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Published: 2012-11-05

Francesco Jodice / Spectaculum Spectatoris

NEWS With Spectaculum Spectatoris Francesco Jodice creates a visual archive of that part of humanity that bring life to art in museums worldwide. From Friday November 16, his video portrait of visitors to Bildmuseet will be on display in the museum and projected on the windows.

Welcome to the press preview on Thursday 15 November at 10:00. Francesco Jodice will be present. Already on Tuesday 13 November at 18:30, Jodice presents a public lecture at Bildmuseet about his work. Welcome also to the opening on Friday November 16 at 17:00, in the presence of the artist. Following the inauguration of Spectaculum Spectatoris, Bildmuseet stays open until 19:00.

Francesco Jodice initiated the series Spectaculum Spectatoris by filming visitors at Museo del Prado in Madrid where the work premiered in the autumn 2011. In May 2012, when new Bildmuseet opened, Jodice were present to add material to his archive. His goal is to keep documenting museum visitors worldwide.

Spectaculum Spectatoris consists of hundreds of video portraits in 1:1 scale composed as a video installation. As of Friday November 16th, the video portraits of Bildmuseet’s visitors will be projected on the large windows of the museum and in an exhibition on the 4th floor. The opening ceremony takes place in conjunction with Umeå festival of lights. November 16-18th the works will also be shown at the Glass House on Town Hall Square.

Francesco Jodice (b. 1967) lives and works in Milan. His activities encompass architecture, photography and video. His work explores the involvement and location of the human being within the urban space. Jodice was one of the founding members of the collective Multiplicity and his work has been exhibited worldwide, including at Documenta (2001); La Biennale di Venezia (2003); Liverpool Biennial (2004); MUSAC, Leon (2005); ICP Triennial of Photography and Video, New York (2007); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2007); São Paulo Art Biennial (2006); Tate Modern, London (2006); MAMbo, Bologna (2010); Museo del Prado, Madrid ( 2011); Queensland Art Gallery, Australia (2012). Jodice is professor of Urban Visual Anthropology and Photography at NABA in Milan.

For further information, please contact

Cecilia Andersson, curator Bildmuseet
090-786 6684, 072-223 8671

Editor: Helena Vejbrink