If already in 2011 according to Riccardo Benassi, “the military wing of the digital revolution was the transformation of every room into an office,” how will our domestic landscape and our technologically mediated relation with the outside world change, now that we (the lucky few) are slowly adapting to become hikikomori? This video-essay—made available to the online audience for the first time in three different languages—offers a critical reflection on the rampant virtualization of the real, starting from the superimposition of the understanding of our home with the one of our world.
Riccardo Benassi (Cremona, 1982), lives and works in Berlin. His work has been shown in public and private spaces in Italy and across the globe. His most recent shows where held at ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Karlsruhe (2020), Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève (2019), ICA, Milan (2019), Galleria ZERO…, Milan (2019), Fondazione del Monte Bologna (2019); MAMbo Bologna (2018); Kunstraum Potsdam, Berlin (2017); Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (solo show) (2016). Benassi has been working as professor of Sound Design at the Accademia di Belle Arti Carrara in Bergamo since 2013, from 2014 to 2016 he was a professor of Creative Practices at dBs College in Berlin, and has been guest lecturer at NABA in Milan since 2019.