by Mery Tortolini and Annio Gioacchino Stasi (Ibiskos Risolo Edition, Empoli, 2007)
From work, over the years, with students, scholars and artists, the first methodological and theoretical elaboration on the possibility of stimulating, in a waking state, the formation of unconscious images in order to bring out an expressive need that is human possibility and capacity. Research developed at the “La Sapienza” University of Rome over seventeen years.
“… Those who were sitting with open eyes in front of us told us, in silence, with movements – signs like raindrops fell from their hands telling the story of the outsiders that were cursed and chased without honors and titles, the story of the forgotten images from the walls of houses and cities, returned, in the mind like persistent shadows. They did not die, they reappeared like those who on the street, in the fields, served to give the speechless the warmth of tears and laughter.
It was necessary to form a bond, in the present, with others and, losing movement and articulated language, collecting images such as fireflies, shadows, breaths and silent assent. Bringing a group back to a beginning, when to grasp the meaning of things was enough to give away useless gestures of understanding, such as of love, which cause the revolt of images. We had to make a music reappear that had been lost voices, because they were now dressed in false identity cards.
We had to risk the misunderstanding of others, who in the face of our silent gestures could mistake us for beings without words: barbarians, foreigners, illegal immigrants, women, children, artists: human beings without power”.
Contributions from Tullio De Mauro, Massimo Fagioli, Mery Tortolini, Annio Gioacchino Stasi, and others.