- Ancient Greek mythology revisited as a multimedia installation
Using contemporary media for the narrative of great myths from the past. This is how you could define the multimedia installation called “La stanza di Dafne e altre metamorfosi” (Daphne's room and other metamorphoses) crafted by the architect and production designer Silvio Motta in the 16th century residence of the Superintendent of the Riviera del Garda in Salò, also accompanied by a video mapping-style screening on the facade of the Town Hall.
Using the period interiors with their fine frescoes as the basis, Motta extrapolated the distinguishing elements of the two myths - Apollo & Daphne and Perseus & Medusa - including the forest of laurel, the god Peneus and his river for the former, the shield of Perseus and Medusa's head of snakes for the latter.
The architect brought together these elements with a range of forms and languages, videos, objects, lighting and sound effects to create a set design installation that surrounds the visitor to bring them to a heightened awareness of those myths that are apparently so far from our times. Silvio Motta's background as a theatre production designer and his retake using narrative and contemporary technology reveals all the beauty of poetry of these thousand-year-old myths. Neither Daphne's transformation into a laurel bush to escape the attentions of the god Apollo, nor the heroic Perseus who beheaded the Gorgon Medusa have lost any of their primordial power - all you need is to know how to use the tools of interdisciplinary creativity.
“La stanza di Dafne e altre metamorfosi”, project by Silvio Motta
from 2 to 18 June 2017
Light Design: Stefano Mazzanti
Sound Design: Gabriele Ponticiello
Voce narrante: Fabio Gandossi
Danzatrice: Claudia Pelizzari
Immagini: Paola Bandini