Scientifically, suspended animation indicates a situation in which the body temperature is lowered below the physiological survival threshold of 36 degrees by replacing circulating blood with cold saline solution. The theme of suspended animation is a tòpos of science fiction, often used to allow individuals to survive for long periods of time.
Dystopia, the unimaginable now we live it in our daily life made of long-distance or frozen relationships, in the distance we have found the new measure - imposed - to stay in the world.
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Elena Bellantoni (1975) lives and works in Rome where she teaches Phenomenology of the Body at the Academy of Fine Arts. After graduating in Contemporary Art History, she studied in Paris and London, where in 2007 she obtained an MA in Visual Art at the WCA University of Arts London. Over the years she has won numerous projects for artist residencies including: 2018 Nctm e l'Arte Studio Legale won a residency at Beo_Project, Belgrade, Serbia; 2017 The Subtle Urgencies, with Adrian Paci, at Fondazione Pistoletto and ArtHouse, Biella-Scutari, Italy/Albania; 2016 was selected at Soma Mexico Residency in Mexico City; 2009 As long as I'm walking a residency with Francis Alÿs and the critic Cuauthémoc Medina, curated by 98weeks Research Space, in Beirut, Lebanon. In 2018 he is among the winners of the 4th edition of the Italian Council of MIBACT, in 2019 he presents the book of the entire project at MAXXI in Rome with a Focus on five of his works produced between 2013 and 2018. Also in 2019 she was selected for the Gran Tour d'Italie project of MIBACT. In 2018 the video Ho drowned the Sea was selected for the Collateral Events of Manifesta12 in Palermo; with the project In Other Words, the Black Market of Translation - Negotiating Contemporary Cultures in 2011 won the NGBK (Neu Gesllschaft für Bildende Kunst ) competition curated by Elena Agudio and Paz Guevara in Berlin. Elena Bellantoni's works are present in several public and private collections, including the Collection of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs La Farnesina, the collection of the Central Institute for Graphics and the Pietro and Alberto Rossini Foundation. Her video works are also present in the Careof DOCVA Archive and the Italian Area Contemporary Archive curated by Viafarini in Milan. In 2019 two monographs were published on her work Elena Bellantoni, An Invisible match with the Public edited by Cecilia Guida and published by Postmedia Books; Elena Bellantoni, On the breadline edited by Benedetta Carpi De Resmini, with texts by Stefano Chiodi and Riccardo Venturi published by Quodlibet. www.onthebreadline.it