The Edge of the Sky: storytelling performance (2022)

With Isle of Lewis arts organization sruth-mara.

A filmed storytelling performance, in English and Gaelic, of Roberto Trotta’s acclaimed short book, in which the astrophysicist tells the history of the Universe with only the 1000 most commonly used words in the English language.

Premiering in February 2022 at the Hebridean Dark Skies Festival.

Supported by Creative Scotland.

LIBRA (2021)

LIBRA 2021
Lorenzo Acquaviva and Lucrezia Fantini starring in LIBRA in Sept 2021 (photo credit: Daniele Rigon)

With theatre director and video artist Gigi Funcis.

An original theatre play on the theme of satellite mega-constellations, mixing live acting with 3D renderings of an advanced AI.

In the near future, a global corporation has plastered the night sky with internet satellites. Virgil, a middle manager in the company, stumbles on a mysterious pattern hidden in the ads the company runs: could this be linked with the pandemic of compulsive shopping that has struck his own wife? And can a teenage girl with special powers and a moustached AI help him crack the problem?

Live in September 2021. More info here.

Supported by Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia, SISSA and Museo Storico e Parco del Castello di Miramare.

All There Was (2015)

Artists David Cheeseman and Ole Hagen collaborate with astrophysicist Roberto Trotta for week 20 at fig-2. Their exhibition entitled ‘All There Was’ predicates a post-Newtonian orrery, concentrating on the depiction of the All-There-Is and its modelling. The exhibition builds its premises by looking into how we explore the cosmos – observationally and intellectually – and reflects on our understanding of it within the given parameters known to us. Basing its subject-matter on the dichotomy of presentation and the real, ‘All There Was’ is an aesthetic and intellectual speculation of post-Euclidean Geometry basing its forms on a reinterpretation of abstract concepts such as dark matter, dark energy. Cheeseman, Hagen and Trotta will highlight the transformation of fig-2 premises into a temporary laboratory of ideas, through their performative conversation on Monday evening that will speculate about the ‘Big Picture’, the grand scheme of the reality we reside in.

Photo credit: Sylvain Deleu

Read here some reflections on the show and event in the blog by Alix Mortimer.

The cosmic house (2013)

A radical reinterpretation of post-Newtonian concepts, with artists Ole Hagen and David Cheesman. Shortlisted for Artangel’s Open 100.

Urban Sputnik (2011)

A pair of sculptures that developed as a novel way to express the frontiers of astrophysical research in a non-technical, more inclusive way, which uses art and design as its primary language. These pieces offer a metaphorical sensory experience connecting the user with distant cosmological phenomena that cannot otherwise be directly perceived nor experienced on a human scale. With Vanessa Harden and Dr Dominic Southgate of WildFlag studios.

Beyond Entropy: Potential Energy (2010)

A research cluster coordinated by the Architectural Association, aiming at creating novel explorations of the concept of energy. With architect Julian Loeffler and artist Peter Liversidge. Our work has been exhibited at the Venice Architectural Biennale in Aug 2010, at the Architectural Association in London in May 2011, and it was featured in Nature.

Potential energy: The prototype. Loosely based on Maxwell's demon.

Potential energy: The prototype. Loosely based on Maxwell’s demon.