Six memos for the next millennium
I started this project this summer when I was living in New York city for a while. It was the very first time for me to visit the Big Apple and I have been completely swallowed up by the anxiety and the stress due to the million multiple choices the city is offering 24/7, the competitiveness of lives, the loneliness of people. Immediately it came to my mind a book I read years ago, written by an Italian writer, Italo Calvino, which is a collection of notes for a series of lectures Calvino was preparing for Harvard University in 1985, dying before physically giving the lectures. The memos consist of useful notes meant to help men orient themselves into the transformations taking place in front of their eyes during the coming millennium (Lightness; Quickness; Exactitude; Visibility; Multiplicity; Consistency).
“Everyone is a combination of experiences, information, readings and imagination, isnt’it? Every life is an encyclopaedia, a library, an inventory of objects, a style samples, where everything could be constantly remixed and reordered in every possible way.”
In a sea of possibilities, escaping from anxiety, I tried to create my own shelter in synaesthesia. The project consists on a visual essay of American images inspired by Calvino’s six memos.