The project investigates the ritual processuality of daily movements. NONOSTANTE is, in fact, the result of a research that aimed... Read More
The project investigates the ritual processuality of daily movements. NONOSTANTE is, in fact, the result of a research that aimed to analyze the body movements of a machine operator in a textile factory. Repeated physical movements and hand gestures evoke the idea of a ritual dance that takes shape around the production of an embroidered word: despite. The choice of it comes from the meaning and the intrinsic value of the word that presents itself as a manifesto for a "non domesticated life" according Thoureau. It is a formula, the true formula of disobedience: despite this I will do another, which brings to mind that "I woud prefer not to" present in Bartleby The Scrivener by H. Melville.
This formula inserted within an imposed ritual, since the gesture performed by the worker is called by the production needs of the machinery, triggers a short circuit that deconstructs the value of the movement itself.
The dance of the worker was recorded simultaneously in a zenithal sequences shot, in a movement’s diagram drawn in ink and by the banner (400 cm) on which were embroider by the machine 10 words: NONOSTANTE.
In the last phase of the project the diagram and video documentation was analyzed again with the aim of generating a coded movement scheme, which, once inserted into the computer of the machine, makes the work plan perform the same movements as the worker did during her dance.
The product of this last process is a 350 x 50 cm carpet on which appears the embroidered scheme that, like a dance score, tells this daily working ritual.