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. In the same year she co-founded the Platform Translation Group project which investigates the concepts of language and translation in the visual arts. In 2008 she opened the non-profit 91mQ art project space in Berlin, in 2015 she co-founded Wunderbar Cultural Project. Subsequently, with numerous workshops in Italy and abroad, she deepens her experience in video and performing arts. Her artistic research reflects on the concepts of identity and otherness through relational dynamics that use language and the body as instruments of interaction, ranging from video, photography, performance, drawing and installations. Over the years she has participated in numerous artist residencies including: in 2019 at Beo_Project, Belgrade; in 2017 The Subtle Urgencies, with Adrian Paci, Fondazione Pistoletto - ArtHouse, Biella-Scutari, Italy/Albania; in 2016, Soma Mexico Residency, Mexico City and in 2009 As long as I'm walking residency with Francis Alÿs and the critic Cuauthémoc Medina, curated by 98weeks Research Space, in Beirut. In 2018 with the project On the Breadline he is among the winners of the 4th edition of the Italian Council presented with a Focus at MAXXI in Rome in 2019. The project Ho drowned the Sea was selected in the Collateral Events section of Manifesta 12 in 2018; with the project In Other Words, the Black Market of Translation - Negotiating Contemporary Cultures 2011 won the NGBK (Neu Gesllschaft für Bildende Kunst) competition curated by Elena Agudio and Paz Guevara. Other awards include the Repubblica.it Special Prize at the Talent Prize 2014 (2014), in 2009 Movin'up Worldwide of GAI (Young Italian Artists) by the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers; and in 2006 the first prize of the Tempelhof-Schöneberg Kunstpreis Zum Ball-Spiel in Berlin. Elena Bellantoni's works are present in various public and private collections, including the Collection of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs La Farnesina, Istituto Centrale per la Grafica 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 and published by Quodlibet.