Daniele Spanò

Daniele Spanò


Daniele Spanò (Roma 1979), after a set designing, begins the work of director and visual artist. His video installations, commissioned by institutions and individuals, bring him to the most beautiful squares in Italy. Among the most important interventions: The realization of the multimedia shows to present the Gucci autumn / winter 16/17 collection in collaboration with Luca Brinchi. “Linea di Fuga” multimedia installation annexed to the MAP collection (agro museum pontino – Pontina 2016) “Pneuma” site specific installation presented on the occasion of the 56th edition of the Festival dei Due Mondi (Spoleto 2016) “Atto Primo” Church of the Artists (Piazza del Popolo in Rome 2103), “Permanent refractions” of 2011 in Piazza Colonna, also in Rome, promoted by the Presidency of the Council, Ministry of Tourism and MiBAC. In February 2011 it was selected by the famous director and artist Takeshi Kitano, to represent the artistic ferment of the city of Rome. Since 2009 he has worked as a set designer with the Piazza Vittorio Orchestra, and in 2014 he is assistant director for “Carmen” for the opening of the summer season of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma “. Also in 2014, with Luca Brinchi and Roberta Zanardo he designed the videos for the scenes of “Hamlet” by Andrea Baracco and the set design for “Ritratto di una capitale” directed by Fabrizio Arcuri. As a visual artist he exhibited in museums such as The National Gallery of Umbria, the Central Monte Martini in Rome, or the MAP of Pontinia, as well as for individuals and non-profit associations. From 2012 to 2015 he is an artistic consultant for the Romaeuropa Foundation. Together with Luca Brinchi from 2015 to 2018 he signs the videos for numerous theatrical performances like Ragazzi di Vita by Massimo Popolizio, Freud and Antigone by Federico Tiezzi, Copenhagen by Mauro Avogadro and many others

Website: danielespano.com

Description of the work


"Urge Oggi"

Two 16/9 size monitors are positioned side by side. A hardware consisting of a micro pc, an audio controller and a light controller is connected to the monitors and is placed on a 40 cm x 40 cm white plane placed underneath them. The software written randomly launches one of the three videos on the two devices loaded beforehand in memory. The three videos show the gestures of a hand that performs the action of the game of Chinese morra. Video 01 “Sasso” – clenched fist, video 02 “Paper” – open hand, video 03 Scissors – closed hand with the exclusion of the index and the middle. The computer then plays with itself an endless game of Chinese morra, a digital counter updates the score, while an RGB led signals which of the two monitors won the single hand; green / win, red / loss, orange / tie. Two speakers reproduce a sound that emphasizes the winner of the hand.The rules are simple: card wins on stone, stone wins on scissors, scissors wins on paper.Chinese morra is one of the The most popular hand games in the world, it’s a random game: at every turn the odds of succeeding with respect to the opponent are eliminated. A random game conducted by one or more artificial intelligences is simply boring. A random game played between two human beings , it can be fun, competitive, violent and establish rivalries in rivals through the use of strategies deriving from the psychological analysis of the adversary. In the nature of the game there is this, the interpretation of the game of others. Today it is a reflection on the relationship between art and play, art and technology, A.I. and play. Is a machine capable of playing? And the human being? An A.I. Can you have fun? can you interpret? In a random game the perception of victory (ie, one of the competitors wins three consecutive hands) remains however such, should not therefore influence the expectations of the player but, between two human beings, this does not happen and thus establishing strategic dynamics. These consequences generate the dynamics of the game.A A.I. it limits itself to generating random possibilities, eliminating the playful factor. And this what “Urge oggi”?

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