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Deborah Ligorio

Francesca Minini

“The audacity of modernity has trained us to challenge the double vertigo of abyss and sky at the same time.” This is not a passage from a Futurist manifesto but the voice-over from an old TV documentary on Mt. Vesuvius, which is incorporated into Italian artist Deborah Ligorio’s latest video, Il Sonno (Sleep; all works 2007). Excavated from Italy’s largest cinematographic archive, the Luce Institute, the clip mixes the crackling noises of radio broadcasts and the mesmerizing sounds of a psychedelic score. The extracts accompany aerial sequences shot in flight during a journey that starts at Naples’s chaotic suburban periphery, located only six miles from the summit of the volcano, and ascends to the magnificent crater spiraling along the mountain’s upper flanks.

This piece furthers Ligorio’s multifaceted research on spatial microcosms, here highlighted by the sprawl of unplanned housing

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