Changes of state

This video summarizes the two artistic researches and faces a central theme that combines both: the dynamic between inner and outer. In particular, this video binds to the concept of passage understood as transformation from a natural element to another, as from one emotional state inner to outer one. Water and heat are the two basic elements. With the heat the liquid molecules separate themselves from their neighbours and mix with the air, creating steam. The surface of the mirror fogs up and doesn’t reflect the image of the face, and leave to suggest; the intervention is to reshape, re- imagine the face unseen, recreate through imagination and blink reflex the own "SE" that is no longer only exterior image. Through the sight the finger traces the primary lines of the face but the experience is tactile to record information from the real.

Compost n.1 is a part of an artistic project that combine science, video art and digital sculpting and is ispirated by the recent studies of Donna Haraway on the concept of Chtulucene: not a post human world but a human compost world characterized by a continuous process of composition and decomposition.

This change of perspective is urgent especially against the backdrop of the ongoing pandemic, it is necessary - to use Donna Haraway's words - “to stay with the trouble” in this infected time and deal with kinship systems among various species.

In particular, this video shows a panorama populated by symbiotic assemblages, infected surviving and migrant collaborative beings – artificial intelligences biofabricated - that wallow in a liminal environment between natural and artificial, between mineral and organic in which humanity ha reduced itself to a crystalline form.

Terra!

The video suggests the boarding to a land of dreams, unfulfilled hopes and promises. We are all migrants: our human condition is by its nature migrant. The white statue represents all of us and the gold boats are our dreams of a better life, shared by all. This sharing of horizons can lead to a real change of perspective on the concepts of diversity, immigration and human rights. Furthermore, Terra! exorcizes the fear that diversity can destroy. The white statue is who does not accept diversity and is influenced by the fears generated by the media. The migrants become shining golden boats and a chance of new life if immigration is approached with a serious plan of action and not extemporary. Who is in fear instead remains motionless and with the vain and hypocritical hope of ending the phenomenon sooner or later, but if this continues will be buried also under the isothermal towel – but apparently protective – of clichés.

Terra! is also part of a multimedia installation project.

Citron | Lunardi

Selene Citron (1986)

Luca Lunardi (1980)

Padova/ Italy

Citron | Lunardi is a collaboration between two different personalities: Selene Citron (1986) passing from digital fabrication to performance and Luca Lunardi (1980) who works with video and writing.

Citron is a performer and sculptor. Her research is based on the use of simple materials: plaster, argilla, resin, twine, iron. Her current artistic work focuses on digital fabrication and 3D printing. She is a sculpture teacher in Liceo Artistico “Selvatico” of Padua.

Lunardi is a filmmaker specialized in scientific communication and documentary. His artist research explored some different areas (cinema, video art, science and animal studies).

Their artworks take a critical view of social, political and cultural issues. Often they arise from a very urgent suggestion of the society's problems. This suggestion often becomes an artifact created by Citron, or sometimes a performance. At this point the object or the performative act becomes a subject that Lunardi develops in film language.

We scrutinize established terms like nature, culture and technology, including their definitional boundaries. We draw up experimental and future-oriented scenarios to reflect upon the hybrid network between humans and their environment.

The artworks become a hybrid that mixes the pixel framework, the 3D print, the performance and the environment. A contamination that redraws the boundaries between the human and the post human, the analogical and the digital, the artificial and the natural.

Their works have participated in national and international exhibitions.

Our recent suggestions are the studies of the philosopher of science and pioneer cyborg feminist Donna Haraway who calls for an interspecies symbiosis.

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