Andrea Masu is an Italian artist and activist whose work combines creative practice with the social and alternative functions of new media. He is one of the founders of the Italian chapter of Indymedia, an international collective of independent media activists and organizations. In 2012, he founded Macao, a center for art, culture and research in Milan.
Masu is also a founding member of the artist collective Alterazioni Video, a group that works to reclaim spaces of communication and social imagination that have historically been controlled and disciplined by external entities. In this endeavor, the group pursues a variety of projects in the “colorful zone” between art and politics.
Alterazioni Video is best known for creating Incompiuto Siciliano, a term coined by the artists to signify a contemporary architectural movement that produces instant ruins. Since 2006 the collective has catalogued more than 600 unfinished, publicly funded structures such as bridges, motorways, hospitals, stadiums, prisons and theaters scattered throughout the Italian landscape. These works reflect an architectural style and interpretative paradigm that represents Italy over the last 50 years. Incompiuto Siciliano has become a subject of study in academia and is discussed extensively in the Italian media as well as internationally.
Over the last five years, the collective has been producing a series of 10 docu-feature films creating a new genre named TurboFilm. TurboFilm is a filmic system or methodology that relates to the ongoing, generationally defined reconfiguration of experience in daily life and social relations in labor, the economy and politics. It aims to raise questions about problematic topics through a transversal multi-format production that can circulate across different media platforms.
Masu’s work has been exhibited internationally in museums and institutions including the 52nd International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale (Venice), Manifesta 7 (Italy), MoMA PS1 (New York), Performa IX (New York), Greene Naftali Gallery (New York), PAC Museum (Milan), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin), Maxxi Museum (Rome) and Hamburger Bahnhof Museum (Berlin), among others.