Studio Azzurro

Arte Video D'Autore

This year the fifth international video exhibition in Taormina was dedicated to inter-media exchanges among film, video, and television. The Studio Azzurro team chose the myth of Icarus as its theme, in order to demonstrate the victory of the virtual dimension over the real, in a universe dominated by codes, by the seriality of events, and by the inexorable transformation of all natural or historical data into signs.

The video installation consisted of 24 monitors, with their screens turned skyward, placed on the ground, in a large X formation. One of the quadrants formed by the X contained a pile of lava stones from Mount Etna, which overlooks Taormina. The opposite quadrant contained the program of projections organized by a Meteosat receiver and by three video recorders. In a cyclical sequence, the information sent by a weather satellite broadcast the image of the earth as it looks from

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