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Stefano Arienti

I TELEPATI (THE TELEPATHISTS)
2011

Permanent installation

Stefano Arienti, one of the most relevant protagonists of the Italian art scene, dislocated "I Telepati (The Telepathists)" across the hamlets of Trivero with two different solutions.

The first one is invisible: a free Wi-Fi internet connection accessible from different sites of the Municipality (the library, the schools in Ronco, the sports arena and the indoor market in Ponzone, squares like piazzale della Chiesa Matrice, Piazza della Repubblica, among others).

The artwork has also a more traditional side to it. In some of the Wi-Fi areas, "I Telepati" take on the shape of sculpted "tutelary deities" marking the territory. Arienti transformed some large and time worn local river rocks into roughly hewed and painted heads, placing them so that they would camouflage in the landscape.

The artist says: "I chose an ironic title, such as "The Telepathists", to evoke those people capable of transmitting their thoughts – which is something I personally don't believe possible, but that makes everybody fantasize a lot – because I like the idea that sculptures may embody the concept of immaterial communication. As if a contemporary technology such as the Internet realized an ancient dream of humanity: that of communicating at a distance, "wireless".

Arienti involved in the project the students from the local secondary schools, inviting them to spread the news and to draw with him, in a collective action, the imaginary faces of "I Telepati".