POLISONUM

PASSI is a walkable mirrored surface, a site specific work by the artist Alfredo Pirri. It is a lake of mirrors that reflects, expands space, and disorients to seek a new orientation. It distorts and overturns reality to offer new perspectives of observation thanks to a vital process that feeds on the steps of those who cross this border made of reality and illusion. Each step defines a transformation of space and the reflected image, which is shattered, millesimated and finally pulverized with the passage of time. As outcome of a collective and individual action, the break determines the spatial perception and simultaneously becomes our sign of existence. PASSI 13"36' is the sound work presented in OTO SOUND MUSEUM realized by Polisonum, who collected and composed the sound given by the action of the breaking of the steps generated on the work of Pirri. The composition is the result of a dramaturgy that returns the portrait of experience, movement, passage. Made up of unpredictable acoustic signs, creaks, crunches, crackles and rhythmic accents, the sonority of PASSI 13"36' becomes the restitution of a threshold as tangible as it is interior: that border between the real and the apparent that we are invited here to tread, twist and overcome through sound.
The work PASSI 13"36' – also recorded on vinyl in a limited edition as result of the collaboration between Alfredo Pirri and Polisonum – was created in 2019 at Palazzo Altemps in Rome where Pirri's work was set up under a sixteenth-century loggia.

Polisonum (Filippo Lilli, Donato Loforese)

is an artistic collective using sound as a method and device of investigation to explore processes and metamorphoses linked to the present time. It is characterized by a research-based approach directed at listening to and interpreting the spaces in which it operates through sound installations and performative acts in strong dialogue with visual languages. Thanks to its hybrid identity, Polisonum realizes projects that feed on a practice of study and analysis in relation to other fields of knowledge. Polisonum's work has been shown in several institutions and festivals, among others: Una boccata d'arte (AV), Fondazione Volume (RM), Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen (CH), Palazzo Altemps (RM), Palazzo Pallavicini (BO), Romaeuropa Festival (RM), OTO Sound Museum Zurich (CH), The Others (TO). The collective collaborates with La Sapienza University of Rome Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering on the Green Network project for the Public Space Biennial. In 2018 Polisonum received the Special "Utopia" Award of the Talent Prize and in 2016 the Best Unpublished Work Award during The Others.

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