THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS
4’ 10’’, color, 4/3, SD, 2019
Processed by Sara Bonaventura
Sountrack: Handplant, by EVN (Oh Cruel Science, Enklav label)

“Light is the left hand of darkness and darkness the right hand of light.
Two are one, life and death… like hands joined together”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The left hand of darkness

This is a drawing exercise, recording in real time my left hand and a white paper, the right hand
was not holding a pencil but rather adjusting knobs and patching oscillators, of a Jones Raster Scan,
similar to the Rutt Etra Scan Processor, but one of a kind built by Dave Jones for Sara Hornbacher.
It looks easy, but it is not so comfortable, rather a process of prosthetization in which a very familiar
part of the body becomes alien, sucked by the uncanny vortex of the machines, in which we believe to see
a glimpse of creation, when two index fingers touch each others, but the triangulation ends up
with a unsettling unity. In fact I added an idiom which I love, in Mandarin:
孤掌难鸣 meaning something like It’s hard to clap with only one hand

The piece is inspired by a novel, The left hand of darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin,
and by the Vasulkas’ Scan Processor studies.

Featured On/Screenings:
MADATAC, INTERNATIONAL NEW MEDIA ART & AUDIOVISUAL CONTEMPORARY TECHNOLOGIES FESTIVAL, Madrid (ES), 2020
MUFF, Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Milwaukee (US), 2020
ALC videoart festival, Alicante (ES), 2020
FEST I NOVA, Art festival, Tbilisi (GE), 2020
RPM Festival 2020, UMass, Boston (US), 2020
Pugnant curated by Giorgos Efthimiou at Kino Club, Split (HR), 2020
HERE COMES EVERYBODY, broadcast in Los Angeles CA, Pasadena CA, San Francisco CA, Portland OR,
North Liberty IA, Waukegan IL & Ithaca NY, (US), 2020
2nd Video Art Forum, Saudi Arabian society for culture and arts, Dammam (SA), 2019
DIGITAL ART International Festival, Sofia (BG), 2019
The Unseen Festival, Counterpath, Denver (US), 2019
Lino Kino, Cherry St Pier public screening, Philadelphia (US), 2019
Festival Scenari Europei, Teatro Sperimentale Florian, Pescara (IT) 2019


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