Roberto Pugliese -Field reductions + The space of a year


In Field Reductions, realized in collaboration with composer and sound artist Andrea Mancianti, field recordings of sound are deconstructed in units of sound objects that are mechanically activated to stage the original field.
Transparent boxes are filled with natural objects commonly found outdoors, such as fallen branches, grass, leaves, dirt. Small motors let the matter collide, crackle and rub, to generate a soundscape that resembles at times a sonic environment we can experience in a forest or the countryside.
The kinetic element is not used as a sound object in itself, rather it is used to recreate, as an imitation, the sound as I remember it at the moment of the experience. It creates a plausible but approximated soundscape. For me this process let the visitor experience both a familiar environment but at the same time wonder about the construction of the real experience.
The soundscape is a re-enactment of fields as opposed to a composition of field recordings. The sounds are not recorded as-is but reduced to a recipe or a script for individual elements.
The main question regards the experience of this object: is this an imitation of the real soundscape or does it become an entity of its own? And further, how is in fact constructed our notion and expectation of natural beauty projected onto nature?
In The Space of Year, a multichannel audiovisual installation, the audiovisual recordings collected throughout a year have lost their documentation function leaving space to their reinterpretation as material to be composed.
The space of a year portrays the passage of time during the course of a year and deconstructs visual and sonic material associated with nature and its transformation throughout different seasons. The piece is a re-composition and transformation of memories now divorced from the context were collected.

The fieldwork towards the realization of the piece has been carried out during two residencies: Arteles in Hämeenkyrö, September 2012 and AiR Bergen at USF Verftet in Bergen, January – March 2013.
The exhibition is supported by AVEK – The Promotion Centre For Audiovisual Culture.