The Ruins Cacophonia / 2
[ Video 30’]FHD

In the year 2014, I lived in Milan, Copenhagen, Turin, and Oggiono and visited Malmo, Rome, Grenen Peninsula, and Celle Ligure and Portovenere. I do remember that time as a whole rollercoaster. My design job just started but it was just at the beginning. I was able to envision a shape of my potential future, but it was still looking too far away from stability. At that time I tried and fail multiple times. Succeded in something were just tiny invisible atoms among an ocean of mountains.

A few years earlier, during a trip to Bath, I have read a poem called The Ruins*. This poem bounced into my mind as an encouraging and energizing voice in Turin, as I used to cycle every day, across the ruins of the former factories. Then, when I visited Rome (for the 15th time) I choose to dedicate time to walk across the ruins of an archaeological site out of the town.

This fascination for ruins takes me to observe ruins in every place and situation, like art or music productions related to fragmentation like re-use of used particles and how to combine them in different forms.
Therefore I produced movie sequences and collected all audio-visual material in a folder, and edited it into a short movie or a video as we like to call it.

Like the poem that inspired me, This video, through the contemplation of the ruins evoke the flourishing of the past, as a ponder between the past and the present, construction and de-construction, glory and decadence.
The sites represented in the video are the Roman ruins of a Villa in Rome, the skeleton of the FIAT factory in Turin, and the sea, now the scene of a massive humanitarian crisis.

The sound is conceived as a soundscape of a set of fragmented tracks, mixed, improvised compositions, recorded noise as a sort of layer stratification. The film sequences are edited over the soundscape.
The sounds come from landscapes, art performances, nature, city noise, sound sessions, religious ceremonies, gong meditation, and even a Zumba lesson among others.

The black & white highlights the ruins themselves, the sense of destruction, the nostalgia, and decadence. Colors sequences that show a group of artists building something, as clothes as houses, with the rest of the fabrics and textiles, to highlight the re-construction.

The elegy, the Ruins, slides in the film as they appear fragmented as in the original document.
This video is a juxtaposition of fragmented atoms combined in an amorphous organism.
*The Ruin is an elegy in Old English, written by an unknown author probably in the 8th or 9th century, and published in the 10th century in the Exeter Book, a large collection of poems and riddles. The poem itself is written near the end of the manuscript, on both sides of a leaf, with the end of the poem continuing to the next page. The section has a large diagonal burn from a kind of branding in the center of the page. The burn has rendered many parts of the script illegible. The poem, describing decayed, broken buildings. The speaker imagines how the towers, walls, baths, and palaces must have looked at the time of their completion and envisions them full of life and action. This imagery is contrasted with the desolate reality of the speaker's time, the buildings having been ruined by time and fate.
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