Somnium

in collaboration with

Untitled Association

Artefiera Bologna 

INGRESSO NORD - PADIGLIONI 15/18

May 13/15, 2022

Press Preview on May 12, 2022

SOMNIUM - ARTEFIERA BOLOGNA 2022

The project is supported by the Italian Council (10th edition, 2021) program - Directorate General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry

of Culture.

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Untitled Association presents Somnium - a project by Numero Cromatico specifically designed for Artefiera Bologna. Part of ART AS SUPERNORMAL STIMULUS - winner of the Italian Council X call for proposals, launched by MiC - Direzione Generale Creatività Contemporanea, the project is the result of a fruitful collaboration between the two entities, which have been working together for years on various artistic and editorial projects.

 

At the fair, both staff and the public will be offered an authentic and shared oneiric performance by the collective. From the very first day, a device for triggering oneiric activity will be distributed to the public. It comes in the shape of a package with precise instructions to be followed before falling asleep - a means for stimulating oneiric activity and recalling its contents upon awakening. 

Each day hundreds of devices will be distributed to be used the same night. A transcript of the contents and/or feelings evoked by the dream is to be sent the following morning. 

 

Over the course of the three days of the fair, the dreams will be exhibited at Untitled Association’s booth, creating an art installation, from which similarities and differences across participants’ oneiric contents will emerge. The texts will also form both an archive and an anthology of tales that will be collected in a digital edition available online. 

 

Numero Cromatico has been focusing on the topic of dreams for several years now, especially in relation to the brain mechanisms involved and the central creative activity this state activates in all of us. The project falls within Numero Cromatico’s art practice, which promotes a particular approach to artworks through artistic, scientific and editorial projects, that are based on the following core values: interdisciplinarity, interaction, the artist’s expressive abstinence, minimality, sensoriality, physical and psychological participation of the public, embodiment, and the study of emotions.