PIERO STEINLE | the triumph of laughter
thursday february 5th, 2009 – 6.30pm
march 7th, 2009
tuesday to f-riday, 4-8pm
STUDIO STEFANIA MISCETTI in collaboration with the Goethe Institut Rome invites, for the first time in Rome, the artist PIERO STEINLE (Münich, 1959) with his video installation project The Triumph of Laughter, a new version in the context of the Laughterproject. Last autumn this project was a major success at the Spazio Oberdan and the Triennale di Milano. In this series Steinle’s investigates on the laughter phenomena, on the hilarious behavior of people from different nationalities, ages and backgrounds, involving both public and private domains. The content of his work is conceived as the cinematic elaboration of the laugher gesture, filmed as a staging act, mostly starting with a beginning phase and ending with a blasting laughter, that often flows into hysteria.
“In his examination of laughter, Steinle has successfully initiated a reflection on the significance of laughter in today’s society and touched on a theme that is receiving increasing attention also in various academic fields such as sociology, philosophy, history and literature.”
The laughter is devised as an authentic liberating moment and proposed by Steinle ironically as the definitive solution to the individual’s crisis in today’s society: “Meanwhile contemporary man and globalized world seem to be more and more in the grip of problems and crisis as artist I suggest as the universal solution the pure and simple laughter, individual and collective. Laughter triumphs on the seriousness of the world and money. It is the real revolution!” Together with The Triumph of Laughter’s triple synchronized video projection also some of the photographic works of the project Paradiesvögel will be shown, in which Steinle once again explores the contradiction between what is apparently conceived as a natural state and which is the result of a coercive and induced behavior.
Thereafter, the exhibition will be presented to MADRE Contemporary art Museum of Naples, Palermo and Genoa in collaboration with the local branches of the Goethe-Institut. On the occasion of the exhibition a catalogue by the Goethe-Institut Mailand Mimesis publisher has been published.
Read and download the exhibition’s press release.
PIERO STEINLE was born in Munich in 1959 and began his artistic career after studying architecture and archaeology by working with video. Known for having devoted part of his research to the phenomenon of laughter, investigating its most subversive and liberating aspect, Steinle uses irony to explore, through video, photography and mixed media, the condition of contemporaneity.
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