research & identity

remains caravaggio




The Temperance Bones (forensic anthropologist) of Italy (Silvano Vinceti) has studied Caravaggio‘s remains and solved his cause of death 400 years ago. His death was due to a combination of lead poisoning and infected wounds. “Art historians suspect the ill effects of the lead in their paints causes depression, pain and personality changes” (Caravaggio was ‘in’famous for his brawling and fighting nature, so might have been depressed like Goya and van Gogh). It’s awkward to read that so much information is still available about someone who is already dead for over 400 years. A modern artist who is ‘also’ fascinated by the hidden information of things is Giuseppe Penone (his career started at the exhibition  Arte Povera from Germano Celant). Arte Povera and LandArt work with fragile natural materials – who knows what they will discover in a hundred years time about artists working with those materials…

G. Penone





The inquisitors of social media warn us to be prudent with personal information since you don’t know who will see it and draw conclusions based on partial data. A wise advice, but it shouldn’t stop you from leaving your digital footprint if you want to live beyond your grave. You never know what researchers will find worthwhile to discover in a few decades. Like Penone who rediscovers the fingerprint of the trees, or historians who look for the cause of death of renaissance painters it might well be research of our digital patterns. It makes me wonder what pattern will be drawn from the “over”used metro-visualisation, even OMA’s Remco Koolhaas couldn’t not-use it in his Roadmap Strategyenergy report Eneropa. I hope the researchers of the 21st century will discover our focus on visualising and redrawing (border)lines that implicitely structured our existence. Our ability to cross borders and mix the disciplines and assumptions to create new perpectives on our lives and the added value of our existence on this planet. Maybe that is the promise of the new beginning of the year 2012? December 21, 2012, marks the end of the large calendar after which the earth starts the ‘period of the fifth sun’. It is not the end of the world as many from outside of the Mayan tradition have misinterpreted it to be. The first cycle (Ajaw/sun) was a feminine energy and its element was fire. The second cycle (Ajaw/sun) was of masculine energy, and its element was earth. The third cycle (Ajaw/sun) was a feminine energy and its element was air. The fourth cycle (Ajaw/sun) is a masculine energy and its element is water. The fifth cycle (Ajaw/sun) will be a fusion of both feminine and masculine energies, a transition where there won’t be any more confrontations between the polarities. Its element will be the ether.’

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