Pomezia Light Festival
Comets destroy each other inside a dilapidated warehouse, the water of a fountain becomes a reflection of primordial chaos, a tower reacts to vibrations caused by passers-by in the square below. Among the twenty thousand attendees regarding all this in childlike awe, the most incredulous of all are the residents of Pomezia itself, who for three days see their town transformed into a stage for post-modern, science fiction light installations. Video projections, interactive installations and light effects re-draw the streets of Pomezia, eliminating the distance between artist and viewer as they both become actors in the shared stage of the urban space. To put on such an impressive festival took months of preparation, wagon-loads of paperwork and a fair amount of irony in the face of delays, whether technical, human or weather-related. But most of all it required a perfect synthesis of artistic research and engineering skill.It was all organized by the cultural association Opificio, set up in 2014 by a group of ex-students of the Rossellini Institute in Rome. Over time the group has attracted new members, brought together by a shared interest in exploring the new frontiers of performance art. They began by creating virtual settings in theatres, later moving into urban spaces. Following various projects involving videomapping on trees and buildings, in Pomezia the group found the perfect setting for their most ambitious project to date. They put out a call for ideas, attracting artists all over the world, selected theworks and executed them. Same again in 2018: Pomezia will once more be the theatre for other worlds. Afterwards it’s all dismantled and normality returns to the town. But this is precisely the meaning of ephemeral art, with all
the melancholy the adjective implies.
The story has been written by da Simone Ungaro, writer.