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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.

Igor Przybylski’s “Maximum Speed”

Since launching this blog in conjunction with the November 2014 publication of Hermeneutics of New Modernism, my first view into painterly forms of a new modernism was an erotic immersion…

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Super hot icons of “entanglement” combine with the object(ive) of speed.

Igor Pryzbylski’s “Maximum Speed” (Hochstgeschwindigkeit) creates 21st century icons of quantum entanglement out of 20th century found objects of high speed connections.

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Przybylski transmits Web 3.0 into neo-modernist forms transmitted from the found object onto the in-between geometric potential of the flat surface so glorified by that 20th century critic Clement Greenberg..

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The encrypted message of speed in the red dot in a 3 sequence contained in the quaternity of crystalization.

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The setting was ideal, a gallery in the andel’s Hotel Berlin, with a typically East Berlin view…

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…over the S-Bahn tracks.

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The unificiation of number in quantity and quality: in figuration (40 + 20 = 60 = 6) and symbol (the 6 wheels of the representing the unity of the paradigm leap from one-sided left brain linear world view into holistic marriage of right/left brain into the cyclical)

Since, experiencing these uber modern images, which tranform the vintage into icons of speed, I have been having dreams of high speed transport as an open door to the manifestation of the quantum leap in my writing…

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The sleek geometries imbedded in the door, as opening to a shift in intensity.

I just applied for a new job reporting on international finance…which was strange considering the job is on the U.S. East Coast and I am in Berlin. It is good to get visual reminders of geography as identity…

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From the series “Where is Poland”, a visual understanding of why Poland was forever being invaded and annexed by its neighbors.

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The entanglement of the object into a unified sleek modernist icon of speed.

…offering to do for global finance reporting what I did for a global art movement, the quantum leap into Web 3.0.

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I find this image of electrical connection so incredibly erotic! Reinforcing my feeling is the ontology of number, five rempresenting the feminine number of change entangling the binary object(ives) into the invisible third: speed!

…There is magic in the neo-modernist Badiouian “number is ontology” language this Polish artist created as a result of his “entanglement” with international critics at the 2013 AICA Congress in Slovakia…

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Przybylski interacting with the AICA critics during the train ride from Kosice to Bratislavia.

Under high speed conditions, steering is key..

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Particularly when the wheel is divided into three equal parts, and again the three enters the picture as the number of cirlces surrounding the central sphere, which is grey, representing the in-between realm of the Third, a new science of “entanglement”.

So, we will see how this magical connection between inner & outer goes…

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Taurus, the astrological sign of the Bull, means wealth. The name combines with the unity of number, a new story told in a novel way: the figurative 3 with the 3 sided triangle x 2 = the 6 unity of the Lovers/hieros games.

Here is the “Maximum Speed” exhibition statement by Igor Przybylski, a native of Warsaw and graduate of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts:

On September 2nd, 2006, the Taurus locomotive of the EuroSprinter family set a new world record for conventional electric locomotives. No. 1216-050 locomotive with a capacity of 6000 kW owned by Austrian Federal Railways ÖBB reached a top speed of 357 km/h near Ingolstadt. 10 locomotives of the series are currently used in Poland by PKP Intercity. The Maximum speed / Höchstgeschwindigkeit exhibition is the result of an analysis of the record-breaking Taurus series’ design, as well as their predecessors, the DB 103 series, which in 1985 broke the world record on German rails, reaching the speed of 283 km/h.

Lisa Paul Streitfeld is a critic for Huffington Post Arts and author of the Hermeneutics of New Modernism based in Berlin.

All images of Igor Przybylski’s “High Speed” are copyright Lisa Paul Streitfeld.