Ipse Dixit (Sidereus Nuncius) - project promotion in Italy

Directed by Boris Bakal in collaboration with Katarina Pejovic, Alessandro Rossetto and Sandro Petri.

Co-Stellazionists: Michele Fucich, Serena Bisol, Giulia Floris, Renata Otfinowska, Roberta Andreoni, Lorenzo Failla, Carlo Bellia, Vanja Zanko, (Ugo Becconcini, Marco Amerighi)

Duration: on 23rd June from 3pm to 8pm; on 24th June from 10am to 8pm.

Sidereus Nuncius
is a multimedia European project that builds the dialogue between art, faith and science. The departing point of the entire project is Galileo Galilei, his life and work, especially the turning point of his renouncing of his own discoveries, due to the pressure produced by the Catholic Church as well as the major part of the scientific community in Italy of that time.

Sidereu Nuncius (otherwise the title of Galileo’s most renowned work, meaning “The Celestial Messenger”) unfolded in several phases and in various formats: during 2005 and the first part of 2006, scientific gatherings, round table discussions and different workshops that took place all over Europe (Pisa, Florence, Barcelona, Resita…) prepared the ground for the final manifestation under the name Ipse Dixit.

On June 23 and 24, this event, involving institutions, organisations as well as individual artists from Italy, Croatia, Poland, Romania and Spain, will turn Pisa – the city in which Galileo was born, where he taught and executed some of his most significant experiments – into a gigantic hypertext: a series of mutually connected events including performances, video and audio installations, concerts, multimedia installations in the domain of VR, Web sites and video and audio real-time streaming.

For the final production, Shadow Casters have created one of the central segments – the multimedia voyage Co-Stellazione – which are at once the connecting tissue for all other segments. Co-Stellazione is a work that has grown out of the namesake workshop held from May 8 to 18 in Pisa. Gathering a team of young interdisciplinary artists, writers, art historians, performers and programmers under the guidance of Boris Bakal, Katarina Pejovic and Alessandro Rossetto, it has established the co-ordinates of the system that was developed into its final form during the month of June.

Galileo’s renouncing is the departing point of that voyage, leading to a sequence of mutually connected stories on turning points in individuals’ lives that always lead to great decisions, as well as on the consequences of those decisions: stories on the drama that follows the drama.

During those two days, the citizens and visitors of Pisa alike will turn, thanks to the artists, into voyagers-explorers that will follow – either autonomously or via wireless instructions – traces of testimonies, indications, and historical as well as imaginary reflections on Galileo’s life. Through discovering the as yet unknown viewpoints and perspectives of the city, they will gradually reveal stories of multi-facetted meanings and endings in which, step by step, they will also become characters – authors. (Source: Shadow Casters – Bacaci Sjenki)