Judith Butler A chi spetta una buona vita - Nottetempo
ELP | OTHER MEMORIES
The images are intended to represent the world and symbolise its experience. Since the cultural science of the image is reflected in a similar cultural history of the body, the change in figurative experience also expresses a change in body experience. Hans Belting
From my experience in the field and from studies in the anthropology of images, it is clear that every culture develops a collective imagination in its social context which, through incorporation, modifies the postures of bodies and the inner image of its own body. The work process I have been pursuing in the last few years involves four steps: collection of images from about 40 people (mnemonic archive of images) - embodiment of images and creation of my solo performance (my body becomes an archive itself) - verbal description and voice recording of postures (archive of postures) - audio transmission of postures to heterogeneous groups of people, whether professional or not. Each mnemonic image archive becomes an archive of described postures to be transmitted. After having worked on a western mnemonic archive coming from people born and living in Italy a new multicultural phase started. It was necessary to expand my view to other cultures, other bodies of other images, investigating differences and similarities, expanding the mapping of the world through the creation of archives of postures. Postures that are transmitted from body to body, strongly linked to the culture in which they develop and that tend to hybridise in the encounter. Culture is a continuous movement of entrances and exits, of acquisitions and bequests and the world is now mixing in a stimulating melange of colours as never before.
The human body with its mnemonic, dreamlike and imaginative abilities is the living medium of pictures. There is a strong interaction between the external pictures (which come from outside) and our body which absorbs them, processes them. Memory is an experience of the body. The body is the place of images. Hans Belting
Since the body is the place of images, how do the postures of bodies change in relation to the images imposed by the culture of reference? In which way are postures from other cultures embodied? How do they change and what do they create?
The opportunity of a meeting with people who live immersed in different cultures opens the doors to new horizons. Mapping the world through the collection of images that have marked bodies is a way to come into real and direct contact with otherness in a mutual exchange of welcome.
This phase of the ELP project consists of the following modules: