Veda, Florence (F20)
Amitai Romm (born 1985) lives in Copenhagen.
Amitai Romm is an incendiary for the postapocalyptic generation. Using magnetic rods and 3D printers he devises survival strategies for a hybrid ecology. The artist’s drawings, sculptures, and installations represent understated fantasy. They evoke a landscape within which salvaging scrap metal, analysing algae DNA, and drawing are all equally necessary activities. Romm positions his practice as science-fiction: a meeting of two experimental realms (science and fiction).
At the center of Romm’s presentation is a circulation system, pumping at rhythmic intervals, where a liquid akin to human sweat is drawn by osmosis through a filtration system. A water-like substance emerges through fragrant, cloth-bound appendages. Ancient Sanskrit texts suggest purifying water by passing it through sand or coarse gravel; this system relies instead on a thin biotech membrane and household spices. The work suggests the dynamic formation of a body, a synthetic life form that has yet to find its own skin.
Amitai Romm is a co-founder of Diakron, a studio for transdisciplinary research and practice, as well as Primer, a platform for artistic and organizational development, located in the headquarters of the global water technology company, Aquaporin in Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark. He holds an MFA from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.