8Min20Sec – On Time Travelling. Video installation, color, sound. 8'20". Sunbathing chair. Comissioned by Allenheads Contemporary Art. 2016
The project explores the theme of balance through the practice of mindfulness; the ability of focusing ones awareness on the present moment, in balance between the before and after. Mindfulness is one of the practices mostly used in the last decade by contemporary corridors of power, including Google and the Pentagon, to help employees reduce stress, be happy and therefore to produce more. What happens when an emotion is fostered in terms of a tool for control? 8Min20Sec - On Time Travelling starts off with a visit to the Nenthead Mines (Cumbria, UK), an archaeological site covered with the remains of lead and zinc mining industries. Wooden fences crop up among the plants and the rare lichens growing on the landfills. Mineshafts live inside these fences. Often invisible on the surface, mineshafts are deep and narrow holes that allow access to the mine. Among the tools of persuasion used by mineshafts, there is the reference of the The Time Machine (1895) by H.G. Wells, one of the first novels to introduce the concept of travelling in time. Mineshafts ask you passersby to stop your constant mental journey and stay in the here and now. To stay in the here and now, you must avoid everyday forms of time travelling, such as that of the sunlight hitting the skin, which transports you 8 minutes and 20 seconds into the past from where it has come.
In my artistic practice and research over the last five years, I have been looking at socio-cultural entanglements between affectivity and materiality, within the fields of the imaginative and of critical thinking. My aim is to explore the blurring of social normative boundaries through the fostering of individual and collective imagination. Central interests span the agency of naming concrete space after affectivity (often after happiness), embodied notions of utopia and mental time travel. The relations of a people to a landscape and to the epistemic dynamics and structures taking place within it, are central for me.