Perché penso torno indietro – Matteo Nasini

Valerio Mannucci presents the sound piece Perché penso torno indietro by Matteo Nasini at the Auditorium – Parco della Musica Rome, as part of the Sound Corner Project curated by Anna Cestelly Guidi, starting today Friday 6 February. Sound Corner is a sound installation in the interstitial space of the architecture of the Auditorium with a periodical monthly schedule where curators, artists and institutions are invited to propose sound works by artists. 

Perché penso torno indietro is a collective story formed from primary experiences, smaller stories, and environments that have disappeared. It is a sound piece completed by Nasini in 2013 and composed of fragments of spoken dialogue and original music.

After gathering a series of audio interviews in various nursing homes and senior centres throughout Rome, the artist then cut out all specific references to dates and places in order to then use them in a composition of field recordings and synthetic sounds. Although it draws on the audio documentary tradition, this anthropological imploration remains abstract: fragments of voices, memories, childish fears, attachments and lost hopes evoke an acoustic environment that invites the listener to recreate a hidden memory.

The chorus of voices takes on a verbal physicality where places are empty apparitions, sound images, slivers of sense that describe a place that has never existed. They resurface in the sound piece’s plot, involuntarily revealing an attempt to regain the ability to remember. Thus Perché penso torno indietro is an incomplete oral story, a verbal tradition composed of the mind’s apparitions and places that ideally merge into the great form of knowledge that we call “aural history”.

Perché penso torno indietro can be considered in the part of Matteo Nasini’s body of work that looks to the poetic nature of human history, where literature is incidental and poetry is generated by certain feelings created in their being-in-the-world. This is not a work about language: the attempt to recover one or more fragments of a past life is incarnated in the voices of the people interviewed, becoming memory itself, the physical location of a lost experience, an attempt to narrate the individual and collective value of memory through the auditory dimension.

Auditorium – Parco della Musica Rome – Viale Pietro De Coubertin, 30, Rome
6 – 28 febbraio 2015