September 21, 2022 21:00
From Harmony, from heavenly Harmony,
This universal Frame began:
From Harmony to Harmony
Through all the compass of the Notes it ran,
The Diapason closing full in Man.
J. Dryden, A Song for St.Cecilia’s day, 1687
Un Discreto Protagonista is a story of an instant, an instant of the time that is out of joint, or before the time itself, in which balance and symmetry get broken to let the time start.
No bang, no sound, just a temporary vibration in the air.
Symmetry shatters, and unfocused presences overlap, mingle. They change and turn into a constant expansion.
They are remains and scattered fragments which in a fluid space try to reassemble in shapes dictated by geometric relationships creating always different ones.
Our research came up with a question: what is the void? The void referred to a physical state, but also in existential and creative terms. The void theme, which we were unconsciously interested in and in which we found ourselves immersed during the pandemic, became clearer through a quest of some recent discoveries in physics on the origins of the universe.
We turned our attention to science, which has developed different ideas over the centuries, changing reality from time to time, influencing a worldview, and re-shaping how we perceive, relate to, and tell about ourselves.
This exploration has taken us through two seemingly distant worlds: one more mathematical, linked to scientific aspects, and one more human, connected with a remote culture through founding myths.
We worked on the concepts of time, void and fullness, density, rarefaction. We investigated the possible relationship between two figures in geometric and abstract compositions, which we found to govern the macroscopic as the microscopic.
The story that many of today’s physics tells about the origin of the universe inspired the narrative line of our work, which also comes from other sources linked to different mythologies.
Immersed within a blank page, these two figures develop relationships, then collide, create ratios and paths that constantly unite, separate, or overlap in a reflecting and mirroring interaction that has taken us into the double’s symbolic dimension.
Surprisingly, this work produced a narrative that goes beyond a visible story. Pure dance and narration fragments explode across images related to some of the most ancient stories as if they were bits of a single one.
– Alessandra Paoletti | Damiano Ottavio Bigi –