Blank Universe is a book that combines aspects of essayistic and novelistic writing.
Narrated by a person who, with his sound works,
operates in the niche of contemporary sound art,
the book describes his experiences in Calabria and Poland.
The first chapter, How to set up an Artist Residency in Calabria,
offers various views on how to understand or approach life in Calabria,
a region that has suffered since the Risorgimento, economically backward,
with a big influence of the ’Ndangretha, but at the same time of immense beauty.
After this long introduction the perspective moves to Poland.
Warsaw, the differences between the remains of the socialist era and the present-day consumerist remake, observations in the shopping centres, the German past in Silesia, an essay on noise, Dernburg and his modernist warehouse in Breslau, the post-war history of Breslau/Wroclàw, Deep Poland, Austria-Hungary, the bricks with the ashes from Auschwitz, Stockhausen and Hawking, in six chapters obscure facts get linked to observations, walks, bicycle rides, bus travels.
The main theme is how historic events just as easy as occurrences on a personal level become fiction, and, with time, disappear.
In the mean time a lot of things can and will happen.
“And this, in fact, is a kind of Utopia in a world full of dystopian visions. And somehow I think, this is not necessary. This is not necessary at all, because right at the heart of society you got this unpolished, untreated, independent group of people each with their own vision, their own taste, and their own bullshit detector. Within their own world they don’t need to change anything at all. They should continue doing the things they are doing, even now, in these so-called dark times.”
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