May 3, 2012 - May 13, 2012 19:00
Stazione Leopolda di Firenze | IT
within POST ELETTRONICA
a project curated by Valentina Gensini and Letizia Renzini
POST ELETTRONICA, curated by Valentina Gensini and Letizia Renzini, is an installations and performing arts special project that includes original creations, concerts, performances and installations by international artists who have gone beyond the electronic and digital mechanism towards a gestural and contaminated use of the new technologies.
Les Souliers (The Shoes) by Arno Fabre: thirty pairs of shoes, selected by audition, perform this work. The shoes are provided by generous donors or bought at the flea market; they all have known a wearer and have tread across grounds. They already tell a story. Through customized tramplers, the shoes can move with amazing personality that makes us forget their mechanical drives.
They hit, rub, hit & rub, rub & hit in rhythms that vary fast and slow, while also stepping up, down, forward, backward, and all stages in-between. A numerical Midi score guides the shoes precise movements. The composition, like in the selection of the shoes, is as much narrative as it is musical. It is an arrangement that is inspired from the raw sounds of an accumulation of individualized shoes. It can be considered a narrative work that evokes the wanderings of a singular man in certain passages, the rubbing of an unknown folk dance, the galloping of a youth gang, the determination of a military march, or even the independence of dissident foot falls in others.
Behind the burlesque character of these agitated shoes, we may also feel anxiety. An ambiguous feeling of fascination and fear, when talking about how we run the world. In orchestrating an ensemble of shoes, Les Souliers convene ghosts of former wearers and inevitably suggests their absence. In this way, we are confronted with a curious intermingling of dance incantation, contemporary music and derisory trampling.