VALERIA MEDICI

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This work explores the combination of performance, meditation and the place of individuals in nature by pushing the boundaries of the body in a fictional landscape.

The indoor installation represents a mountain recreated with tridimensional lines starting from the body and ending on the wall.

The gestural movements performed addresses the question “How can a performance artist create a landscape?”. As a painter holds the brush to stroke a line, the performer pull, tend and move the physical lines departing from the body to form moving lines made of shadows and matter.

The work also wishes to be inclusive. By welcoming the participant to wear the installation, it allowed a full-body immersion in a meditative and ritualistic 'cave' where sounds and lights were inhibiting the body and the mind to liberate free movements.

 

The urgency of addressing climate change was also imperative and another function of the installation is to raise discussions and awareness about the human impact on the planet. Concrete and plastic are among the most produced and wasted materials.

The roughness of the strings, the hardness of the plastic and the concrete in which the piece is installed, are elements to start the discussion on how we place ourselves as humans on the planet.

 

The piece was created in response to the Scape brief over the first year of the BA Fine Art course at the University of Northampton.


Installation: Dyed strings, plastic belt, screws on walls, sound and light installation, performer. “Buddhist Meditation Music for Positive Energy: Buddhist Thai Monks Chanting Healing Mantra” track with crackling fire and water. All the materials used for this installation have been found or donated.

Performed at the University of Northampton, 25-01-2019

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