MEMORYSCAPES, 2013-2016. Multimedia installation composed of the following elements: one holographic map of Venice, X:60 Y:120cm; 7-channels immersive audio installation, twenty-four digital studies hanged on a wall rack, X:45 Y:60cm each, one artist book. Variable dimensions.
MEMORYSCAPES investigates how memory and reality affect one another, through notions of architecture and related mental images, resulting in a complex body of work that includes immersive audio installations, multimedia documentation, and cutting-edge holographic technology.
In 2013, I started looking for Italians living in New York City who would allow me to interview them; specifically ones who expressed an emotional link to the city of Venice. I wanted to explore how an objective 3D model of Venice could be altered and glitched by the collective memories of its former residents. Through the interviews, I gathered large amounts of architectonical data (structures, distances, descriptions, dimensions, details) as well as stories and memories that were audio-recorded, creating a memory archive. I developed a way to merge their personal memories of the city with tridimensional satellite data, creating a holographic and fragmented “audio-cartography” of Venice. New phantasmagoric and paradoxical structures appeared, created by this unforeseen combination of technical and mnemonic errors.
A printed publication, fragments, was created highlighting the poetry of the collected memories.
- Finding Italians in New York City who have lived in Venice.
- Interviewing them in a recording studio (Harvestworks Studio A) with the support of audio engineer Kevin Ramsay
- Downloading satellite data of Venice from Open Street Map.
- Using OSM2World to create a low-polygon tridimensional city model of Venice with street data from Open Street Map.
- Extracting all the useful information from the audio interviews (structures, distances, descriptions, dimensions, details, etc.)
- Importing the 3D model to Blender and manually integrating it with data from audio interviews.
- Documenting the process and producing a series of related digital images.
- Perfecting the final 3D model using Autodesk 3Ds Max, CINEMA 4D and ZScape® Preview Pro
- Printing the 3D model as a hologram using Zebra Imaging technology.
- Using the fragments of the audio recordings to create an immersive audio installation with the holograms.
- Producing a publication called fragments.
- FFF (Francesco Fabbri Foundation) – Francesco Fabbri Prize for Contemporary Art, curated by Carlo Sala in collaboration with Andrea Bruciati, Martina Cavallarin, Stefano Coletto and Raffaele Gavarro, Villa Brandolini, Pieve di Soligo (TV), Italy
- IEEE VISAP’15, Data Improvisations, curated by Angus Forbes, Fanny Chevalier and Daria Tsoupikova, LeRoy Neiman Center, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, US
- (Solo Exhibition) NYEAF 2015 – New York Electronic Art Festival, Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, NYC, US
- Presented during the talk “Computative Metamorphosis” at Expressive 2015, Idea Chain, (2015) curated by Angus Forbes and Anil Camci, Incubation Center of Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey
MEMORYSCAPES was awarded the First Prize for Emerging Art of the Francesco Fabbri Prize for Contemporary Art, fourth edition.
This project is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts’ Electronic Media and Film Finishing Funds grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.
Special thanks to Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, Zebra Imaging Technology, and Kevin Ramsay, sound engineer.
Interview by Andrea Bruciati, 2014. (ita)
“Emilio Vavarella, Davide Tranchina e Christian Manuel Zanon: Ecco i nomi di tutti i vincitori della quarta edizione del Premio Francesco Fabbri per le Arti Contemporanee”
“Premio Francesco Fabbri per le Arti Contemporanee: ecco tutti i nomi dei finalisti della quarta edizione”
“Emilio Vavarella per l’Arte emergente, Davide Tranchina per la Fotografia contemporanea. Ecco i vincitori del Premio Fabbri 2015″
“Vincitori: Emilio Vavarella”
Official Catalogue, 2015. (ita)
Official catalogue VISAP’15, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, p.21. 2015 (eng)
“Premio Francesco Fabbri per le Arti Contemporanee 2015”
by Carlo Sala, Speciale Cultura 6, n.52, pp.158-160 (ita)
“Emilio Vavarella, Oltre Black Mirror”
by Valeria Crisafulli, 2018 (ita)