Carrara black marble
225 x 97 x 78 cm
Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT
on loan to
Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Torino
GAM – Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Torino
2008 sound installation installation: MiniMac, external hard disk, monitor LCD, digital optic cables, cables BNC, Behringer Ultrapatch Pro PX3000 Patchbay commutabile / switch, Behringer Ultragain Pro-8 Digital ADA8000, M-AUDIO Profire Lightbridge, Ardour, 40 loudspeakers, 10 subwoofers. voice; Yemenite horn, ram’s horn, Jewish shofar, bamboo flute, double-reed flute, dung chen, launeddas, nay, lyre of Ur, begena, tanbur, kora, santoor, African lute, bronze cowbell, sleigh bells, wind chimes, bull roarers, Indian elephant bell, sanctus bell, ankle bells, wood bells, metal ratte, sistrums, wasamba, pandereta, sege-sege, wood bowls, coconut shell, windblown leaves, Mexican beans, pod, shells, bamboo, metal tubes, funnel, modified shakers, shaker made of bone, kayamba, modified mallets, goat nails, birdcalls, castanets, cymbals, T’ang ku, dhyangro, clashed cymbals, aluminium plate with sizzle, wood plates, semanterion, copper plates, anvil, udu, sandglass drum, bendir, gong, damaru, bodhràn, ocean drum, tin cans tambourine, glass mortar, bronze mortar, broken glasses, guira, zithers takumbe, angklung, temple block, elephant whip, badminton racket, twig brush, marimbula, gopichand, putipù made of African pumpkin. Hardware: Macintosh G5, Edirol Audio Capture FA-66, Edirol PCR-1, Mixer Yamaha MG-124 CX; microphones: Schertler Dyn-ABG-Set, Sennheiser E 602-II, AKG C 1000S, Rode NT5, AKG C2000B; software: Cubase SE dimension determined by the space Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Permanent loan Fondazione CRT Progetto Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, 2008
2005 composition for voice and instruments: 3 min. dimension determined by the space Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Purchased with the contribution of the Compagnia di San Paolo, 2005
The idea of metamorphosis is present throughout Roberto Cuoghi’s work. While still a student at the Brera Academy in Milan, Cuoghi carried out his first investigations on his own body, attempting to transform himself into his father. The artist deliberately gained weight, dyed his hair white, and changed the tone of his voice. He also assumed the lifestyle and dress of an older person. Resulting health problems forced him to discontinue this exploration, but it is through his art that Cuoghi continues to analyze various forms of metamorphosis. His works involve a wide range of techniques, including photography, video, animation, painting, and drawing.
Recently, without knowing how to play an instrument or sing on a professional level, the artist produced a number of sound pieces. Mbube, 2005, is the first work he created in this genre. A composition for voice and instruments, it represents a further mutation of a mutation—a remake of an eponymous pop song composed in the 1940s by South African songwriter Solomon Linda. A success in the writer’s homeland, the song became a valuable commodity when, in the 1950s, it reached the United States, where it was acquired by a record company and frequently interpreted and modified by many different performers. Beginning in the 1960s, under the title The Lion Sleeps Tonight, it became an international hit. In his version, Cuoghi restores some of the original Zulu sounds, while adding new and unexpected mutations. By creating a new song, and adding himself to the long list of those who have benefited from manipulating it, Cuoghi brings to light fragments of a little-known story marked by profound injustice. As Cuoghi found out while researching the history of the song, Linda received 10 shillings for the sale of the song, and he died with twenty-five dollars on his bank account; it is estimated that in the years that followed, the song generated over 55 million dollars for American record companies. The songwriter’s heirs currently have no rights to the composition and live in poverty in Johannesburg.
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Curated by Marcella Beccaria Slight physical alterations, complete transformations, temporary disappearances, and voyages into the immediate future or the most distant past are some of the elements that characterize the everyday world of Roberto Cuoghi (Modena, 1973). Experimenting to…
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