THE FLUTE-SINGING, 2021

link video @ Centre d’Art Contemporain, Genève digital platform 5th Floor

Carola Bonfili, The Flute-Singing, 2021, 6’ 25’’,CGI video, 4K,sound by Francesco Fonassi, graphics by Imago. Produced by Centre d’Art Contemporain, Genève, MAMbo Museo d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Re:Humanism, Rome.

The Flute-Singing, 2021, installation view. Rifugio Antiaereo Putti, Art-City Bologna
The Flute-Singing, 2021, installation view. Rifugio Antiaereo Putti, Art-City Bologna
The Flute-Singing, 2021, installation view. Re:Humanism curated by Daniela Cotimbo, MAXXI, Rome.

The Flute-Singing is a CGI-modeled video that recounts a slice of life of a mythological creature, prior to his role in a video game. Although its appearance recalls that of a fantastic being, alien, or a hybrid fruit of some experiment, its interiority reflects the spirit of an existentialist and melancholic character. The classical narrative construction of the Ovid’s Metamorphoses is dismembered within an AI program designed for role-playing games. The different stories – as well as different inputs inserted as impromptu responses to the reaction of the program – are used to influence the software, which in turn builds other responses, based on predetermined algorithms that have the purpose of constructing plausible stories. The interest lies in the juxtaposition between a classical, epic narrative, structured to transcend – in and of itself, the result of an advanced cognitive, experiential and spiritual background – and the reworking through a new order of reading data. This material outlines the psychological profile of a being who feels nostalgia, but does not know what for. The intention is to use humans as a universal repertoire of behavior, and to apply it, boned and deconstructed, to a creature that questions its being in the world.