MOCK-UP:  Statement             Artwork

Title: Mock-up
Type: Multimedia installation
Technique: Mixed media (wood, 300 pieces of plastic toy, a monitor, video, sound)
Year: 2012

Mock-up is a multimedia installation of a spaceship, inspired by Arcadia from Leiji Matsumoto’s comic book Captain Harlock. Two elements make up the installation: the spaceship, consisting of a wooden hull and over 300 pieces of plastic toy parts, and a video which we’re able to see thanks to a monitor mounted inside of it. The spaceship is stationary, anchored to a very visible and static plexiglass pedestal and the monitor is mounted inside it at the bottom of its belly, immobile but giving us the sensation of movement by showing us a city which we are flying over.
As I often do in my work, with this piece I wanted to play with perception, changing the place of things, between what moves and what stays still, emphasizing how a childish imagination and the insertion of a playful element are necessary to open up to a vision and experience which isn’t bound by appearances and preconceptions and can therefore also dismantle our perception. I used the toy pieces, taking them from their original context, re-assembling them, re-contextualizing them and filling them with a new meaning. They are a reference to the world of my imagination, a world that goes from Star Wars to Lord of the Rings, to Buck Rogers’ laser guns and then again to Leiji Matsumoto’s science fiction world. I started from scratch, in a way I wanted to escape the fascination with sophisticated technology, of digital tools, knowing that they could not create the same gap in perception, the same wonder when compared to what can be achieved by assembling everything by hand, analogue, an interweaving collage between toys, memories and new elements.

Title: Mock-up
Type: Multimedia installation
Technique: Mixed media (wood, 300 pieces of plastic toy, a monitor, video, sound)
Year: 2012

Mock-up is a multimedia installation of a spaceship, inspired by Arcadia from Leiji Matsumoto’s comic book Captain Harlock. Two elements make up the installation: the spaceship, consisting of a wooden hull and over 300 pieces of plastic toy parts, and a video which we’re able to see thanks to a monitor mounted inside of it. The spaceship is stationary, anchored to a very visible and static plexiglass pedestal and the monitor is mounted inside it at the bottom of its belly, immobile but giving us the sensation of movement by showing us a city which we are flying over.
As I often do in my work, with this piece I wanted to play with perception, changing the place of things, between what moves and what stays still, emphasizing how a childish imagination and the insertion of a playful element are necessary to open up to a vision and experience which isn’t bound by appearances and preconceptions and can therefore also dismantle our perception. I used the toy pieces, taking them from their original context, re-assembling them, re-contextualizing them and filling them with a new meaning. They are a reference to the world of my imagination, a world that goes from Star Wars to Lord of the Rings, to Buck Rogers’ laser guns and then again to Leiji Matsumoto’s science fiction world. I started from scratch, in a way I wanted to escape the fascination with sophisticated technology, of digital tools, knowing that they could not create the same gap in perception, the same wonder when compared to what can be achieved by assembling everything by hand, analogue, an interweaving collage between toys, memories and new elements.

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