FRANCESCO JODICE / VISUAL ARTIST / MILAN


How can politics encourage creativity and innovation?
By failing. I am an artist and contemporary art often grows in desperate environments. Phenomena like economic crises and changes in values bring artists and intellectuals to the scene and subvert paradigms. Artistic and cultural innovations are more often a consequence of government behaviours rather than the cause.

What do you like best about Milan?
Its hybrid nature. Milan produces a neutral atmosphere which is comfortable common ground for cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research. It is easy to host roundtables shared by artists, sociologists, economists, philosophers, urban planners, etc. Milan is an imaginary airport lounge where you might easily meet old schoolmates or new thinkers and establish a project in a duty-free area.

What should the world know about your work?
The work itself, the meanings, the process. Usually in my art methodology, I tend to adopt the “behaviour” of other disciplines or professions, acting like a “private detective” or an “entomologist”. One of my adoptive professions is to behave like a “house-mover”, moving unknown pieces of subcultures from one continent to another. The aim of my work is to make more and more people facing geopolitical concerns aware of the careless and absent-minded general condition.

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