Moni Ovadia con la testa di una statua classica

DELFI (studio per suono, voce, video e buio) / DELPHI (study for sound, voice, video and darkness)

Parma, 1990

theatre

Emptiness, silence, but above all, pitch black. The scene has gone dark, making it impossible to make anything out. Two screens are connected to two infrared cameras which move like eyes, and their gaze guides the spectator through the darkness, following the actor’s every move. The cameras try to make Read More

Croce di monitor luminosi

IL SEGNO INVOLATO / THE STOLEN SIGN

Taormina, 1990

video environment

On a weather map, a small cross-shaped cursor moves and marks out the desired position. With great assuredness, it points out paths and trajectories through places, seas, forests, deserts and cities. Suddenly, this winged cross that appears to have the shape of an Icarus, spreads its wax wings and slips Read More

La Terra vistra dallo spazio

TRAIETTORIE CELESTI / CELESTIAL TRAJECTORIES

Cavaillon, 1990

video environment

A section of an electronic sky has plummeted to the ground, trapping the image of a dove in the glossy reflection of the floor. It is suspended above the visitors’ heads. Up above, in the monitor, the “upside down” gaze of a weather satellite travels and investigates the surface of Read More

Scena

IL COMBATTIMENTO DI ETTORE E ACHILLE / THE BATTLE OF HECTOR AND ACHILLES

Riccione, 1989

theatre

Two screens provide two simultaneous points of view, focusing on this episode taken from Homer’s epic. At times, the images work together in the same way that human eyes allow us to see, and at other times, they are different from each other and mix up, just like human thought. Read More

Video del volto di una donna in monitor inclinato

RILIEVO DELLA PARTE EMERSA / PROTRUDING STRUCTURE

Riccione, 1988

video environment

From the Observations on nature series (‘Osservazioni sulla natura’), this installation, despite its artificiality, was also approached as if it were a natural phenomenon. A large wedge seems to have risen up from underground, splitting up the line of monitors. It is a composite mass that becomes disturbing when luminous Read More

Volto di un uomo, Felsen, dietro i disegni su un vetro, in bianco e nero

LA VARIABILE FELSEN / THE FELSEN VARIABLE

1988

film

Everything works in harmony like an orchestra, everyone has their part […] but there will always be an off-key note. The passage from this “symphony” is meaningful: every morning, a few minutes before eight o’clock, a car with a big engine speeds around a country road confidently cutting the corner. Read More

Uno dei monitor

PRIMO SCAVO. Osservazioni sulla natura / FIRST EXCAVATION. Observations on nature

Locarno, 1988

video environment

A ring of television monitors rises up from beneath the ground. The structure is unusual and could belong to the past or the future. The show begins as this structure appears, with the image of a huddled body immediately displayed, sliding along the curve of screens until the ring disappears Read More

Profilo femminile in un monitor sulla scena di "La camera astratta"

LA CAMERA ASTRATTA / THE ABSTRACT ROOM

Kassel, 1987

theatre

The abstract room is a mental space. It is the interior of the everyman who, for a moment of suspended time, is overcome by sensations, obsessions, memories and images. In this timeless room, the actors interpret the idea of conscience and play out imaginary or experienced relationships that are exaggerated Read More

Particolare degli occhi di una figura scolpita in pietra

TRACCE DI SGUARDI PROFONDI / TRACES OF DEEP GAZES

Bari, 1987

video environment

In the pitch black of the halls of the ex-convent of Santa Scolastica, a number of light beams inspect the harsh surfaces of the building. They seem to be searching for something, or perhaps they are trying to bring something to life with the intensity of their light. Rows of Read More

Frame da video con particolari architettonici di Palazzo Fortuny e piccioni

PARETI, FIGURE STRAPPATE / FIGURES TORN FROM THE WALLS

Venice, 1986

video environment

This installation is built around synchronized moving lights and videos. The shafts of light try to bring the figures and painted scenarios of Mariano Fortuny’s entirely frescoed Venetian atelier to life, like an illusionistic trompe l’oeil painting. Several people collaborated on this project during a workshop in Venice and just Read More

Insieme di monitor sulla scena di "Prologo di un diario segreto contraffatto"

PROLOGO A UN DIARIO SEGRETO CONTRAFFATTO / PROLOGUE TO A FORGED AND SECRET DIARY

Rome, 1985

theatre

Seven actors and fifteen monitors are on stage. Their choreography and the scenes they act out are processed using the technological possibilities of video. The live images on the screens are parts of another show that is being performed at the same time on other off-stage sets. Real and simulated Read More

Figura bianca su fondo nero incisa su un muro

L’OSSERVATORIO NUCLEARE DEL SIG. NANOF / THE NUCLEAR OBSERVATORY OF MR. NANOF

1985

film

A wall that’s about 150 metres long and 2 metres high encloses the exterior of the ex-criminal asylum in Volterra. Its surface is entirely engraved with a vast narrative made up of words and drawings, tables and orbital diagrams. For twelve years Nanof has lived behind this wall, scratching at Read More

Monitor con personaggi a colori sovrapposti a paesaggi

VEDUTE (quel tale non sta mai fermo) / SEEN (that guy is never stationary)

Venice, 1985

video environment

A video narrative comes to life on twelve TV screens placed in a semicircle in a hall at Palazzo Fortuny in Venice. The screens are connected to another twelve video cameras placed around the city. The white and black footage on the screens overlaps with other images in colour. The Read More

Percorso di monitor

STORIE PER CORSE / STORIES FOR RUNS

Volterra, 1985

video environment

The sense of constant acceleration that has come to define this period seems to suggest that only the movement can be perceived, and not the cause. With this in mind, the idea was to experiment with a trap: not knowing what could happen, a rope is stretched taut across the Read More

Parete di monitor

SIPARIO ELETTRONICO / ELECTRIC STAGE CURTAIN

Ivrea, 1985

video environment

Thirty-two TV screens, tall enough to create a barrier, withhold and muddle up memories, presenting sights and sounds of things past or future. The screens, which have been placed at angles, seem to create folds that form part of a larger swaying electronic fabric. Footage shows various symbioses of potential Read More

Parete di monitor con immagine frammentata di danzatrici e aranceto della Venere del Botticelli

DUE PIRAMIDI / TWO PYRAMIDS

Milan, 1984

video environment

Milan: a large PVC plastic pyramid covers the entire space of the courtyard in front of the Palazzo del Senato. The structure is supported by eleven thousand cubic metres of hot air. Inside it, there are a few monitors, arranged like another upside down pyramid, reassembling the image of a Read More

Scritta elettronica su fondo nero "Lato D"

LATO D / D-SIDE

1983

film

A worn-out Lou Reed record, snippets of film and words that run across the screen that are then wiped clear: traces of D. Sounds and visuals collected and reordered recreate a simulated portrait that doesn’t necessarily look like the original but which tries to not lose its poetic charge and Read More

Oggetto e fumo

LUCI DI INGANNI / DECEITFUL LIGHTS

Milan, 1982

video environment

The old pond, oh! A frog leaps in That watery sound. Like a haiku (a traditional form of Japanese poetry), the first video environment is created. A number of videos have been placed in semi-darkness and lights bordering the space light up on the objects on show, objects that these Read More

Foto Polaroid in bianco e nero

FACCE DI FESTA / PARTY FACE

1980

film

Filmed in the space of a few hours at a party held in Milan in 1979, the film offers an insight into what it is like being young, lost and looking for promises of a better future. These young people are about to enter into a new decade in pursuit Read More

Silhouette di un uomo affianco a uovo gigante

THE MNEMONIST / IL MNEMONISTA

2000

film

Sounds, images, colours, tastes. Everything in his extraordinary mind is transformed into a world where there is no boundary between reality and image. First violinist in the orchestra of a big city, ‘S’ is gifted with an extraordinary memory which enables them to remember every single detail of everything that Read More

Ombra di una meridiana sullo schermo di un televisore

TEMPO D’INGANNI / DECEITFUL TIMES

Volterra, 1984

video environment

As anyone who has been there knows, Volterra is a magical town. Each layer of its history is full of little tricks. The still shadow of the sundial stands out against a revolving world, following the outline of the Roman theatre. The imposing Basilica di San Giusto sways so that Read More

Monitor con nuotatore in piscina

IL NUOTATORE (va troppo spesso a Heidelberg) / THE SWIMMER (goes too often to Heidelberg)

Venice, 1984

video environment

Everything seems quiet. The visitor is surrounded by blue light and enchanting music. A line of monitors placed close to each other show the repeated and strained strokes of a swimmer as they swim tirelessly from screen to screen. This installation was created by placing twelve cameras right on the Read More

Mappe lucchesi interattive

BALUARDO

Lucca, 1999

museum

As the first museum experience for Studio Azzurro, Lucca’s virtual museum explores the memory of the city through a journey in four stages that match four corresponding moments in memory, i.e., evoking, narrating, informing, and documenting. The introductory hall features footage from cameras scattered around the city that show the Read More