in_una_stanza

2020

 

video installation
length 2’05’’

 

concept
Although the causes are still unclear ━ the various scientific  experiments that have followed one another up to the  present day and carried out in limited and controlled  environments, have achieved partial or not very exhaustive  results ━ social isolation seems to induce significant  neurological and psychological effects on mammals.  The humans, as belonging to this class, are not exempt  from it. 

Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari, in a recent interview to  National Public Radio [US public radio network based in  Washington, DC], defines the current pandemic context as  an involuntary “vast social experiment” of global proportions  with unpredictable results. 

In una stanza fits into this extensive  experimental context in vivo, taking shape through the  semicactivity regime, dictated by the D.P.C.M. on March 8,  2020 [in Italy], experienced in a 40 mq apartment.
The digital medium visually and soundly translates the  psychic wandering in the cramped spaces of a two-room  apartment, simulating the wields of a stressed mind and  body due to the partial, but forced, isolation.
Space and time  ━ suddenly unstructured, loosened and dilated by the  abrupt change of daily biorhythms, which are regulated by a  global capitalist system that fuels the acceleration of every  aspects of life ━ they fold in on themselves, deconstructing,  recomposing, gaining a new shape.
Walls and furnishings  change consistency, losing structural solidity, expanding the  material meshes, allowing a glimpse of the external world.  The sound swells and melts, highlighting the changed  perception of the passage of time.
A rediscovered “empty time” ━ as a counterpoint to today’s frenetic and prevailing  temporal horror vacui ━ which with its qualities is capable of  generating introspection, meditation and creative resilience.

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