Talking chairs: Voices for the future of the planet

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Poets and authors of the sound installation:

Sara Capoccioni (poet) Galen Cranz (author of The Chair) Lidia Popolano (poet) Mariapia Quintavalla Elena Ribet (poet) Chelsea Rushton (poet) Angela Schiavone (poet) Marco Sonzogni (poet) Matilde Tortora (poet)

Music by Lucio Lazzaruolo and Notturno Concertante

Using Louis ghost chairs, the installation Talking chairs by Giovanna Iorio combines the transparency of this iconic chair created by designer Philippe Starck to the colours and sound of her unique voice portraits, spectrograms of the human voice.

Chairs and human voices will be the only protagonists of this new sound installation that aims to reflect on the possibility of dialogue in a time of isolation. Philippe Starck described his transparent chair in these terms: “You are not sure exactly what it is but everyone recognises it and sees it as something familiar. It’s here when you want to see it and you can blend it in if you want to be discreet. It is half disappearing, dematerialising. Like all the production of our civilisation.” Through the “transparent design furnishings” the aesthetic aspect of transparency became accepted globally. In a society where everything that counts must be visible, the invisible becomes a valid alternative. Words, being a product of civilisation, disappear and dematerialise everyday leaving human beings every day more silent in a world of noises. Starck said that “the universal success of the Louis Ghost chair does not come from its design but from collective memory. The Louis Ghost chair was produced by our collective subconscious and it is only the natural result of our past, our present and our future.” In this installation we await for curious visitors to sit on the invisible chairs, blended in nature and only revealing the invisible colours of the human voice. Ten authors from Italy, USA and New Zealand have sent their message and voices to reflect on past, present and future. Talking chairs invites visitors to a place where chairs will no longer be chairs, but imaginary islands for urban sailors.



The Echoes

The Chair by Galen Cranz

Perhaps no other object of our daily environment has had the enduring cultural significance of the e…

Matilde Tortora (Italy)

Wayfarer stop You’ll repose here Thou too shalt couch thy limbs Linger with me, sit Stay, whether ni…

Mariapia Quintavalla (Italy)

Here a planetoid me. Here a planetoid me invisible blue, who does not stick, to introduce itself wi…

Sara Capoccioni (Belgium)

Dear being My dear being, We reached our meeting Sit here let’s rest Our souls We’ve no eyes For…

Angela Schiavone (Italy)

When you come to my land When you come to my land I will know you because on this seat you listen…

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