Space 4235


Serena Porrati
March 31, 2017

19:00 – a 21:00
– 07.5



You’re walking out of the supermarket. As you approach your car, a stranger calls out, “Hey! Funny weather today!” With a due sense of caution – is she a global warming denier or what? – You reply yes. There is a slight hesitation. Is it because she is thinking of saying something about global warming? In any case, the hesitation induces you to think of it. Congratulations, you are a living proof that you have entered the time of hyperobjects. Why? You can no longer have a routine conversation about the weather with a stranger. The presence of global warming looms into the conversation like a shadow, introducing strange gaps. Or global warming is spoken or -either way the reality is strange.
[Timothy Morton Hyperobjects. Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World]

III is a sculpture especially conceived for the Space 4235 in Genoa. Oriented towards the D.I.Y. artist’s run space approach, the installation presents itself as a minimal assemblage with an engineering as well as amateurish appeal.
Electrical dimmers connected to the electricity of the space “control” the three quartz heaters. The differential heat that they produce (approximately 1°C) corresponds to the global temperature increase over the last century. *

III presents itself formally “expanded” – it engages with things beside itself – it spreads into the electric circuit, and onward, to a more complex wired and vast system, up to a source – a thermoelectric power station fed by gas or oil. III manifests a thermodynamic flux. Human and non-human forces collide, linking all the way -back and forward- to the climate warming that we witness. The dislocation of the elements, the temporal reduction evoked by the heat, the merge of the artificial and natural forces of action and reaction shift III from an aesthetical level, to an ontological one.

III stands in a vital and controversial political terrain. It engages with the hyperobject, and as any hyperobject does, arouses a threat to individualism, nationalism, anti-intellectualism, racism, capitalism and anthropocentrism.

* According to an ongoing temperature analysis conducted by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), the average global temperature on Earth has increased by about 0.8° Celsius (1.4° Fahrenheit) since 1880. Two-thirds of the warming has occurred since 1975, at a rate of roughly 0.15-0.20°C per decade.



III è una scultura concepita appositamente per 4235. In sintonia con la vocazione D.I.Y. dello spazio genovese, l’installazione si presenta come un assemblaggio di fili elettrici ed elementi industriali dall’aspetto tanto dilettantistico quanto ingegneristico.
Dei regolatori di tensione collegati all’impianto elettrico dello spazio “controllano” tre resistenze al quarzo. Il calore differenziale che genera (di circa 1° C) è analogo all’incremento della temperatura globale registrata nell’ultimo secolo. *

III si presenta dunque “espanso” sul piano formale, coinvolgendo elementi al di fuori di sé, si allarga nell’impianto elettrico e ancora a un sistema cablato più vasto e complesso che confluisce in una sorgente – una centrale termo elettrica a sua volta alimentata probabilmente da carburi.
III manifesta un flusso termodinamico in cui sistemi umani e non confluiscono, concatenandosi al riscaldamento climatico cui assistiamo.
La dislocazione degli elementi, la riduzione temporale evocata dal calore, l’unione delle forze artificiali e naturali di azione e reazione, spostano III da un piano estetico su uno ontologico.

III occupa un terreno politico e vitale controverso, tende all’iperoggetto, e come ogni iperoggetto, evoca una minaccia all’individualismo, nazionalismo, anti-intellettualismo, razzismo, capitalismo e antropocentrismo.

* Secondo un’ analisi delle temperature globali, condotta dagli scienziati della NASA presso l’Istituto per gli Studi Spaziali (GISS), la temperatura media globale e’ aumentrata di 0.8° Centigradidal 1880. Due terzi del riscaldamento e’ avvenuto a partire dal 1975, ad una crescita di circa 0.15-0.20°C per decade.


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