UN PEZZO D'ACQUA
STAGE - TOTEM - VIDEO - INSTALLATION
Un pezzo d'acqua starts from an improvised dialogue made by the artist where daily anecdotes and dreamy fantasies are blended together. In a subsequent phase the text is revisited and undergoes cuts and additions by various authors such as S. Beckett, G. Bateson, K. Jung.
Following a Dadaist compositional method, Un pezzo d’acqua becomes a dialogue with two voices, one pink and one blue, one the patient and the other the analyst, in which the artists, using different metaphors, try to define the artistic process itself : this is the basis for the creation of a Videologue, a term inspired by Bateson's Metalogues, and coined by the artists to define a video installation, in which two screens interact with each other through images and words.
Orecchie D’Asino, Un pezzo d’acqua, stage and details, Milano (IT), 2020
The totem, sculpture dedicated to preserve the memory of a culture, is chosen as the representative method for a new stage of Un pezzo d’acqua. Playing on the very concept of photography to undermine the relationship between reality and representation, Orecchie D'Asino creates layers of images, objects and videos to dismantle the traditional conception of visual translation. Un pezzo d’acqua - totem won the special mention for photography of the 2021 Francesco Fabbri Prize.
Orecchie D’Asino, Un pezzo d’acqua, totem, Fondazione Francesco Fabbri, 2021
Orecchie D’Asino, Un pezzo d’acqua, video still,2020
On the occasion of Senso comune, collective show curated by Inhabitat and Adiacenze at Habitat Ottantatre (Verona, IT), Orecchie D'Asino rethinks the project and its installation: the videologue expands in space with a series of references to elements and contexts of the initial dream. Venice's high water, games and drops of sweat are brought to a new representation. Poised between dream and everyday life, Un pezzo d’acqua becomes a rebus.
Orecchie D’Asino, Un pezzo d’acqua, video installation, curated by Adiacenze,
Habitat Ottantre, Verona, 2022
The site-specific project of Un pezzo d’acqua for Studiottantuno (Mantova, IT) leads Orecchie D'Asino to experiment with the videologue in the different rooms: the two voices become two separated but communicating environments. The two areas of thought, personified by the two voices, find a new representation with a series of objects and sculptures immersed in an increasingly vague and dreamlike space. On the occasion of the exhibition, the artists also act outside the gallery: pink and blue tents change the perception of the place, creating a sense of disorientation and confusion in passers-by.
Orecchie D’Asino, Un pezzo d’acqua, video installation, Studiottantuno, Mantova 2022