Isabella Pers, WHEN MIND BECOMES FORM. DEL MOTO ET MISURA DELL'ACQUA
video installation, 2019
The video projection is surrounded by two ‘walls’ made with trunks, branches and twigs of the trees destroyed on Friuli mountains by the devastating violence of the Vaia storm. On October 29th, 2018, Vaia hit woods in north-eastern Italy, causing the loss of 8 million cubic meters of standing trees, with consequences still ongoing on ecosystems and forest animals.
To build the installation, I collected the branches fallen on the ground, as a gesture of care towards the forest.
The plant neurobiologist Stefano Mancuso observes that plants are endowed with senses, that they communicate (with each other and with animals), sleep, remember, react to changes in the surrounding environment, and are able to produce and emit electrical signals on all cells in their bodies, in a sort of diffuse brain.
The memory of water is the subject of a discussed scientific theory (Jacques Benveniste, Luc Montagnier, Emilio del Giudice and others). Thousands of popular beliefs speak of her, and for many shamanic traditions and religious faiths, water is the sacred element capable of listening, memorizing the vibrations received and responding by modifying the forms of its molecules. But also the forms of climate change will be determined around water: the melting of glaciers, rising sea levels, floods, tsunamis, storms, hurricanes, pollution and plastics. Water will be decisive even in its absence: droughts and desertifications could radically change the geographies and ways of life we know. Just as the tree roots communicate with each other in a sort of network, water is also the element that covers most of our planet, connecting every earth. The water that flows in the Isonzo river crosses different borders and brings the memory of the dramatic events that occurred during the First World War, and in the recent camps of migrants coming through the Balkan Route.
The title of the project refers to the famous exhibition by Harald Szeemann exhibition Live in Your Head. When Attitudes Become Forms at the Kunsthalle in Bern in 1969 as, also in this project, there exists the need for an osmosis between art and context, a dialogue between the parts and an empathic and shared relationship. Dialogue that evolves in the echo of Del moto et misura dell’acqua, a seventeenth-century collection of drawings on nature taken from the Vincian manuscripts.
Winning project of the call "I request art asylum" organized in collaboration with
Museo Leonardiano of Vinci
aA29 Project Room
Vulcano unità di produzione contemporanea
Consorzio Turistico Gorizia e l’Isontino
The branches were collected in the forests devastated by the Vaia storm of the Passo Pura of Ampezzo, with the support of the agronomist and tree climber Andrea Maroè of the Giant Trees Foundation, in synergy with the project Make a New Forest born, PEFC solidarity chain.
Urban multimedia festival In\Visible Cities 2019
CSS - Teatro stabile di innovazione del Friuli Venezia Giulia
Co-financed by: Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia, Comune di Gorizia, Comune di Gradisca d'Isonzo, Camera di Commercio Venezia Giulia - Trieste e Gorizia, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Gorizia
Partners: Museo Leonardiano di Vinci, The University of Sheffield, Pergine festival, Dynamis, Scientifica, Acquasumarte, PimOff, festival Approdi, Teatro della sete, Sonitus, proEsof Trieste 2020
Director of Photography: Paolo Comuzzi
Camera: Paolo Comuzzi, Mattia Comuzzi, Gabriele Zampieri
Editing: Paolo Comuzzi
Editing second section: Camilla Alberti
Camera and editing of this video documentation: Mattia Comuzzi
Raphael d’Abbon (with his poem At the edge from Indian Ocean, Durban, South Africa), Alessia Degano (medit/action from Volkspark Friedrichshain, Berlin), Gloria Deganutti (connection with the nine worlds of the sacred tree of Yggdrasil from Schio, Vicenza), Adele Delli Zotti (medit/action from Fusine lakes, Tarvisio), Cristina Fiore and Andrea Penzo with Cosmo (Sanskrit mantra from Venice), Stefania Galatolo (Yemanja Brazilian sacred song from Tyrrhenian Sea, Mongerbino, Palermo), Lance Henson (with his poem Impression of a Peyote song, on the road Foggia/Bologna), Macri Puricelli (medit/action from her animal Sanctuary, Scandolara, Treviso)
the participants of the Isonzo river medit/action:
Lorenzo Acquaviva, Francesca Bò, Sandra Bosco, Claudia Buiese, Maurizio Capisani, Giuliana Castagnetti, Rosanna Cattarossi, Cristian Chiarvesio, Sabrina Conte, Andrea Dellai, Eliana Fiappo, Simone Floreani, Alisa Franzil, Ivan Franzil Pers, Giulia Governo, Greta Isufaj, Gianni Novello, Franca Odorico, Chiara Perini, Tiziana Pers, Paolo Pilutti, Giorgia Pinzini, Ugo Rossi, Nadia Tamisari, Teddi Tion, Elena Tomat, Elisa Tomat, Silvia Tonizzo, Chiara Vicario, Katia Zanier
Alessandro Cattunar, Andrea Colbacchini, Conti di Maniago Azienda Agricola, Nico Covre, Elisa Dall’Arche, Elda Felluga, Giovanna Felluga, Alisa Franzil, Kristian Franzil, Ivan Franzil Pers, Annagioia Gaglianò, Valentino Girardi, Locanda Mandi, Andrea Maroè, Giovanni Marta, Filiberto Martinengo, Sandra Muradore, Laura Pecoraro, Chiara Perini, Tiziana Pers, Alessandro Ruzzier, Marco Vidoni, Techincal Service Carlo Visintini, Ruben Vuaran
© isabella pers 2019