TRIPTIKO
The multimedia concert celebrating Bosch's masterpieces held by the Prado Museum

 

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Every year the Princess of Asturias Foundation convenes the Princess of Asturias Awards, that are presented during a solemn ceremony held in Oviedo (Spain), the capital city of the Principality of Asturias. In 2019 the award for the Communication and Humanities category has been conferred to the Prado Museum, the most important cultural institution in Spain and one of the most important art galleries in the world, which has recently celebrated the 200th anniversary of its foundation. Every year the Awards ceremony is accompanied by a series of events organised by the Foundation to present prize winning institutions and personalities of the current edition to the wider public.

Following the success of Belleza y locura, the film-narration by Stefano Tagliafierro (co-founder of Karmachina) and produced by El País Semanal to celebrate the Prado Museum’s 200th anniversary, the Princess of Asturias Foundation decided to entrust Karmachina and Fernweh with the creation and realisation of a multimedia concert dedicated to a selection of masterpieces held by the museum in Madrid. The works of the painter Hieronymus Bosch were chosen for their exceptional visionary strength, a never-ending source of inspiration for a highly evocative audio-visual project.

The images are accompanied by original music composed and live performed by Fernweh, drawing from the infinite sound inspirations that could be sourced from Bosch’s paintings. Fernweh’s music tries to express the dualism between Renaissance and contemporary, between reality and vision, starting from the music of the time and place – finding in Josquin Desprez a reference point – and transposing it into the contemporary through the development and fragmentation of the melodic and harmonic constructions, electronic sonorities, and sound design.

Credits:

Karmachina - Direction & Art direction
Rino Stefano Tagliafierro, Elisa Seravalli, Matteo Zanella - Video post-production & Animation
Fernweh - Music

David Campanini - Audio engineer
Sandra Venco - Production assistant

 
CHANGING TIMES
CHANGING TIMES
Video mapping-projection show presented in March 2018 at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, on the occasion of Luminale 2018 (Biennial for Art Light and Urban Design)
Video mapping-projection show presented in March 2018 at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, on the occasion of Luminale 2018 (Biennial for Art Light and Urban Design)

 

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A video mapping project conceived and created for the façade by Frankfurt’s Alte Opera auditorium. In ten minutes the spectacle tells the story of the building funded by its citizens during the second half of the 19th century and badly damaged during the Second World War bombings. It was then rebuilt once again with the help of the town’s citizens as a concert hall.

The event is built around five acts, backed by an original soundtrack of Fernweh and animated images taken from the civic historical photography archive and masterpieces from the Städel Museum. It provides the audience with a reconstruction of the various stages of the monument’s life: the construction of its foundations and its inauguration, followed by its destruction, the citizen’s petition and the reconstruction and finally a new lease of life.

A spectacular ten minute flow of audio-visual material alternating figurative and abstract elements, a series of decorative chromatic combinations capable of highlighting the architectural features of the Alte Oper’s façade.

Credits:

Karmachina - Project & Art direction
Moving dots - Video post-production
Fernweh - Music
Olivia Demuro - Production assistant
Alte Oper, barco, Ciborius, GrandJean & Kollegen History Media, messe Frankfurt Satis&fy, Lukas Taido - Partners

 

A special thank to Isa Rekkab e Jörg Müllner

 

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A video mapping project conceived and created for the façade by Frankfurt’s Alte Opera auditorium. In ten minutes the spectacle tells the story of the building funded by its citizens during the second half of the 19th century and badly damaged during the Second World War bombings. It was then rebuilt once again with the help of the town’s citizens as a concert hall.

The event is built around five acts, backed by an original soundtrack of Fernweh and animated images taken from the civic historical photography archive and masterpieces from the Städel Museum. It provides the audience with a reconstruction of the various stages of the monument’s life: the construction of its foundations and its inauguration, followed by its destruction, the citizen’s petition and the reconstruction and finally a new lease of life.

A spectacular ten minute flow of audio-visual material alternating figurative and abstract elements, a series of decorative chromatic combinations capable of highlighting the architectural features of the Alte Oper’s façade.

Credits:

Karmachina - Project & Art direction
Moving dots - Video post-production
Fernweh - Music
Olivia Demuro - Production assistant
Alte Oper, barco, Ciborius, GrandJean & Kollegen History Media, messe Frankfurt Satis&fy, Lukas Taido - Partners

 

A special thank to Isa Rekkab e Jörg Müllner

 
LVNI EXPERIENCE
Discovering the “splendid” lost city of Luni through the audiovisual immersive environment that connects the A12 Motorway to the National Archaeological Area in Luni (SP).

 

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Luni, a flourishing Roman colony that rose up on the mouth of the river Magra, was dedicated to the goddess Luna. This is the land of white Carrara marble, but also, much later, of a Bishop’s seat and a pilgrimage site, which was first abandoned by its inhabitants who moved into Sarzana and then they by the bishops at the start of the 13th century. Dante, in his 16th Canto of Paradise pronounced its epitaph, describing it as the “splendida civitas lunensis”.

“Lvni Experience” is a multimedia project funded by SALT – Società Autostrada Ligure Toscana to make Luni’s historic and archaeological heritage fully accessible to the many travellers driving along the stretch of motorway that joins Liguria to Tuscany. The tunnel built to connect the A12 Motorway and the Luni National Archaeological site designed by Sina and the Studio Piarulli was transformed by Karmachina into an immersive environment in which images and sounds introduce visitors to the archaeological area that now hosts what is left of the ancient town.

“Lvni Experience” tells the story of Luni, ever since its foundation right up to its inescapable decline. This story is told entirely through images and music which are purposefully not over-explanatory. They are used in combination to evoke the city’s splendour as well as its more ill-fated moments with touching and enticing atmospheres. The most important feature of the narrative are the exhibits dating back to Roman times now on show at National Luni Archaeological Museum site. These finds include fundamental historical evidence, as well as symbolic elements with a strong narrative content. The evocative potential of the spaces is further enhanced by a sound environment conceived by Fernweh using original sound design elements and music inspired by the harmonies of ancient music reviewed in a contemporary vein.

The license to use the photographs for the installation has been granted by the Liguria Museum Network. We thank Luni’s National Archaeological Museum, the Tuscan Museum Network – National Museum of Villa Guinigi in Lucca and the Council of Carrara.

Credits:

Karmachina - Ideation, Art direction & Direction

Mara Colombo, Filippo Marta - Video Compositing & Post-production

Fernweh - Sound design
David Campanini - Sound system tuning
Lara Aleotti, Olivia Demuro - Production assistant
Nicolò Puppo - Photographs

 

The pictures of the Ancient Roman art pieces were taken by courtesy of the Polo Museale della Liguria. We wish to thank the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Luni, the Polo Museale della Toscana - Museo Nazionale di Villa Guinigi of Lucca and the Municipality of Carrara.

UTOPIE RADICALI
A video installation dedicated to the production of the Florentine Architettura Radicale groups

 

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Along with Karmachina, we provided the introductory video for the Utopie Radicali exhibition, which focuses on a highly creative period in Florence which first saw the light in the Sixties and Seventies of the 20th century: a crowded and visionary collage of the works and leading figures of Italian Radical Architecture.

The exhibition brings together for the first time in a single show the works of Archizoom, Remo Buti, 9999, Gianni Pettena, Superstudio, UFO and Zziggurat, in a conversation between design objects, videos, performance art and narratives capable of describing the revolutionary thinking that contributed to the development of contemporary art in Florence.

An exhibition produced and organised by the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation, the CR Firenze Foundation and the Contemporary Art Observatory, curated by Pino Brugellis, Gianni Pettena and Alberto Salvadori with the collaboration of Elisabetta Trincherini.

Credits:

Karmachina - Art direction & Direction
Elisa Seravalli - Video editing & Post-production
Fernweh - Music

HOMAGE TO MAYA Live Audiovisual Performance
An audio-visual performance that pays homage to the work of Maya Deren

 

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HOMAGE TO MAYA is a live audio-visual performance by Paolo Ranieri that pays tribute to the work of pioneering experimental filmmaker Maya Deren, exploring the themes of vision, reality, reflection, identity, and ritual. This piece juxtaposes some of Deren's work from the 1940s (Meshes Of the Afternoon, At Land, A Study in Choreography for Camera).

The camera's and characters’ movements are disassembled, isolated and re-edited in a dreamlike space. The performance acts as a vision: space becomes undefined and narration is reduced to single movements, now fragmented and altered by an apparently nonsensical repetition-and-variation effect. This is accentuated by the music: a miscellany of natural sounds and electronic glitches composed and live performed by Fernweh.

Other information are available at: https://homagetomaya.portfoliobox.net/

Credits:

Paolo Ranieri - Film
Fernweh - Live Music
Martina Rocchi: Set-up

HOMAGE TO MAYA Video Installation
A video installation dedicated to Maya Deren

Credits:

Paolo Ranieri, Martina Rocchi - Video Installation
Fernweh - Music