Zeitgeber (donatore di tempo)

Group exhibition - Giovanni Chiamenti, Simon Nicasz-Dean, Michele Guido, Katherine Jones, Giulia Mangoni, Edoardo Manzoni, Silvia Mariotti

22nd April - 12th June, 2021

ArtNoble gallery is pleased to present Zeitgeber (donatore di tempo), a group exhibition opening on April 22nd at the gallery’s new location in Milan, Via Ponte di Legno 9.


Coined by Jürgen Aschoff (1913-1998) - physician, biologist, behavioural physiologist and one of the fathers of modern chronobiology - the term zeitgeber is used in ethology to indicate a factor external to an organism, capable of synchronising its biological clock with respect the environmental context. It is the inside mediated by the outside, a regulatory phenomenon whose greatest example is perhaps light, precisely because of its relationship with biological cycles and sleep-wake rhythms. In this sense, the zeitgeber is the ‘giver of time’ - from the German words zeit, time, and geber, giver - it regulates the rhythm of life and participates in it, concerting the metamorphoses in chorus, those that occur in nature as well as in fairy tales and myths, presenting itself as ‘spirit’, ‘agent’ or ‘entity’ in the stories rooted in different territories.


The artists in the exhibition share this interest, as much theoretical as practical, in observing the natural and animal environment, in studying atmospheric and biological phenomena, and in the magical aspects that accompany the metamorphoses that occur in nature. Different practices and techniques linked to different places, and therefore to singular biographical experiences, however they share a common affection: that of feeling and, in certain aspects, making the landscape. For this reason, the exhibition has been conceived as a concert of several voices, as a ‘variation on a theme’, not only by bringing the works into dialogue, but also by proposing a bibliography of reference works, discussed collectively with the artists, which will remain available to the public for the duration of the exhibition.


Thus Edoardo Manzoni’s sculptures, linked to the themes of mimesis, hunting and seduction, also with respect to animal garments and their apparent dysfunctionality, lead the artist to dialogue with Silvia Mariotti’s installation, which focuses on the study of nocturnal and twilight environments, the stratification of real and artificial elements and the symbolism of karst landscapes. These works are accompanied by the pictorial layers through which Simon Nicasz-Dean plays with time in his monotypes, superimposing different moments in the same environments. A memory in movement, a memory that conforms the space to an interiority, to an unconscious that straddles the subjective and the environmental. The subjective aspect and images of flowers from childhood play an important role in the works of Katherine Jones, conceived as greenhouses designed to protect unstable tropical plants and other migrated species, thus underlining the role of the artificial and natural environment as a transforming and selective agent. Giovanni Chiamenti, on the other hand, presents a series of ceramic works, hybrids between animal and vegetable that aim to reflect on the adaptations of species and their metamorphoses, together with a plexiglass sculpture made by processing data distorted by an A.I. Another metamorphosis is the one Giulia Mangoni is interested in, who reconstructs the story of Marica, a pre-Roman nymph continually subject to distortions of nature and never iconographically fixed, with the intention of rethinking a possible topicality of this figure linked as much to the natural universe as to the culture and history of the Isola del Liri.

Finally, Michele Guido is present as the narrator and ‘chaperone’ of the exhibition. With the text Coltivare la luce/Seminare la carta, the artist researches the suggestions, images and tropisms that can be glimpsed in the arrangement of the works on show and in the artists’ sensibilities, also presenting two very recent productions, in the form of lightboxes, entitled foglia_luce. Two photographic works that highlight how the process of plant phototropism annihilates architecture in search of light, how nourishment and morphology are closely linked by a ‘light phenomenon’.


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