Tom Zimmerman, inventor


An artistic project with a social drive, dedicated to Climate Emergency, structured in six installations presented over the course of a year, in which art, design and new technologies will dialogue to create a true immersive and synaesthetic experience and hopefully a change of perspective.

First appointment

19th January - 21st March 2021

Il Vicolo Art Gallery
Via Maroncelli 2

Art Installation 
Artistic Direction by The Curators Milan (Frankie Caradonna, Stefano Gagliardi, Lucia Emanuela Curzi, Tomaso Cariboni & Dario Spinelli).

Hologram by THE CURATORS MILAN + Pier Paolo Mantuano.
Sculpture "Arrow" by Ludovico Bomben.
Soundscape by Morellicostantini

Design by Matteo Alabiso

The current global situation represents the necessary stimulus that led us to seek and involve a network of professionals (artists, researchers, scholars, designers) and ordinary people, to give life to an initiative related to the actuality of the pandemic, sustainability, environment, rewilding.

Despite present and future lockdowns, The Curators Milan began this adventure with PROLOGUE: DIATOMS IN THE MULTIVERSE, which can now be experienced by the public.

PROLOGUE is the first of six events and presents a multi-sensory and immersive installation that tells the story of diatoms - single-celled organisms responsible for 50% of all the oxygen needed for the biochemical balance of the planet - by making an iron sculpture by artist Ludovico Bomben interact with a hologram, a 3D digital sculpture.

REWILD borrows its name from the concept of rewilding, a term that appeared in the 1990s in reference to the protection and reintroduction of predators and native plants, the creation of no fishing zones, and in general to all those processes and projects aimed at the conservation and restoration of original ecosystems and at combating the loss of biodiversity.

REWILD is in fact a holistic and collaborative format, which has the ambition of producing a renewed energy, encouraging the genesis of an artistic and social movement based on the inevitable search for a new balance.

The project's headquarters is the Galleria d'Arte il Vicolo in Milan, which will be transformed into a TAAZ (Temporary Autonomous Artistic Zone), in which the artists involved will be called upon to create together an experience that is both a physical installation - in the sense of an exhibition of artistic artefacts - and movement - in the sense of collective and multi-sensory thinking that reflects on the concept of empathy.

"Hold your breath: here is the world without diatoms. With Rewild we bring to Milan not only a new dialogue between sculptural and digital arts that reflects on the role of empathy, but a movement that breaks the anthropocentric vision of the Universe", explain The CURATORS MILAN.


Every two breaths, one is due to diatoms: single-celled organisms, algae which live in a house of glass and silicon, phytoplankton at the base of the marine fauna food chain. By inhaling carbon dioxide and exhaling oxygen, diatoms are responsible for 50% of all the oxygen needed for the biochemical balance of the planet. Their skeletons travel from the desert over the transoceanic winds to the Amazon, and once there, they feed and fertilize it. Diatoms are destined to disappear due to acidification and overheating of the oceans with potential catastrophic consequences for the human beings.

The CURATORS MILAN created an immersive empathetic space working on the analogy between the blatant evocation of a ghost by a magician of the late nineteenth century and the evocation of the ghost of diatoms through the evolution of a hologram technique in use in the nineteenth century.

The technique used for the installation is itself a point of balance, in this case not between man and nature but between past and present. On the one hand, the creation of a hologram, an element born through 3D animation, speaks about modernity and the digital. On the other hand, everything acquires an ethereal substance through an ancient technique, that of the "ghost of Pepper", already used by illusionists in the 800. In this case, however, the reflecting surface that projects the image into space is not hidden, but revealed, as a window through which we can see a different reality.