Studio ++, Il mare non ha paese nemmeno lui, ed è di tutti quelli che lo stanno ad ascoltare (Giovanni Verga, I Malavoglia, 1881), 2012
Augmented reality installation. Palermo, Palazzo Belmonte Riso. Photo credit: Studio ++
“Il mare non ha paese nemmeno lui, ed è di tutti quelli che lo stanno ad ascoltare” Giovanni Verga, I Malavoglia, 1881
ACT Fellow Fabio Ciaravella, along with his Studio ++ collaborators Umberto Daina and Vincenzo Fiore, is currently exhibiting an augmented reality project at RISO, the Contemporary Art Museum of Sicily in Palermo. The work will become part of the museum’s permanent collection.
Installed on the facade of the museum, the piece consists of a quote from I Malavoglia, a novel by nineteen-century Sicilian writer Giovanni Verga. The book centers on the struggle of a fisherman’s family for social and economical growth. In the installation, the text is invisible to the human eye and requires the use of a mobile device to view it. Using the immaterial dimension of technology, the work triggers a reassessment of the contemporary relationship between the artist, the museum, and the public realm. The installation reflects on the boundaries between inside and outside and between virtual space and urban landscape, actively engaging the audience with a new aesthetic dimension and modes of interaction with the space of the museum.
More information about the project is available in Italian here.