Viaggio in una città invisibile

Digital video (DVD)
Sound: Stereo
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Duration: 13’25”

in 10 copies

Year: 2008

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Exhibitions:

  • Mya Lurgo Gallery, Lugano (Switzerland), Nov 15 to Dec 21, 2008: “A.N.G.E.L.I. e tracce d’infinito”

  • Ex Casino di Commercio, Venice (Italy), Nov 20 to Dec 18, 2009: Art Prize “La Colomba” (“Travel journal from an invisible city”, 5 minutes version)

  • Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago (USA), Feb 1 to Mar 1 2010: “Flow interrupted”

  • H. Don and Connie J. Osborne Family Gallery, Omaha (USA). Apr 19 to May 21, 2010: “Game play”

  • Palazzo Bellini, Oleggio (Italy). Nov 14 to May 28, 2010: “Premio Arte Novara”

Screenings:

  1. Terminal Short Video Festival, www.TERMINALapsu.org, Clarksville (Tennessee, USA),  Apr 17, 2009. (“Travel journal from an invisible city”, 5 minutes version)

  2. Freeshout Festival, Prato (Italy), October 1-4 2009 (“Travel journal from an invisible city”, 5 minutes version)

  3. Magmart/Video Under Volcano, Naples (Italy), April 17 2010 (“Travel journal from an invisible city”, 5 minutes version)

  4. Cronosfera Festival / Visioni dal futuro, Turin, May 28-29 2010 (“Travel journal from an invisible city”, 5 minutes version)

  5. Cineazione / Visioni Sperimentali. Turin (Italy), June 9 2010 (“Travel journal from an invisible city”, 5 minutes version)

  6. Art Video Festival, Örebro (Sweden), October 2, 2010 – (“Travel journal from an invisible city”, 5 minutes version)

The video was awarded the 2nd prize at the 10th “Premio Arte Novara” competition, 2010.

 

[ENG]

    The video was inspired by Tamara, one of the Invisible Cities by Italian writer Italo Calvino.

    Tamara is a city built with signs. The visitors come across things which don’t want to be what they really are, but want to suggest other things, objects or buildings and so on. This relationship is completely similar to the one which occours between words and their meanings.

    Tamara deals with a semiotic speculation which pervades “Travel through an invisible city” as well: the video reflects on the most common fiction that can be found in our social and relational life, that is the fiction of language. This reflection is carried out by showing a city entirely made with graphemes. The grapheme, considered as the most basic sign, plays the role of an existential fundament under the motto “loquor, ergo sum”: perhaps the world, as we can see it, is built day by day by our perceptional and communicational acts; perhaps the whole world is Tamara.


[ITA]

    Viaggio in una città invisibile è il terzo di una serie di lavori ispirati a Le città invisibili di Italo Calvino.

    Nell’opera letteraria di Calvino, Marco Polo racconta al suo interlocutore Kublai Kan di Tamara, città costituita da segni. Le cose in cui si imbatte il visitatore non vogliono essere ciò che sono, ma suggeriscono altre cose, altri oggetti, altri edifici e così via, in un rapporto del tutto analogo a quello che sussiste tra significante e significato.

    La speculazione semiotica in cui si colloca la descrizione di Tamara pervade, dunque, anche il Viaggio in una città invisibile.

    Il video riflette sulla più quotidiana finzione della nostra esistenza sociale e relazionale, quella del linguaggio, mostrando uno stereotipo di città costruito esclusivamente con grafemi. Il grafema, il segno più elementare, si pone così come fondamento esistenziale al grido di “loquor, ergo sum”: forse veramente sono i nostri atti percettivi e comunicativi a costruire, ogni giorno, il mondo così come è; forse tutto il mondo è Tamara.

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