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IIC Pretoria: the virtual exhibition by Fiscaletti and Grobler

The Italian Cultural Institute of Pretoria presents Hemelliggaam or The Attempt To Be Here Now – Chapter Two, a virtual exhibition that will be open from 28 May to 28 July 2020.

The project, which investigates the relationship between man and the universe, with a complete presentation exhibition (consisting of three chapters) already scheduled and to be redefined due to the pandemic, presents here the second chapter in a virtual way. Hemelliggaam or The Attempt To Be Here Now, the project/archive by the artists Tommaso Fiscaletti and Nic Grobler shows, in this second part, reflections on man’s attempt to move through time and matter, bringing these elements, now in an even more articulated way, to Afrikaans science fiction novels. The two books most cited in this chapter, Black Star Over Karoo (1957) by Jan Rabie, and Loeloeraai (1923) by C.J. Langenhoven, between worlds to be safeguarded and aliens to relate to, echo in the present “infecting” our interpretation of reality.

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A collaboration between the artists Tommaso Fiscaletti and Nic Grobler. Curator Filippo Maggia. Original sound/effects Alessandro Gigli. Scientific Team Mattia Vaccari, Lucia Marchetti Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of the Western Cape (UWC), Associated Researchers of the National Institute of Astrophysics, Michelle Cluver (UWC) Consultant Davide Chinigò.



Dates: Thu 28th May 2020 to Tue 28th July 2020

Organised by Italian Institute of Culture Pretoria

In collaboration with Italian Consulate in Cape Town, National Research Foundation, University of the Western Cape.

Entrance: Free


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