Pier Alfeo


“Ciò che resta” from the attempt to make tangible the phenomenon of noise pollution of the oceans and its effects and is an invitation to renegotiate the interspecies relations in the light of the ecological crisis that inexorably accompanies this was called "Anthropocene".

The project aims to promote public empathy with the semantic universe of marine mammals, through the creation of border languages between visual and computational experience. The goal is to codify and understand the patterns that go beyond the anthropocentric human context, identifying with the "non-io"; and developing the awareness of being part of a complex mechanism above the human being. This stems from the need to rethink the role, until now hegemonic, of the human being in favor of a strengthening of relations with other species and with the natural environment, as well as with artificial and inorganic elements.

The work aims to bring two different worlds, terrestrial and marine, through public awareness on the topic of ocean noise pollution. This phenomenon causes the explosion of many small marine species and interferes with the echolocation signals of cetaceans, disorienting them and causing them impact scars. The understanding of this invisible and distant problem is achieved through the analysis of scars, which unite the living beings of both worlds.

Pier Alfeo (born 1985) is a sound artist and electronic composer. Through his artistic practice, Pier Alfeo investigates the problems caused by the intense relationship between human beings and automation systems in contemporary societies. His multimedia installations, sound sculptures and electronic music compositions tension the repetitiveness of mechanical-algorithmic automation systems with the unpredictability of chaos. In this way, the rigid regularity of serial systems is interrupted and deconstructed from within, generating new configurations of meaning. Within these processes, sound acts organically as a destabilising and healing element at the same time, emerging with its irregular expressiveness.
In 2019, he presented his first solo exhibition “Incisione su Silenzio” at the Doppelgaenger Gallery in Bari with a critical text by Valentino Catricalà. At the end of 2019, he won the highest award at the 'Premio Nazionale delle Arti' with the same work “Incisione su Silenzio”, in the 'Electronic Arts' section; for the occasion, Alfeo was assessed by an international jury composed of Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Beatrice Merz, Sergio Toffetti, Irene Dionisio and Piero Gilardi. The work was exhibited at the Accademia Albertina in Turin in conjunction with FISAD 2019. In 2020 he took part in the Blooming Festival curated by Federica Patti and Quiet Ensemble in Pergola and in the exhibition Rilevamenti 2 curated by Valentino Catricalà at CAMUSAC | Museo Arte Contemporary Art Museum in Cassino.


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