LLI exhibit @ DE_ZER Vol. 3

5.17.2011 | Exhibitions, news

The DEberlusconiZER is proud to announce DE_ZER Vol. 3, the third of a series of exhibitions in which some contemporary artists are invited to give a new meaning to the informational space “liberated” from the unwieldy presence of the Italian Prime Minister. Every show includes three works by three different artists and lasts ten days, in an unprecedented adaptation of the codes of street art and public art to the online environment.
From May 16 to May 25, 2011, three works will alternate randomly into this public space: Offresi piazze italiane per aspiranti rivoluzionari, by Maddalena Fragnito; Your Face Here, by Les Liens Invisibles; and The bigger a man’s gun the smaller his doodlewick, by Jon Cohrs.

Maddalena Fragnito uses the space provided by the DEberlusconiZER to set up a marketing campaign for her brand new project:, the website of a company renting out city squares of different sizes to wannabe revolutionaries. The work ironically plays with the celebrated revival of Italian’s public spirit, but behind this playful facade it offers a real service: providing useful informations for activists, and explaining the history and the current use of places that should be considered, but not always are, public spaces.

The Italian collective Les Liens Invisibles also made a marketing campaign promoting A Fake is a Fake, a web publishing tool that let you use, for your website, the readymade interfaces provided by the most inportant news platforms, from the New York Times to Repubblica. The work pokes fun at the savoir faire of the Italian Prime Minister, but it’s also an invitation for everybody to contrast, with the tools provided by the internet, his videocracy.

With his animations of young, sexy, armed women and his quote by Calamity Jane, the American Jon Cohrs puts together his interest in Internet memes and the macho, patriarchal model embodied by Silvio Berlusconi on the international media.

The DEberlusconiZER is a web tool that replaces the images and words related to the Italian Prime Minister. The software subverts the media machine created by one of the most controversial figures in Italian politics by reclaiming the space devoted to him and using it for new porpuses.

The DEberlusconiZER is a project by Elisa Giardina Papa, Fabrizio Giardina Papa, Giovanni Salerno and Floriano Lapolla.
The artists have been selected and invited by art critic Domenico Quaranta.


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