The installation, titled “What Makes Us, Us, Takes Over”, is the second iteration of the project Alagya. The works were made in collaboration with Taka Kono.

Baitball 02, 2022
Palazzo San Giuseppe, Polignano a Mare, Italy

Curated by Ultrastudio

What Makes Us, Us, Takes Over, 2022
cement hand coated with carbon dust, casted metal seashell, tube worms, text printed on fabric

Elegy written in collaboration w/ Taka Kono

The warmth of your decaying bodies invites us. We colonise the gaping rifts on your hands and carve into their calcified surfaces. Diving deeper and deeper into your darkened veins, the revolution of drift currents wash your traces away.

We feel the discolouration of our cold organs. What makes us, us takes over the colours of our bruised membranes. We all know - you and us - that parts of our bodies that are in contact with the ground have a stronger lividity. We were taught to dream about drowning because they knew that our answers have always been closer to the floor than what is above.

What Makes Us, Us, Takes Over, installation view, 2022

What Makes Us, Us, Takes Over, 2022
metal, perspex, coconut shell, asphalt, glass, tubeworms

“The second edition of the Baitball project opens its doors from January 17th to March 15th at Palazzo San Giuseppe in Polignano a Mare.

Baitball is a hybrid, a crossbreed between a long-term project art fair and a collectively curated exhibition, it is a shared dimension, a way to live and co-evolve together through differences, dreaming up new worlds to become-with-others.

Baitball 02 involves 80 galleries, project spaces, artist-run spaces, collectives, curators and art institutions. Over 300 artists, activists and researchers were called to deal with the metaphorical image of a long table set for an imaginary collective lunch during which unfold speculations around the concepts of collaboration and self-organization through the act of sharing food and the practices of commensalism and conviviality.

Food, and  sharing it also stimulates a string of references and connections that range from anthropology to zoology, from religion to the sacred and magic. The very idea of food and nourishment raises urgent questions about the interwoven fabric that covers politics, economics, nature and the structures of power.

When you share your lunch with someone less fortunate or give your friend half of your dessert, does that act of generosity flow from the milk of human kindness, or is it a subconscious strategy to assure reciprocity should you one day find yourself on the other side of the empty plate?

The long table that seamlessly crosses the spaces of the seventeenth-century Palazzo San Giuseppe in Polignano a Mare is conceived as a long snake, a labyrinth or a gut. A single, gargantuan being, with a hive mind. The traces left by the exhibition appear both as object, narration and social bond, never reduced to a simple entity. What matters here is the plurality of the agents and the networks that connect them.

“us and our technologies in one vast system – to include human and nonhuman agency and understanding, knowing and unknowing, within the same agential soup”.

Baitball 02 stages an uninterrupted neural sequence that can only be experienced as part of a whole, only as a single choral installation that arises neither as an object nor as a subject, but as a relationship.

Baitball 02 is a single plural work that works as a mediator responsible not for conveying messages, but for building, rewriting, and modifying their meanings.

Baitball 02 does not symbolize, does not reflect, does not reify relationships, it contributes to shaping them.”

What Makes Us, Us, Takes Over, 2022
cement hand coated with carbon dust, casted metal seashell, tube worms, text printed on fabric

wall piece by Taka Kono, 2021

hair, steel, cement, cable ties, rubber, wax