rs548049170_1_69869_TT (The Other Shapes of Me) is the title of a new project launched by artist Emilio Vavarella. By July 2020, this project will lead to the creation of a monumental work of art that will become part of the permanent collection of MAMbo – Museum of Modern Art in Bologna. The work will be the result of a performative and research process that sees the artist and his mother, tailor and embroiderer, working in a textile laboratory. The title rs548049170_1_69869_TT refers to the first line of text resulting from the genotyping of the artist’s DNA. The genotyping was carried out in a laboratory in Mountain View, California, but the final work will be made entirely in Italy at a historic weaving mill in Southern Italy. The project also includes a conference at Harvard University (USA) and a residence in Shanghai (China).

The work consists of three elements: a large fabric, a Jacquard loom and a video of the production process of the fabric. The fabric, which represents the artist’s own genetic code point by point, is made with a 19th century Jacquard loom (the first industrial binary technology). The final tapestry translates visually the genetic code that “gives shape” to the the artist. The Jacquard loom will be modified to accommodate a video documentation of the entire production process, portraying the mother of the artist at work.

In addition to the production of the fabric, which will take place entirely at the Giaquinto weaving mill in Gagliano del Capo (LE) in Southern Italy, the project also includes workshops, exhibitions, presentations and screenings on the local and national territory. The work will be presented for the first time at MAMbo – Museum of Modern Art in Bologna.

The Film Study Center will host a roundtable with international professionals (philosophers, curators, theorists, researchers). The result of this discussion, together with the research that underlies the production of the work, will culminate in the final catalogue.

Arthub Asia will host the artist and the curators during a period of residence in Shanghai of about three weeks where they will study alternative possibilities of visual restitution of the artist’s genetic code as they relate to alternative modes of data visualization and weaving. In addition, an exhibition will be held at the Creative Space space, focusing on this work’s production process.

Project Partners

• Film Study Center- Critical Media Practice (CMP) (Harvard University, USA)
• Arthub Asia, Shanghai (China)
• MAMbo – Museum of Modern Art in Bologna
• Gallleriapiù (Bologna, Italy)

Technical Parteners

• Giaquinto Weaving Mill
• Palazzo Guerrieri

Media Partner

• ATP Diary