Thinking the unthinkable


07.11 - 12.11.2017

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Program: [Contemporary art and contemporary society]


The North-Western Branch

of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts - ROSIZO

Supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation

Youth Educational Center of The State Hermitage Museum

Cyland Media Art Lab

Galleria Mario Mazzoli (Modena / Berlino - Italia)

Thinking the unthinkable

project by Donato Piccolo

curated by Isabella Indolfi

The Youth Educational Center of the State Hermitage had hosted an exhibition of media artist Donato Piccolo (Italy) "Thinking the unthinkable" from 7 to 12 November 2017.


The project "Thinking the unthinkable" was created by the artist during his stay at the Art Residence of the NCCA in Kronstadt (Russia). The artistic residence together with the CYLAND media laboratory provided the artist with space for work and technical support.

“Thinking the unthinkable” was created and developed in Russia. Though still a work in progress, it is

already part of a large international promotion program in concert with important digital art festivals

such as Cyfest in St. Petersburg (RU) and New York (USA), Media Art Festival in Rome (IT) and NEON

Festival in Dundee (UK).


"Thinking the unthinkable" is the study of those aspects that affect our reality, preventing us from distinguishing what we see from what exists in reality.


“Thinking the unthinkable” is a motion installation that plays on dynamics, physics, and electronic and

electromagnetic principles by implementing them on a system of thought that considers the machine

only as a pure abstraction of the human spirit, and that brings the human being back to the center of

reflection on artificial intelligence. Prostheses, bachelor objects and various shapes will be part of a

single dynamic “corpus”, split and wandering on the edge of art and science, modifying our idea of

the relationship between subject and object.


This artwork will observe and talk to us, telling the story of a world upside-down: “All we cannot understand is inside our brain / All we cannot see is inside our eyes / All we cannot imagine is our future”.

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