We are what we pass down
We are what we pass down (2015)
Interactive video installation, digital print on paper, Armenian embrodery, T-shirt.
Le Manoir, Martigny, Switzerland. July/August 2015
Event: Come Closer, group exhibition; curator Alina Mnatsakanian and Susanna Gyulamiryan with Catherine Aeschlimann, Pier Giorgio De Pinto, Alina Mnatsakanian, Geneviève Petermann, Josette Taramarcaz, Edmond Habetian, Raffie Davtian, Diana Hakobian, Art Laboratory.
We are what we pass down (2014)
Interactive video installation, digital print on paper.
MAMY, Museum of Modern Art, Yerevan, Armenia. September/October 2015
Event: Come Closer, group exhibition; curator Alina Mnatsakanian and Susanna Gyulamiryan with Catherine Aeschlimann, Pier Giorgio De Pinto, Alina Mnatsakanian, Geneviève Petermann, Josette Taramarcaz and Edmond Habetian.
Videos and photos have the ability to provide us with information about someone or something we don’t exactly know about. It is a contemporary way to pass down positive and negative behaviours.
Videos and photos speak about worlds of words, to whose concepts De Pinto try to give literally form and body.
The interactive installation allows visitors to be reflected in a special way. Thank to a software people in movement in front of a laptop will be transformed and projected into pure ascii code. This time De Pinto has specially conceived this new installation by studying and therefore using the Armenian Alphabet. The Armenian Alphabet was ‘invented’ and used the first time in 405 AD by Mesrop Mashtots with the assistance of Sahak Partev, whose purpose was to translate the Bible into Armenian.
The digital-based image is about one of the five traditional senses eventually used to pass down: our eyes. The eyes in the image are coded through the words from Solomon’s Book of Proverbs. «To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding».
This is the first Armenian sentence written by Mesrop Mashtots after he invented the Armenian Alphabet.
De Pinto reports about his project: “Deeply inside us, often unconsciously, someone else passed us or is still passing us down life experiences and other relevant stories; and this happens constantly and continuously among each other. Too often we forget the words and actions both positive and negative of our predecessors… above all the negative ones. Even if we have to admit “history is repeating-itself” we always hope we could see one day the world reacting toward ugly behaviours and finding the courage to break this cycle.