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However, the conceptual scope of Giannotti’s body of work only opens up in the tension between the immediate visualisation of an idea and its performative execution. Indeed, his drawings are often used as handling instructions to delimit the extent of performative actions, in which the artist as well as his audience take part. By doing this, virtual concepts are embedded in the rough surface of the real and tested for their resistance and potential. The results of such a performative investigation are then presented in a variety of media such as photography, video, installation and sculpture. Giannotti’s main interest lies in the interrelationship between physical and symbolic space. At its core lies the idea, that there is an intimate connection between the way a space is arranged and the tendency to behave in a particular way within it. By altering those ‘spatial dispositions’, which turn the physical space into a system of significance, the artist performs an important change in the interaction of individuals with their environment and, thereby, explores the structure and functioning of the social space.
Shifting from one significance system to another, crossing the border between them, Giannotti lets those rules of play, which are usually perceived as natural, appear as a ‘cultural matter of fact’ in their contingency and plasticity. In this way, the representation of real possibilities can make room for the presentation of new possible realities. (Giorgio Palma)
His work has been shown in places such as: Albertina, Vienna; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Lentos Museum, Linz; Kunsthaus Graz; Museion, Bozen; Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna; Ar/ge kunst, Bozen; Künstlerhaus Dortmund; Museum der Moderne, Salzburg.