This residency was part of an exchange program between Rad’Art (Italy) and La Chambre Blanche (Quebec City).
The project I proposed for this residency is part of my ongoing research on the phenomena of vibrations and tremors in materials, which has played a significant role in my recent work. However, when I arrived in Valle del Borrello where Rad’Art is located, I was surprised by the particular way that sound and silence transpire there. Noises seem to simultaneously exist in the ethos of the times, somewhere between something intimate and distant. I associated this sensoriality with Marcel Proust’s description of a similar atmosphere in Swann’s Way: “What had to move—a leaf of the chestnut-tree, for instance—moved. But its minute quivering, total, self-contained, finished down to its minutest gradation and its last delicate tremor, did not impinge upon the rest of the scene, did not merge with it, remained circumscribed.” This passage inspired the project’s title: What had to move... moved.
The work in the space
The sonic and visual explorations I carried out in the exhibition space at Rad’Art were suffused with this atmospheric poetry. Using the device I developed for A falling tree makes more noise than a growing forest, I made various contextual experiments with the songs of birds in the nearby area, an antique garden table transformed into a vibrating sonic object, leaves rustling in trees, a storm, the village of Ciola after the rain, cyclists participating in the Nove Colli race, and other small, everyday noises that might have otherwise gone unnoticed.