Officine Pastello [Pastel Workshops], 1999-2002

Officine Pastello is comprised of three distinct sections: Biostory, Riti Sciamanici [Shamanic rituals] and Discoteca [Discotheque].
Through my experience with the work on the trance, I encountered extremely interesting phenomena linked to current forms of socialisation. I therefore created the Officine Pastello, a series of installations, whose aim is to draw attention to the idea of a group as a “tribe” involved in a transitory experience.
The feature that is common to all of the groups I chose is that of belonging to an organisation created behind closed doors and on payment of a sum of money as membership fee.
I chose three situations in three different environments that led to parallel installations: biodance (Biostory), the shamanic ritual (Riti sciamanici) and the discotheque (Discoteca), all structured in such a way as to allow the aggregation of a number of individuals and, at the same time, a temporary detachment from the most ordinary dimension of everyday life. Officine Pastello therefore offers a vision of three significant laboratories of emotions, aimed to solicit the sphere of sensorial and emotional perception through experimentation of oneself and of others in a unnatural or artificially created environment.

 

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Biostory, 2000, video still

 

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Riti sciamanici, 2000, video still

 

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Discoteca, 2000, video still

 

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