The 7th Audemars Piguet ARCO Prize (2019) was awarded to Andrea Galvani, an Italian artist based in Mexico City. His project entitled “Instruments for Inquiring into the Wind and the Shaking Earth” was exhibited at the Audemars Piguet lounge during ARCOmadrid, from 27 February to 3 March 2019. The title of Galvani’s work is a translation of the Chinese seismograph invented by Chinese scholar Zhang Heng in C.E. 132. The artwork consists of suspended neon tubes forming complex and impenetrable scientific equations.

Instruments for Inquiring into the Wind and the Shaking Earth

Andrea Galvani (born 1973, Verona) lives and works in New York and Mexico City. His scientific methodology often involves partnerships with universities and research communities. His work articulates and extends the boundaries between fragility and monumentality, temporality and the absolute, through a cross-disciplinary approach and a variety of materials and media such as photography, video, drawing, sculpture, sound, architectural installation and performance.

The artist explores how physics and mathematics make sense of the world through hypotheses, asserted, in his work, by the solidity of the structures and the incandescence of light. The artist further approaches how the complexity and precision of contemporary science interweaves with human apprehension. The installation is brought to life by performers, whose slow movements and whispering convey our sense of unease when confronted to the unknown underpinning scientific discoveries, such as formulae calculating the probability of life on other planets.


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