environment for sensitive mirrors – Story Bearers

Ambiente sensibile

Milan, Palazzo Reale, Sala delle Cariatidi, retroperspective exhibition "Sensitive Images", 2016

Miracle in Milan was created with the intention of making an “invisible” city patent. We do not say “invisible” because it is faint and dreamy, but because it is little known or even avoided. Milan is punctuated with structures to accommodate the homeless and the poor. They are places of great privacy; we pass by them every day, even in the city centre, without noticing them. The economic crisis of these past few years has forced many people into sudden financial trouble, involving even some who would have never expected to become destitute, who went through unpredictable incidents that compromised their everyday life. For this reason unexpectedness has become a distinguishing mark for this installation, which is part of the Story Bearers cycle. The visitor will not choose who to listen to this time. Once s/he is in front of one of the four great sensitive mirrors, he will see his/her reflection for a moment; right afterwards, while the reflection fades away, someone will emerge from darkness, stopping in front of him/her and briefly telling something in confidence. Relieved of such story, the figure jumps and soars into the sky in the great oval at the centre of the room, joining those who are already flying among the clouds in the azure sky of Milan.

Descrizione tecnica

8 videoprojectors
4 sensitive mirrors
6 display integrated player
8 media player
4 motion detectors
24 superlut luminaires


Project Studio Azzurro

Concept Fabio Cirifino, Laura Marcolini, Paolo Rosa 

Directors Fabio Cirifino, Laura Marcolini

Photography Fabio Cirifino

Project collaboration Olivia Demuro

Camera operator Mario Coccimiglio

Video compositing and post production Lisa Cartuccia

Video editing Silvia Pellizzari

Sounds and music Tommaso Leddi

Interactive system Marco Barsottini, Lorenzo Sarti

Technical exhibition stand project Daniele De Palma

A particular thanks to, Gianni Secchi, to all the bearers that offer their stories and to associations operating in Milan
Assistenza Sanitaria San Fedele (Tommaso Di Filippo, Laura Lombardi)

Centro Sant’Antonio (fra’ Carlo Cavallari)

Ronda della Carità (Magda Baietta)
Fondazione Fratelli di San Francesco d’Assisi Onlus (Roberta Resmini, Silvia Furiosi)
Opera Cardinal Ferrari Onlus (Alessandro Bruschi, Micol Asnaghi)

Casa degli Amici (Mirella Guglielmi, Emilia Tuzza)

Fondazione Somaschi, Centro diurno senza fissa dimora (Barbara Brambilla, Edoardo D’Alfonso)