Video by Marco Chiodi contemporary locus 6 - Margherita Moscardini, Jo Thomas San Rocco, Bergamo 2014 Sixth exhibition of contemporary locus, places rediscovered by contemporary art Sesta mostra del ciclo contemporary locus, luoghi riscoperti dall'arte contemporanea curated by / a cura di Paola Tognon media project Elisa Bernardoni project manager Francesca Ceccherini contemporaraylocus.it
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Interview from Campiture / Italien Art magazine Jo Thomas and Pieri Cristini ( Campiture )
Pieri Cristini "San Rocco is full of history, and it is difficult to create dialogue between different layers: your work is trying to create this connection?"
Jo Thomas "Sure. This work seeks to connect the elements of his past with the present. Before St. Roch became dilapidated space was used as a gathering space for the community. The music and the sound would be a particular feature of the place. My intention was to develop traces of a sonic behavior that could have existed in that space in the past. For example, I worked with the idea of creating an imaginary folk song and play the sound of an old pipe organ. I also wanted to offer a sound that had never been heard before in the church, giving another piece of memory to its history. The history of the positioning of instruments in space architecture also influenced my decision to use a single point. The light changes during the day also influenced the writing. I studied San Rocco, I worked and wrote in the space listening to the echoes of the sound and watching the changing light conditions. The same St. Roch, the saint, was a healer and a disabled person, so I also wanted to experience this way of working sheet in the path resolved and unresolved and some errors of digital connection. The complex sequence of sounds also seems to reflect the delicate nature of the place as well as the light changes. In this work, I can also hear the sounds that come from outside."
Jo Thomas "Today, while I was there, the birds seemed to be in counterpoint with the flow of the soundtrack.
Pieri Cristini "I think the sound is a very immediate way to connect people to the emotions, do you agree? How to translate your emotions?"
Jo Thomas "I agree that the sound is a very personal way to connect people to their emotions. I recognize that the emotions of each are complex, unique and related to their own personal history. We carry them all with us whenever we approach a sound work. This is one of the reasons I love to work with silence, as if it is the possibility of listening to someone take a pause , a breath. My emotions are expressed through the personification of the sound during the composition process. Sometimes transcribe while I compose poetry or art, but more frequently I try to catch them in small gestures, in the agreements, in rhythm, in the phonetic material or in the growth and fusion of tones."
Pieri Cristini "I think the sound will be the voice of a special place. San Rocco is a special public place, what reaction would you have had the audience listening to your work?"
Jo Thomas "I want people to feel they have a unique experience for them at that time."