Gianni Columbo, 1937-1993, Italian

"a emancipation of the senses,
feeling ourselves feeling. "

"a dark room you enter that seems to morph and move around you,
expanding and contracting. "

"Gianni Colombo was one of the most important Kinetic artists – a movement based on early twentieth-century futurist tendencies which developed internationally during the 1950s. Kinetic Art explored the possibility of art in movement as a revolutionary artform that would allow for active participation of viewers, no longer simply kept in the role of passive spectators. Kinetic artists such as Colombo and Jesus Rafael Soto, also exhibited in the Biennale, were utopian and visionary; they saw artistic practice as part of an attempt to revolutionise daily life through perceptual freedom and the emancipation of the senses – feeling ourselves feeling. Against the notion of individual authorship, in 1959–60 Colombo founded the Gruppo T, an experimental art collective. He won a prize at the Venice Biennale in 1968 for his Elastic Space (1967), which is presented again for the Biennale of Sydney – a dark room you enter that seems to morph and move around you, expanding and contracting."

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Two lamps: "Gea Lamp" 1970, by Gianni Columbo.....

"Gianni Columbo experiments with new balances to change the feelings of the viewer, by creating beautiful places sinestetici, fields of interaction between the various sensory organs
. The desire is to disrupt the passivity of perception of places, from the gallery at the museum, the house to the palace, showing the inertia of their use."

and more here..