Sponsoring Olimpia Ferrari’s Solo Exhibition  “Metrochip-Microcity” at the Pastificio Cerere

Project location: Italy, Rome
Project start date: April 2007 - Project end date: May 2007
Project number: 2007-00
Beneficiary: Fondazione Pastificio Cerere Onlus

On the occasion of the VI edition of the International Festival of Rome "Fotografia", the Nando Peretti Foundation and the Elsa Peretti Foundation, sponsored the exhibition of the young artist Olimpia Ferrari, titled Metrochip Microcity. The Exhibition, organized under the patronage of the Presidente della Regione Lazio, was hosted by the Pastificio Cerere Founation from April 18 to May 15, 2007. 

Founded in 1905, the Pastificio Cerere was born as a bakery industry but after its shutting down in the sixties, the building has been abandoned until a group of artist decided to live and work there. It became famous in the seventies as a sort of roman "SOHO".
Pastificio Cerere has become over time a milestone in contemporary art thanks to the artists belonging to the school called "Scuola Romana di San Lorenzo" or "Gruppo di San Lorenzo" and on the other side with a new wave of young artists who reside and work in the building.
The scope of the Pastificio Cerere Foundation, which was created in May 2004, is to combine those two realities and to sustain the art evolution. The foundation is a no-profit organization which has as its main scope the promotion of the contemporary art and the development of relationship, partnership with other private and public institutions with the same purposes operating in Italy and abroad.

In the work of Olimpia Ferrari "there is a clear trend toward abstraction, but an abstraction that tends toward decoration, in which decoration is the central element of the work. This was true for the interiors of Eduard Vuillard, in which the inhabitants of these spaces are absorbed by the walls, while the play of wallpaper patterns seems to invade their clothes and even themselves".

 "The lives of urban people unfold on the one hand amid the architecture of their cities - the spaces within which their bodies move - and on the other, in miniature, inside the equally complex mechanisms of microchips, within which their ideas, communications, and cultural exchanges move.

These displacements show that architectural elements are linked to computer components not just by a conceptual similarity but also by an aesthetic resemblance.

Buildings, windows, streets, neighborhoods, integrated circuits and interconnecting layers are all three-dimensional forms projected by the human brain in order to circulate energy.

Despite the fact that their physical dimensions make them polar opposites.

Macro- and micro-architecture both involve processes that stem from the human intellect. One of these is to build, through logic, places where digital, electric, or human connections have to reach faster and faster speeds in smaller and smaller spaces.

Whether they be cities, computers, or cell phones.

Space is an element that tends to shrink in microprocessors and that disappears in metropolises: the concrete space and the mental space."


Olimpia Ferrari



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