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Digital art pioneers | GMM Reloaded

The Giovanotti Mondani Meccanici traverse as protagonists the period since the early 1980s that characterizes the advent and full development of digital culture through what was called New Media.
New Media was the dawn of a revolution that disrupted the fences and boundaries between arts and technology, between mainstream cultural models and popular subcultures, between expressive forms, theater, cinema, literature, comics, dance, and art: nothing seemed to be in its place, and the new forms could not be baptized. How can we understand them and bring them back within an ordered landscape?
Digital convergence admits no boundaries. Digital liquidity, speed, and the need to flow have created the system on which today, we base our entire society, our very identity

GMM was born in the spring of 1984, in Florence from the meeting of Antonio Glessi and Andrea Zingoni.
Their name was born almost by chance, of the first computer comics in the history of comics published in the magazine Frigidaire. The comic was titled Giovanotti Mondani Meccanici (Young Mondani Mechanics) and for no specific reason, that name became the name of a group, of a collective, which had numerous components, going through the most diverse experiences while maintaining a firm link to a “low-fi” aesthetic that is found today in perfect harmony with current aesthetics, the collections of NFT art, with its iconic kittens and bored monkeys.

GMM has always defined itself as ‘hackers of the imaginary’. their works present a creative use of consumer technologies that is difficult to classify, straddling post-modern and cyberpunk, hacker art, pixel art, and what you prefer, etc etc.

Fundamental work on computer comics (GMM, GMM vs. Dracula, The
Color of Darkness), video, and computer installations (Inagaddadavida, Movements on the Bottom, Tecnomaya in Infotown).
And in keeping with the eclecticism that has always distinguished them, music (GMM LP, GMM Music for Installations), artificial reality installations (Buddah Vision, Yin-Yang), video poetry (Knife in the Belly), cyberdelic and trance visuals (Electronic Mandala, Jimi in the Space) ending with television collaborations (The Adventures of Puppets) and the invention of viral phenomena (Gino the Chicken).

At MEET we present a new exhibition itinerary that traces some of the milestones in their history, from computer comics (1984) to the viral videos of Gino the Chicken (1995) and concluding in the Immersive Room where the installation Tecnomaya in Infotown – New Dangers Replace Fears (1991-2022) awaits you.

The opening will be held on Thursday, November 3, at 6:30 pm. The artists will be in attendance! Register here.