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Variazioni per voce

Archive materials on audio and video censorship have been used to develop a research project for a comparative analysis between music censorship that took place in the past and the contemporary cultural situation in Italy.
The installation results from an experimentation with the first device for sound recording: the phonograph, invented by Thomas Edison in 1878. The involvement of the ex Discoteca di Stato (Istituto Centrale per i Beni Sonori ed Audiovisivi, Roma) — established in the fascist era as the “regime’s censoring hear” — has been fundamental as both the means by which the work has been made as well as on a more symbolic and conceptual level. The voice recorded on the wax cylinder is the artist’s; played multiple times throughout the length of the exhibition it gets inevitably modified. The action of consuming the work of art underlines by antithesis the importance of protecting the work’s fragility, making the censory act an important experience for the audience.

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3 Phonographs, 3 wax cylindres, 3 audio tracks | 2012
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Production: Istituto Centrale per i Beni Sonori ed Audiovisivi, Roma
Macro, Museo di Arte Contemporanea, Roma