Mariateresa Sartori
Born in 1961 in Venice (Italy).
Lives in Venice (Italy).
In Sol Maggiore/ In Sol Minore, 2013
Video, 5:48 min.
Courtesy of the artist
Having dedicated several years to linguistics, Mariateresa Sartori transferred those interests into her art. The phenomena of language in all its aspects, as well as its influence on human behavior – this is invariably what she works with in her pieces. She analyses the relationship of semantics and phonetics, namely the meanings of words and their sound, along with speech and images – that is to say the natural languages and the iconic languages. She also studies the connection between semantics and pragmatism, in other words the dependency of the meaning of verbal expression on context, as well as the relationship between different languages that by meeting in one expression give their own contribution to its final message. In her work "In Sol Maggiore/ In Sol Minore" she has turned to the material offered by the art of cinema, which is the result of the merging of several natural and artificial languages. What we see on the screen is a short clip (53 sec.) from the film "Heimat" ("Homeland"), by German director Edgar Reitz, which the artist shows us two times in a row. Visually these two versions are identical, the only change is in the audio. The melody that accompanies the film's scene is presented once in a major key, the other time in a minor key. And if the major key is known to be characterized by a mainly upbeat, happy expression of sound, the minor is the opposite, usually sounding sad and gloomy. It is surprising how such a seemingly insignificant change to a secondary component of the language of cinema drastically changes the subject matter of the scene. Motivations, emotions, the kind of relationships the characters have – all of these are filled with new meaning. Thus Sartori's work leads us to the conclusion that love and the relationships related to love are not something being. Appearing in a relationship, love only has a place among the beings that together invent love each time all over again. However relationships are by definition a form of communication, a language, which has its own logic and carries a memory of its genesis. Consequently it is language that makes love possible, but it is language that makes people love not like they want, but like it wants.
artistic director of the project: Viktor Misiano
National Center for Contemporary Arts
Moscow Museum of Modern Art
Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center
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