Running concurrently to the huge solo show with Brazilian artist Cildo Meireles, the HangarBicocca in Milan (Italy) presents a solo exhibition of Italian artist Micol Assaël. The show is titled ILIOKATAKINIOMUMASTILOPSARODIMAKOPIOTITA, which is a combination of a number of Greek words. It means nothing, and was chosen by the artist to prevent any pre-established interpretation. Micol Assaël presents five works that have one unifying element: sound.
The works on display are: 432Hz (2009-2014), a wooden shell that contains honeycombs; Vorkuta (2003), a refrigeration chamber where the temperature of -30°C contrasts with a chair maintained at a constant +37°C by an internal thermostat; Mindfall (2004-2007), a container which contains a chair and tables, on which 21 electric motors turn on intermittently, one after the other, creating a sort of musical composition; Untitled (2003), a small iron room crossed by blasts of hot and cold air channelled into the space by powerful fans; and Sub (2014), a new work specially created for the exhibition at HangarBicocca, an assembly of aluminium and glass display units which the artist originally designed to exhibit her Inner Disorder (1999-2001) series of drawings.
Micol Assaël: Iliokatakiniomumastilopsarodimakopiotita. HangarBicocca, Milan (Italy) March 26, 2014.
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Micol Assaël (1979) currently lives in Greece. Physical phenomena, magnetism, electrical engineering and their interaction with the human body are key elements in her artistic processes. Sensorial perception – especially that of the viewer – is indeed a fundamental component of her art. Her installations, as radical as they are poetic, physically and mentally influence the viewer, often placing him or her in a position of real or perceived danger. Solo exhibitions of her work have been put on at the Kunsthalle, Basel (2007), the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2009), Wiener Secession, Vienna (2009), Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel (2009) and MUSEION, Bolzano (2010), and she has taken part in group exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale (2003 and 2005), Manifesta (2004), the Moscow Biennale (2005), the Berlin Biennale (2006), the Biennale of Sydney, After Nature (New Museum, New York) (2008), and Chasing Napoleon (Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2009)