Hiding the Elephant | 11 Jan 2013 – 11 Mar 2013
After the assignment of young artists scholarship of Castello di Rivoli with Genealogies of Damnatio Memoriae 1965-1982, Turin, goldiechiari presents at Edicola Notte, Hiding the Elephant an installation, a prelude of their new round of research, recently presented in preview at Weld, Stockholm in collaboration with performer artist Lotta Melin.
Hiding the Elephant, refers to the spectacular performance of magician Harry Houdini who in 1918 made an elephant disappear in front of thousands of spectators at the Hippodrome in New York. The reference to the prestige of Houdini is related, in the work of goldiechiari, persuasorie practices and propaganda of the Western intelligence services during the Cold War.
In this case, Hiding the Elephant will be an exercise in political practices inspired illusionism of intelligence in hiding and uncomfortable reality disappear and dangerous characters exploiting the magical imagery and scenic devices.
goldiechiari refers to a series of performances-tricks of magicians Harry Houdini, Jasper Maskelyne and John Mulholland and focus their search on similarity in practice of deception and illusion in the representation of reality by the stage magic and intelligence policy. As argued James Angleton, head of counterintelligence at the CIA, “Deception is a state of mind and the mind of the State”