Collective exhibition of the 11 artist-run space’s residents
Curated by Daniela Cotimbo
Spazio in Situ, Rome


“In a hyper-place, each encounters the world. They experience the intense phenomenon of temporarily sharing a space of affinity with people from all over the planet. A multitude of flows, energies, forces, and destinies intersect there every day. The lifelines of those who inhabit it, whether temporarily, for work, or to live, intersect within it.”

Michel Lussault

Ipersitu is born to investigate the artist’s space as a hyper-place, a constant flow of exchanges between the physical, cognitive, and digital realms in relation to artistic practice. In the current post-pandemic era, this practice has undergone radical changes, having to deal not only with the lack of resources and the impossibility of preserving one’s rituals in terms of presence and relationships but also with the intensification of the use of digital media as places of aggregation and significance. All of this has coincided with a complete lack of institutional recognition and the risk artists of being relegated to the dimension of invisibility. 

In this sense, the studio has represented a form of resistance, preserving not only its role as a place dedicated to research but also opening up to exhibition and hospitality activities, thus confirming its social and cultural significance. On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of Spazio in Situ, the eleven artists who are part of it are called to reflect on the intermedial role of the artist-run space, a crossroads of interconnected experiences. This investigation inevitably involves a rethinking of space: the area normally designated for exhibition becomes a hypertext, connecting the ‘inside’ delimited by white walls with an ‘elsewhere’ that takes on changing forms, often filtered through a technological gaze.

Studios, on the other hand, temporarily open up to the exhibition dimension, transforming into displays, places of self-representation of the practice itself. Through the gaze on the space of creation, artists also explore the complex system of connections between them, often materializing into a collective identity, as well as the role of the observer in the construction of the work itself. The artistic hyper-place becomes a territory of re-signification capable of containing the complexity of the present and generating new forms of coexistence.