Matteo Nasini
Il Giardino Perduto

Operativa Arte Contemporanea, Rome

Through February 17, 2018

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On the occasion of the exhibition Il Giardino Perduto at Operativa we publish a serious / fun conversation between Matteo and CURA.

1) What music do you listen to?
I love old-fashioned music, polyrhythm and visionary sounds, but I find human voice and singing particularly touching.

2) Who are your references?
I believe writers and poets are my main references, especially the Italian ones from the last century and the classics. Admittedly, I have countless crushes.

3) What do you dream of?
I am looking at a burning house in the countryside, people are working to extinguish the fire, but difficultly so, because flames are very high and envelop the whole building. I see Richard Strauss arriving on the scene, he is walking at quite a pace and is trying to avoid the fine dust from the fire dispersed throughout the air. I think he set the house on fire and that the house is his own, I walk towards him and while keeping right on going, he says to me: “I apologise, but I am very busy these days. Get in touch next month and I’ll see if I can meet you.” The end.

4) What materials do you use?
Sound, ceramic and embroidery for the most part. They often combine within a larger project. For instance, in Sparkling Matter I transformed the cerebral activity of a sleeping person into sound and porcelain sculptures by allowing these actions to take place in real time.

5) What is your relationship to technology?
Technology allows us to explore sceneries that were once inconceivable and this really fascinates me.


6) Tell us about the unpredictability of shape (with reference to your porcelain vases).
Technically, shape is the result of a variation of data, coming from an electroencephalogram, that is divided into X – Y – Z coordinates and sent to a 3D printer that prints it in porcelain. The unpredictability stems from the intricacy and diversity of our electrochemical activity - I am referring here to thought being registered during the R.E.M. phase, as in my case, which becomes an additional element of uncertainty in generating forms.

7) Do you watch TV shows?
I am currently not watching any TV shows or films. I don’t like small screens, I do have a projector, but the cooling fan is too noisy, so I try to go to the cinema whenever I can.

8) What do you do to relax?
I draw with my daughter, we use big paper sheets, the ones you can lay down on.

9) Who would you like to have dinner with?
I would like to have dinner with Dostoyevsky and discuss father Zosima’s spiritual vision.

10) Who do you follow on Instagram?
My friends, people I know and people whose photos I like.

Exhibition view at Operativa, Rome Courtesy Operativa, Rome


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