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.