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Ways of Seeing

QUAYOLA
03 February - 31 May 2023

​​​For the sixth edition of das - experimental art dialogues, and for the first time at CUBO in Torre Unipol, Davide Quayola returns to represent the vision of the Unipol Group's corporate museum. He presents "Storms", a series of prints that elaborates on his research into the landscape painting tradition, exploring its pictorial substance through advanced technologies and recalling William Turner's famous canvases. 

Storms consists of a series of ultra-high definition digital paintings and videos filmed on the Cornish coast that contemplate and redefine storms as natural, physical and emotional phenomena. Quayola acquires data from real-life footage and then reworks it through a game-engine process. Using custom software and algorithms for image analysis and data manipulation, Quayola's work dissolves, disrupts and transcends the description of the landscape to give back a representation that veers towards abstraction.

"Each evening we see the sun set. We know that the earth is turning away from it. Yet the knowledge, the explanation, never quite fits the sight." (J. Berger, Ways of Seeing, 1972)

​Immersed in a site-specific installation that radically renews the exhibition spaces and emphasises the perceptive relationship between Davide Quayola's hypermedia landscapes, natural light and the scenic views from the 25th floor, the visitor is invited to partake in a unique and sublime aesthetic experience at the top of the Unipol Tower, echoing that of Turner and the Romantic painters: 'a kind of magic, resulting from the relationship between man, nature, art and technology.' (F. Patti, Quayola - Pleasant places for CUBO Unipol, critical text, 2017)

Like Turner's storms, the works in the Storms series question the meaning of the sublime. For Quayola, like the great painters of the past, nature is a universal space to be explored to understand reality. ​

A recognised artist on the contemporary international scene, Quayola uses technology as a lens to explore the tensions and balances between seemingly opposing forces: real and artificial, figurative and abstract, ancient and contemporary. His poetics question the hierarchies between the human, the natural and the technological and explores new aesthetics and algorithmic visions generated by working with technological apparatuses that observe and encode the world. By pushing computer vision, robotics, generative software and data visualisation towards innovative aesthetic strategies, Quayola appeals to different audiences: from modernists to digital natives.​

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CUBO's exhibition project is enriched by a multimedia APP created ad-hoc that allows the user to intuitively and autonomously expand the exhibition-related content – from the Apple Store and Google Play.   


At the end of the exhibition the contents can be viewed on Mediarte,  an interactive application on the multimedia tables of the Mediateca containing the archive of the exhibitions held in the CUBO exhibition spaces. ​


​​For info: tel (+3) 051 5076060 arte@cubounipol.it ​​


Monday 2:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 09:30 - 11:30 p.m.
Wednesday 09:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday 09:30 
Friday 09:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 09:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Sunday closed​​


Free with reservations

​CUBO ​at Torre Unipol, via Larga, 8 - Bologna​

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CUBO's exhibition project is enriched by a multimedia APP created ad-hoc that allows the user to intuitively and autonomously expand the exhibition-related content – from the Apple Store and Google Play.   


At the end of the exhibition the contents can be viewed on Mediarte,  an interactive application on the multimedia tables of the Mediateca containing the archive of the exhibitions held in the CUBO exhibition spaces. ​


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