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Interview 13-07-2005
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Interview: Stefano Bonacci
Stefano Bonacci, professor of multimedia and installation art at the University of Pegugia, Umbrien is exhibiting at Senko Studio in Viborg. In this interview Hans Henrik Jacobsen tries to find the connection between Venus, Roemer and Einstein.

Text: Hans Henrik Jacobsen, art critic at the newspaper Viborg Stifts Folkeblad.
Photo: Sergei Sviatchenko.

The exhibition "299.792,458" by Stefano Bonacci is shown in the gallery Senko Studio from 9 july until 30 july 2005.
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Stefano Bonacci at Senko Studio with his artwork "299.792,458"
Stefano Bonacc is Professor in multimedia and installation at the University of Perugia in Umbria.
He is currently exhibiting at Senko Studio in Viborg. The title of the exhibition is 299.792,458, a tribute to light, physics and art.
Hans Henrik: How come you exhibit here in Viborg, it is quite a distance from Italy?
Stefano: It is through connection with other artists. I know a female artist, and he had an exhibition at Senko in Viborg. She recommended the gallery and the concept. And when I got through to Sergei Sviatchenko, we got along very quickly, and an exhibition was arranged. It seemed that Sergei liked my work and my ideas about art.
Hans Henrik: Try to explain the title of the exhibition
Stefano: The 299.792,458 is the speed of light pr. second. And that is the whole concept of the exhibition. It is a tribute to physics. 2005 is the international physics year, and I found it exiting to focus on two of the most important physicists of all times Ole Roemer and Albert Einstein. Before Roemer light was looked upon as infinite. It was not related to time. It was just there.
Hans Henrik: You could have chosen a lot of other physicists. Why Roemer?
Stefano: When I started planning my show in Viborg, it was quite natural to choose a Dane, and Ole Roemers discovery of the speed of light was a real pioneer work in relation to our concept of light and its role in life. Roemer observed the innermost moon of Jupiter and found that the interval of the eclipses of the moon changed. He combined the observations with his knowledge of the changing distance between Jupiter and Earth during each year. His conclusion was that the chances in the intervals of the eclipses of the moon, was caused be the time it took the light to travel from Jupiter to Earth.
In my installation I have taken a portrait of Roemer and put it in a little wooden box. Then I have projected Roemers observation into his eye. It manifests itself as a tribute to physics, but it underlines the importance of light to art.
Installation view   Stefano signs t-shirts, a tradition at Senko Studio
Hans Henrik: The other installation concerns a formula of Albert Einstein. Why did you choose this formula?
Stefano: E=mc2 is one of the most essential formulas concerning energy. I have chosen to put in a statue of the goddess Venus in the place of the equation. The formula is then put up in a neonsculpture in white neon on a black background. In the installation physics and art melt together. We as human beings are in need of both things.
Hans Henrik: But the combination of neon and a sculpture of Venus. What is the connection?
Stefano: Yes, maybe it is hard to see the connection. But art and science can enrich our lives. The installation was first shown in Cyprus, and that no coincidence. Venus is said to have been born in Cyprus. So in this installation I pay a tribute to beauty, science and art, and it emphasises how important the light and energy is to art.
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