Simon Starling | The inaccessible poem

The book is published on the occasion of the exhibition The Inaccessible Poem by Simon Starling at the Fondazione Merz, Turin, from October 29, 2011 to January 15, 2012.

Il libro pubblicato in occasione della mostra The Inaccessible Poem di Simon Starling alla Fondazione Merz dal 29 ottobre 2011 al 15 gennaio 2012.

In this show, Starling dons the role of curator. In this way, the artist also introduces a circuit of dialogue between the subjects that make up the exhibition, and he does so in a way that is perfectly consistent with what he himself has theorised, which is the need to create “constellations of ideas, and to fix them in a reciprocal orbit”. This means that there are not just the works of a single artist, but a series of works expressing totally different experiences. The relationship between them comes from an empirical way of approaching science and knowledge and suggesting poetic deviations and ironic digressions, immutable visions of a world that continues to have both intelligence and prospects. Simon Starling has imagined the composition of the display at Fondazione Merz as an encounter between artists who, of different origins and generations, might appear to be very distant one from the other. And indeed they are. Yet it is precisely their distance that appears to be their greatest point of connection. The relationships between all the subjects that make up the display lead to what Starling refers to as “orchestrated collisions”: a galaxy in which the strangest alchemies can take place. In which, each with their own particular features, different spirits can live, mapping out new ways of playing the game of scientific knowledge and technological experimentation. The artist attempts, in an unplanned manner, to establish balances that bring together otherwise distant phenomena, moving away from academic orthodoxy. A ramification of events, circumstances and references usually takes shape within his works, creating convolutions that might go on forever. By following a story, it is as though this story interlaces in secondary ways with another, and yet another, without ever knowing which way it might go. In a virtual manner, all this reveals the artists ability to associate his instinctive investigations with a cinematographic, visionary imagination, processing it at the very time it takes place. Texts by Maria Centonze, Guillermo Faivovich, Nicolas Goldberg, Jacob Lillemose, Hernan Pruden, Simon Starling with works by Faivovich & Goldberg, Sture Johannesson, Mario Merz, James Nasmyth and James Carpenter, Simon Starling.