Video installation Homage to Chopin

at the Greenhouse Giardini Biennale, Microclima Project, curated by Paolo Rosso, in collaboration with Galleria Michela Rizzo, Venice, october-november 2011

  dedicated to Roman Opalka

Video installation Homage to Chopin2013-05-20T10:35:32+00:00

Qwerty or the way of the world

1’ 50’’ ,   b/w,  sound,   2008

 

The Qwerty system is that particular arrangement of letters still in use on our computer keyboards. This system is far from the best and though other decidedly more superior keyboards, both in terms of efficiency and practicality, have been put on the market,  the Qwerty system has always prevailed. For Gould, the Qwerty system becomes a metaphor of how the world works, in both the biological and historical fields.

Stephen Jay Gould, one of the great theorists of evolutionism, always begins with a detail before moving on to more general considerations about the state of the world, in this case regarding technology rather than biology. The Qwerty system is that particular arrangement of letters still in use on our computer keyboards. This system is far from the best and though other decidedly more superior keyboards, both in terms of efficiency and practicality, have been put on the market,  the Qwerty system has always prevailed. For Gould, the Qwerty system becomes a metaphor of how the world works, in both the biological and historical fields. The history of life depends crucially on numerous contingent factors that establish the future with new channels that become embedded over time, making change more unlikely, and instead making the domain of a pretty inefficient technology (Qwerty) possible.  The video consists of the association of sentences from Gould’s work, which appear as though written on a typewriter, with film clips of sportspeople, either victorious or in defeat, captured at the moment of their greatest exertion. Their performance is only one of the components that will lead to victory or defeat, other factors, over which they have no control, will play a part in deciding their destiny.

 

 

 

 

Qwerty or the way of the world2013-05-24T22:53:35+00:00

The Classes

la classe

The Class, wall installation, used school desks and chairs, 350 x 600 x 100 cm, Careof, Milano 2004

 

This is a work on the variations within a system, how these modify the system, influence it, form it and how the system absorbs variations internally annulling them.  Therefore, desks and chairs are aligned in rows, but each one with variations and differences from the other, each one in some way marked by whoever has occupied that place, making it a unique variation inside the system.

 

8 Classes

Site specific Installation , 70 Used school desks and 70 used school chairs,ForteMassimiliano,Isola di Sant’Erasmo, Venezia, 2009

School desks and chairs are placed following the circular shape of the platforms for cannons. They are oriented towards the inside, as if they were attracted by a centripetal force. This is the dynamic of the relations inside the class, that particular tension between the variations (the individuals) and the system (the class).

School desks and chairs are placed following the circular shape of the platforms for cannons. They are oriented towards the inside, as if they were attracted by a centripetal force. This is the dynamic of the relations inside the class, that particular tension between the variations (the individuals) and the system (the class).

This is a work on the variations within a system, how these modify the system, influence it, form it and how the system absorbs variations internally annulling them.  Therefore, desks and chairs create a  closed semicircle, tending to a  central point as a gravitational force, revolving as little microcosms  inside a bigger universe that incorporate them.

 

 

 

 

The Class

Wall Installation, Used school desks and chairs, Cm 350x600x100, Palazzetto Tito, Bevilacqua La Masa,Venezia, 2006

 

 

The Class, 300 x 600 cm, packing tape on paper, Milano, 2005

Every pupil’s position is a typical one, it is a unique variation inside the system, which is created by the  infinite variations, that in turn are generated by the system’s structure.

 

The Class, wall installation, 40 x 30x 7 cm, different materials, 2000

Classe

 

Every pupil’s position is a typical one, it is a unique variation inside the system, which is created by the  infinite variations, that in turn are generated by the system’s structure.

The Classes2013-05-15T21:24:18+00:00

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