There is an exhibition of some works created by the artists Alessandro Capozzo and Katja Noppes in Venice, at the Ex Cantieri Navali. The collaboration between these two protagonist is really interesting, considering the possibility of a dialogue between conventional art and new tecnologies.
The two artists have different technical competence and way of representation. Alessandro Capozzo, media artist and designer, interested in musicology, uses program languages as expressive medium. He creates generative softwares, where the code is something that create complex systems.
Katja Noppes, scenographic artist, worked on video and painting. In her works is easy to see her interest for materials and different surfaces, as traces of life. The relationship between technology and personal memory and the man-nature relationship are keyword in her work.
The to are triying to create an interaction between digital and analogical media, with a metaphorical use of materials. Capozzo and Noppes create their works as a synthesis, far from the concept of easy aesthetic, mediating between new tecnologies experiences and physical and sensorial sensations.
Their works moved on a thin border, where inorganic has a dynamic life and organic is nothing but a trace. Two opposite ideas become complementary in a dialogue about emptiness and fullness. Their works talk about the sensitive world, in their composite objects meanings change and material is not fixed.
In the Exhibition we can see that works are made of different processes. A complex interpretation has a essential and formal coherence. In term of time, the 1 st installation is Exuvia, This name came from a word used in biology to describe the skeleton of an insect. The installation is a form of a computer desktop in a syntetic transparent material, on a ldc screen covered with epoxy resin. On the resin are printed dragonfly wings. On the screen a generative software show a dynamic visualisation of the line that makes the wings flutter.
The work suggests the metaphor of metamorphosis, through the absence of the insect, and find its life in the hypnotic movement created by the software.
Madamina il catalogo è questo is a work whose name depends on the famous Don Giovanni. The work is a modular installation made of different works. The 1 st part is a plaster cast, open like a book, with the lyric of the opera written on, and a heart-shaped part. In the 2 nd part, 13 hearts in grey cement coloured gum are fixed in horizontal lines, just like a metropolitan skyline. The shapes can’t really be seen from the extern of the silicon squares but it is possible to evoke their presence putting a finger into the object, through a special hole.
The 3 rd act is another gum heart with a small camera, using infrared lighter. The camera send the image og the inner form to a black and white screen, visualizing the heart pulsing. The rhytm is faster as we come closer to the object.
With the interactive installation Code Specific Beta, we are in front of a gum column, cement look like, on the top of which there is a screen. On the monitor it is possible to watch what it seems a geographic place, but it is a visualisation of a programme ( created by Capozzo) analyzing itself. It is possible to interact with this materialisation, with 2 infrared sensors, on the top of 2 sticks: getting closer to the sticks it is possible to visualize the code or to modifying the urbanistic project.
The collaboration between Capozzo and Noppes is a brave moment of research, but also it is a challenge, trying to get far from the stereotypes. Their production inspires us questions about perceptions and aesthetic. In the last days og this month, they are going to set and exposition in Boston , at Siggraph 2006.