The Hidden Dimension – Chapter II

The Hidden Dimension Chapter II, installation view, Arthur Duff

The Hidden Dimension is the title of the book written by the American anthropologist Edward T. Hall from which proxemics originated in 1963: a discipline studying the meaning of distance, of the organisation and the spatial relations of man, meant both as an individual in relation to others and the things that surround him, be it among various social groups, viewed both in historical and cultural terms. A fundamental discipline which sets out to explain how we are influenced and influence our own lives on the basis of how distant we are from one another: from what is known, from what we love and respect, but also from what we do not know, do not comprehend, what we fear, perhaps because it is far from us physically and therefore also sensitively and emotionally. A fascinating concept, and one which Hall set out to apply also with regard to 20th-century visual arts with regard to the issue of the perception and construction of space, and which more broadly he exploited to analyse and improve – through a description of the effects caused by different distances – the conformation of the living environment, of architecture and of cities. A discipline which today appears to be extremely contemporary and poignant, in an age characterised by migrations, virtual relations, enhanced reality, greatly reduced distances, existential uncertainties, digital anaesthesia or cabled emotions. These are themes that contemporary art deals with constantly, reflecting on the role of the work in its processuality and relationship with both the onlooker and the space in which it is positioned.

Arthur Duff, Nera Luce_Dust in my eye, 2017, Polyester rope and wooden frame, diameter 140 cm

Nera Luce_Dust in my eye, 2017
polyester cord on wooden frame, diameter 140cm
Photo Enrico Fiorese

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Nera Luce_Gravity Gravity, 2017
polyester cord on wooden frame, diameter 140cm
Photo Enrico Fiorese

The Hidden Dimension Chapter II, installation view, M. Donzelli, A. Duff, A. Grazzi

Exhibition view
Photo Enrico Fiorese

The Hidden Dimension Chapter II, installation view, P. AnzichÇ, S. Ko, V. Vazquez, A. Duff

Exhibition view
Photo Enrico Fiorese

Arthur Duff, Parallax View, Tryptic, 2016, drilled paper, 34 x 34 cm

Parallax View, 2017
punctured paper, coloured PVC on Dibond, n.3 x 32cm x 32cm
Photo Enrico Fiorese

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