2019, real time video installation
Giulia Spreafico e Alex Cayuela
Il progetto rielabora, attraverso un software di progettazione multimediale, le coordinate della dinamica molecolare del Retinale, piccola molecola che è alla base della visione; ogni volta che un fotone raggiunge un retinale, questo cambia forma e innesca tutta una serie di reazioni che portano il segnale al cervello. I dati della dinamica molecolare del Retinale, che si muove dalla forma CIS a TRANS, sono inseriti in un software di grafica 3D, dando vita ad un mare notturno che si muove sul movimento della molecola. Una webcam posizionata in mostra, rileva il passaggio degli spettatori e muove il paesaggio.
series of 22 c-prints, 6×9 film
Floating Islands is about the Republic of Kiribati, which is going to disappear in few decades due to the global warming.
Little spots in the Pacific Ocean, placed in a point over the International Date Line and between the two hemispheres, they rise only one or two meters above the sea level.
Nearly unreachable and in the middle of nowhere, the Kiribati Islands are the perfect destination to be experienced through Google Earth. In Floating Island the 22 inhabited islands of Kiribati are depicted from the vision of a western traveller using a western tool: they are like peaceful mountains made of water, a rendered ocean made of numbers, pixels, measurements and colors.
Giacomq | Bergamo | 13-26 maggio 2019
“If one is imagining a mountain one is also free to imagine its height and extent” From The Best Authorities: The Mountains of Kong in the Cartography of West Africa. Thomas J. Bassett and Philip W. Porter
The words of Kong, 2017
He might have seen an Inselberg, 2018
Shaping Kong, 2017
I do believe, 2019
Letters from Mungo Park, 2018-ongoing
3 channels UHD video installation in real-time, in collaboration with Alex Cayuela, Marco Ginex and Paolo Romano
I do believe, 2019, is the last chapter of this research. It draws attention to the power of words as something that supports a visual creation and makes it believable and trustworthy.
I do believe is based on the data taken from the Google browser that concern to the words that compose Kong Mountains. Google Trends is the tool that allows the user to look up what people all around the world ask to Google: through the research of a keyword it is possible to find out how many times it has been looked for, with what frequency and what other words are related to it.
I do believe creates a visual image in real time, which modifies itself over and over again as people look up the Kong Mountains. A software processes the data and generates a huge chain of mountains that transform all the time.
Full text of the project here: i do believe – project description
8 color instant films and black and white inkjet prints
The Kong Mountains survived for nearly a century thanks to the words and the detailed stories of the explorers. Scientific descriptions alternated with moments of pure poetry, in an incredible zeal which tells us about mountains rich of gold, so high to seem impossible to overcome, deserted but crossed by rivers, covered by snow and colored of an incredible blue. The instant films becomes the witnesses of a completely reconstruct reality. They prove, ask for faith, just because of the immediacy which is the nature of this medium.
c-print variable dimensions
This is what our contemporary Best Authority tells us about the Mountains of Kong. This is what we can see now and makes us say that Mungo Park had rather seen an Inselberg.
From The Best Authorities tries to explore the mysterious Kong Mountains, existed between 1798 and 1888. They were a huge chain, a parallel line going along the equator, splitting the African continent from Guinea to Niger. What is intriguing about Kong Mountains is that they never existed except in the imaginations of explorers, mapmakers and merchants. The power of being visual images gives maps a unique role in defining knowledge. Satellites today, just like cartographers in the past, are invested with such an authority that makes every interpretation accepted and validated. The work is about the men who created the Mountains of Kong, the words they used and tries to imagine what they would look like today.