A new perspective on urban scale in Barcelona, rooted on the roof of L'Illa Diagonal, building of the Pritzker Prize Rafael Moneo and Manuel de Solà-Morales, gives birth to Limes, a return to the figurative architecture, where the sequence of sculptural profiles overlooks the famous, chaotic Avinguda Diagonal, emphasizing the public space 'as a theater of human interactions'.With a visual-sound performance comes to life Locus, an installation on the sea, ideal place for a story of silence and reflection on man and infinity. Away from the silence of contemplation and into a universal common ground of sound, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, in California, one of the most important and expected annual events in the world, suggests a fantastic heterogeneous context, rich of different narrative, where Etherea with the vibrations of an architecture that replicates itself endlessly, exploits a neoclassical syntax to express the sacrality of unity, above all races or religion.
Filaments, lines and segments densely intersect exploding in the sky, volumetrically amplifying architectural signs, mainly re-proposing a classical repertoire. Abstraction and materiality play on the counterpoint, in a melodic combination of contrasts and complementarity and the strong visual acts vibrate in their seductive, diaphanous appearance, generating emotional empathy in the instance of silence. This extraordinary virtuosity gravitates upon us and dominates us: the theatrical presences, illuminated by strategic lighting, blur the rigid incisiveness of the contours, pulsing with new life. Delicacy, lightness soften the bold steel skeletons, which embody a melancholy halo of memories: the emotional narrative reminds us of the past and we live the illusion of their material volumes. As in a dream, they take us by the hand and lead us on a journey through an ethereal but tangible world of shadows and ghosts. They light up in the darkness and like fireflies flit around us: the intensity of the encounter is moving.
1. You have been awarded one prestigious Italian architecture recognition: what does architecture represent for your work?
Why the choice of architectural archetypes as subjects of your inspiration?
Architecture is a language that I use not only for its functional characteristics, but for the emotional narrative and the experiential situation that it can generate.
As an Italian, the classical archetypes are deeply rooted in my imagination and I utilize them, moving into a different semantic field, to tell the sacred dimension that man identifies in places and in natural elements.
A few months ago, together with Goldenvoice, we decided to donate one of the three installations that constitute Etherea -presented at Coachella festival 2018 - to the city of Coachella, reinstalling the piece inside a new public space. It has been an interesting opportunity for create connections between the European and Californian cultural heritage, to which belong most of the collaborators who helped me and my team to realize Etherea.
2. With your installations do you intend to bridge or emphasize the distance between past and present?
Wire mesh has defined the two main points of my research: Absent Matter and Metaphysical Ruin - its application on the historical substrate -intended to project into reality something that is not there, or that has existed and has disappeared.
The duration of my works depends on the narrative I want to develop, the place and the typology. The Basilica of Siponto, my only work so far conceived in relation to a historical pre-existence, has established an unprecedented dialogue between ancient and contemporary, allowing the public to relate with time and history according to an empathic reading key.
3. Which role do light, natural and artificial, and music, play in the emotional intensity of your narratives?
There is a connection between all creative forms and I strongly believe in the contamination between the arts and in the dematerialization of their limits. Some experiments that I am carrying out in this period and part of my artistic research tend to this.
The impermanence of light and music, their liquid and abstract dimension, somehow make them counterparts to Materia Assente and to my sculptural narrative about the ephemeral.
By interpenetrating together, they are able to give life to a performative unicum that blends different but similar contemporary languages.
4. ‘Art is difficult, it’s not entertainment’. You have certainly followed a difficult passion, even if today it is hard to practice almost every profession: what you should like to suggest to young talents?
To intercept the new languages of a society, especially those related to technology and communication, which have completely revolutionized themselves after the crisis. They are in continuous transformation and it is necessary to know how to grasp, codify and translate their processes, managing to foresee also the consequent evolution of values.
Edoardo Tresoldi :https://www.edoardotresoldi.com/
Photography: Basilica di Siponto © Roberto Conte; © Blind Eye Factory; © Fabiano Caputo.
Etherea © Roberto Conte.
Aura © Roberto Conte.
Pensieri © Fabiano Caputo; © Gianvito Greco.
Archetipo © Roberto Conte.