Shortlisted for the Unseen Dummy Award 2017
Shown at the Unseen Fair from the 21st – 24th of September, Amsterdam
Nature failure is inevitable,
we can only face it.
“Are They Rocks or Clouds?” is a research based on the comprehension of something which is so prominent that people can only adapt their lives.
When a natural catastrophe happens we suddenly realise that the environment we live can be dangerous. Collaborating with an anthropologist and a geologist I have tried to face our inability to understand and read our environment in the case of the “Dolomites province” (Belluno, 3.678 km²) where have been quantified 6.000 landslides that could move anytime. Some geologists extend this number to 10.000.
Landslides reoccur over time in the same places.
In detail a big catastrophic hydrogeological event occurred in 1966 involving the whole province. This event is expected to have a return period of 100 years. 50 years from now.
When the memory of the previous event starts to be lost
we start to get closer to the next one.
My work takes place in the time frame before the next catastrophe might happen.
In this space I am connecting observation and experience with the memory of previous events questioning the complexity.
A mountain is too big to be depicted too,
its inner structure is invisible.
I believe in turning the environment into an investigation space where different disciplines meet, in order to figure out a way to coexist with our Planet. Working together with a geologist and an anthropologist I have questioned issues as science, climate change, human perception..
The hydro-geological risk does not concern only Belluno or the Dolomites mountains, it extends to other whole country. The comprehension’s issue belongs to all our whole beloved Universe.
Are they rocks or clouds? is a research into the inevitable made in collaboration with the geologist Emiliano Oddone and the anthropologist Annibale Salsa.