Sponda MAMBO, Bologna
La festa è finita
(The party’s over)
The party’s over follows the artistic investigations of Michelangelo Consani, directed at investigating and reappropriating every form of marginality – historical, ideological, political and social – and bringing into play a series of new reflections. The project’s incipit is a text by the philosopher-economist Serge Latouche, titled “The party’s over” which analyses the global capitalist system based on the use of petrolium. Inside the gallery space the artist organises his dies festus. The invited: John Herbert Dillinger, Henry Ford, Allis Chalmer, Marco Ferreri, Michel Piccoli, Mario Schifano, Marion King Hubbert, Colin Campbell, Achille Castiglioni, Arthur Hollins, Masanobu Fukuoka. A series of people linked one to the other by antimony or affinity. All of them, in one way or another, connected by the terms of reference of the project: technology, the car, petrol, consumption, production and the earth; all of them, furthermore, witnesses to periods of great economic depression (America’s ’29, the first half of the 70s, the present crisis). The group of guests is a successful mix. From John Herbert Dillinger gangster and gentleman, a modern Robin Hood of crime (during his heists he would burn the account books thus cancelling the debts and loans of the have-nots before escaping in his uncatchable Ford V8), to Henry Ford, not by coincidence founder of the Ford Motor Company but also promoter of the project Hemp Body Car, a car which literally “grew from the earth”, fuelled by a combustible obtained from distilled hemp with zero pollution. And also from Allis Chalmers, King of the tractors, similarly engaged in experiments with a hydrogen motor and dynamo from ’54 to ’58, to Marco Ferreri as director of the 1969 film “Dillinger is Dead”, a tough film which is a strong critique of the dominant capitalist model. Ferreri is accompanied by the main actors from his film, Michel Piccoli and Mario Schifano (much of the film was shot inside his house in Rome), and one of the major exponents of Italian design, Achille Castiglioni. Furthermore, Consani has invited some inseparable couples to the party, the Berlin-based geologist Marion King Hubbert and his disciple Colin Campbell (their studies of the world’s oil resources are among the more well respected), and two marginal characters, Arthur Hollins and Masanobu Fukuoka. Hollins was one of the pioneers of conservation of farmland and pastures, an advocate of not ploughing fields. Considered a visionary, throughout the last century, today his blooming farm serves as both a model and the object of numerous studies. Fukuoka, father of Nature Farming, or Do-Nothing Farming, has his philosophy encapsulated in his name, as he would say: “Masa = law; Nobu = faith; Fuku = happy; Oka = mountain”.
The exhibition is completed with a room where the electrical system is entirely powered by a portable gasoline generator. Every day, until the total fuel depletion, the generator turns a light put on the floor and a video installation.