Martusciello, Elio: To Extend the Visibility
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|PAL ONLY (Will play in all computers) In a Limited Edition of 500 copies in North America, this DVD comes in a threefold art DVD case with a full colour 48 page book offereng substantial exegetical essays (in English and Italian) by Tim Hodgkinson and Sebastiano Giacobello) and additional artwork by Ale Sordi and Ester Curcio. It s is a fully integrated electronic composition/animation exploring and aestheticising the contemporary fact of the digital unification of visual and aural data.|
This whole work is based on satellite images of our planet. We are overrun by this type of "gaze" which reaches the outer limits of the stratosphere and then turns to look back on ourselves and our 'geographies' (like looking down through the eyes of the Divine, God's)... and furthermore without recognising anything; the micro and macro having become the same. This technological extension is completely optimised to map out the globe (a form of outlining territories), to be able to 'find' each thing, each address, one's own home (as if we were 'losing' it). It doesn't take long to realise that once the curiosity has worn off (after inviting us to recognise the places we have visited, like our friends' houses) we can then just marvel at that 'other' beauty, those unrecognisable colours and strange shapes on our earth (everything seems to contain all of this century's history of painting). These images of our planet, multiplying during the "eco-debate" era, seem to darkly foresee (what is in fact a certainty) its disappearance, the irreversible pollution (which brings to mind the coincidence between the arrival of hi-fi for sound diffusion and music recording and the overall drop of all civilisation's technological and contemporary industrial environmental acoustics). In brief, a "discussion" about the planet, cosmos, God and the transfiguration of the "technological whole".