Archival Impulse or the Museum-Machine

Alice Padovani's Artist Book is now available

Published by Musei Cividi di Modena, Archival Impulse or the Museum-Machine is a limited edition artist's book.


The volume consists of:
• Savile Row Plain Dark Grey paper folder
• 16 limited edition prints (stochastic screen printing on Materica Limestone paper)
• A leaflet illustrating the project and the site-specific installation realised by the artist for Musei Civici di Modena / Philosophy Festival.

The book is the result of a site-specific installation created by Alice Padovani to pay tribute to the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Civic Museums of Modena, during the FestivalFilosofia (Philosophy Festival). In the rooms of the Lapidario Romano, the Modenese artist, indulging a natural attitude for cataloguing and archiving, has thus created a performative action aimed at creating a large floor work by ordering a series of 300 different objects from the archaeology, ethnology, art and craft and Risorgimento collections from the deposits of the Civic Museums.
Starting from this ritual, the artist created about three hundred drawings, from which the 16 drawings selected for the artist's book, entitled Archival Impulse or the Museum-Machine.
Presented in an anthracite-coloured slipcase and closed with a royal silk cord, the book looks like an artist's folder. It is not a bound volume. Inside, in addition to the presentation of the project with photos of the site-specific-installation (large floor work), there are 15 individual drawings, free and easy to handle as if we were dealing with a real collection of sketches and drawings. In addition to replicating the exact dimensions of the original drawings, the choice of special textured papers and an offset print with stochastic screen printing has also allowed for an extraordinarily realistic rendering of the pencil drawings.
The drawings," explains Padovani, "composed the most documentary part of the installation created at the festival. The elaboration of the artist's book began immediately to complete a long process. For the book, 16 pencil drawings were chosen, made with fine, repetitive strokes, almost as if to compose textures that could evoke above all the emotional and poetic aspect of the object".


February 26, 2021