SCONFINAMENTO
Live cinema, 2020

Concept

During the COVID-19 lockdown, the Italian squares, always so full of life and rowdy, were suddenly silent and deserted, while life was hiding inside the houses, inside the silent buildings that harmoniously surround them. Daily life, once feverish, has become a fleeting and ephemeral circumstance: the squares were controlled by police vans, enlivened by the flight of a seagull, by a flag in the wind, by a runner's bicycle, by a couple wearing masks while walking the dog.

And so the loners adventuring in the confined city were narrative elements of a dystopian and cinematic story, which I started spying on avidly, through the dense system of tourist and surveillance webcams, accessible via the web, which I have discovered oversee almost every city in Italy.

 

While I was locked in my studio, it gave me relief to look 'outside', to spy those beautiful airy and sunny squares - the places where I would have had an aperitif and a nice dinner, under normal conditions, through this virtual window on my computer screen. I also came to project these images, on the wall of my room, as in a new panopticon urged by the discomfort of the quarantine. 

 

At that point, being an artist working with live media and interaction design, I decided to take the next step. 

Through motion tracking technology, I grabbed the webcam feed and passed it to a software, specially compiled for this project, which records and visually tracks the movement of people, vehicles, and animals, processing all the data flow and turning it into a concert for synth: movements generate sounds, modulations, graphic visualizations, digital effects. Finally, I returned everything back to the network, through a series of live streaming on Facebook, in a creative ring of real-time manipulations and interpretations.

Documentation
 

Shows

SHIFT Biennale, Uk - 2020

Lockdown Diaries online festival - 2020

Quarantine Exhibition @ Space52, Athens - 2020

'Chaos and Cosmos' @ CYLAND (winner), Russia - 2020

La Pan Caput, Chile - 2020

Zealous Stories: Digital Art 2020 (winner first prize) - 2020

Proyector Festival, Madrid - 2020
WRO Media Art Biennale 'Reverso', Poland - 2021

ADD + ART Conference, Barcelona - 2021
 

Credits
Concept, art direction, animation, editing - Francesca Fini

Media

Full performance during first national Lockdown - open link
Live performance for Lockdown Diaries - open link

Interview for Zealous Stories - open link
 

Website of the project

https://sconfinamento.tumblr.com/