Oblivious is a visual experiment, a collaboration born in Palermo between Ignazio Mortellaro and Rosanna Costantino. United by their common interest in video and photography their practise is informed both by their academic training in Architecture and Engineering and by their professional experience of architectural practise, as well as urban analysis and design. Their work explores the dynamics between people and the use of space, and the interaction of natural and fabricated environments.
The medium of video acts as a tool for investigating the perception of images, invoking moods that range from the surreal to the objective. Technology is kept to a minimum and technical restriction is imposed in order to release creativity. The members of Oblivious take influence from early C20th experimental cinema where utterly iconic imagery was created despite huge technological constraints. Each Oblivious VJ set or AV performance involves the use of original material and forms an ongoing research into human anatomy and landscapes.
In 2010 Oblivious became Oblivious Artefacts, a collective of artist between Palermo, Rome and Berlin. The project now involves other artists, designers and practitioners working around the three cities, including the sculptor and visual artist Marco Morici and the designer and graphic artist Glauco Marino. Oblivious Artefacts have also worked with outstanding underground labels, including Prologue. 2010 sees Oblivious join the Stroboscopic Artefacts family, a Berlin based techno label where they are the resident graphic designers; realising the entire design concepts from 12” artwork to video teasers to VJ sets.