L’importanza dell’informazione contenuta nell’opera d’arte

Marco Victor Romano / l’informazione contenuta nell’opera d’arte / hologram, drawing, pigment, mould, wood, led light, 3d printing/ 10X35X6 (cm) / 2017

This artwork is a composite installation which brings together elements in wood, sheets, hexagonal grids 3d printed, pigment, mould and a hologram that describe the wasp’s kingdom. Through a close look at the housing structures they create (crawl spaces), the author illustrates the group hierarchical structure and the perfection of the constructive mastery of the wasps, which is naturally modulated on the specific survival needs of each class; for this reason, the wasps can be taken as a symbol of the strength of their parental ties and of the tendency to create forms of notably evolved social life. On one side of the wooden support bar there’s the superimposition of drawings, beehive molds, 3D prints, papers and pigments which show the materials, the construction methods of the crawl spaces and the social structures that inhabit them. On the opposite side, the hologram stays as a summary of all the given information.

The glass-holographed image amazes with the three-dimensionality it returns, compressed on a single two-dimensional surface of only 12 cm square. Furthermore, the overexposure to the laser beam allowed the reconstruction of an entire alveolar system, including wasps.

Impossible not to be astonished in front of this artwork, a hybrid of dimensional scales. It almost seems to be in front of a gap, a window which is open on another space.

The artist goes beyond suggestion and focuses his research on the sensitive datum in its essence: light and its interaction with substance. The scientific subject of this installation wants to show that leaving out the form, which is in constant variation, is the only way to identify the deepest information.

From this point of view, the crawl space becomes the pretext to talk about the essence and its method of structuring the substance.

It is necessary to investigate the essence, which is the primordial raison d’être of the form, in order to get to its fundamental truth: the information contained in it.

Bypassing all the image perspective construction systems, which at the limits of hyperbolic forcing has given both extreme and abstract results in artists such as M.C. Escher, Romano’s hologram does not create any optical illusion: it is the real restitution of information ” light” contained in the space.


So, what is space? Which is the role played by the light? What are the limits of the human perception?


It seems this work wants to cross the visible threshold to make us participants of information beyond this limit.

If – in practice – the hologram records information that cannot be simultaneously perceived by the human eye, it metaphorically refers to the idea of composite reality, fragmented in individual points of view that return the complexity of a single truth, as a whole.


And isn’t this the great enigma of existence?

Does the key to their relationships lie in this perennial disparity of vision between individuals?

Is this not a simile of human life, different for each being but coexisting in the same dimension? No point of view is paramount with respect to the other, each one has the same space portion where to live and the same value in its assertion as truth.



L’informazione contenuta nell’opera was exhibited for the first time as part of Epiphania 24:24 created by RomanoISerafini duo, from 12/15/2018/ al 01/13/2019, Centro per l’arte Contemporanea Trebisonda, Perugia.

The artwork appears in Libro d’Artista 24:24 Ephifania by RomanoISerafini


Giovanna Calabrese

Translation curated by Ferri & Ghezzi