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The It Factor JUNE 30, 2016 - by Ottavia Zanetta
BRIAN ENO BRINGS 3D MUSIC AT PALAZZO TE IN MANTUA
"This is the time for imagining and one of the ways we learn to imagine is through the experience of art". British musician, composer and producer Brian Eno launched his sound installation at Palazzo Te in Mantua on June 25. Eno stated that he came to Italy as European and now he finds himself British, adding he favoured Britain to remain in the EU.
He presented his new creation as a "brand-new innovation, which is three-dimensional music. It's a continuously changing piece that will never be seen again and has never been seen before."
Palazzo Te façade, the symbol of Mantua, Italian Capital of Culture 2016, was decorated by architect Giulio Romano at the beginning of the sixteenth century and now the creator of ambient music has added his personal touch.
The visual installation 77 Million Paintings For Palazzo Te is a spectacular work of art that creates a sort of "light painting" on the Renaissance façade, through projection of images that keep changing.
The project was born in 2006, originally aimed at bringing art on flat TV screens and it got popular in museums and public spaces all over the world. It allows Eno to experiment different ways of creating art, as something he has done along his career. The installation runs every day till midnight.
At the same the Fruttiere of Palazzo Te will host the sound installation The Ship, an extended audio installation that explores the relationship between music and environment, based on the audio track of Eno's latest album released in April 2016. He stated: "I had the idea to make a song in three dimensions - a song you could walk around inside, a song turned into a sort of sculpture. It involves a lot of loudspeakers [...] But every loudspeaker is a kind of voice, and in this show I've assembled a wide range of speakers: big ones, little ones, good ones, bad ones, broken ones, and tailored different parts of music to their special characteristics".
On his opinion on the referendum, Brian Eno said: "As you know my country - I hesitate now to call it 'my country' - just decided to leave the EU. I think this is a disaster decision and I really hope you don't think we don't like you." He also added "I was talking to my friend Chris Martin today, the singer of Coldplay, and he said 'it's a little bit like when you are a kid and you decide that you hate your family and want to run away from home.' And then you run away and it is quite cold, so after six hours you go back home again. Probably we can't come back home".
The Ship will be open until July 17, whereas 77 Million Paintings For Palazzo Te will close on July 2.