Soft Bodies

Lorenzo Oggiano



Media Type
LightJet print on Fuji Crystal Archive DPII glossy paper
Process
3D Generated Imagery
Edition
Ed. of 3+1 AP (2 40×40 cm – 1 60×60 cm)
Year
2016-2017

“Soft Bodies” is an ongoing series of digital C-type prints coming from some high-poly 3d modeling studies I made from 2015 onwards.
Modeled with a 3d organic sculpting tool and then rendered with a physical rendering engine the generated images have been digitally (hand)-colored / optimized with an image editing software in order to enhance their photorealistic appearance.

The project’s goal is to further develop the research on organic re-design and on the statute of synthetic imagery I started since 2003 with “Quasi-Objects” – a cycle of works (made of by ten videos / video installations and over one-hundred prints and preparatory studies) focused on that “regime of ontological undecidability” which has remodeled, progressively and definitively, at least since the second half of the last century, the order of “men and things”, our relationship with nature – in search of a non dialectical way of reconciliation with otherness, beyond any stable representation that preserves the proliferation of difference.

In this direction “Soft Bodies” aims to contribute to the current reflection around the progressive relativization of life forms – and of the concept of life itself – as result of the increasingly decisive role played by the techno-biological apparatus in shaping / reorienting the evolutionary process.

Biography

Lorenzo Oggiano is an italian artist working in new media, video, video installation, photography, assemblage, sculpture.
He holds an MA cum laude in Visual Arts from the University of Bologna/D.A.M.S. with a dissertation on the relationship between arts and new technologies.
Since the early 1990s Lorenzo Oggiano dedicated his artistic and theoretical research on the concepts of nature and life, questioning relationships between technologies, registers of rationality, production of subjectivity, cosmologies, focusing on the morphology and dynamics of organisms and ecosystems, on the concept of space and on space-time interrelations.
Oggiano’s work has been presented – among others – at Pratt Manhattan Gallery (NYC, USA), National Museum / WRO Art Center (Wroclav, PL), Ars Electronica Center (Linz, AT), Trondheim Kunstmuseum Gråmølna (Trondheim, NO), Cinémathèque Française (Paris, FR), Eyebeam Art+Technology Center (NYC, USA), Naturhistorisches Museum (Wien, AT), Kyoto University (Kyoto, JP), Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci (Prato, IT), Kunsthaus Dresden (Dresden, DE), Palazzo dei Congressi (Rome, IT), CCCB (Barcelona, ES), Art-Science Node (Berlin, DE), MAN_Museo d’arte della provincia di Nuoro (Nuoro, IT), Traffic Gallery (Bergamo, IT), FilmBase (Dublin, IRL), Museo Nacional Reina Sofia (Madrid, ES), Museo Nazionale del Cinema (Turin, IT), Röda Sten Konsthall (Göteborg, SE), Directors Lounge (Berlin, DE), DAS Dispositivo Arti Sperimentali (Bologna, IT), The Cleveland Institute of Art (Cleveland, USA), Cartes Centre of Art and Technology (Espoo, FI), Rebecca Container Gallery (Genoa, IT), Protein Gallery (London, UK), Hong Kong Space Museum (Hong-Kong, CN), Technopolis (Athens – GR), Rialto Sant’Ambrogio (Rome, IT), Le Cube (Issy-les-Moulineaux, FR) – and can be found in several public and private collections.
Since 1998 he lives and works in Sassari (Italy).