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EIGHT CHAPTERS IN FOUR MOVEMENTS

Performance transposed into video, colour, sound, 63’ 11”, 2015.

 

Collection/Distribution: ARGOS Center for Art and Media.

London Bridge is crossed every morning at the same time by thousands of commuters forming a river moving unidirectionally South to North. The scene is iconic and has been impressed many times in the news, films, documentaries, lullabies and poetry. I observed  for some time this phenomenon and calculated with rough mathematics the average pace of the commuters, which resulted of 113 BPM and decided to impersonate this rhythm, walking robotically in the crowd following the beat of a metronome, but developing four movements

that engage and disrupt the linear conception of time embodied by the flow. The movements are intended as

four different stages of a ritual and are repeated constantly from 8am to 9am. The performance was documented

in first person with an unnoticeable video device fixed to my chest and the entire filmed footage is shown uncut

in a life-size video installation. The work is accompanied by a sound piece consisting of the key words of Henri Lefebvre’s ‘Rythmanalysis’, spoken continuosly for one hour at 113 BPM and it includes fragments of music mixed with ambience sounds, as well as references to Steve Reich’s ‘Clapping Music’. The recorded action

and soundtrack are phased and only synchronise at the video’s start and end.

Performance score.

1st movement. Compliance, walking forward with the flow (film still).

2nd movement. Awareness, walking backwards with the flow (film still).

3rd movement. Refusal, walking forward against the flow (film still).

4th movement. Transcendence, walking backwards against the flow (film still).

SI SA CHE LE PECORE NON SONO CARNIVORE

Live performance at Careof - Milan, November 29th 2016

On the occasion of Cinemoderno, a series of live performances and exhibitions curated by Martina Angelotti, I performed an emotional re-reading of the work, intervening live on the original soundtrack with a new sound composition that intertwined with the words of the first chapter of Elias Canetti's "Crowds and Power", as read remotely through a live conference call with performer Mela Boev.

Performance and installation documentation at Careof (photo: The Cool Couple).