Timur Si-Qin and Dozie Kanu
April 18–May 18, 2018
Private view: April 17, 6–9pm, by invitation only
Via Maiocchi 5/7
KALEIDOSCOPE is pleased to announce the opening of two new exhibitions at Spazio Maiocchi, the magazine’s new home and exhibition space in Milan.
Timur Si–Qin: NEW PEACE
April 18–May 18, 2018
A New York-based artist of German and Mongolian-Chinese descent who grew up in Berlin, Beijing and in a Native American community in the American Southwest, Timur Si-Qin (b. 1984) has developed work in conceptual, branded cycles which serve as frameworks for his sculptural environments, sculptures, light boxes, and CGI videos. While his most enduring concern over the last decade has been with the dynamics of branding and the formation of patterns in commercial imagery, his most recent series, “New Peace,” further develops this line of thought into a proposal for a new mysticism. A radically inclusive, secular faith of the real, forwarding a belief in the true infinite creativity of pattern, matter, and energy.
In the exhibition Campaign for a New Protocol at Spazio Maiocchi, Si-Qin launches a drive to communicate a new sense of non dualistic and secular spirituality adapted for the future. Here, the natural and the synthetic coalesce beyond the dualities through digitally rendered landscapes of New Peace’s advertisements and in an immersive virtual reality experience.
The exhibition will also take over the 3x6m billboard in the courtyard of Spazio Maiocchi, and will be accompanied by a book and exclusive limited-edition merchandise. Published by KALEIDOSCOPE, the book A New Protocol presents a collection of Si-Qin’s digitally rendered landscapes and elaborates on the conceptual foundations of New Peace in the evolution of religion, science and philosophy.
Dozie Kanu: STRETCHED
April 18–22, 2018
On the occasion of Milan Design Week 2018, KALEIDOSCOPE has teamed up with the iconic luggage company RIMOWA on a multi-platform project developing in print, online, and live. Featuring American artist/designer Dozie Kanu (b. 1993), the collaboration will unfold through three separate but intertwined activations: a short film, an installation, and a printed publication.
In the short documentary directed by British filmmaker Sam Hiscox, Kanu is captured at work in his newly-set up studio in the outskirts of Lisbon, Portugal. In conversation, the 25-year-old Houston native explains his personal creative process—how he mixes high and low in creations “commingling hometown symbolism with a sleek modernism,” as described by The New York Times. The film follows him as he explores Lisbon to and inspiration in the city’s architectural landmarks: the brutalist Palácio da Justiça with its annexed skatepark; the Alvaro Siza-designed metro station of Baixa-Chiado; and the Vasco Da Gama Bridge by Santiago Calatrava, a cable-stayed engineering masterpiece and the longest bridge in Europe.
Melding street culture with design sensibilities, Kanu creates objects that are sculptural but still functional. Premiering the short film within an environment designed in collaboration with Bureau Borsche, the exhibition will present original artwork resulting from Kanu’s remix of RIMOWA material, and will be accompanied by a photo zine enclosed in KALEIDOSCOPE’s newest issue providing exclusive insight into to the making of this one-of-a-kind collaboration.
Opened in October 2017, Spazio Maiocchi is a new social space where art, design and fashion blend to shape new cultural experiences. Originating from the convergence of visionary founding partners Carhartt WIP and Slam Jam, Spazio Maiocchi is a cross-disciplinary ideas aggregator hosting exhibitions and events in a former-industrial complex in central Milan, redesigned and repurposed by architecture firm Andrea Caputo.