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Zino, Databook, 2015

Book, lego blocks, augmented reality dimensions variable from 30x40 cm to 60x40 cm approx.

Location: Entrance of Capri Palace, Anacapri - Until the 13th of October

Databook is site-specific installation created for the entrance of Capri Palace Hotel in Anacapri. The work presents a series of books displayed on lecterns. In this piece, past and present, writing and images, stories, myths and legends are all interwoven through a game of technology. The text and images in the open books have been partially altered and superimposed with Lego bricks, as a sort of magnifying computer, which generates an interference in the understanding of what is on the pages. The transformation, however, allows for the usual reading to continue, while marking an invisible border in the balance between recognition and total alteration.
Each book also hides an invisible part in a matrix which can be activated and made visible through the technology of augmented reality.

Short Bio

Zino, pseudonym of Luigi Franchi, was born in Teramo in 1973. Currently he lives and works in Pescara. In the nineties he studied art history at the University of Bologna and began a path in the contemporary art world, collaborating with some artists from the from the ex-pastificio di Roma. Back in Abruzzo he helped realize various installations for artistic events in the region (FuoriUso, Trasalimenti) before embarking on a parallel path in art restoration, graduating in 2003 at the Palazzo Spinelli in Florence.
It is the most recent research centred on the image distortion intended as mass-media icon in which a meaning transposition is established, allowing objects and people to accumulate new and different significance when filtered through the net or the television, essentially through an act of image "pixelation". The images are accurately reproduced on paper but part of their surface is modified through the use of Lego bricks, in a sort of computerised enlargement, causing an interference in the object comprehension which do not prevent its correct reading, but simply marks an invisible line in balance between realisation and complete alteration.