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Stefano Cagol’s Body of Energy

STEFANO CAGOL IS THE ARTIST IN THE HOT SEAT…

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Stefano Cagol makes a personal revolution universal in his Berlin “Readymade,” the subject of “HOT SEAT” looping behind him in his exhibition at CLB Berlin. (Photo by LPS).

…after tracing his Body of Energy imprint in a one man movement from one end of Europe to the other…

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“Symbols, metaphors, current topics, immediateness, stimulating, communicating, openness, multiple points of view. These are the key words to my relationship with the public. It couldn’t be any other way,” states Cagol. “The artwork is an opportunity to better understand our own time and future. It’s a sort of mission. In my account, art is never closed in itself.”

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Have van will travel: Cagol’s means of transport is a “mobile station” doubling as a roving billboard from Norway to Gibraltar.

The Italian native’s self-described “scanning energy expedition” culminates in the German capitol with a two month residency at Momentum Berlin and solo exhibition inaugurating a highly visible new collaborative art space of CLB Berlin/ Collaboratorium für Kulturelle Praxis.

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Cagol’s signature “Writing as a Landmark” energises a new Berlin geographical arts zone: “The Body of Energy (of the mind): Stefano Cagol” opens Collaboratorium Berlin/CLB in the Aufbau Haus am Moritzplatz in Kreuzberg.

The Italian native is creating a (r)evolution in art through a simple, and yet dceptively complex, method: the infrared camera, which he refers to as his “symbolic energy keeper.” The portable digital apparatus can fit into a knapsack, allowing him the artist to be ever-mobile and spontaneous in his tracking energy exchanges across borders.

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“The Body of Energy (of the mind): Stefano Cagol” culminates in Berlin as a multimedia solo exhibition opened on 06 November 2015.

The infrared technology developed by the military for detecting traces of life within human destruction is utilized by Cagol to make a stunning art signature celebrating life, with a timeless purpose…

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…revealing (below) the spiritual traces that humans leave behind (above) at TBOE “Hands and Trees” at the MAGA Museum in Italy.

The Torino artist came to prominence in Europe from his “Ice Monolith” project in the Maldives exhibition in the 55 Venice Biennale. He arrives in Berlin with the visual Art-I-facts of his year-long passage through Europe creating Actions and Happenings while igniting the continent with his interactive energy.

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ENERGIZING THE STONE: “I am an artist,” he tells me in the gallery when asked if he might be a shaman. (TBOE performance at Mojacar, Andalucia).

Cagol makes Kundalini visible in the art gallery with a humour that Beuys might not appreciate…

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…enshrining a found object (in video) that he has photographed (below) enflamed with his energy…

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… as demonstrated in the gallery during an impromptu “HOT STONE ACTION”…

Capturing this moment of inner/outer integration in Berlin, the global reconciliation capital makes this boundary-smashing artist a highly visible proponent of what has been largely invisible–the arising of the long-repressed feminine energy taking the shape human embodiment in unification with masculine spirit.

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Stefano Cagol places his “Body of Energy” inside his CLB exhibition. He is standing before “TBOE Gibraltar” marking his February 28, 2015 arrival in the most south-western point of the expedition, hosted by Listen to the Sirens, an art initiative in the Montagu Bastion, part of the Little Constellation network.

Cagol may not be making claims of shamanism, but surpasses the much venerated “mystical” Joseph Beuys by virtue of creating visual links between his materials and personally magnetic human vibration, thereby opening a window, within the confines of the art gallery, to the 96 Percent of the universe that is dark matter/dark energy.

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Cagol performs a TBOE student InterAction at Salerno Univeristy, transforming the
Piazza del Sapere (square of knowledge) into the shape of the human heart.

The global artist elevates art as transformational–making the here and now experience of energy exchange both tangible and real, linking past, present and future with the ever-present origin.

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“The Body of Energy (of the mind): Stefano Cagol” is sponsored by VISIT Programme of the RWE Stiftung für Energie und Gesellschaft gGmbH. The exhibition at CLB BERLIN COLLABORATORIUM, Aufbau Haus am Moritzplatz runs until Dec. 12, 2015 in Kreuzberg. The Exhibition times are Tu.-Su. 15:00-19:00 pm. There will be an Artist’s Tour at 17:00 on Friday, Nov. 27, and Tuesday, Dec. 1, with a Finissage from 18:00-21:00 on 12 December.

A Berlin BOE Action/Performance will take place in December. For further information go to: www.bodyofenergy.com

Lisa Paul Streitfeld is a cultural critic and theorist who ignited a dialectic of the Kundalini in the international avante-garde. See www.kundalinisdaughter.com

All photos are by Stefano Cagol and published with permission of the artist.

THE SUMMER OF LOVE U.S.A.

Following a tense week in which cops killed blacks and blacks killed cops, Devon Bray’s “The Law” went viral. It also has staying power; not only does the video beautifully capture the mood of a unique EVENT spreading across the hinterland, but his art speaks on multiple levels…

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CLICK HERE: Bray Films presents “Black Lives Matter – All Lives Matter Wichita Kansas Police Cookout Event”

…the law as protectors of order in society…

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…and the universal law of karma: honor your neighbor and they will honor you.

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What this means in a tense moment: if a cop recognizes your face, and you recognize his, there is more potential for creative CONVERSION into the THIRD rather than the destruction of warring opposites.

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Devon Bray is a multimedia artist commited to the principle that change begins at home, in the human heart. He demonstrates this both in his stunning talent and his commitment as a youth councilor.

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Bray has a new message as a means of reconciling the warring opposition: “I like to say #AllLivesMatter rather than #BlackLivesMatter. We have to stop complaining and pointing fingers and change the way we think and feel about each other. Love Conquers All.”

The filmmaker’s signature is imbedded in his images: “Love Peace and Unity – No more killing on both sides.” He explains how this creative prototype for an EVENT sweeping America got started and will continue:

The BLM activists were gonna protest on Sunday, but the Wichita police chief sat down with them. Everyone agreed to come together for a community cookout and Q & A. I filmed the event and created a song and video in 24 hours. When I released it, it went viral. We called it the 1st step to progress and plan on keeping it going, getting bigger and better. We are endeavoring to show the world how it’s supposed to be done.

Dr. Lisa Paul Streitfeld is a philosopher and critic based in Berlin and New York City.

All images copyright the artist Devon Bray and published with his permission.