Lorenzo Bacci (1989) and Flavio Moriniello (1986) have been working as an artistic duo since 2019. They both achieved a Master’s degree in Photography and Visual Design from NABA in Milan, after respectively completing a BA in Economics and an MSc in Physics. Currently, Moriniello is pursuing a PhD in AI at UPV in Valencia.
Bacci and Moriniello employ a multidisciplinary approach in their research, with a specific focus on examining the intricate relationship between humans and technology.
They delve deep into understanding how the latter is actively reshaping and altering our perception of reality. Moreover, they extend their investigation beyond the edges of current circumstances in order to envision near future scenarios.
Their work is both in public and private collections such as: MUFOCO (Milan) and Centre Claude Cahun pour la photographie contemporaine (Nantes)
2023, Premio Francesco Fabbri for contemporary art, Villa Brandolini, Pieve di Soligo
2023, L’Italia è un desiderio. Fotografie, Paesaggi e visioni | 1848-2022, Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome
2023, Brave New World, Edicola Radetzky, Milan
2023, Les journèes de la photo, Maison Europe, Nantes
2021, REFOCUS. Archivio visivo della pandemia, Triennale di Milano, Milan
2021, Bazar, Walk in studio, Federica di Carlo Studio, Milan
2020, Cronos : A matter of time, Ravenna
2020, Barriers, X-Contemporary, Milan
2018, Abitanti, La Triennale di Milano, Milan
2018, Developing Cities, Young Talents, SuperStudio, Milan
2017, Premio Francesco Fabbri for contemporary art, Villa Brandolini, Pieve di Soligo
2017, Plat(t)form, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
2017, AltriLavori, Fondazione Feltrinelli, Milan
2017, Vang, Kulturcentrum Art Gallery, Ronneby, Sweden
Grants and Awards
2023, Premio Francesco Fabbri for contemporary art, Villa Brandolini // Shortlisted
2023, Charta book Award, Charta Festival, Rome // Shortlisted – Thermodynamics of a singularity| Dummy
2023, Artphilein Photobook Contest, Switzerland // longlisted – Brave New World
2020, Refocus, MiBact, Mufoco and Triennale di Milano, Milan// Winner
2018, Un’opera per il Castello, Castel Sant’ Elmo, Naples // Shortlisted
2017, Premio Francesco Fabbri for contemporary art, Villa Brandolini // Shortlisted
2017, Plat(t)form, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland // Selected
2017, Abitare, MiBact, MUFOCO and Triennale di Milano, Milan // Winner
2023, Brave New World or the oxymoron in the virtual reality driven by AI, published on C41 Magazine Issue 14 – New Fiction
2022, The revolution will not be going live, Fotonica Diary
2022, Thermodynamics of a singularity, Self published
2021, Almanac of suspension. Archivio visivo della pandemia, published by Witty Books
2022, Artist in residence program, FOTONICA, Rome
2016, Artist in residence program, workshop with Stefano Graziani, Bjorn Nilsson and Sabina Jallow, Vang, Sweden
2023, Machine Aesthetics, LABA (Libera Accademia di Belle Arti), Brescia
2023, Bacci Moriniello + Fotonica Diary, Introduction to The revolution will not be going live, Maison Europe Nantes
2021, Tavola Rotonda, Immaginari visivi della Pandemia, Università di Pavia
2020, Refocus, Mufoco and Triennale di Milano
2018, #02 Abitare reale abitare virtuale, BASE and Triennale di Milano
In The Revolution will not be going live, Lorenzo Bacci and Flavio Moriniello reflect on the role of images in the age of hyper-diffused and hyper-participated information, on the need to produce visual evidence that place the individual in a certain place and time.
The mobile device meant as a prosthesis, an appendix that grows from the tips of the fingers that supports it.
The device observes everything and records everything.
A revealing act of affirmation of the individual on his belonging to a community.
Bacci and Moriniello reverse the target of their gaze towards the machine. In order to train the algorithm to identify and recognize the gesture, the authors feed it with images of their limbs interacting with the device. They then put the machine into action probing the archive material produced during the pitch invasion at Milan-Sassuolo match, which saw Milan winning the Scudetto after eleven years.
The sport event examined is not just a symbolic collective ceremony but a chance of reflecting upon a ritual rooted on the need of recording the self at any cost. Within a continuous process of removal/concealment of the device, the authors ironically allude to the ambiguity of the gesture and to the power such tools can perform over the same individuals who wield them.
The gratification caused by the production of online shareable contents become soon enough a restriction of personal freedom allowed by the same content creator. The visual material feeds the profiling algorithms aimed at increasing customer loyalty and consumption giving rise to a perverse loop where the user ends up being trapped.
The Revolution will not be going live, November 2022
1st Edition of 25 copies 12×16,5cm
by Lorenzo Bacci and Flavio Moriniello
Curated by Fotonica
Designed by Priscilla Pallante
Published by Fotonica