Video-mapping on the apsis of the Mother Church of Gibellina Nuova
The sphere is the most used geometrical shape in art. It evokes the shape of our planet, but philosophers, artists and intellectuals have always considered it this shape as well as the “infinite plan” representation. In addition to being considered as the perfect symbol for infinity, during the age of Enlightenment this shape was deemed as the emblem of science transcending itself. Among the revolutionary architects of those times, Étienne-Louis Boullée, with Newton’s Cenotaph, combined the two aspects: he wanted to generate cosmic feelings in the observer while facing in a space meant to reproduce the immensity of the Universe .
The Mother Church of Gibellina Nuova, the new Gibellina designed in 1972, is a successful mix of ideal architecture and revolutionary forces, inventive experimentation, as a symbol of universal unity. A utopia in the utopian city of Gibellina, which was in the process of being rebuilt after a devastating earthquake.
Images from the space beyond Earth’s orbit will evoke and reinforce the concept of universality, and the white sphere will be turned into a planet. Through the use of extraterrestrial images and sounds, the spatial mash-up video will give the sphere a new life.
A spectacular allegory, with a strong references to the sacredness of the Earth and to its relativity towards in the Universe.
Danilo Torre lives between Milan and Rome. He begun working within the field of audiovisuals in 1997 as a video editor in the digital realm, at the time still innovative and unknown. In 2003 he graduated in video editing at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia of Rome. Throughout his education he has worked across various segments of the audiovisuals sector, spanning advertising, commercial television and short film making. Likewise he has worked on a number of feature length films. He produced the video Tre Addii in 2009 (featuring analogue techniques, found-footage and MashUp), presented at the Festival del Cinema di Roma and at Invideo that following year. In 2011 Torre won the Milano Talenti Creativi, a prize awarded by the public schools of Milan, with the project Geniuslocifilm. In 2012 he took part in the historical exhibition Lo sgaurdo Espanso on Italian art films. In 2013 he attended the Summerschool of the University of Hamburg specializing in the technique of remixing and in that same year he participated alongside Derrick de Kerckhove and Sandra Lischi at the Internet Festival of Pisa in a panel discussion on the remix and MashUp techniques of web video making.