Cardiopulso | Photo: Stefano Perego | © 2022 Emilio Ferro
March 01, 2022 to March 13, 2022
Centro Studi Beppe Fenoglio, Alba, Italy
The light artist from Alba, Emilio Ferro, invites to celebrate Beppe Fenoglio’s 100 year anniversary on March 1, 2022. Ferro creates a light installation, conceptually evoking the figure of the “SEGRETO CARDIOPULSO”, a neologism coined by the writer Fenoglio himself to describe the secret movement of Alba, a Partisan Free Zone from October 10, 1944 and for the next twenty-three days. The signal resonates and lights up right from the Olivetti Studio44, located on the second floor of the Centro Studi Beppe Fenoglio in Alba, in the exact place where the writer loved to work.
Four beams of light, specularly inclined to the Centro Studi Beppe Fenoglio, compose the work of Emilio Ferro, who underlines on the iconic value of the place, made of memory and inspiration. A dialogue fueled by the propulsive force of the written word, of which Fenoglio was a master, which materializes in the power of light: large metal structures guard the signal of light and project it from inside the building into the sky of Alba, composing a new and vital visual story that ideally continues towards Turin and towards the Cosmos.
The Mole Antonelliana, home of the National Cinema Museum of Torino, lit up with the projection of the image of Beppe Fenoglio 22 to then orient itself in space towards what NASA, thanks to the discovery of the European Observatory on March 1, 1990, has named Planet #7935Beppefenoglio.
The installation is accompanied by a sound intervention created by Max Casacci, composer and producer of Subsonica, who sampled the sounds of the typewriter that belonged to the author from Alba, used for the occasion by Margherita, Fenoglio's daughter.
Emilio Ferro gathers the main elements of his creative grammar: light and sound take possession of the space, naturalistic and anthropomorphic, and draw the map of a new narrative, where memory leaps towards the future.