Mountain path CAI 401
Sound sculpture, varnished fiberglass, 181x85x292 cm
The sculpture dià (from greek διά, through) combines the dimensions of silence and sound. The sculpture is shaped as a golden double horn, through which the spectators can listen to or observe the surrounding landscape. It is a device that invites the audience to interact with the two cavities as a megaphone or a peephole, to start an intimate dialogue through the sculpture itself.
The sculpture was installed on no man’s land on the top of the Pal Piccolo Mount (1780 m) on the border between Italy and Austria, where World War was fought, to symbolically connect, both visually and acoustically, the first lines’ trenches.
Musical composition, 14’08’’ loop. In collaboration with Gilles Monfort
If on the peak of Pal Piccolo silence is the main element which characterizes the sculpture, in Reytemberger tower the viewer loses himself into the exhibition space thanks to the sound of a tuba. It spreads in all the building, not only connecting all the artworks exhibited in the tower, but also conducting the viewer’s imagination to the Pal Piccolo peak, where this sound is materialized into a sculpture. The piece’s title evokes the specific passage of Requiem describing the final judgment: an apocalyptic situation often evoked by the testimonies of World War soldiers.
Michele Spanghero is a sound and visual artist. His research focuses on the acoustic art, declined in the form of music or sound art, and on visual art in the attempt to find a natural synthesis (not synesthetic) between these two forms of expression. The methodological approach characterizes his work through a continuous survey of the limits of the media: through the study of music and drama, he has indeed acquired an oblique approach that, usually starting from the sound, becomes instinctively tangential to visual art. The creative act is developed by a reaction to the accumulation of information that surrounds us. From this (formless because always mediated) mass of data, starts the impulse to research and test a new semantic system of the pre-existing matter. He graduated in Modern Literature at the University of Trieste and he has also attended workshops on electronic and improvised music, sound design and video making.