For Maria Thereza Alves video and sound installation Saturated Stones in Fondazione Morra Greco, Valeria Apicella has created a collective experimental workshop to interrogate the relation of the body with the works and the spaces of the exhibition. How do you expand the understanding, how do you generate a deeper memory of an art piece through postures, movements, touch? Alves exhibition was a site specific work, where videos projected unto the walls of the Fondazione’s old palace showed immigrant of various nationalities playing music rarely heard in this aristocratic place. The laboratory was itself an attempt to extend through the body this quiet overthrow of the protocols and limitations.
The session developed in two parts: a long body warming in a neutral space, where the participants were invited to follow a corporal conduct informed by some bodily elements and sounds of the exhibition. Then, in little groups and with the help of a printed program, like a score, the participants could go through the exhibition, assuming in each room a different posture. Gestures, shadows, suspensions, memories mixed themselves with the works, to free the space.