1997) - Non Functional Thoughts (2000) documents many of his projects (www.nonfunctionalthoughts.net). Pietroiusti participated in group and solo exhibitions since 1977, including “Exhibit A” (Serpentine Gallery, London, 1992); Venice Biennale (1990, 1999, 2003); Tirana Biennale (2005), Performa 07, New York (2007) and the Athens Biennale (2009). In Bratislava in 2007 he founded (in collaboration with Space gallery with Juraj Čarný, Diana Majdáková and Lýdia Pribišová) the virtual gallery Evolution de l’Art http://www.evolutiondelart.net. Pietroiusti is one of the founders of Fondazione Lac o Le Mon (2015-ongoing), an old house in southern Italy that has become a space for artistic research and experimental and interdisciplinary pedagogy.
The project has been made possible by public support from:
Fund for the Support of Art, Bratislava Region, and Ars Bratislavensis