Davide Bertocchi was born in Modena, Italy in 1969. From 1988 through 1993, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna with Alberto Garutti: his teaching had a big influence on the development of his future work. He concurrently also attended the University of Bologna’s DAMS (Discipline Art Music e Show). From 1993 through 1994, he studied at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, in Utrecht, Holland, and he started to experiment with sound and music. In 1996, after a short period in New York and Los Angeles, he moved to Milan, in Via Fiuggi. He shared this basement, converted into working and living space, with many contemporaries artists: Diego Perrone, Giuseppe Gabellone, Debora Ligorio, Sara Ciraci, Simone Berti, Stefania Galegati, Ettore Favini and Lara Favaretto. Later, a lot of people considered this the starting point of a new dynamic artistic scene in Milan. During this period he worked as a gallery assistant to Massimo De Carlo, where he collaborated with many artists that would make an important impact on his later work. From 1998 through 2000, he lived in the Milan flat of Maurizio Cattelan, who also advised him to apply to an artist in residence program at the Ecole de Beaux Arts de Nantes, France, and that was directed by Robert Fleck, Stephanie Moisdon and Philippe Lepeut. From that point to the present, he has lived and worked mainly in Paris. In 2000, he was chosen as one of the 10 Italian artists for the Studio Program at PS1-MoMa in New York. In 2002, he was an artist in residence at the National Contemporary Art Centre Villa Arson, Nice, France. From 2003 through 2004, he participated in the artist in residence program, “Le Pavillon”, at Palais De Tokyo, Paris.
David Bertocchi’s project, Meteorite al contrario (2010) is the launch into space of a normal stone of medium size, which would constitute a kind of meteorite, according to a trajectory opposite the one that usually leads an asteroid to accidentally…
- Davide Bertocchi