"Viaggio al centro della terra"

Michelangelo Bastiani at Villa Lysis - 15th August 2018

Liquid art system is glad to present "Viaggio al centro della terra", a video installation of the artist Michelangelo Bastiani representing a geyser and a water tornado.

The event will take place on the 15th of August from 8pm at Villa Lysis, a fascinating villa in Capri famous for its history and its stunning architecture.

The work is interactive: this means that, thanks to particular sensors, it will respond to the movement of the viewer, invited to "communicate " with it.

The comparison between artifice and nature is a central theme in art history : painters, sculptors and architects over the centuries have recreated the world through the lenses of their works. Michelangelo Bastiani accepts this challenge by regenerating natural phenomena through the latest digital mechanisms.

Bastiani's works are video installations on large screens, interactive video projections and holograms, focusing in particular on elements of nature and the state of matter.

Water has been the key to his research since the beginning, aiming to represent an ever-changing art. Like Heraclitus, one of the fathers of ancient Greek philosophy, claimed: "No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." Because of its dynamic nature, water has always been difficult to represent.
Bastiani is able to face this difficulty through a tangible interaction technology, which communicates directly with the viewer: his digital waterfall will never keep a steady flow, but will change according to the viewer's movement, as part of the kinetic process of the work. Nature blends with artifice.

The interactive video is a perennial happening where the work lives and changes, resulting in infinite variables. Thus, the relationship between work and observer become stronger transforming what we imagine as the traditional "passive" visit into "active".

Between real and virtual, Bastiani gives life to a third dimension in which nature and artifice coexist, following an artistic research where the only constants seem to be transformation, and the evolution of his works over time.

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