Following Michel Portal and Arto Lindsay, composer and musician Teho Teardo was invited to create a special installation for Palazzo Grassi.
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<span class="alinea"></span>Throughout his career, Teardo has collaborated regularly with artists working in other artistic fields, in particular with filmmakers (including Paolo Sorrentino), for whom he has written several acclaimed scores.
<span class="alinea"></span>Responding this time to the underwater universe created nearby by Damien Hirst in his “Tresures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable,” Teardo decides to open, in the foyer of the Teatrino, with sounds recorded with underwater microphones in the dark and murky waters of the Venetian lagoon. By distributing speakers throughout the room, Teardo creates an echo that resonates within the space, surprising visitors as they enter into this hypnotic, immersive environment.
<span class="alinea"></span>The story continues in the amphitheater, with the premiere presentation of a special version of Teadro’s “Phantagosmorica,” the music paired with a project of drawings by the illustrator MP5. Celebrated filmmaker Abel Ferrara directs the film and voices the magic and mysterious character who is tasked with accompanying the viewer on this phantasmagorical journey.
<span class="alinea"></span>Then dancers, birds, menacing shadows, and candles appear in the dense, seductive musical universe crafted by the artist. Reality and the imaginary blur, transporting the viewer/listener—as ever, art invites to question our own role in its experience—into a world in which the soul abandons itself to new enchantments.