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Cristiano Berti – Futile Cycles

By 24 November 2017January 2nd, 2021No Comments

The Futile Cycles by Cristiano Berti borrow their title from biochemistry, for which the “futile cycle” is a dissipation of energy, a process that wastes energy. They concern history, historical research and its meaning today. The artist raises questions about the present and the future of this discipline, about the capacity of history to contribute to the interpretation of reality, in a world that increasingly mixes cultures and peoples, and how the practice of historical research can survive in a world that makes speed an indispensable value. Berti’s Futile Cycles therefore make history into the object of an artistic project.
The first work of the series was dedicated to the Genoese sculptor Giuseppe Gaggini (1791-1867), seen especially as the author of a monumental fountain for the city of Havana, and as contractor of a marble quarry in the Piedmont Alps. The project resulted in an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Villa Croce in Genoa (October 2015) and in the publication of Gaggini. Le Alpi e il Tropico del Cancro (Quodlibet, Macerata) (November 2017).

The second work of the series Futile Cycles draw on Antonio Boggiano (1778-1860), who emigrated from Savona to Cuba at the end of the eighteenth century, a figure already present in Futile Cycles. Gaggini, where he acts as an intermediary in the commission of Fuente de la India (Havana). Its outcomes are an artist book presenting the results of the historical research, some huge wall installations which depict family trees and a video.

To be constantly updated on the project activities, please visit the Futile Cycles facebook page.

AltroQuale for Futile Cycles. The association holds the role of production office of the project. In 2018, this page of the altroQuale website has served as platform for the crowdfunding campaign of Futile Cycles. Boggiano. Economic contributions collected by the association through the crowdfunding were entirely allocated for the production of the artwork.

It is still possible to help the production of Futile Cycles. Boggiano, following the instructions given below

Donation Goal Detail
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Contribute to the creation of Futile Cycles. Boggiano by making an online payment through a paypal account or using your credit card. Please send an email to info[at]altroquale.it with your name and surname, if you would like to be cited among the project’s supporters, and the postal address to receive the reward.

It is also possible to make a bank transfer to ALTROQUALE, on the prepaid card of Banca Intesa San Paolo IBAN IT56O0306967684510749156384 indicating payment description: CICLI FUTILI BOGGIANO. Even in this case, please send an email to info[at]altroquale.it with your name and surname, if you would like to be cited among the project’s supporters, and the postal address to receive the reward.

Crowdfunding campaign (2018)

The crowdfunding campaign ended on 02/10/2018 having collected the amount of € 3,552.00 (90.3% of the final goal of € 3,900.00)

Rewards

Participating in the funding of the project from the bottom-up will entitle you to receive various “rewards”, depending on the amount of the contribution. Each choice gives you the right to obtain, along with the indicated reward, also all the rewards mentioned in the previous choices. However, it is possible to contribute with any amount, from € 1 up, regardless of rewards. For any doubts about the functioning or communication regarding your choices, please contact us at info@altroquale.it.

10 € – Backing the project with 10 € or more you will receive a digital thank you card.

20 € – With a donation of 20 € or more you will receive an autographed copy of the book Gaggini. Le Alpi e il Tropico del Cancro (Quodlibet, Macerata).*

40 € – Backing the project with 40 € or more your name will be included among the project’s supporters, in the artist’s website, and you will receive an autographed copy of the book Gaggini. Le Alpi e il Tropico del Cancro (Quodlibet, Macerata) *

60 € – With a donation of 60 € you will receive an autographed copy of the new publication, an autographed copy of the book Gaggini. Le Alpi e il Tropico del Cancro (Quodlibet, Macerata) and your name will be included among the project’s supporters, in the artist’s website.*

130 € – Backing the project with 130 € your name will be included among the project’s supporters, in the new publication and in the artist’s website, you will receive an autographed copy of the new publication and an autographed copy of the book Gaggini. Le Alpi e il Tropico del Cancro (Quodlibet, Macerata) *

Photographer Piero Ottaviano is donating beautiful photographic prints of these two subjects:

Malecon #1

Malecon #2

200 € – With a donation of 200 € you will receive a small size photo print
(image size 26×39 cm, fine art print, cotton paper, photo rag)**

350 € – With a donation of 350 € you will receive a medium size photo print
(image size 50×75 cm, fine art print, cotton paper, photo rag)**

500 € – With a donation of 500 € you will receive a large size photo print
(image size 77×115 cm, fine art print, cotton paper, photo rag)**

* Sent by post (Italy only). Please add shipment costs as follows: Europe € 18; USA, Canada, Mexico € 30; Central and South America, Asia, Oceania € 35; Africa € 50

** Sent unframed (mailing tube). Please add shipment costs as follows: Europe € 35; USA, Canada, Mexico € 130; Central and South America, Asia, Oceania € 145; Africa € 170

Donators list:
(You can ask to remain anonymous)

24/11/2017 - C. Rizzotti - 20,00 €
27/11/2017 - L. Maggio - 60,00 €
28/11/2017 - F. Bozzo - 40,00 €
30/11/2017 - E. Giancarli - 200,00 €
05/12/2017 - R. Ricciardiello - 60,00 €
05/12/2017 - G. F. Berti - 200,00 €
07/12/2017 - L. Ricciardiello - 160,00 €
10/12/2017 - G. L. Cocci - 50,00 €
18/12/2017 - Anonymous - 120,00 €
19/12/2017 - G. Tinti - 20,00 €
23/12/2017 - E. Zenuni - 80,00 €
29/12/2017 - Anonymous - 20,00 €
11/01/2018 - S. Trovato - 30,00 €
11/01/2018 - V. D'Amelio - 20,00 €
21/01/2018 - Anonymous - 20,00 €
24/01/2018 - P. Hauvuy - 60,00 €
26/01/2018 - A. Gentile - 10,00 €
30/01/2018 - P. De Francesco - 50,00 €
08/02/2018 - E. Filonzi - 100,00 €
20/02/2018 - A. Antolini - 40,00 €
22/03/2018 - A. Mossino - 50,00 €
05/04/2018 - M. Streito - 40,00 €
05/05/2018 - I. Santoni - 20,00 €
17/05/2018 - M. Guani - 20,00 €
07/06/2018 - L. Polo - 15,00 €
28/08/2018 - Calamandrei - 1,000.00 €
14/09/2018 - Anonymous - 20,00 €
14/09/2018 - F. Grattarola - 40,00 €
23/09/2018 - L. Butini - 20,00 €
24/09/2018 - F. Colosimo - 20,00 €
25/09/2018 - E. Termine - 10,00 €
27/09/2018 - L. Viale - 40,00 €
28/09/2018 - D. Finelli - 20,00 €
28/09/2018 - Anonymous - 50,00 €
28/09/2018 - Anonymous - 60,00 €
28/09/2018 - J. Ondikova - 20,00 €
28/09/2018 - E. Barberis - 10,00 €
29/09/2018 - M. Francisco - 25,00 €
29/09/2018 - R. Moroni - 30,00 €
29/09/2018 - R. Ruggieri - 40,00 €
30/09/2018 - C. Frascarolo - 40,00 €
30/09/2018 - R. Ruggieri - 22,00 €
30/09/2018 - C. Restuccia - 20,00 €
30/09/2018 - Anonymous - 25,00 €
01/10/2018 - B. Iazzolino - 80,00 €
01/10/2018 - E. Monticone - 40,00 €
01/10/2018 - A. Tarabelli - 5,00 €
01/10/2018 - F. Frola - 10,00 €
01/10/2018 - M. Battisti - 50,00 €
01/10/2018 - S. Lucà - 10,00 €
01/10/2018 - S. Cardinali - 20,00 €
01/10/2018 - C. Ruggeri - 10,00 €
02/10/2018 - Anonymous - 50,00 €
02/10/2018 - M. Antici - 40,00 €
02/10/2018 - E. Aghatise - 40,00 €
02/10/2018 - Anonymous - 100,00 €
02/10/2018 - A. Zenuni - 50,00 €
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