Invernomuto, Black Med, Chapter VI, 2021
The Current III: Mediterraneans

Design: bruno

Black Med, Chapter VI, 2021

The Mediterranean Sea, once understood as a fluid entity aiding the formation of networks and exchange, is now the scenario of a humanitarian crisis and heated geopolitical dispute. 
Following scholar Alessandra Di Maio’s adaptation of the Black Atlantic theory to the Mediterranean, Black Med aims at intercepting the trajectories that sounds trace passing through this protean area. Divided into different chapters, the Black Med listening sessions are based on a DJ set supported by a series of projected slides containing theoretical texts and backstories referring to the musical pieces, grouped by elegiac themes. The sessions explore different journeys of sound movement, touching topics such as alternate uses of technology, migrations, peripheries, and interspecies.

In the 6th chapter of Black Med, commissioned by TBA21–Academy as part of the cycle The Current III - Mediterraneans: ‘Thus waves come in pairs’ (after Etel Adnan) led by Barbara Casavecchia, Invernomuto take David Abulafia’s essay Mediterraneans as a point of departure to compare a variety of Mediterraneans, past and present, extending beyond the perimeter of the so-called Classic Mediterranean.
About Invernomuto​

Simone Bertuzzi (b. 1983) and Simone Trabucchi (b. 1982 Italy) have been collaborating as Invernomuto since 2003, focusing primarily on moving image and sound, while often integrating sculpture, performance, and publishing into their practice.

The ongoing, long-term research project Black Med was initially conceived for Manifesta 12: The Planetary Garden (Palermo, 2018). Invernomuto won the first Museion Prize (2017) and were finalists for the MAXXI Bvlgari Prize (2018).

Recent exhibitions include Parco Archeologico, Pompei (2021); Liverpool Biennial (2021); 58th October Salon – Belgrade Biennial (2021); 58th Venice Biennale (2019); NN Contemporary Art, Northampton (2019); Galleria Nazionale, Rome (2019); Pinksummer gallery, Genoa (2019); Tate Modern, London (2018); Manifesta 12, Palermo (2018); Nuit Blanche 2017, Paris (2017). Their work has been shown, among others, at TATE (London), Villa Medici (Rome), Alserkal Avenue (Dubai), Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna), Unsound Festival (Krakow), Kunstverein München (Munich), Bozar (Brussels), FAR° (Nyon), Centre d’Art Contemporain (Geneva), Bétonsalon (Paris), Live Arts Week V (Bologna), Istituto Italiano di Cultura (Addis Abeba), Fondation Ricard (Paris), Black Star Film Festival (Philadelphia), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin), Hangar Bicocca (Milan), No Fun Fest 2009 (New York). 
The Current III: Mediterraneans

With the working title "Mediterraneans: ‘Thus waves come in pairs’ (after Etel Adnan),” the first stream of The Current III cycle is led by Barbara Casavecchia as a transdisciplinary and transregional exercise in sensing and learning with by supporting situated projects, collective pedagogies, and voices along the Mediterranean shores across art, culture, science, conservation, and activism.