Baitball 03 at Palazzo San Giuseppe / Polignano a Mare

BAITBALL
#03 Faraway, So Close! 

Curated by Cell
Online Art Project

(Ceglie Messapica, Brindisi / Online),
Doepelgeanger
(Bari),
Esposizione
Sud Est

(Conversano, Bari),
Exchiesetta
(Polignano a Mare, Bari),
giardino
project
(Trepuzzi,
Lecce),
Goodnight
(Nomadic,
Puglia),
Kora
– Centro del Contemporaneo / Ramdom

(Castrignano de’ Greci, Lecce),
Kunstschau
(Lecce),
Lamia
Santolina

(Carovigno, Brindisi),
Like
A Little Disaster

(Polignano a Mare, Bari),

Linea

(Lecce)
Microba
+ Achrome
(Bari),
Misia
Arte
(Bari),
Nico
(Bari),
Progetto
(Lecce),
Sajetta
+ Julie Grosche

(Torre Santa Susanna, Brindisi / Online – Richmond, VA, USA),
Spazio
Murat
(Bari),
Spazio
Sale

(Lecce),
Spazio
Su

(Lecce),

Studioconcreto

(Lecce),

Vessel
(Nomadic,
Puglia
),
Vettor
(Bari),
Voga
Art Project
(Bari)
+ Archivio Chiara Fumai (Milano / Polignano a Mare, Bari) Berlínskej Model (Praga, CZ)

17-19 June, 2023

Palazzo
San Giuseppe, via Mulini, 2
Polignano
a Mare




How
I long to be one of them! To see with their eyes, to hear with their
ears, to understand how they experience time, how they learn about
death, how they feel love, and how they perceive the world.
To
be one of them, and sobe come a brighter messenger of light, in these
dark days.
(Cassiel
to Raphaela in the film Far So Close by Wim Wenders, 1993)


The
third edition of Baitball involves 25 realities active in the
research of the visual arts and in the production of contemporary
languages operating in the Apulian territory, called to confront,
represent and manifest themselves collectively.
Through
very different stories, practices, research, backgrounds and
thoughts, the project seeks to create a scenario that can reflect and
interpret the present and future Apulian artistic scene.
Baitball
is a place to live together through the difference and to dream of
new worlds to evolve-with-others.
Baitball
speculates on love, friendship, generosity, trust and “doing
together”, which are always something more and always something
less than awareness and knowledge.
—-
1+1=1
A
bait ball occurs when small organisms (fish, birds, insects) move
tightly packed in a spherical formation around a common centre. It is
a defensive measure adopted to escape the threat of predators, but it
is also a cohesion exercise enhancing the hydro-aerodynamic
functions. A coordinated bait ball, moving and shimmering in unison.
A mesmerizing image; hundreds or thousands of individuals moving
together as if under radio control or following a pre-established
choreography. They are even more surprising considering that within
the bait ball, there is no leader or hierarchy.
The
“balls” are formed through that spontaneous emergency known
as self-organization. It emerges from the bottom upwards, it is an
a-centered and non-linear phenomenon, it is an irreversible process,
which thanks to the cooperative action of subsystems leads to more
complex structures in the global system.
A
bait ball rotates, contracts, expands, separates and returns all one,
without interruption – single individualities with a hive mind. A
massive coordinated “ball” is made up of thousands of
individual actions that make up one collective movement.
Baitball
is a performative exercise which is aiming to keep egocentrism aside.
It’s a stage of our evolution, a strategic mechanism to avoid
extinction, fooling death.

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A Little Disaster
in
collaboration with Pino
Pascali Foundation

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support:
Romano
Exhibit