AMAE/ De Pinto
58(+1) Indices on the body
Tell us a little bit about your work as an artist and on the use of sound in your artistic practice?
As a collaborative singularity, AMAE focuses on the tensions generated in marginalised bodies by heteronormative society. Amae’s research contaminates traditional languages of art communication (poetry, video, sound, photography, installation, performance) with mass media via photographic works and performances, which are often broadcast live on the web. Working on international platforms across the EU, AMAE focuses on intersubjectivity and transfer in performance art; inheritance and mimicry of behaviour; mimicry against emulation; identification and conflict; primary society and contemporary society; time and space of assimilation of empathetic behaviours; behaviours towards otherness; transient bodies; augmented reality.
Pier Giorgio De Pinto uses new media as a “thinking medium” in which involves the audience, creating performative experiences and immersive environments. His projects usually involve others – musicians, choreographers and artists – from different cultural backgrounds, styles and identity genres. Currently, De Pinto is studying an hybridisation practice between expanded cinema, ASCII Code, infographics, mapping territories and human factors. A way to combine different physical and virtual media to tell a story through hybridized expanded cinema installations. The sound is a predominant element in De Pinto’s installations along with objects, drawings, coded movies and interactive installations: devices for developing a poetical and conceptual dimension through sensorial perception, reflections and awareness. The gesture of the artist removes functionality, add significance, proposes a new sense, subverts rules, creates a new order. A transmedial work that has the potential to perturb our certainties and our perception.
The track you presented for Helicotrema 2014 is an audio work entitled 58(+1) indices on the body that features the participation of philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, Pier Giorgio De Pinto and AMAE Art Collective. Can you tell us the origin of this project and on the nature of this collaboration?
The nature of the collaboration is the pivotal point of the whole project. AMAE is a collective and it’s nature is to collaborate with other entities. We contacted Pier Giorgio De Pinto and he made us falling in love with Jean-Luc Nancy’s writing. Together we initially decided to extend Nancy’s 58 indices on the body with a series of 58 performances and then we had the opportunity to meet the philosopher in Freiburg and perform with him our debut piece. It happened all of a sudden. Very unexpectedly.
How was it recorded?
We asked Mr. Nancy to record his voice for our project and he was very happy to do that. He also wrote 4 new statements especially for us, which is a big achievement in terms of how performance and philosophy can merge and influence each other. So from the 59 initial indices (the 59th was added in the past in a different occasion) the statements became 63. Nancy did the recording with a small portable device that we gave him.
How does this work is related to your artistic research?
We now have a big treasure which is Mr. Nancy’s voice reading his own work. Although our focus is still on the performance aspect we are expanding the project in different directions. One of these is a weekly appointment on Soundcloud for a year. Our aim is perform Nancy’s text in every possible way we can.
Are you working on new projects?
Yes we are. AMAE is launching with De Pinto a workshop where we want to collect the audience’s voice reading Nancy’s text and then we will open a call for composers to create a full-on audio installation.