WBNR_#6 (From objective map to subjective mapping) BY ALESSANDRO CARBONI

9 04 2009

Videowork inspired by the article of the geophysis John K. Wright written on 1946, “Terrae Incognitae: The Place of Imagination in Geography”. The post-modern shift towards the globalization age is producing a deep change in the way that urban space is conceived, realized and experienced. The Chinese cities are no longer the site of staying. While historically the settlement was the primary figure of the urban, the essential constitutive values of which were intimacy, appropriation, defence, circumscription and cohesion, with late modernity there has been a definitive shift towards an ontology of movement. The nature of the metropolis is defined essentially by the capacity to attract movement and to interweave trajectories. It is above all a pole, an attractor, a territory of transit and exchange. Human body in this perspective is redefined as a vector, as an entity able to operate transfer – of knowledge, goods, money, energy – as a force of mobilization necessary to the market dynamics. Fundamental aspects of the way as bodies and cities interact and reciprocally re-design themselves are the progressive fluidification and mobilization of human behaviours, the increasing mediation of interpersonal relationships through technological devices and institutional protocols, and the overwhelming prolification of images and data constituting the dominant form of production in the contemporary urban economy. A dialogue between GPS technologies and video concentrated on the exploration and study of the process of Chinese landscape transformation called: “high-speed urbanization” and on the most disarticulated forms of urban density. A research program developed during a residence of three months, were Alessandro Carboni crossed the region of Guangdong called “the Pearl Delta River” as Hong Kong, Guangzhou.

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Alessandro Carboni is a multidisciplinary artist. He divides his practices in the exploration and the study of the body movement and the relation of it to the space. For several years, he has been working on the creation of a method for dance: VCCT, considering the relation with choreography, mathematics, generative code and system theory. Added to this, he is expanding his research coordinating the activities of “LaDU” MultimediaLABoratory of Urban Density” at the University of Architecture in Cagliari. He also teach “Methodology and Performance Practice” at the MA “Scenography for Performance”, Central Saint Martin’s in London; and “Digital Perfomance” at Master of Digital Environment Design at NABA in Milan. He performed in Europe as weel as China and India. He is choreographer and dancer with his group OOFFOURO resident in Sardinia, Italy.

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