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View of “Davide Balula,” 2015. Photo: Jean-Pacôme Dedieu.

Davide Balula

galerie frank elbaz | Paris

View of “Davide Balula,” 2015. Photo: Jean-Pacôme Dedieu.

Davide Balula’s exhibition “A journey through you and the leaves” took up too much space, given how little there was to see—his intervention seemed to empty rather than fill the gallery—and yet the space was revealed as barely sufficient, if one considered the invisible component that was an integral part of the work. The show consisted of a series of seventeen plastic-and-metal sculptures, “Coloring the WiFi Network,” 2014–, antennae covered in industrial paint, which emitted a Wi-Fi signal with the help of a modified router installed on the floor, unconcealed. Most of the sculptures were installed on a platform in the center of the space, and the viewer was invited to stroll around them, to move about while observing the work.

These objects, almost without volume, have rectilinear or zigzag forms, like the GPS layouts that inspired them, except in the case of one

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