October 12, 2021 > February 27, 2022

curated by Paola Bonani, Francesca Rachele Oppedisano and Laura Perrone

Algorithms that use error as a system for generating forms, synthetic biological apparatuses, intuitive eukaryote microbes and artificial intelligences, territorial transformation processes, desertification, space exploration and Martian panoramas. The research of the artists involved in the T zero exhibition is configured as a venue for debate, for discarding or overturning the themes and paradigms of our contemporary world: profiling and automation, the frontiers of medical genetics, global warming, ecological reconversion, forecasting models and spillover. Through direct collaboration with scientists and research institutes, and making the best possible use of the sweeping opportunities offered by technology, these artists transcend the current moment of applied research and using the imaginative strength proper to the work of art they configure unique and occasionally dystopic visions of the potential future.

T zero, based on a tale by Italo Calvino published in 1967, is a mathematical notation used to indicate the first moment at which one begins to observe a phenomenon, a moment of stasis fixed in time and space that opens up to endless possibilities. This dimension turns out to be a privileged viewpoint in which knowledge and imagination can converge. The thirty-one Italian and international artists involved in the exhibition have based their research path on the exchange, dialogue and interaction between these two environments.

Several of the most celebrated players on the contemporary art scene such as Tacita Dean, Antony  Gormley, Damien Hirst, Pierre Huyghe, Ryoji Ikeda, Carsten Nicolai, Roman Ondak, Giuseppe  Penone and Sissel Tolaas dialogue with a selection of artists of a younger generation including Tega Brain, Dora Budor, Revital Cohen e Tuur van Balen, Daniel Steegman Mangrané, Richard Mosse, Rachel Rose and Jenna Sutela, and with a number of famous artists of the past such as Alighiero Boetti, Gino De Dominicis, Agnes Denes, Albrecht Dürer, Channa Horwitz, Gustav Metzger, Roman Opałka, Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson.

The settings for the three exhibitions have been devised by the Formafantasma Studio – Simone Farresin and Andrea Trimarchi – two Italian artists and designers based on Milan and Rotterdam. Listed by the “New York Times” in 2011 as two of the most influential designers for the next decade, they won the Designer of the Year accolade at the Dezeen Awars in 2020.


Palazzo delle Esposizioni's exhibitions are promoted by ROMA Culture (culture.roma.it).