Condylura is a research platform based in Bologna (Italy), dedicated to contemporary artistic experimentation. It operates following principles of interdisciplinarity and no profit.
Only kind of its genus, the condylura is a mole characterized by a uniquely shaped and absurdly sensitive nose. A specialized organ that has been compared to saccadic vision: a tactile eye.
Walter Benjamin used the figure of tactile or haptic vision to describe the perception and aesthetics of the choc, as opposed to optical vision and the experience of the aura. Roger Caillois placed under the patronage of the star-nosed mole his essay Au coeur du fantastique, dedicated to ambiguous, prismatic images. The condylura is a navigational star (nose) to dig into ever-shifting notions of experimentation and criticality in contemporary arts. Its tactile eye captures all waves across editorial, online, live, and on site spectrums.
Condylura produces a serial release, unfolding in parallel with its expanded activities.
For each release, a different artist or collective is invited to conceive a 20 pages long, visual newspaper. The editions are printed in 100 copies, distributed at an accessible price, and published digitally for free after sold-out.
We conceive the publication as a material expression of the critical research, releasing a monographic project that at the same time serves to deepen through collaboration our knowledge of the artist’s practice and write about it. The publishing project is structured to not produce income: those who buy the issue, cover the costs of the printed edition and allow its free digital circulation.
The artist is granted absolute freedom on how to interpret the format, when not exceeding the technical limits of printing or copyright laws. The publication is entirely managed by artists: the logo and title are placed in the back cover, while condylura critical text is printed on a separate sheet and placed inside the newspaper.
Each issue is printed in 100 copies: the project will publish around 5-8 issues per year.
Each issue is assigned to an artist/collective. We are not strict: proposals from the artist for collaborations are welcome, they may also involve non-artists.
The publication is meant to be image-oriented, this means that it won’t host articles and essays. We welcome the use of text by the artists, we just ask to conceive the text as part of the intervention and not as critical/informative texts addressing it.
Once an artist has collaborated with condylura, we would love to keep in touch to support and promote her/his/their future activities through our social media, website, and newsletter.
For each artist/collective involved, condylura website will host an archive page, featuring a text introducing the artist practice and links to the artist website and/or others. Its content will always be open to updates and arranged in agreement with the artist.
The website hosts an ever-changing section (DIG) that is also available to all the artists who have collaborated with us.
The section may be used to open an internal page hosting specific content chosen by the artist, or it may be used to redirect to external links: platforms showcasing their work, magazine interviews, available publications, or simply pages they want visitors to open.