18 Jun – 30 Jul 2022

Sismógrafo, in collaboration with Passos Manuel and Galeria Municipal do Porto, presents a triple program around several aspects of the work of the Italian duo Invernomuto. During three days, two films will be screened at Passos Manuel Cinema, an exhibition will be open at Sismógrafo, and a commented concert will happen at the Acoustic Shell in the Gardens of Palácio de Cristal.

EMPIRE 2020, the artist's first solo show in Portugal, opens at Sismógrafo and uses the world's tallest building today as a starting point to create a remake of Andy Warhol's famous EMPIRE. In this 8 hours and 5 minutes film, we can see a still shot of the Burj Khalifa and listen to a long and meditative soundtrack, using the Black Med algorithm to generate a continuous sound flow in the exhibition space. EMPIRE 2020 is supported by Alserkal Avenue (Dubai) and Artworks.

EMPIRE is an 8 hour long, meditative film, comprised of a single shot of the Empire State Building in New York City, directed by Andy Warhol in 1964. From 8pm until dawn the camera was pointed at the Empire State Building, from the 41st floor of the Time-Life Building, located in Rockefeller Center. After filmmaker and cinematographer Jonas Mekas framed the top of the building, the camera did not move again.

Shot at the end of 2019, in Dubai, Invernomuto’s EMPIRE 2020 is a remake of Warhol’s EMPIRE. The Empire State Building is replaced by the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. The 16mm camera used by Mekas is replaced by a 4K camera that, turned to shoot vertically, allowed to frame the skyscraper in its full height.

Instead of a silent movie, EMPIRE 2020 is soundtracked with a long, meditative and generative composition, which uses the Black Med algorithm to create a continuous music stream in the exhibition space. Black Med is an ongoing platform initiated by Invernomuto in 2018. For Sismógrafo, the algorithm selects tracks from a new category of the archive, specifically designed for the show and named EMPIRE.

Invernomuto is the name of the artistic personality created in 2003 by Simone Bertuzzi (Piacenza, 1983) and Simone Trabucchi (Piacenza 1982). They work and live in Milan. Invernomuto is the author of a series of research projects structured in time and space, from which cycles of interconnected works derive. On a common theoretical basis, Invernomuto tends to think in an open and rhizomatic manner, developing different outputs that take the form of moving images, sounds, performative actions and publishing projects, within the framework of a practice defined by the use – as diffuse as it is precise – of different media. Reality is observed according to documentaristic principles and interests, but for the purpose of creating an imaginative and almost abstract representation, which offers wide margins for reflection and critical interrogation.

In particular, Invernomuto investigates subcultural universes, moving through different practices, in which the vernacular language is one way of approaching and appreciating oral cultures and contemporary mythologies, observed with a gaze that aspires to be cross-fertilised and regenerated by it. The declared inauthenticity of some of the materials used plays a fundamental role in this process, which underlines not only the real but also the fictitious and distorted nature of the realities that Invernomuto explores. Both artists also develop individual lines of research, with the musical projects Palm Wine and STILL.

The year 2021 includes participation in the Liverpool Biennial, 58th October Salon-Belgrade Biennial and Pompeii Commitment, Pompeii. Solo exhibitions include The Green Parrot, Barcelona (2021); Auto Italia, London (2020); Galleria Nazionale, Rome (2019); NN Contemporary Art, Northampton (2019); Pinksummer, Genoa (2019); Artspeak, Vancouver (2015); Marsèlleria, Milan and the ar/ge kunst, Bolzano (both 2014). Their work has also been exhibited at the 58th Venice Biennale; Tate, London; Manifesta 12, Palermo; Villa Medici, Rome; Alserkal Avenue, Dubai; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Nuit Blanche 2017; Paris, Museion, Bolzano; Kunstverein München, Munich; Bozar, Brussels; FAR°, Nyon; Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva; Bétonsalon, Paris; Italian Cultural Institute. Addis Ababa; American Academy in Rome; PAC, Milan; Vleeshal, Middelburg; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Hangar Bicocca, Milan; Netmage 07/09, Bologna; Premio Furla, Bologna; No Fun Fest 2009, New York; Biennale Architettura 11, Venice.

18 Jun – 30 Jul 2022

Saturday 18 June 17:00–20:00

Free admittance