A new video by the media artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson explores the birth of artificial organisms, while the Korean artist Geumhyung Jeong conjures robotic bodies that can be reassembled. The third theme is the connection between bodies and the Earth. In particular, Alemani said she was inspired by the scholar and feminist theorist Silvia Federici, who imagined a world without hierarchy or domination — one where man is not at the top of the pyramid — but instead a world “of symbiosis and enchantment.”
“The idea of enchantment is something you will see quite a bit,” Alemani continued, “especially in the Arsenale, which is itself a factory of the marvelous.”
Important to Alemani are five smaller, historical sections she calls time capsules, or “shows within the show,” aimed at fostering connections, providing layers and context. “I was very interested in creating a dialogue between different generations,” she said.