CARLA ZACCAGNINI
You say you are one, I hear we are many
March 22–May 4
2019

“When a nation is claimed, declared, formed, parted; when a new nation is constituted and defined, it needs its national symbols. It needs to name and design a currency and to choose an official language, sometimes among many. It needs a foundational myth, a pantheon of heroes and martyrs, a history to teach in schools. It also needs schools and an educational system, hospitals and a health system, museums, and a national dish. The police, the army and their uniforms; a hierarchy of leaders, a constitution.”
–CZ


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Detail of WORLD WORDS (Nouns)
Comparative study of national anthems
Inkjet print on paper
19 320 x 42 cm
2018-2019

ALGORITHM DEVELOPMENT - Nicklas Marelius
RESEARCH - Marie Raffn and Anne Eckersberg


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INSTALLATION VIEW

PRESS RELEASE

In recent works, Carla Zaccagnini has explored national representation and its symbols (both visual and aural) by employing comparative studies to render groups of words, colours or sounds. The resulting collections are the outcome of meticulous decision taking, hand driven action and the formulaic but sensitive nature of most of her endeavours.

Zaccagnini’s conceptual aesthetics rely on complex ideas, procedures and rules, in a tradition traceable to Duchamp and to Joseph Kosuth’s intellectual playfulness. Two new works are featured in Carla’s first exhibition at the gallery:

WORLD SCORE
A sound work that starts with the overlapping of the melody of all national anthems. With the aid of an algorithm, the scores of all anthems are compared by aligning them and assembling all the notes that coincide in each given moment. The output is an incidental composition of notes common to all national songs.

WORLD WORDS
As in World Score which employs a commissioned algorithm to generate a result, the artist has gathered the lyrics of all national anthems. The texts are used as input to the mathematical formula that identifies and isolates the words that appear in common in one or more anthems. A vast amount of words are listed into groups preserving their original language. These groups reveal that anthems address similar concerns and cover the same topics regardless of their geographical, linguistic or political differences.



WORLD SCORE (Instrumental version for quartet)
Comparative study of national anthems
Performance and audio recording
4 min 30 secs
2018-2019

ALGORITHM DEVELOPMENT - Nicklas Marelius
INSTRUMENTATION - Gerda Homlquist
SOUND RECORDING CONSULTANT - Lasse Ståle

MUSICIANS
Johanna Zetterqvist - Flute
Hedda Heiskanen - Violin
Lydia Holmlund - Bass clarinet
Gerda Holmquist - Cello

Filmed by Jesper Berg

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WORLD WORDS (2019)

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Detail of WORLD WORDS (2019)


✴ Watch Berndt Clavier's 20 minute talk on Deconstruction with Zaccagnini's WORLD WORDS as a point of departure:

Berndt Clavier on Deconstruction (As part of the series Deep Cuts #3 organized by Martin Thörnqvist at OBRA.)


Images courtesy of the artist and the gallery.

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