"SITTING GONZO REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE" by Gabriele Maruotti AKA b0dy.snatchers. June 19 - August 31 2018.
SITTING GONZO REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE is a site-specific ‘gif-in-gif’ performance realized for the Widget Art Gallery context. The gif-performance, lasting for the whole duration of the Gonzo’s show, is therefore nothing more than Gonzo himself – a grotesque humanoid - sitting on the WAG floor and watching TV. The sitting Gonzo is watching a gif that depicts himself reflecting on existence through a digital identity. Actually Gonzo is engaged of severe training running over a Tapis Roulant like smartphone and scrolling down the Facebook feeds in order to break the boundaries between digital and non-digital activities, so creating a surreal post-internet reality.
Gabriele Maruotti is a student of Fine Art Academy of Rome, graduated in Multimedia art and technologies.
Due to our needs that seem to be increasingly handheld, WAG was born on 2009! The Widget Art Gallery is a mini single art gallery room fitting into people's pocket (suitable for all mobile platforms). Every month, the WAG hosts a solo digital art exhibition related to its dynamic site-specific context. So the WAG works both as a sort of kunsthall showing temporary exhibitions and also as museum conserving all the past shows inside an online archive that creates a permanent collection.