after // b e y o n d

Nicola Gastaldi

starting. You know the passion I have for projection mappings. Their own definition requires them to be unusual and unique: every surface mapped needs to be different and it will drive the creativity towards new directions. Developing after // b e y o n d has been an interesting journey. Sketching on a piece of paper, I soon realised that the paper itself could have been the canvas for the projection. I just had to try and try again to create an interesting, pleasing, harmonic shape, that could work even with the lights on.

crafting. I am really happy about the final result, even in its semplicity, there’s an unexpeted tract that really works for me. And having it floating in mid air definitely adds something. I used a A1 300gsm White China paper, folded using v-pleats. I used a needle to sew a thin cotton thread along the creases and I hung the piece to the ceiling in 3 points, using also two small lead weights at the bottom to add stability. The final size is about 70x70cm.

projecting. During the crafting stage, I focused on what I wanted to achieve. As I usually love to do, I wanted to play with the unexpected perspectives. The diamond paper shape proved to be and look really light and clean. With the projection I wanted to play with the weight, even using something impalpable as the light: I wanted it to morph from a solid shape to a liquid fabric, into a stone, metal, changing pace and rhythm, as to create a struggle to maintain a balance.

achieving. after // b e y o n d wants to discover the profound relationship between the surface and what exists beneath and into it, now and then. Lights and shadows are a thin veil that stands in front of us. By contesting the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, after // b e y o n d seduces the viewer into a world of ongoing equilibrium. Floating and sinking, the unfolding structure never stops to change its shape, now playful and joyous, now coldly violent. What is changing is nothing else than the oblivious nowness and everyone’s past. A balance hardly kept, each wrinkle is a memory, each furrow is a moment now gone. Bent but never torn, a new day unravels from another crease of another line, another edge that follows a mountain or a valley. So, by any means, what happens next is not simply something that now can’t exist, if not beyond the individual time and the uppermost layer of reality.

exhibitions. exhibitions. Light Bites, 2-5 February 2017, Ugly Duck, London, Uk B-Seite Festival, 17-26 March, 2017, zeitraumexit, Mannheim, Germany

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Date Added: February 10, 2017

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