A Sound Cooperation
2 July — 19 August 2016
Hotel Ufer, Düsseldorf
Francesco Pedraglio is an artist working with writing, performance, film and installation.
Pedraglio is interested in storytelling as a tool to decode intimate encounters with both mundane and historically complex situations. He looks at how the process of narrating and staging – oneself, or a situation – influences the relationship between teller and listener, making visible the fantasies and fictions that constitute our reality.
The starting point of Pedraglio’s work – being performance, sculpture, prints, films – is writing. A curious detail, an overheard rumour, a banal incident, anything could spark some telling. And it’s in the movement from written text to live action, from live action to staged situation that the exploration of language, fiction and reality-making occurs.
In A Sound Cooperation, the sound piece and window drawing presented for the dining area of the Hotel Ufer, a series of reflections around the idea of ‘display’ are transformed into an abstract dialogue between two characters. Through the description of generic scenarios, a man and a woman cary out a fragmented storyboard that makes use of the space, the view from the window and the street life as, respectively, the location, the storyline and the actors for a potential performance.