Rossella Biscotti Molfetta / Rotterdam/Brussels
visual arts / performance
The Journey is a performance of a ship navigating a GPS content-related route inspired by time, history and current geopolitical data researched together with different experts and communities in an area of the Mediterranean Sea between Italy, Malta, Tunisia, Libya. The narrative is centered on the decision and consequences of dropping a 20-ton marble block awarded to the artist by the iconic Michelangelo quarry in Carrara, Italy, yet left untouched. In fact, Rossella Biscotti uses the block as a mechanism to unpack the political, economic and environmental layers of a complex body of water. The point of departure is the island of Malta, a country located in between Europe and Africa, and a collection of maps showing different information comprising data on shipwrecks, cabling, military checks, licenses for energy and oil companies in the deadliest migration route of the Mediterranean Sea. This artistic gesture will take place between the 8th and the 30th of May, depending on the weather conditions, and in collaboration with the ship's crew, a poet and a composer. Thus, it will be the only invisible performance at the festival, echoing the hidden nature of what is going on in the Mediterranean Sea. The Journey will become a layered sound composition, that will be presented in 2022, exposing the politics of visibility and invisibility, off-shore exploration and exploitation.
Artist: Rossella Biscotti | Field recording: Attila Faravelli | Narrative voice: Quinn Latimer | Photographer: Alexandra Pace | GIS maps: Catalogtree | Project manager: Kristina Borg | Research in Tunisia: Emna Lakhoua | Project developed with: Blitz Valletta | 8th edition of Dream City Festival Tunis within the framework of the project Between Land and Sea | In collaboration with: Sara Dolfi Agostini (Curator Blitz Valletta), Timmy Gambin (Associate Professor of Maritime Archaeology, University of Malta), Anthony Gruppetta (Veterinary Officer at Agency for Governance of Agricultural Bio-resources), Joseph A Borg (Associate Professor Department of Biology, University of Malta), Aaron Micallef (Associate Professor of Geoscience, University of Malta), Watch The Med Alarm Phone, Sea-Watch, Lewis Baldacchino (Operations Manager, Port Logistics Operations Ltd), Albert Gambina (Marine Pilot at Malta Maritime Pilots), Joseph Meli (Director of the Research & Training Centre of MaritimeMT), Elman Srl (Pomezia), Studi d’Arte Cave Michelangelo Carrara, the fishermen community of El Haouaria, Kerkennah Islands, and the Gulf of Gabes | Supported by Mondriaan Fonds