Flussi (Flux) is both the title and the subject of Licia Galizia’s exhibition at Anna Marra’s Gallery, curated by Isabella Indolfi. Flux is also that which links the changing, unpredictable and powerful consistency of water, the subject of all the works in this exhibition, flowing between different disciplines. This is evidenced in Licia Galizia’s link to composers, such as Michelangelo Lupone and Laura Bianchini. In collaboration with CRM – Centro Ricerche Musicali (Centre for Musical Research) in Rome, the Centre has made the responsive sound technology “Planophones” ® available. The result is a choral work which materialises the ‘water’ element through a careful orchestration of sound and matter (sheets of liquid glass), together with visitors’ interaction
On entering the space, the installation Dark Sea arrives at our feet. As soon as we touch the black waves materialising in the glass sheets of paper, the sculpture activates the sound element composed by Lupone and takes on colours representing sombre emotions, testifying to the flux of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.
From this point, the geography continues through the uninhabited space of the volcanic area on which the town of Dallol in Ethiopia is located, an inhospitable territory which materialises in Fontana Gialla (Yellow Fountain). Five installations making up Acqua (Water) follow, the same number as the letters that form the word water, and Diluvio (Flood). In this series of works, the sculpture extends from the two-dimensional plane of the frame to beyond as soon as its sound is activated, enclosing the sculpture in its ‘aura’.
These interactive installations ‘act’ according to a system which includes Artificial Intelligence. As the algorithms gather experience, they respond to visitors, providing a different reaction each time.
This is an emotional trajectory which arrives at the purification of matter through sound in the last element of Acqua (Water), created by Laura Bianchini, and the release of colour from the fountain in Fontanile (Trough), which brings the exhibition to a close in the courtyard area. the The exhibition curator, Isabella Indolfi, in her critical essay says that «The progress of the exhibition is built on the opposition between flat and curved surfaces, high and low sounds chasing each other, in the form of vibrations and deviations, between the gallery walls».
While considering the progress of intelligent living matter, themes found in science fiction reveal themselves to be part of our present.
Licia Galizia, in collaboration with Michelangelo Lupone and Laura Bianchini, «Flussi», curated by Isabella Indolfi
Galleria Anna Marra, Rome, 18.04 – 26.05.2018
Images (cover 1) Licia Galizia, «Mare oscuro», 2018, planofoni® interactive-adaptive (CRM), music by Michelangelo Lupone, wood, paint and varnished synthetic glass, variable dimensions (2) Licia Galizia, «Acqua», 2018, interactive-adaptive planofoni (CRM), music by Laura Bianchini and Michelangelo Lupone, spatial view (3) Licia Galizia, «Diluvio», 2018, wood, varnish and varnished polyethylene, variable dimensions (4) Licia Galizia, «Fontanile», 2018, wood, varnish, polyethylene and light, variable dimensions.