Ideas and Inspiration

Nevermore
a video by Maria Korporal

Why do humans do themselves harm? Why do they destroy the nature they are part of?
These are the questions that the artist, as part of humankind, asks herself, through a variety of expressive spaces and languages including performances, fragments of historical films and animated drawings on paper. The whispers of “nevermore” pronounced by the artist and transformed into voices both feminine and masculine make us think of a promise sealed with a kiss – a promise that takes wing and is carried off by the wind. The uncertainty that marks mankind’s destiny finds an echo in the call of the crows: their “cras, cras!” means “tomorrow, tomorrow!” in Latin. These cries may signify hope, but also indecision and the eternal postponement of choice.

Perché gli esseri umani si fanno del male? Perché distruggono la natura della quale fanno parte? Attraverso vari spazi e linguaggi espressivi quali performance, frammenti di film storici e disegni animati su carta, l’artista si pone queste domande in quanto parte, a sua volta, dell’umanità. I sussurri “nevermore” (“mai più”), pronunciati dall’artista e trasformati in varie voci femminili e maschili, fanno pensare a una promessa che viene suggellata con un bacio – una promessa che si alza in volo ed è portata via dal vento. L’insicurezza che caratterizza il destino dell’umanità trova un’eco nelle grida dei corvi: il loro “cras, cras!”, che in latino significa “domani, domani!”. Grida che possono significare speranza, ma anche irresolutezza e l’eterno rinvio di una decisione.

technique: Experimental video and animation
length: 10'27"
year: 2012
historical film fragments: excerpts from “The Air Force Story” (1953, public domain)
field recording of frogs & toads: Benboncan
field recording of crows: Jim Blodget
all other recordings, camera work, cast, image & sound processing, animation & montage: Maria Korporal

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