Sounds. Remote, deep, expressive, distant voices. Whisperings of the soul. This is what the exhibition The body and the voice. Carmelo Bene, Cathy Berberian, Demetrio Stratos talks about, curated by Anna Cestelli Guidi and Francesca Rachele Oppedisano at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome until June 30th. A choice of more than a hundred works including photos, videos, tapes, scores, materials and unpublished documents recovered in different archives to try to discover and understand if the soul has a voice (and what it sounds like).
The exhibit explores artistic facts that have been able to dematerialize the apparently indestructible link between rationality and symbol, between the meaning of a word and its pure acoustic materiality. We will perceive pure sound potential, fascinated before a body of work by three great revolutionary artists of the twentieth century. From the American mezzo-soprano of Armenian origin, Cathy Berberian, with her highly expressive and experimental vocal style, to the Greek musician Demetrio Stratos, up to the genius of Carmelo Bene, from Salento, with his exploration of the voice as pure phoné. Sound phenomena in which the signifier is what takes on meaning.
Enriched by scientific analysis, the exhibition also features films and videos to show us the shape of sounds. Further, this is where Macbeth horror suite by Carmelo Bene will be staged on Sunday, April 28th at 5 pm, inspired by the Shakespearean tragedy. After that, Hommelette for Hamlet, undecipherable operetta by Julian Laforgue.
Two works, the first of which dates back to 1997 and the second to 1990, in which the audience is brought closer to the complicated world of the director-actor. A world that crumbles, a scenic machine that minces images and language. A complex sound ensemble made up of voices and noises, amplifications, playbacks, acoustic variations to communicate gaps, absences, plurality. Asynchronous recordings superimposed on images that say more, detaching what you see from what you hear.
In Carmelo Bene’s view, Great Theater is made of sound suggestion, a set of auditory solicitations that build meaning, atmosphere, conveying emotion. It is not important to know the language in which the work is performed. One must be predisposed to hear the voice of the soul.
For information on the exhibition visit the website. Forareview on Carmelo Bene click here.