DELLA MARINA E ZUCCHI
Delle stellate rote
Sound and light environment
Dedicated to the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri and the ancient philosophical concept of the harmony of the spheres
The harmony of the spheres is a theory of ancient origins whose influence is significant throughout the history of medieval thought and finds ample space in Dante’s poetics. It is mentioned in the Divine Comedy in the Canticle of Paradise. The music of the “stellate rote” or “rote magne” is based on the relationships that bind harmony and mathematics.
At the basis of this vision, the universe is understood as an immense apparatus of numerical proportions, in which the motions of the celestial bodies produce a type of music that is not perceptible to human hearing but which can (and must) be grasped with an intellectual act. By understanding him, man can access secrets that regulate the ordered structure of the universe.
«The origins of the musical scale and of the consonances between the notes are to be found in simple numerical proportions. The same can be said of many architectures. In our installations, we have always worked with symmetry and proportion, both visually and soundly. The inside of the bell tower of the Duomo, with its monumental dimensions, is the perfect place for an installation dedicated to Dante, also because to reach it you have to ascend via a spiral staircase, rather narrow and tiring.
Up there we have created a bed of light and sound matter in a combination of form and development. We used the recurring numbers in the Divine Comedy to generate the tuning of the sound sculpture and its shape; the light to emphasize the power of the bell tower’s architectural forms and create a metaphor for the celestial vault.
Harmony, light and mathematics exhibited in the purest and simplest version, in the digital domain that is our contemporary.» (A.D.M. and A.Z.)
Antonio Della Marina is an Italian electronic composer and sound artist who has focused on working with sinusoids since nearly two decades. Clearly influenced by the minimalist avant-garde of the American east coast in the sixties and seventies, his work exploits the physical properties of sounds and the use of microtonal tuning systems. He uses mathematical abstractions and custom built sound generators to shape his compositions which are offered in the form of sonorous sound sculptures.[ antoniodellamarina.com | fades.net ]
Alessandra Zucchi is an architect and media artist whose work mainly focuses on the relation between architectonic space and sensorial perception. She experiments with unusual materials and interweaving light, sound and spatial forms in unexpected combinations. Her videos are gentle and subtle moving light designs, illusionistic superimpositions of geometrical details composed to re-create the ambience and abolish time in favour to a contemplative mood.
Partners in life and art, Della Marina and Zucchi use the language of sound and architecture in order to create scenic environments in which the audience is immersed. They have exhibited their works in galleries and festivals including the Angelica Festival in Bologna, Neue Musik in Wien, the Prague Quadriennale, Logos Foundation in Ghent, Pixxelpoint in Nova Gorica, Lydgalleriet in Bergen and in the legendary loft of Phill Niblock in New York.[ spazioersetti.it ]