FIVE ACTIONS WITH RED GLOVES (CIRCUITI # 2)
Video installation, 2013
The ephemeral video begins with a work of mixed media on a 1.5 mt X 1.5 mt wooden board. The board was first decorated with starches on a painted surface, while the female image was digitally painted using a video still as a reference. The image was then printed on canvas and “sewn” on the board with thumbtacks and a complicated weaving of red woolen thread. The red wool also becomes a graphic decoration, recalling the idea of the game while covering the nakedness of the figure. On the panel are also fixed the red latex gloves that are the cornerstone of the video performance inspired by the painting. The work is contained in the disc attached to the belly of the female figure.
The main concept of the work lies in this ongoing shift from analog to digital and back, like a needle going in and out while sewing a fabric. The idea is born from the desire to incorporate digital elements into an analog work. Digital media devices (DVDs, mini CDs) become original graphic elements once embedded in the work together with printed graphics, objects, and paintings, but at the same time contain real digital video or photographs. The collector thus takes possession, together with the original work, of the only existing copy on physical media - duly authenticated - of a performative act in video or photo, which is the key to the understanding of the work itself. The video contained in the disk which is embedded in the work, fixed on the belly of the female figure, is a dreamlike journey into the unconscious in which the female figure is doubled and split. There are a number of elements around which the performance develops: the red shiny latex gloves become a living matter that blends with the other red objects: the red wire, the plastic chair, the dress, the artwork on the background.
It‘s a game of optical illusions and metamorphosis in which the space of the performance is continuously redrawn by the architecture of the movement and transformation of the color red in its various epiphanies: the aerial impalpable nature of the red wire, the solid-state of the red plastic chair, the almost liquid nature of the red gloves and dress.
Galleria Opera Unica, Rome - 2013
Rapid Pulse Festival, Chicago - 2017
Concept, art direction, editing - Francesca Fini
Website of the project 'Circuiti'