Tokyo, Asakusa, 17,05.2007, 10.30
DECONSTRUCTION OF AN IMAGE - UNIVERSITY OF PESCARA ANALYSIS OF AN IMAGE OF ALESSANDRO RIZZI
WE PRESENT ANOTHER “L’ARRET SUM L’IMAGE”, THIS TIME FEATURING A PIECE OF WORK CREATED BY THE STUDENTS AT THE FACULTY OF SCIENCES AND COMMUNICATION IN TERAMO, DURING A PRESENTATION OF ABITARE. THE IMAGE CHOSEN WAS TAKEN BY ALESSANDRO RIZZI IN A DISTRICT OF TOKYO, IN THE MORNING, WHEN “THE LIGHT IS WHITE, ALMOST LIKE THAT OF THE EMILIA REGION” FROM WHERE HE HAILS. THE PERSPECTIVE IS QUITE SHALLOW AND THE HEAD-ON ANGLE FROM WHICH THE PICTURE IS TAKEN TENDS TO NEGATE THE PRESENCE OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER AND GIVE REALITY A SMALL DOSE OF HYPER-REALITY.
*The image seems to be divided into two sectors, one is lit, the other is the shadow. I interpret it on various levels: as visionary, graphic, cinematic nut also social.
*White is one of the things that hold the photo together. It can be cold, but it also very spiritual. And in Orient culture white is the color of mourning…
*This clear-cut architecture and the volumes at the back, with express another reality, reveal the fabric of a big city with its problems of construction and space.
*The figure evokes the cinematic culture of today but is also linked to the 1950s; I’m reminded of Jim Jarmusch or Tom Waits. But this empty, white theatre and the chains that form a kind of apron stage at the front also make me think of Chaplin.
*This look like a performance. He is not a tramp: his hands are looked after, his shirt is buttoned up properly, hi suit is untraditional. He is a Japanese man with a Western outlook.
*As part of the reciprocal interaction between city and social life, this character represents the shift from the modern to the post-modern.
*The bent legs produce a profoundly human effect. Although the are not in themselves a gesture, it is as if they humanise thought and make visible something that is more than just a sensation, a tragic here and now, accented by the little mat on the ground.The man seems to be wondering “wich is my space?” a question to which there is no answer and a symbol of we are in the world today