For the first Florentine exhibition of Piero Mottola, experimental artist and musician, MURATE ART DISTRICT commissioned a new edition of Voices, presented in the Anna Banti room. The work, composed by the artist following an investigation into the emotional reactions of the Florentine community, returns a composite and fluctuating emotional portrait of the City.
The three cells on the first floor present an excursus of Mottola’s work which takes us back to the origins of the experiments of the 1980s and the early 1990s about the concept of “Improvement, Worsening” aesthetic and the categories of “Beautiful, Ugly”, in which the artist reflected on measuring the creative process with relational practices through the direct involvement of the public.
The chromatic exuberance of the most recent works, exhibited in the last cell, reveals the research process of the artist, aimed at restore visual scores responding to the search for aesthetic enjoyment expressed by the user, capable of stimulating the construction of an incentive work to arouse different and profound interpretations on the emotional level.
The “Voices” project is an itinerant, in progress and experimental research aimed at investigating the evocative and musical potential of the voice of ordinary people, in different geographical areas of the planet.
The research, so far carried out at Valencia, Lisbon, Tenerife, Rome, Santiago de Chile, Leipzig, Warsaw, Havana, Buenos Aires, Wuhan, Shanghai, Beijing, now reaches Florence. To the citizens participating in the experiment, convened with a public call, were asked to associate ten emotional parameters (fear, anguish, agitation, anger, sadness, astonishment, excitement, pleasure, joy, calm) with sounds and noises produced exclusively with the voice and the body. The hundreds of sound fragments obtained were catalogued and twisted into compositions created using the Acoustic Autocorrelator, a device capable of create random algorithms of emotional-acoustic walks for acoustic environments.
With the same sonorities, Piero Mottola composed a composition for choir, “Florentine voices”, directed by the author at the opening of the exhibition thanks to the collaboration of Benedetta Manfriani, the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze and the Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini in Florence.