Talk: Studio Ossidiana - Variations on a Bird Cage
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‘Variations on a Bird Cage’, presented by Studio Ossidiana at the Biennale Architettura 2021, is an exercise in coexistence between a human and a bird. The aim of the project is to spatialize the relation between bodies/species through an intermediary object, translating the actions of retreating, advancing, controlling, abandoning, transforming, destroying, domesticating, cultivating, feeding and playing into a political and corporeal dance. The project will be presented by Giovanni Bellotti & Alessandra Covini (Studio Ossidiana) in a conversation with CIVA's artistic director Nikolaus Hirsch.
The proposal of Studio Ossidiana (Giovanni Bellotti & Alessandra Covini) is an installation where materials and forms become the physical grammar of the relation, developing the archetype of the cage from a space of confinement, towards a mediative object. Through it, the goal is to express a gradient of relation between two bodies: while the cage expands from the tender to the coercive, the ironic to the dramatic, the metaphorical to the caloric, we see habits transforming into habitats, and the actions embedded in “living together” become the ingredients for a project of transformation, of exchange between individuals played out in the aesthetic, sensorial realm, of which the ‘cage’ is the physical vocabulary.