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Morestalgia by Riccardo Benassi. Performative Lecture.



Morestalgia by Riccardo Benassi. Performative Lecture.

The IIC Melbourne proudly presents a performative lecture of Morestalgia by Riccardo Benassi, one of the winning projects of the 5th edition of Italian Council (2019), a competition conceived by the Director-General for Contemporary Art and Architecture and Urban Peripheries - an organism of the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities, to promote Italian contemporary art in the world.

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 riccardo benassi

With the invention of the word “morestalgia” Riccardo Benassi intends to update the concept of nostalgia after the Internet, investigating and cross-referencing different thematic fields such as memory and affects, migration and homesickness, phenomenology and interface design, history and futurology. According to the artist, the neologism “morestalgia” can be defined as “augmented nostalgia.” This is a specific kind of homesickness, whose sense of pain is similar to that caused by the feeling of envy, a feeling of lack – self-translated as loss – whose direct reference is experienced by others. Morestalgic human beings are those who have the desire to live an experience they have previously understood as a plausible one but who, instead of recalling it from their own past, supplant it with an immersive navigation experience offered by the Web.

Riccardo Benassi's work stands out for its multidisciplinary approach that focuses on the impact of technology in our daily relation to space. He mostly reflecting on how technological devices have radically altered the structures for living and organizing the real, from architecture to politics, to cultural production and consumption. Benassi often developed collaborations within the last subcultures of the '90s and was, in his early years, a key figure in the European underground music scene. Equally active in the visual field, he employed new media with particular focus on the expressive growth of the millennial generation, and has become an authority on both their theory and implementation. His pieces are the result of an articulate assembly of images, texts, sounds, colors, design objects, and various materials which together form large-scale installations, videos, art books, and sculptural elements.


Free event. RSVP essential: T 9866 5931; E



Date: Thursday, December 05, 2019

Time: From 6:30 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : IIC Melbourne

In collaboration with : Xing (Bologna)

Entrance : Free


IIC Melbourne, 233 Domain Rd, South Yarra