STATI D'ANIMO 2006-2011
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There are five sequences - Arrival, Crossing, Waiting, Departure and Farewell. Airports and their environs are monitored to create a sense of place that is layered with shadows, echoes and reflections. Communications between ground staff and flight crew, airport announcements, interweave with personal stories of loss and new beginnings to form “conversations” that populate the airport. The airwaves are dense with the echoes of human drama. The title references the trilogy of paintings (Stati d’Animo, 1911) by the Futurist artist Umberto Boccioni. The international airport replaces Boccioni’s railway station as the principal site of human movement - a zone of passage in which people suspend their usual lives, a place where they experience a heightened mix of emotions, and where they recall other lives in other places. The formation of the interior airport images in this work closely resembles the sequenced exposures of chronophotography by Jules Etienne Marey (1830-1904) which (like Henri Bergson’s reflections on time) inspired the painterly experiments of the Futurists that this work evokes.
Stati d’Animo exists in several forms – as stills, a video essay, and multi-channel and single-channel video installations.
Produced in Association with the Australian Film Commission
Produced with the assistance of Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
© 2006-2011 Merilyn Fairskye