“Domenico Sartor” Agricultural Institute – Castelfranco Veneto (Italy)
The word “culture”, from the Latin “colĕre”, means “to cultivate“. It was the roman philosopher Cicero, who, finding himself having to translate the term παιδεία, paidèia (education, training), chose precisely “colĕre“.
By identifying culture with education, he argued that philosophical practice led – through the cultūra animi – men from a primitive life to a civil life, that is, associated in community.
Drawing inspiration from the etymology of the word culture, Cracking Art presents a tour of the Agricultural Institute”Domenico Sartor” of Castelfranco Veneto developed in three specific stages:
Temporary installation of colored snails that invade and emphasize the new school structure just built. The ancient teaching of agricultural techniques requires continuous revisions and adjustments that go hand in hand with technological innovations and climate change. The snail, an iconic work of the collective, is an animal par excellence connected to the earth, which it travels through releasing a nourishing and regenerating slime. On its way it is in continuous connection with the outside through the antennas, sensory organs that act as eyes.
Temporary installation in one of the greenhouses intended for the cultivation of flowers. A rain of frogs that ideally water the underlying flowers, playing on the ambivalence of the meanings that this image can represent, that is the precious element of the water in which the amphibian lives or the chaotic vision of unexpected changes with which we must increasingly have to do.
Permanent installation of snails that will climb the walls of a special specially made vase that contains a fruit tree. Unlike the usual temporary practice, a work will be built that will remain permanently in the institute. A work that will take root and which will be the first seed for the creation of a museum with an unprecedented formula, which indissolubly unites the two meanings of culture.
Cracking Art – Cultūra animi
Agricultural Institute”Domenico Sartor” – Castelfranco Veneto (Treviso)
Via Postioma di Salvarosa, 28 – 31033
Castelfranco Veneto (TV)
15th October 2021 / 15th January 2022
Entrance: Mon – Fri 8.00 a.m./5.30 p.m. Sat 8.00 a.m./ 2.00 p.m.
Info: Phone 0423 490615 firstname.lastname@example.org