A Land Art / Light art
Artivism project for
INCONTRA IL MONDO 2021
JUNE 27 – AUGUST 14 2021
ROME LAGHETTO DI VILLA ADA
AN INVITATION TO
Breathe to feel alive.
Breathe to finally relax after so much tension.
Breathe to enjoy the interaction with nature.
Breathe the social and musical atmosphere in safety.
Breathe to be healthy and sustainable.
Breathe to re-center and find yourself.
Breathe to find yourself in harmony with everything.
Breathe like the trees of the Villa Ada pond.
We just need to breathe now.
The project incorporates a message of social artivism (activism through art), that of the fight against racism, at an individual and systematic level, which goes hand in hand with a denunciation of “police brutality”.
Themes that, after having socially and culturally shook the United States thanks to the activism efforts of the black lives matter movement, especially after the murder of George Floyd last year, has taken on an international dimension which, given the national news, also affects Italy.
BREATHE’s social message is also:
No More “I CAN’T BREATHE”.
The installation is a tribute to the victims of the systematic racism in which all of human society is unfortunately involved, at every latitude of the planet.
THIS IS A low resolution video, needed for making the loading time of the homepage faster. To watch this video and other BREATHE videos at higher resolution just check out the media gallery.
More pictures and videos will be shot over the next weeks of the festival, and will be published in the media gallery as soon as they will be available.
The colors of the trees’ breathing play with each other, while the trees breathe at different speeds, and with different colors – two per evening, in order to create a light mixing effect with psychedelic yet relaxing, almost meditative tones.
The colors will change according to the type of music that will be staged each night at the Villa Ada festival. See here below the chromatic associations set for the several musical styles the festival will feature all along this Estate Romana 2021.
The complete program of the concerts of Villa Ada: Roma Meet the World 2021 is available at the festival website VILLAADA.ORG/EVENTS.
GREEN + BROWN
BLUE + GREEN
TEAL + GOLD
PINK + ORANGE
DEEP BLUE + DEEP RED
ACID GREEN + VIOLET
meters NEON LED
Trees on a lake
LED DMX lights
Days on show
where is it?
The installation occupies the west side of the little island (peninsula) of the VILLA ADA lake. Access the park from the entrance in Via Ponte Salario (Laghetto Villa Ada).
The installation is visible from sunset until the end of the concerts scheduled each night at the festival.
The installation can only be observed in its complex from the shore opposite the islet, and it won’t be necessary to access the festival area.
However, breathing with the trees while being immersed in colors is something worth to be experienced from within.
PHOTO + VIDEO GALLERIES
Here are some of the pictures taken by far right after the installation, mostly with no public.
More pictures and video will be published soon in THE MEDIA galleries, including photos and videos with the festival attendees, and during artists’ live concerts.
MASSIMO BURGIO AKA BURNINGMAX
Massimo Burgio (aka Burningmax) is a Rome-based artist an musician mostly operating within the Burning Man community, but also often engaged in artivism actions dedicated to topics and places that need social attention.
Check out the buttons below to learn more about the artist and his previous work (bio in italian, website in english).
DID YOU MENTIONED A “SECRET GARDEN”?
Yes. inside the Villa Ada park I’ve built a very Secret Garden that manifests only after dark with hundreds of magical lights, all solar powered, that create a magical secret garden right out the deep darkness of the woods.
The Secret Garden is very hard to find, and I’m not revealing in which area of the vast Villa ada park it is located, sorry, a secret is a secret.
I can just say that only very adventurous people will be able to find it. The Secret Garden is far from any pedestrian and bicycle route, and to get there you will need to go off-trail and start climbing up one of the hills of the park.
Even if somebody manages to stroll by the spot during the day, the Secret Garden won’t be visible, as the solar powered lights are very well hidden, and will also be off during the day. The lights are equipped with a light sensor that will switch the lights on only when it gets dark – and hanging out off-trail in the woods, climbing hills in the dark it is a dangerous activity, not suitable for anyone.
Will you find the Secret Garden? I hope so, I built it so that a few lucky people will be able to enjoy it. If you do, take a selfie and post it on my social media. If you cannot find the secret garden, you can still enjoy a photo gallery.
QR CODE STICKER
YOU MIGHT hAVE SEEN THIS AROUND ROME
420 stickers with this QR code have been placed around town in Rome.
No need to scan the QR code if you are already here, AS the code in the sticker takes curious people to this website.
But the QR code design is lovely, so why not adding it to the project website?
thank you to Giuseppe Giannetti, Riccardo Gessini and the Villa Ada festival crew, artists and attendees. Special thanks to Caroline Westberg for some of the best pictures on this site.