In collaboration with Careof DOCVA (Milano) and SUPPORTICO LOPEZ (Berlin):
E IL TOPO. eleven issues published between 1992 and 1996.
An idea by Gabriele Di Matteo, Franco Silvestro and Vedova Mazzei, directed by Armando della Vittoria, published by Edizioni Nuovi Strumenti
Based on the involvement and inclusiveness [hence the “E” as the initial conjunction in the title], as well as on the power of a discontinuity in meaning inherent to the image, in only four years (1992-1996) E IL TOPO has prophetically recorded, through the contribution of artists such as Art Club 2000, Massimo Bartolini, Vanessa Beecroft, Maurizio Cattelan, Mark Dion, Dominique Gonzales Foerster, among others, the spirit and attitude of a generation of artists which, at that time, was about to achieve definitive international recognition both by the critique and the public.
E IL TOPO was a synergy catalyst, the feeling of a ferment of a shared practice, anticipating in this sense the experience of relational art; experiences which in recent times we have learned to recognize in very different and complex ways. This magazine was printed in approximately 1000 copies for each issue and it was the result of a series of collaborations that had lead to the encounter among diverse artists. These artists had proposed inedited projects conceived to be fruited through the pages of the magazine, printed in black and white offset on recycled paper. The projects were mixed, overlapped, sometimes hidden, but always showing a completely innovative practice for the moment in which they were being developed. The skilful dosing, the choices, which we would define as curatorial today, and the attitude with which the founding artists have conceived and built the diverse issues composing the magazine give us the possibility of contrasting its actuality and innovative gaze.
But why talk about E IL TOPO today? Because E IL TOPO, after sixteen long years, has decided to leave its lethargy and to get going again to create new issues. Everything started when at the beginning of 2010 Francesco Fossati, a young artist working in Milan, had laid out a new issue of E IL TOPO as an artistic project which was part of his BA thesis at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera.
This project has mobilized a series of activities, which today, almost two years after, allow us to assert that E IL TOPO will be reborn. To reanimate a magazine after sixteen years is not a simple task, each single member of the editorial staff have taken diverse paths, the publishing house, which from the issue number 4 had accompanied the then-young artists in their project, doesn’t exist anymore, and in the meantime the art world, as the world, has inevitably mutated.
From here on, a number of questions and problematics have involved the historic editorial staff of the magazine, which with support of a new team of young artists and curators, has decided to restart the machine.
The first issue of this new edition of E IL TOPO will be realized in a collaborative fashion by the old and the new editorial teams; two generations of artists coordinated by Armando della Vittoria, will result in a sort of handover; because, from the successive issue, it will be only the new team to take over the magazine, under the supervision of the historic director.
March 27th, 6.30pm: Re-Birth, presentation issue 12 E IL TOPO
|Giancarlo Norese, Secret diggings for E IL TOPO,
Careof DOCVA, Milano, March 2012
E IL TOPO, in collaborazione con Careof DOCVA, Milano e Supportico Lopez, Berlino è lieto di annunciare l’imminente uscita di Re-Birth, il dodicesimo numero della rivista. La presentazione al pubblico è prevista il 27 marzo al termine di Un mese con E IL TOPO: un programma di appuntamenti ideati dalla redazione, operativa dal 29 febbraio al 27 marzo all’interno dello spazio espositivo di Careof.