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Techno Casa

produced by Xing
in the frame of Gianni Peng / Live Arts Week II
a performative environment specifically conceived for the space of MAMbo

"Techno Casa offer a lucid exploration of the relations between man, setup and technology in the current anthropocene" - Domus

"...Il racconto partiva da un dettaglio fisico, autobiografico, e arrivava, non ricordo bene come, a parlare di spazio" - Abitare

cura.magazine How did you begin to work on the performative environment Techno Casa?

I began working on Techno Casa during the two years I spent continuously relocating in a dense Mittel-European metropolis. The idea was born from a new love rooted in my mother country, from the daily necessity of working on different things at the same time and executing contemporarily several tasks. It was born from the abandon of my studio and of the production ideas connected to that, from the so-called European austerity rules, from the purchase of a touch-screen smartphone, from my personal come back to performance, from the idea of generating a new neo-realism, capable of challenging, unlike its predecessors, the total absence of reality.

cura.magazine The project is divided in several moments, defined as attachments. What will be its evolution during the events?

Everyday is not a new day, but I’ve never understood why an idea (landed on reality in the form of an artwork) must be always identical to itself… I think that there is nothing worse than the ideological dogma of coherence.

cura.magazine What is the relationship between space and sound in this work?

Cell phones have replaced design in the mediation between us and the space – all the instruments we had used to surround ourselves have become invisible. The final victory of objects has been revealed in the total disappearance of every object. Techno Casa has a sound whose function is that of attracting the attention, similarly to the polyphonic ringtone of a cell phone: it’s an ever-repeating melody which we cannot get used to. On the contrary we hear it even if it is not present.

Upper images: Photo © Dario Lasagni - 2013
Following images: Photo © Gaetano Cammarota - 2013
Performers: Riccardo Benassi, Margareth Kammerer, Elena Biserna


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