Hermitage Museum Youth Education Center in St Petersburg presents the work by Italian artist Alessandro Sciaraffa in an installation project curated by Valentino Catricalà.
The Winter Symphony is a contemporary art installation within the Hermitage Museum, which explores the interaction between artificial intelligence and humans. Offering a new perspective on artificial intelligence, the stance of this installation is to provide a return to Nature through technology: the invisibility of the nature. The Winter Symphony will be composed of vibrant sculptures which mold the exhibition space into an immersive experience. Each visitor will be provided with the unique oppotunity to intract with lights, shadows and sounds in a groundbraking way. The fleeting gestures will set on impalpable shadows creating sculptures made of vibrations, placing the vistor in the midst of a sea of lights, shadows and sounds. Once again, Sciaraffa’s forey into new technologies paves the way to his endless fascination and exploration of Nature. Technology and Nature at peace.
Sciaraffa’s research is centered on sound and musical experimentation, with a strong performative, sculptural and installational connotation. His works are synesthetic, and the viewer participates in a process of autopoiesis. Waves, frills, vibrations, intermediate states of matter: the works of Sciaraffa are points of contact between the physical phenomena from which they are generated and the transformations that they induce inside the spaces that involve them. The identity of the works is not exposed, but rather disguised behind external appearances: brass plates, liquid crystal surfaces, and photosensitive papers are simple supports or resonant containers of chromatic epiphanies or sound events, which in turn are significant only as detectors of the perturbations that cross the space.
Alessandro Sciaraffa. Winter Symphony, curated by Valentino Catricala (Italy), Sofia Kudryavtseva (State Hermitage)
Hermitage Museum Youth Education Center in St Petersburg, January 31st – February 3, 2019
Born in 1976, Alessandro Sciaraffa is based in Turin. His work explores the relation between sculpture and sound, pushing each experience to its technological limit, creating new paths in order to bring together architecture, nature and music. His sound installations propel you into a multi-sensory experience. After completing a degree in Architecture at the Turin Polytechnic, Alessandro Sciaraffa joined the Domus Academy. He participated in many seminars and workshops especially at Banna Spinola Contemporary art Foundation and Karlheinz Stockhausen Foundation. He set up with Luca Congedo and Fabrizio Rosso the musical experimental group called WHYOFF.
The State Hermitage Youth Education is a contemporary art education program inSaint Petersburg, Russia that is part of The Hermitage Museum. that supports and fosters contemporary art in Russia. The Winter Symphony was made possible by the NCCA Art residence in Kronstadt, a residence fellowship for national and international artists