Profanation neutralizes what it profanes. Once profaned, that which was unavailable and separate loses its sacred aura and is returned to the use and property of men. -Giorgio Agamben- What is the sacred if not any form of accepted truth? It is this untouchable network of truths that the short film Redenzione is trying to investigate.
From this experience began a process of questioning education. Education is an accepted form of truth which has a specific function in capitalist society. The function of research is limited to a functionality in the existing socio-economic frame. Artistic research can, and should, transform this state of subordination.
(short film, 25’)
A performative documentary constructed as a journey in literature. Classic Greek comedy, contemporary psychiatry essays and 20th century poetry are at the core of a pastiche like script. The characters encountered in the streets of a small southern Italy town explore and face the texts, while the authors are searching for forgiveness.
The profanation of the traditional form of a proposal for advanced studies and research, aims to bring the fundamental elements of such a form into a public space. Those elements (abstract, question/hypothesis, methodology, literature review, positioning) have a different relevance and weight according to the field of research. Questioning this hierarchy, I brought into a spatial dimension the most essential and relevant elements to the scope of my studies. The spatialised proposal thus is an expression of my methodology, intended as the set of critically reviewed methods used in conducting preliminary and introductory research: a visual abstract (video, 3’), an article (Goodbye Sacred), a radio play (The story of the young rich man, 2 channel video installation, 11’), a literature review (presenting a physical library), and preliminary research (learning / interviews, multi-channel reportage, 9’).
Original title Redenzione
Country of production Italy