exhibition and project
The exhibition, developed on the two floors of the Neo space in Padua, showcases the visual and sound survey that the two artists have developed in the previous months, relating to the theme of the interior landscape expressed by Buchner in his novel “Lenz. Tale of a madness ”, which is inspired by the name of the exhibition.
This is a story that changes the narrative and therefore the exhibition space, in which “one form passes into another in a perennial disclosure” where nature is a representation of the immense and the divine and that sees Lenz, protagonist of the story, as the undisputed representative of a humanity whose existence clings to the uncontaminated elements of reality, so as not to get lost in the chaotic and uncertain projection that is its representation.
What the two artists have in common is the research for new formal metaphors that reflect on the position of man and his relationship with the post-digital landscape of our society, which in the exhibition becomes a narration of the first psychological and then anthropological condition of the individual who lives in it.
They worked together in the creation of a performance, the central element of the exhibition, which sees a soundscape work created by Alessandro Ragazzo and a visual created by Samir Sayed Abdellattef, presented along with other videos and installations.
it’s a continuous loss in a natural trespassing that is not known where georg büchner’s “lenz” will lead. an exploration without boundaries that brings Lenz to alternate lucidity and madness, a mixture of states that make it present and absent to itself. this being in the balance between being there and not being there is also what is felt by attending the exhibition and audio-visual performance “lenz. una forma passa in un’altra in un perenne dischiudersi” — exposed until june 29 at the NEO space in padova — created by the musician alessandro ragazzo and visual artist samir sayed abdellattef [S E C T I O N P L U S] and curated by DERMA [giovanna maroccolo, giuliana placanica and samir sayed abdellattef].
immersed in a temporal space that seems to dissolve, the viewer is transported elsewhere, in an unknown place that, despite everything, he recognizes, provoking amazement; wonder that inevitably recalls the emotional state of lenz in front of the natural landscape of alsace. if lenz, therefore, becomes totally enveloped by the harmonic extensions of the wild landscape, the spectator, in turn, through the musical and visual stimuli is absorbed in a sensory plot that, passing from state to state, recalls the lenzian schizophrenic experience.
in the beginning are the raw and scratchy sounds of the venetian composer to expand in space. tones that precisely because of their “natural” characteristic, ideally recall both the primitive element of the places present in Büchner’s book, and the gradual eradication from the superstructures imposed by society. thanks to the field recording technique alessandro ragazzo builds random audio segments that are inserted in “other” environments compared to the natural contexts in which they were generated (woodlands, mountains, but also urban streets and squares). the environmental sounds extrapolated by the musician through the use of predominantly analog devices and the use of mixers, distortion, magnetophones, walkmans, mp3 players and microphones, intersecting each other, generate antimelodic compositions that can be resembled the idea of concrete music. a sound, therefore, not easily associated with certain emotions or contents, but thanks to its independence from representation, it freely creates its own evolutionary process.
the estrangement produced in the listener bounces between tones and rhythms that will never acquire a predictable identity (exactly as in lenz). tones and rhythms, these, which dialogue with the poetic images created by the visual artist samir sayed abdellattef. samir builds his visual performances in real time following the alternation of the humoral and psychological states of the book’s protagonist. the monochromatic scenarios created by the visual artist lead the observer into apocalyptic lunar deserts, in which abstract geometrical forms follow more complex structures, sometimes referable to distinguishable natural elements such as moons, trees, human brains. the spectator, therefore, through this osmosis that unites look and sound, is catapulted into a universe that regenerates at every instant, making palpable the bipolar and anti-oedipal experience of lenz.
consequently, the concept of metamorphosis appears central both in the live performance and in the exhibition installation. In fact, in the exhibition the visitor will find the imprints of the creative process of both artists. 3d prints, graphics and audio speakers mounted on monitors will accompany the viewer in audio-visual territories where the evolutionary process of the exhibited works is manifested, and where the passage from one materiality to another acquires a tangible sense.
the sounds produced, after being recorded and captured, become virtual images, assuming a visual and usable appearance through a monitor. but the process does not stop there: the visual compositions themselves will be destined to become concrete objects, transforming themselves respectively into plexiglas prints and in 3d format prints. this too can be associated with the inner and multiform journey of lenz. alessandro and samir, therefore, proposing a sort of contemporary interpretation of the büchner drama, inventing immersive imaginative spaces that, with their carnal embrace, guide the viewer into enchanting and surreal landscapes, from which one would never want to go out.
derma is a new way of thinking at the exhibition, focused on the new digital visual artistic practices togheter with the electronic sound and research.
each exhibition is the result of the work of two artists invited by the curators of the project, who share their different languages for the making of the inedit scenario presented as an electronic and visual event.