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Special Projects Top 100 by Davide Bertocchi


Top 100
by Davide Bertocchi


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Top 100 was born in 2003 when Davide Bertocchi asked 100 curators and critics a very simple question, though full of symbolic implications: the title of their favorite song, that unique and only song, for example, that they would bring with them to a desert island. In reality, this request stresses the most basic aesthetic choice and Bertocchi is interested in exactly this gesture – simple and complete, but always less evident in a period of criticism globalised to a unified consensus.

Top 100 gathers the art world’s musical choices but each choice assumes the importance of a radical and critical gesture. The vinyl version of each of the 100 songs were pasted together and utilized as the wheels of an improbable sculpture-vehicle (a hybrid prototype and cross between a kayak and Formula 1) that metaphorically “floats” on all these choices. The songs were also then published (thanks to the collaboration of the Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art, Paris; Quarantine Series, Amsterdam; Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena and ZeroDeux, Nantes) on a MP3 CD designed by Martin Pyper, in an edition of 500 entitled Top 100.

In 2005, the project expanded to include another 100 personalities in the art world (this time mostly artists, but also curators and gallerists) and the relative compilation, Top 100 vol.2 was diffused via radio during the exhibition Radiodays at the De Appel in Amsterdam. In this occasion the production of the CD vol.2 was made possible thanks to the precious collaboration of the Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art, Paris; Galerie Paolo Boselli, Brussels; Nuke Magazine, Paris and Radiodays-De Appel, Amsterdam. The Top 100 vol.3 has been released in February 2007 thanks to Magazzino D'Arte Moderna, Rome; Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art, Paris; La Blanchisserie, Paris and Janus Magazine, Brussels.

The 3 compilations were broadcasted on ArtwaveRadio-Athens Biennale and recently on Radio Papesse, Siena. They were also included in John Armleder's Artist Records Shop, ArtBasel 07.

The most recently published compilation, Top 100 vol.4, was presented for the first time at the Fort du Bruissin in the occasion of the 11th Lyon Biennale in September 2009; Following, it was presented in Paris at the Centre International d’Accueil et d’Echanges des Récollets, in the context of the exhibition Pièce(S) Temporaires #2 promoted by the Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art and curated by Francesca di Nardo.

This vol.4 was produced by Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art, Paris; Villa Romana, Firenze; BPS22, Charleroi and N.O. Gallery, Milano.


The all-time favorite songs selected by:

Top 100 vol.1, 2004
Chiara Agnello, Marco Altavilla, Carlo Antonelli, Katia Anguelova, Hiroshi Atanaka, Pierre Bal-Blanc, Luca Beatrice, Pascal Beausse, Marcella Beccaria, Lorenzo Benedetti, Nicolas Bourriaud, Joris Brouwers, Jen Budney, Dan Cameron, Sonia Campagnola, Giovanni Carmine, Barbara Casavecchia, Fabio Cavallucci, Luca Cerizza, Stefano Chiodi, Giulio Ciavoliello, Gail Cochrane, Guido Comis, Caroline Corbetta, Antonella Crippa, Guido Curto, Roberto Daolio, Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, Maria Rosa Sossai, Emanuela De Cecco, Gigiotto Del Vecchio, Anaïd Demir, Florence Derieux, Laurence Dreyfus, Owen Drolet, Robert Fleck, Nina Folkersma, Johannes Fricke-Waldthausen, Lorenzo Fusi, Allessandra Galasso, Laura Garbarino, Laurence Gateau, Morena Ghilardi, Alison Gingeras, Massimiliano Gioni, Valentina Gnesutta, Silvia Grandi, Elio Grazioli, Claire Guezengar, Hou Hanru, Sara Harrison, Jens Hoffman, Sophie Jaulmes, Patrice Joly, Agnieszka Kurant, Emmanuel Lambion, Judicael Lavrador, Nicoletta Leonardi, Chiara Leoni, Andrea Lissoni, Filip Luyckx, Christine Macel, Eric Mangion, Gianfranco Maraniello, Gianluca Marziani, Olivier Michelon, Timo Mikkonen, Lucia Minunno, Stéphanie Moisdon-Trembley, Guido Molinari, Heike Munder, John Peter Nilsson, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Chiara Parisi, Karin Pernegger, Cristiana Perrella, Cloe Piccoli, Marco Pierini, Vérane Pina, Karen Pinkus, Roberto Pinto, François Piron, Alexandre Pollazzon, Alessandro Rabottini, Pierre Restany, Michele Robecchi, David Rosenberg, Alma Ruiz, Emma Safe, Jérôme Sans, Gabi Scardi, Michael Schott, Serena Simoni, Franklin Sirmans, Claire Staebler, Bettina Steinbruegge, Yadranka Tolic, Alexis Vaillant, Philippe Vergne, Giorgio Verzotti, Andrea Viliani, Eric Wie, Lydia Yee, Giovanna Zapperi.

Top 100 vol.2, 2005
Saâdane Afif, Andreas Angelidakis, Ziad Antar, Emmanuelle Antille, Stefano Arienti, Rael Artel, Micol Assael, Association Apsolutno, Ami Barak, Shumon Basar, Louidgi Beltrame, Elisabetta Benassi, Otto Berchem, Giasco Bertoli, Johanna Billing, Ilaria Bonacossa, Francesco Bonami, Paolo Boselli, Botto & Bruno, Andrea Bruciati, Nathalie Bruys, Mircea Cantor, Jota Castro, Maurizio Cattelan, Alex Cecchetti, Hsia-Fei Chang, Sadie Coles, Phil Collins, Mathieu Copeland, Martin Creed, Roberto Cuoghi, Massimo De Carlo, Mark Edwards, Esra Ersen, Bojan Fajfric, Urs Fischer, Shiho Fukuhara, Giuseppe Gabellone, Alessandra Galletta, Rainer Ganahl, Adriana Garcia Galan, Catherine Gibson, Liam Gillick, Piero Golia, Laurent Grasso, Krist Gruyhtuysen, Philippe Hardy, Matthew Higgs, Derek Holzer, Henrik Plenge Jakobsen, Kathrin Jentjens, Xander Karskens, Kolkoz, Surasi Kusolwong, Ingrid LaFleur, Jim Lambie, Mathieu Laurette, Jean-Yves Leloup, Andres Loo, Miltos Manetas, Mathieu Mercier, Thomas Michelon, Paul D. Miller a.k.a Dj Spooky That Subliminal Kid, Sinisa Mitrovic, Elena Nemkova, Richard Niessen, Lupe Núñez-Fernández, Boris Ondreicka, Serkan Ozkaya, Ebru Ozsecen, Vincent Pecoil, Daniele Perra, Diego Perrone, Gerald Petit, Paola Pivi, Maria Ines Rodriguez, Anri Sala, Marc Sanchez, Uwe Schwarzer, Basak Senova, Marcello Smarrelli, Jan St. Werner, Rudolf Stingel, Ali Subotnick, Paul Sullivan, Pier Luigi Tazzi, Barthelemy Toguo, Caecilia Tripp, Huib Van der Werf, Martijn Van Nieuwenhuyzen, Gabriela Vanga, Costa Vece, Jelena Vesic, Anton Vidokle, Ki Wa, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Veronica Wiman, Igor Zabel, Paolo Zani, Italo Zuffi

Top 100 Vol.3, 2006
Anna Adahl, Michael Aerts, Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, Cecilia Andersson, John Armleder, Olivier Babin, Charles Barachon, Virginie Barré, James Beckett, Andrea Bellini, Simone Berti, Maura Biava, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Ilaria Bombelli, Thomas Boutoux, Nathalie Brambilla, Gavin Brown, Lorenzo Bruni, Loris Cecchini, Banu Cennetoglu, Paolo Chiasera, David Michael Clarke, Jean-Max Colard, Cristiana Collu, Daniel Daboczy, Jonas Dahlberg, Jan De Cock, Plamen Dejanoff, Wim Delvoye, Chris Dercon, Francesca Di Nardo, Nathalie Djurberg, Nico Dockx, Anne Dressen, Laura Erber, Nicolas Exertier, Milovan Farronato, Bernard Frize, Christian Frosi, Cyprien Gaillard, Stefania Galegati, Carlos Garaicoa, Edoardo Gnemmi, Loris Gréaud, Alice Guareschi, Joerg Heiser, Juul Hondius, Germana Jaulin, Samuel Keller, Giovanni Kronenberg, Vasif Kurtun, Luk Lambrecht, Gabriel Lester, Micheal Lin, Arto Lindsay, Hervé Loevenbruck, Sarah Lucas, Alessandra Mammi, Marina Martic, Bernd Milla, Simon Moretti, Sarah Morris,Tom Morton, Olivier Mosset, Fabiola Naldi, Carsten Nicolai, Mauro Nicoletti, Giancarlo Norese, Adrian Paci, Paolo Parisi, November Paynter, Bruno Peinado, Francesca Pennone, Natasa Petresin, Letizia Ragaglia, Rafael Rozendaal, Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Alessandra Sandrolini, Tomas Saraceno, Wilhelm Sasnal, Marco Senaldi, Nicola Setari, Payam Sharifi, David Shrigley, Nedko Solakov, Georgina Starr, Nicolas Trembley, Patrick Tuttofuoco, Vedovamazzei, Sergio Vega, Angela Vettese, Francesco Vezzoli, Cesare Viel, Jean-Luc Vilmouth, Luca Vitone, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Carey Young, Marc-Olivier Wahler, Andro Wekua

Top 100 Vol.4, 2009
Cecilia Alemani, Mark Alizart, Carlos Amorales, Julieta Aranda, Oscar Aschan, Charles Avery, Roxana Azimi, Ruxandra Balaci, Ilaria Barbieri Marchi, Paco Barragán, Laura Barreca, Alessandro Bertolotti, Marc Bijl, Rossella Biscotti, Edoardo Bonaspetti, Achille Bonito Oliva, Olaf Breuning, Veronica Brovall, Adam Budak, Pierluigi Calignano, Adam Carr, Paola Clerico, Claude Closky, Peter Coffin, Paolo Colombo, Jerome Cotinet-Alphaize, Catherine David, Jeffrey Deitch, Elmgreen & Dragset, Charles Esche, Mariacristina Ferraioli, Hedwig Fijen, Michael Fliri, Emi Fontana, Ryan Gander, Mario Garcia Torres, Franck Gautherot, Kendell Geers, Gino Gianuizzi, Massimo Grimaldi, Hans-Jürgen Hafner, Mika Hannula, Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, Max Hollein, Vincent Honoré, Anthony Huberman, Christian Jankowski, Norma Jeane, Mimmo e Angela Jodice, Juliette Jongma, Jesper Just, Seung-Duk Kim, Annika Larsson, Elisabeth Lebovici, Goshka Macuga, Benoît Maire, Raimundas Malasauskas, David Maljkovic, Victor Man, Francesco Manacorda, Kris Martin, Simone Menegoi, Francesca Minini, Aleksandra Mir, Mihnea Mircan, Jonathan Monk, Laurent Montaron, Maurizio Nannucci, Olaf Nicolai, Seb Patane, Javier Peres, Jorge Peris, Mai-Thu Perret, Emmanuel Perrotin, Alessandro Pessoli, Steve Piccolo, Renata Poljak, Michael Portnoy, Wilfredo Prieto, Filipa Ramos, Tobias Rehberger, Pierre-Olivier Rollin, Beatrix Ruf, Giuliana Setari Carusi, Chris Sharp, Dirk Snauwaert, Marina Sorbello, Elena Sorokina, Angelika Stepken, Adam Szymczyk, Samon Takahashi, Benjamin Thorel, Wolfgang Tillmans, Oscar Tuazon, Nico Vascellari, Philippe Van Cauteren, Xavier Veilhan, Felix Vogel, Ulla Von Brandenburg, Tris Vonna-Michell, Toby Webster, Rein Wolfs, Jordan Wolfson, Sislej Xhafa, Jonas Zakaitis, Matteo Zauli.