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DescriptionSelf Portrait is a piece of live art by Francesca Fini, implemented in collaboration with Gianluca Giardi, visual artist of Rome. A black cloth is in the middle of the performance space. On the canvas runs a video that contains a mosaic of images of women in the 60s public domain. The "ephemeral" culture that reveals the stereotype of women and its distortion in the period surrounding the so-called image-obsessed society. She is and advertising vehicle, a messenger of social campaigns, the object of male desire in the first soft-porns in black and white. A picture that could be monotonous, but in reality is mysterious and ineffable, while the video runs, sent back and forth by the fast fingers of Francesca Fini handling a corset full of electronic valves and knobs. An electronic dress/prison that is also an instrument that makes up a noisy soundscape where you lose the words of those women of the past, while Gianluca tries to keep their faces on the canvas with white chalk.
Authors / Co-authorsFrancesca Fini
Techniquelive media, video
Year of production2011

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performance piece in two chapters

Act I - "white lab"

The miracle of the wild colors of natural seasons is played in the space of a white lab, flows in a white suit that wraps a body without a face. Colors that blend and overlap, to make my white skin hard and brown like bark, as time goes by making us feel as to resemble trees.

music by zuhn -

Act II - "white noise"

The Greek word for "nature " is physis (φύσις): According to Heidegger this term is related to the keyword phàos, phos which means light, wanting to signify a connection between life and light. The concept of light as a source of life is shown through the use of interaction design. The lab is now completely dark. The public can pick up light torches from the floor, to illuminate the scene. When light hits my white suit, the wall behind me comes to life. Bright colors run across the surface of the room, accompanied by interactively generated sounds that appear to be one with them. The webcam in front of me tracks light spots on my suit, transforming them into images and sounds.
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A woman discovers and plays with a mirrorball, and so she dies, mesmerized by her own image reflected by hundreds of little pieces of mirror. "Narcissus" myth, reinterpreted by a video that “reflects” the magmatic disintegration of individual identity in contemporary society and the savage search for artificial beauty.

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