Pietro Bardini’s initial proposal for the LOA Open Call was a sound installation exploring the relationship between ICT (information and communication technologies), the sound of language and its role in preserving the cultural identity of transnational communities.
In response to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Italian artist adapted the proposed 4-channel composition into a video game. Players navigate a digital recreation of the LOA gallery, erected in a landscape enclosed by mountain peaks. This medium - one both necessitated and made possible by the outbreak of coronavirus - is now the only form in which the installation will exist. The piece mirrors the social isolation and experiences of separation from migrants’ first cultures.
‘Encoded in language is a primal symphony, and in its rhythms, tones and pauses is the key to our home.’ - Pietro
Pietro is a composer and multimedia artist working with sounds, installations and performances. He is an alumnus of Barbican Young Visual Arts Group (2018) and Barbican DesignYourself (2019), and Co-founder of Concrete Assembly: a curatorial project funded by Arts Council England and supported by Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects. Pietro also hosts Breakfast On The Grass, a monthly radio show about Italian library music on Soho Radio.
► Please sign up for the Privat view parcel through the ticket link to receive exhibition materials before 1st August ( International), 6th August (UK).