dOCUMENTA (13) Winning Hearts and Minds Spazio 42, Hauptbahnhof, Kassel Eidetic Bush video 3.00‘ min. music Luigi Nono, from Caminantes Ayacucho
video editing Emanuele Basso
in collaboration with Green Spin
Eidetic Bush for Winning Hearts and Minds project is a reissue of the video projected in 2003 for the "Eidetic Bush" installation project at Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia. E.B. has been inspired by the nation-wide bush fires in Australia over the 2002/03 summer.
E.B. incorporates digital enhanced video developed from performative acts in burnt bush environments and Luigi Nono musical score"Caminantes…Ayacucho". The choice of this musical score is connected to both the visionary tension of the composition and its references to Ayacucho, a symbol of the struggle against colonialist oppression, and Giordano Bruno’s ‘visionary esotericism’, of whom the choir sings an extract " To the Principles of the Universe" taken from "De La Causa Principio e Uno".
The burnt bush is the very place that at the one time stimulates our vision as well as the creative act representing it. The artist’s intervention acquires a “shamanic”, sacredness-bestowing meaning, which can reactivate the contact with vision and “dream up” new myths and new rituals.
E.B. causes reflections about: - the subconscious roots of human representation; - the fascination with the ideal of the universal sign; - the eidetic ability that elevates the mind’s eye to co-equality with visual sensation, dissolving the boundaries between imagination and perception, myth and reality; - the genocide of Tasmanian Aborigines who represented the expression of the most profound and purest connection that man could establish with nature; - the destructiveness of a clear-felling old growth forests: more than 20,000 ha of Tasmania’s native forests are clear-felled each year by the wood companies.