Magazine article Artforum International

Eva Marisaldi

Magazine article Artforum International

Eva Marisaldi

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MASSIMO DE CARLO/ MART

Tristan, 2000, is a video game in the form of an animated cartoon depicting typical situations in the everyday life of a young girl, Fede, and a boy, Tristan. These characters are visualized as balls of different colors that cheerfully skip around the monitor. The spectator/player (at De Carlo) navigates through up to ninety staged situations before arriving at one of ten possible conclusions.

Lieto fine (Happy ending), 2000, at the Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (MART), is an installation made up of 120 small cushions arranged in orderly rows on the floor. They are embroidered with the images of the ten final frames of twelve films chosen by the artist, among them Zabriskie Point, Midnight Cowboy, and Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands. The regular geometric scheme that organizes the arrangement of the narrative sequences revealed by the cushions can be followed according to directions that are not necessarily logical and linear, and these irregular incursions result in possible new stories, based on free associations of meaning. Embroidery, a process of manual labor that evolves over time, becomes a form of narration and of reelaboration of recollected images. The marks are subtle, delicate. Marisaldi maintains a stance that makes light of media and materials, emptying them of weight and reducing them to their minimum terms. Likewise in Tristan, the technology is not take n too seriously and indeed is utilized in ironic and playful fashion.

In both installations, the artist left clues, prepared indications, and suggested possibilities for narrative development that could be realized only through the experience of viewers willing to choose their own routes through the piece. …

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