VIDEO / VIDEO INSTALLATIONS


Moon Relay

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Title: Moon Relay
year: 2012-2013
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Communication Moon Relay was a military project by the U.S Navy using the technology 'Moonbounce', also called Earth-Moon-Earth. This is a radio communications technique developed shortly after WWII which allows sending radio signals to the Moon and receive them back as reflection. Communication Moon Relay grew out of many ideas and concepts in radio espionage. Some impetus for the project was provided by the post-war efforts to develop methods of tracking radio signals, particularly those originating in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.
Communication Moon Relay played an important role in the Cold War and the Space Race, during which more than 1.000 nuclear tests were carried by the U.S. alone.
The video installation shows images of nuclear explosions reflected by the Moon's surface, using the technology 'Visual Moonbounce', developed in 2009 by the artist during her residency at the Dwingeloo radio telescope in The Netherlands. The images have been sent to the Moon as radio signals by a station in Brazil and, after being reflected by the Moon's surface, have been received by the Dwingeloo radio telescope and reconverted in the original images. The evident distortion of the images is caused by the great distance travelled by the signals, approximately 768.000 Kilometres.
In the exhibition setting the images are projected in large scale, in order to emphasize their allucinatory content and saturated colours, by overstating their distortion.


le Voyage dans la Lune

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Title: Le Voyage dans la Lune
year: 2011-2012
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The title is inspired by the George Méliès's movie, made in 1902 and considered the first Science fiction film in history. Similarly, Moonbounce can be considered the first form of Space travel that allowed humankind to 'touch' another celestial body by means of radio waves.
My version of 'le Voyage dans la Lune' is composed by 26 images of the Lunar phases taken by Michael Oates (Manchester Astronomical Society) that have been reflected by the Moon's surface on September 2011. The sound has been provided by JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) and uses data from one of the sensors of the Lunar orbiting satellite Selene/Kaguya, 'a laser altimeter' transforming the altitude data into musical intervals. The area sonified in 'le Voyage dans la Lune' is located on the far side of the Moon, starting at the Korolev crater, across the Highest Point.
The sound aims at suggesting the steps of a lone walkier on the Moon's surface.


Atlas gèographique

Specifications
Title: ATLAS
year: 2011
running time: 00:02:17
technique: Mini DV
credits: GreetZZ Ballonvaarten, Marco Saveriano for sound

concept / context
ATLAS is the first of a series of video works shot from a hot air balloon in various locations. The title of the project recalls geographical explorations and discoveries carried during the Age of Enlightenment.


History of Doing

Specifications
title: History of Doing
year: 2010
running time: 2 mins 40 seconds
technique: Mini DV
credits: Florid den Hartog at van Gansewinkel and Marco Douma for sound and video editing.

concept / context
History of Doing shows the decay of a recently dismissed incinerator in the harbour area of Rotterdam. The video shows a symbolic journey from the exterior to the interior of the industrial monument. The settled and yet uncanny atmosphere of the building is underlined by the environmental sound, still evoking memories of its recent past.


Rehearsal 2

Specifications
title: Rehearsal 2
year: 2009
running time: 6 mins 36 seconds
technique: Mini DV
credits: Cattex, Fabio Santesarti

concept / context
Rehearsal 2 was shot inside Cattex, a family run balloon factory in Casalvieri, a small Italian town.
The video depicts the machines and the process for balloon making, however the logical production sequence is altered. The balloons become objects of repetitive manipulation, masterminded by an unknown subject under the disguise of play.


Rehearsal 1

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title: Rehearsal 1
year: 2007
running time: 2 minutes 45 seconds
technique: Mini DV

concept / context
Rehearsal 1 suggests a figure threading the corridors of an institutional building, attempting to open a door but experiencing the impossibility of revealing what is beyond, while the sounds of stage rehearsal play in the background.


Untitled (2008)

specifications
title: Untitled (2008)
year: 2008
running time: 1 min 10 sec
technique: Mini DV
credits: TetraPak Italia

concept / context
Untitled is part of a video installation called Space Merchants that I realized in 2008 for my solo show at the Museo Laboratorio di Arte Contemporanea (MLAC) in Rome (I).
The video is an extract of promotional and corporate footage provided by TetraPak Italia and accompanied by Francis Lemarque’s soundtrack for ‘Playtime’, the pivotal film by Jacques Tati released in 1967. The video is played next to an installation realized with hundreds of white 1L TetraPak liquid food containers, printed with a blue image of a world map.