Vincenzo Fiore Marrese

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People also ask

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The topic of this work is the human self-domestication hypothesis and its relationship between search engines semantics and the online researches related to aggressivity.

I have composed a sound piece based on some synthetic voices of chimpanzees, and a beat. There are chimpanzees voices during a fight. As we know, chimpanzees are very close to the Homo genus. Anyway, they are still more aggressive than humans in the wild environment. As a human, we are, generally, less aggressive. There is a debate about the idea that natural selection supports less aggressive humans instead of more aggressive. Anyway, we still fight and make wars. Recently media show debated news about a navy seal. This man, Edward Gallagher, seems to have committed war crimes, appear like a very aggressive soldier. Anyway, the President of the USA justified it. So, in this piece, I will explore how this news, related to the topic of aggressivity, is presented by Google in its function called "People also ask".

I realised “People also ask” in Poropati, Berlin on 19th February 2020.

Kenne dein Mem

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The topic of this work is the probabilities and possibilities to imagine social alternatives, and its relationship between fragmentation and complexity in the visual culture.

The work is an attempt to put in relation some fragments of the contemporary visual culture expressed by Internet memes under a social point of view. The idea is related to some theories about pop and high culture developed by Adorno. You could hear some fragments of an interview about the Black Panther Party, but the topic of the work is not about the Black Panther Party. The topic of the work, as I expressed above, is not related to single instances.

Strike

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The topic of this work is the gamification of warfare, so it is about the relationship between games and wars.

I did this work after a reflection about the relationship between games and politics. I noticed that many toys are related to wars and, maybe, they become toys after being weapons. I thought that this relationship was intriguing also because it involves children. I mean wars could involve children as soldiers. But, generally, people in the West think about children in a different way when they tough on weapons and wars. So mixing these elements is an intriguing way to use art to explore this topic.

Galerija SULUV, Novi Sad, Serbia

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I realised Strike in Galerija SULUV, Novi Sad, Serbia on 7th September 2019.

Projektwohnung »krudebude«, Leipzig, Germany

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I realised Strike in Projektwohnung »krudebude«, Leipzig, Germany on 22nd June 2019.

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Put it down

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The topic of this work is about the human self-domestication hypothesis and its relationship between less-lethal weapons and humans body motor control.

Soulkostel, Vernéřovice, Czech Republic

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I realised Put id down in Soulkostel, Vernéřovice, Czech Republic, on 15th December 2018.

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Stopping the World

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The topic of this work is the political identity, and its relationship between the flow of the Internet's information.

I did this work after a visit to a small village in Brandenburg, Germany. We were with some friends, and we entered an old pub with a garden. Suddenly, I remained alone. I entered a room, and I saw a staircase. I took the staircase, and I arrived on the second floor. There was an empty room with a chair. I sat on this chair, and for a few moments, I remained in silence, by myself, observing the wall in front of me. I remembered the idea of “stopping the world”, from the books of Carlos Castañeda. I thought, what if we do not apply it to the general idea of “identity”? Could it be possible to apply to the specific idea of “political identity”? Do we have a “political identity”? The flow of information that we received from the Internet influence it? What if this flow will suddenly stop?

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Žeželj

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The topic of this work is the personal experiences and collective memories after post-war reconstructions.

I did this work after travelling to Novi Sad in Serbia. I was walking alone beside the Donau river, and a modern bridge attracts me. I started to shot some videos around me because the atmosphere touched me. I saw a man on a boat under the bridge. The man throws a fishing net. I went through the bridge. From the other side, a cargo ship attracts my attention. I walked back. There were road works, but after a few steps, I saw a big yellow and blue sign. "Construction of the Žeželj Bridge across the Danube River in Novi Sad was funded by the European Union and the Republic of Serbia, Autonomous Province of Vojvodina and the City of Novi Sad", the sign said. In 2018 this bridge was opened as a substitute of a previous bridge destroyed by NATO bombing during Yugoslav Wars. This mix of living experience and matter of facts raise a question in me. The urban space could be, literally, a bridge between our inner experience and collective experience?

You’re dangerously low on space (We love to entertain you)

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The topic of this work is the risk perception, and its relationship between the media framing and the multinational technology companies.

I did this work after travelling to Leipzig in Germany. I was walking close to a street called Eisenbahnstraße, and I found an unusual street signal said: "weapons are forbidden". As I understood later, the street signal was related to some facts that happened in Eisenbahnstraße. Related to these facts, a TV station realised a TV service defining that street as the most dangerous street in Germany. I walked up and down across this street, recording the voices of the people and traffic noises. Then I went to a peripheral area of the city, and I walked down to an Amazon Logistic centre, recording a video. By chance, I started recording the video in front of a commemorative stone about the Battle of Leipzig. Then I used the audio from Eisenbahnstraße and the video from the way to Amazon to create this video, with a not-narrative editing and other details.

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Body’s Law

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The topic of this work is about the prisoners reentering society, it is related to the body, and its relationship between jail and society.

I did this work after reading a handbook called “Reentering Your Community”. The Federal Bureau of Prisons, an agency of the United States of America, developed this book. I was born in Italy. Italy is a country with cultural influences from the United States. To fully understand some social issues of Italy, could be useful to go to the roots. So the culture of the States attracts me. My first interest in art was the body, as a biological structure. Then I shift my interest to the body as a social subject. So these topics are relevant to my work.

Charukola Institute University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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I realised Body's Law in Charukola Institute University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh on 2nd February 2019.

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Grand Hotel Terminus, Bergen, Norway

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I realised Body's Law in Grand Hotel Terminus, Bergen, Norway, five times, on 5th and 6th October 2019.

Teatro Espace, Torino, Italy

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I realised Body's Law in Teatro Espace, Torino, Italy, on 4th July 2019.

Art Residence "Carbon", Kyv, Ukraine

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I realised Body's Law in Art Residence "Carbon", Kyv, Ukraine, on 8th July 2018.

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Kaņepes Kultūras centrs, Riga, Latvia

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I realised Body's Law in Kaņepes Kultūras centrs, Riga, Latvia, on 29th June 2018.

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Korpus Cultural Centre, Minsk, Belarus

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I realised Body's Law in Korpus Cultural Centre, Minsk, Belarus, on 1st July 2018.

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Cross Attic, Prague, Czech Republic

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I realised Body's Law in Cross Attic, Prague, Czech Republic, three times on 23rd March 2019.

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Battersea Arts Center, London, United Kingdom

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I realised Body's Law in Battersea Arts Center, London, United Kingdom, on 2nd May 2018.

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Semio Theatre (Θέατρο Σημείο), Athens, Greece

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I realised Body's Law in Semio Theatre (Θέατρο Σημείο), Athens, Greece, on 27th October 2018.

The "Θέατρο Σημείο" (Semio Theatre) is a theatre in the municipality of Kallithea in Athens. Founded in 1985 it is established in the actual venue since 2012 (https://www.thesemio.gr/el/about Retrieved 12th January 2020).

I realised "Body's Law" during a festival. The audience was emphatic, and after the piece, we discussed a lot about the topics. That is important for me as a result of the work. We discussed the topic of prison and prisoners and the reentering in the community. The piece was quite different from the others presented at the festival. That was because the other pieces were mainly theatrical oriented. But, it was not a problem for the audience that showed interest. And in these cases, it is not necessarily evident.

Suspended Sentence

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“Suspended Sentence” is a piece about colonialism, pollution and exotic plants. It happens, generally, in botanical gardens. Some sounds that I recorded during my trip to Bangladesh create the core of the piece. I developed this piece for botanical gardens and similar spaces.

The idea is to add a temporary plant to the collection of the garden. It is an unusual plant, not a real one. In Italian, my first language, the word "plant" has two meanings. The first meaning is "plant" as an organism. The second meaning is "map", typically "a map of a city". The unusual plant is "a sound map of a city".

Parco della Nave, Cicogna, Italy

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I realised Suspended Sentence in Parco della Nave, Cicogna, Italy, on 15th June 2019.

The "Parco della Nave" is a historical botanic garden in Cicogna a place close to Terranuova Bracciolini, a municipality in the province of Arezzo, in Tuscan region in Italy. The botanic garden contains several plants and a small lake. According to their website, exotic plants come by colonies, as usual during the XVIII and XIX centuries (www.fattoriadellanave.it Retrieved 12th January 2020).

I realised "Suspended Sentence" close to a giant sequoia (scientific name: Sequoiadendron giganteum, according to "Taxonomy and Ecology of Woody Plants in North American Forests" by Fralish and Franklin, John Wiley & Sons, p. 123). I decided to work close the giant sequoia cause was one of the most iconic exotic plants in the botanic garden. During the action, I changed the colour of the sequoia with some coloured lights. That's to give the idea that something in the garden changing and was related to the plants. Colours were correlated to sounds by an automatic function.

After the piece, during the night, I remained alone in the botanic garden. I put my tent close to the sequoia. The aim was to record some animal sounds that I could use in another "Suspended Sentence" pieces, as a sort of accumulated memories. I recorded a frog concert from the lake and other sounds. Then a storm comes with thunders. I decided to go away, thinking of trees in the garden damaged by lightning in the past, as the garden's owner told me.

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