Made in 1911, L'Inferno was Italy's first feature film - a striking visual feast depicting hell as imagined by Dante's Divine Comedy. Like the epic poem that inspired it, this silent film was based on an actual place the Tuscan village of Larderello. Visualisations of its geothermal landscape have inspired countless representations of hell, but the actual site has remained mute.
For a new performance (featuring Aura Satz amongst other participants) Mikhail Karikis has recorded Larderello's explosive geothermal sounds and rumbling industrial sonorities. Combining newly filmed footage and fragments of L'Inferno with narration and environmental sound recordings, the work will mine the strata of legend, industrial archaeology, subterranean resonance and the aural imaginary of hell.
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