The Potency of Vacuum: from Rothko to Antonioni
Simone Arcagni

The dialectical status which characterizes the concept of emptiness understood as a place where absence as well as the lack of matter, and especially the endless creative possibilities that arise from this absence coexist is used as a meeting point between heterogeneous elements. It is, indeed, capable of bringing together two systems, two very different worlds such as Asian and Western cultures. In fact, starting from the Eastern concept of emptiness, characteristic of some religious or metaphysical disciplines such as Zen philosophy and Buddhism, we investigated how this principle has influenced a significant part of contemporary aesthetics. The work on the cinematic image is then fundamental as is the construction\ deconstruction of space implemented by Michelangelo Antonioni. Work which is strongly influenced by a specific artistic background (mainly two currents: informal art and process art) and which may, for this very reason, make it possible to create a set of parallelisms between the work of the Italian director and some contemporary painters such as Rothko and Fontana.



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