MANI IN TASCA, 2007

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Carola Bonfili, Mani in Tasca, 2007, mixed media, audio track by Langley Schools Music Project (1976),
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin

Mani in Tasca,(2007) consists of three school desks previously carved and drawn on by students, the desks were then modified with drawing and collage in reaction to the students’ imagery. Two loudspeakers at opposite ends of the room played a found recording. It is made in the ‘70s in an American school: a choir of children singing, under the direction of a teacher, some pop songs very famous at the time. Of all those songs, I chose David Bowie’s Space Oddity. Not only was I impressed by the voices of those children and by the cryptic, but yet pop, music, but I was also touched by the history of that recording, found and made public, almost by chance, several years after it was lost.