Skiagrafie is an installation aiming at relativizing the very idea of jewel as object and ornament, projecting it into a network of relationships between materiality and image. The work draws its departure from the literal meaning of the term skiagrafia – the ancient painting technique of chiaroscuro –, namely, the writing/inscription/design (graphìa) of shadow (skià). A shadow is defined as a discontinuity of the luminous flux due to the presence of an object. Continuity (light), in the physical world of our phenomenological experience, is thus related to discontinuity (shadow). This relation, however, is not an exclusive opposition, but a singular and indiscernible coexistence. The variety of reflections and refractions is the way in which things appear to us and make it visible. The chiaroscuro raises the problem of the priority of deformation (continuous variation) with respect to the abstract (classical) representation of the form-matter relationship. It is in this sense that the writing of shadows allows us to think of jewel as de-formation. The installation consists of four elements:
A series of rings is disposed on a “runway” held suspended at one extremity. The architectural structures of the rings constitute micro-spaces made of openings and closures. The deformations and projections multiply in internal and external relationships between object and space, metal and other materials such as resin or melted amber. The jewel becomes the complex of such multiple writings, de-forming the place (topos) of the possible path’s directions.
A parallelepiped illuminated from the inside casts the shadows of a series of rings (daktylios) on an opaque surface. Here the object disappears completely leaving only to see its shadows.
A sound sequence (diffused by speakers), composed by intensive and spectral variations of Brownian noise (brown noise), plunges the dattiliographies into a fluctuating, metastable and chaotic soundscape.