— Vilayanur S. Ramachandran, neuroscientist
Initiated by sound artists France Jobin and Fabio Perletta, Mirror Neurons is a media-project investigating the notion of empathy and physical distance. The entire album is the result of extended sound files exchange between Montréal (Canada) and Roseto degli Abruzzi (Italy). Each of the pieces is based on rough sounds and their consequent re-working, listening and reaction, processing and imitation. The ongoing process helped artists to draw inspiration in terms of stimuli for the act of composing itself in two very distant cities, different climate, time zones and languages. Like much of Jobin and Perletta’s recent works, Mirror Neurons explores the artists’ interest in intersection between science and art, as well as the infinitely small and invisible.
In order to further develop the concept of distance/connectivity, visual artists XX+XY from Rome have been involved in the process. They created a multi-dimensional, generative and ever-changing sound visualization through the use of quiet textures and subtle movements emphasizing the slowed sense of time of the work itself. Thought to be performed live in a big space, the video aims to create an immersive environment and a unique occasion to reflect about the behaviour of our emotions and the importance of human interaction.
After their participation at AxS Festival (Pasadena, US) and roBOt Festival (Bologna, IT), France Jobin, Fabio Perletta and XXXY visuals and sound art project team up once again to present the audiovisual work ‘Mirror Neurons’ (Dragon’s Eye Recordings 2015) in the beautiful setting of Museolaboratorio for the opening of Inter/sperse by France Jobin on Saturday 27 May 2017.
Saturday 10 h20.15 2015 / Palazzo Re Enzo / Bologna / Robot Festival
Mirror Neurons world debut at the A × S / ak-sis / FESTIVAL 2014 | CURIOSITY