curated by Francesca Carpani Glisenti
Within the walls of the medieval village of Castellaro Lagusello, Baldassari’s work returns the reflection of the lake back to the village, through the echoes of sounds. Attention is given to both the perception of “suspended time” in the medieval village, and to the dimensions of the natural and urban landscape, close together and yet visually unrelated. The artist placed a phonometer near the shores of the lake, and sounds were recorded for 24 hours. But the result wasn’t limited to the auditory realm; it became visual, too. Data were transcribed in the pavement of the village’s main street, which connects the entrance tower to the lake. These data were numerical traces of a soundscape that would otherwise be enjoyed only in the immediate vicinity of the lake. The lake keeps its image hidden, yet becomes a visible presence through its “voice.” At the heart of the work is the discordance between what we hear, but cannot see, leaving much to the imagination and encouraging engaged listening.