Do we need this?
by Edson Luli, 2017, '
Installation: projector, digital TV decoder / mini PC. Courtesy the artist and Prometeo Gallery Ida Pisani, Milan - Lucca

Schermo dell'Arte - Archivio Film  Presented at Lo schermo dell'arte 2020
The film is part of VISIO – European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images - 9th edition

In Do We Need This?, the artist superimposes this question through a digital filter on television images broadcast live. The streaming channel is RAI, the national broadcasting company, which has entertained generations of children in Albania, the artist’s country of origin, and contributed to their learning Italian. The artist invites the public to question the media’s role in our lives today, and the consequences of the bombardment of images and fake news to which we are subjected. The work appears more relevant than ever due to the pandemic that has upset our daily lives and dramatically increased our dependence on digital media.

Edson Luli (1989, ALBANIA/ITALY). The perception of reality by the individual in relation to the environment, time, external stimuli and thought patterns conveyed by the mass media are some of the issues that Edson Luli addresses in his multidisciplinary research. By offering the public a participative type of gaze, Luli proposes to explore and observe what is happening when we are engaged in the activity of thinking. Luli’s work has been shown in international public and private art spaces including the following: A volte penso che…, Prometeo Gallery Ida Pisani, Chiesa San Matteo, Lucca, 2020; I don’t know. Let’s see!, Prometeo Gallery Ida Pisani. Online gallery space, 2020. Luli graduated in New Technologies of Art (BA) and in Cinema and Video (MA) at Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milan.

[close details]