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Luca Vitone Sonorizzare il luogo (Grand tour)

dimensione ambiente; dimensione base: cm 79 x 37 x 37 cad.
Luca Vitone’s artistic research, which began in the mid-1980s following studies at the DAMS in Bologna, is built around a reflection on places. Starting with their cartographic representation, the artist embarks on an investigation that tells the story of cultural identity and local traditions jeopardized by the current global scenario. By adopting a variety of different languages and techniques such as photocopies, photographs, videos, books, performances, installations and sound recordings, the artist explores the cultural ways in which places find their identities: the crafts, art, music, gastronomy and ethnic cultural centers. Luca Vitone thus invites the public to recognize, to dwell on something that the dynamics of contemporary society tend to eliminate. By the 1990s, the artist was focusing on the behavioral patterns and popular culture of communities, preferring to explore the loss of sense of place rather than the literal work on maps. It is from this premise that the project "Sonorizzare il luogo" takes shape. It is a series of sound installations that simultaneously play popular music. The work consists of twenty wooden stands etched with the outlines of the Italian regions from which the traditional music comes. The sound that results, combined into a single sensation of noise, becomes clearer and crisper, therefore recognizable, only when one is near the individual media. The work, which over the years has undergone several revisions by also opening up to the musical traditions of European ethnic minorities, invites us to reflect on the riches preserved in every single culture in an age in when the models imposed by the mass media try to annihilate the value of singularity and cultural specificity.
On View
C. Christov-Bakargiev, Appunti sull’opera di Luca Vitone, in M.G. Tolomeo, Luca Vitone: stundàiu, exhibition catalogue (Rome, Palazzo delle Esposizioni), Rome 2000; S. Pezzato, Luca Vitone: opera in tre atti, in Luca Vitone: prêt-à-porter, exhibition catalogue (Prato, Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci), Prato 2008; S. Chiodi, Geografie anacroniche, in Luca Vitone, exhibition catalogue (Catania, Fondazione Brodbeck; Bolzano, Museion-Museo d’arte moderna e contemporanea di Bolzano), Milan 2012, pp. 19-24.
Photo Credits
Foto Patrizia Tocci
Legal status
Purchased from Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan
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