The sound performances by Allora & Calzadilla invade the courtyard and the magnificient spaces of Palazzo Cusani in Milan with “Fault Lines”, the first major solo exhibition in Italy by the active couple of american artists (in 2011 they represented USA at International Biennale di Venezia Art Exhibition) presented by Fondazione Nicola Trussardi.
The sound and the voices, before the moving bodies and objects, fill up the spaces of the sumptuous Baroque Palace, now the headquarters of the Army command for Lombardy.
“Fault Lines” is an experimental and interdisciplinary work linking different and unstable languages (sound, music, video, performance, sculpure, photography) because “Fault Lines” are the the rifts in the earth that form between two shifting masses of rock; ragged, unstable fissures that conceal a deep fragility, and could reach the breaking point at any moment Allora & Calzadilla take the “Fault Lines” as points of departure for an exploration of physical and symbolic borders and junctures. A selection of impressive work, most of it never previously shown befor in Italy.
Exhibition title: “Fault Lines” (presented by Fondazione Nicola Trussardi)
Artists: Allora & Calzadilla
Where: Palazzo Cusani, Via Brera 15, Milan
When: from 22nd Octobert to 24th November 2013.
“Sediments, Sentiments” (Figures of Speech) is an imposing polyurethane and plaster sculpture inside which opera singers perform passages from the most significant speeches of the twentieth century: rhetorical language is cracked open, dismantled, and reconfigured through the artificial diction of operatic form.
“Wake Up”: a jazz trumpeter on the grand staircase is reinterpreting the notes of the military reveille.
For “Stop, Repair, Prepare” the artists have modified a grand piano by carving a circular hole in it; once an hour, a pianist standing in the void, behind the keyboard, attempts to play the fourth movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
“Revolving Door”; 12 dancers are beating the rhythm and stretching across the environment, wall to wall.
“Raptors Rapture”: one of the film trilogy ( italian premiere) that explores the link between primite cultures, our origins and the function of sound.