Hourglasses - video environment by Studio Azzurro acqua


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Florence, Fortezza da Basso, 1983
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Four elements: fire, air, water, and light. Each is represented by a column formed by four screens. They act as hourglasses carrying images from video to video, turning them into something else at every step. The fire turns into a thin burning line, and the line coincides with a red thread; the thread, in turn, forms a mesh that is continuously created and unravelled. Connected by this relationship, the screens create the illusion of a continuous space.

In the same way as fire, the other three elements that make up the video environment show themselves: all four become thread and fabric. The continuous making and unravelling of the four coloured meshes and the unstoppable vitality of the natural elements generate a constant movement that crosses the screens and prolongs them one inside the other. Televisions no longer appear as pressurized boxes of images and sounds: as if they were communicating with each other through some small opening, they generate a single machine made of gestures and sounds, as the hourglasses measure the infinite time of their metamorphosis.

12 synchronized videos
12 displays 25'
12 readers 3/4
4 speakers

Concept Fabio Cirifino, Paolo Rosa, Leonardo Sangiorgi
Director Leonardo Sangiorgi
Photography Fabio Cirifino
Video filming Giuseppe Baresi
Video editing Leonardo Sangiorgi
Sound and music Davide Rosa

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