ALERT studio is an independent project initiated by Raluca Demetrescu, Alina Buga and Catalin Burcea in order to create a platform of research and promotion of contemporary artistic production. Taking on the function of a laboratory space, Studio Alert proposes a meeting between artists, ideas, directions and speeches from different areas of conceptual and cultural spaces. Critical thinking and interrogation are important and valued as research methods in the contemporary cultural and artistic field.
ALERT studio stands as a gallery project, connecting three areas of artistic exploration
- PINK | RED | WHITE - into one space. But these coordinates do not mean indexing, labeling and restriction. They may intersect, combine in new shades, and may always communicate and trigger debates.
LETY19:00 - 04:00
Artist: Cristiano Berti (Italia)
The astonished observation of memory and the traces that generated it, coming undone, the labyrinth-like relationship between personal experience and the more vast space of history, are all features that emerge in a circular fashion in Berti’s works, in a logic of recursive astonishment, organised in successive concentric circles.
In Lety (2009) Berti explores this complex circularity through a work that is cross between a video, a documentary and reportage. A film-based object of a hybrid nature, Lety is the story of a journey, the result of the artist’s time spent in Slovakia during which he came into contact with two musicians, František Ďuďa and Martina Ďuďová, from the Roma community settled in the eastern region of the country. The film developed from Berti’s proposal to accompany them on a long car trip to the border between Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
Ferko and Martinka are both blind and suffer from numerous ailments that confine them to wheelchairs and they only speak in Slovak and Romani. These factual details are the ingredients for the action triggered by Berti who puts himself in the position of participating observer of the scene inside the vehicle, without being able to interact verbally with Ferko and Martinka due to the lack of a shared language, but only film them, leaving space to their songs and their spontaneous accounts about themselves, as the forests roll past in the background. (...) The length of the trip and the film, the serious physical disabilities of the protagonists, the memories of the ghosts of the Romani holocaust that hover in the forest-laden scenery of Eastern-Europe and the contrast between past and present, make Lety a multi-faceted documentary. In the words of the artist himself, it is a device rather than a documentary, a crossroads of stories and paradoxes that make the spectator face a series of radical questions on Europe and its identity destined to last like a long echo over time.
Text extract from Cristiano Berti. Vertigo of Reality, Allemandi & Co., 2012