According to all of the archaic cosmogonies, the ancient “forgotten word”, constantly sought for during meditation, represents the creative power of sound. Hence it is sound that generates reality, the cosmos; it was the mystic syllable OM that created the universe. The concept of the world as born of “primordial sound" is a belief held by numerous tribal societies. An echo of this belief can be heard today in many terms that reflect the identity of sound and light, of sound and matter.
The lightness of “sound” materializes and acquires weight to become matter.
Hence lightness is conceived as the elimination of weight, a return to the origins of primordial sound. Lightness means breaking away from the pull of gravity, and the language of music is the element that can, more than any other, escape the force of gravity.
We may hypothesize that this work represents an operation of attaining freedom from weight, a reflection on the absence of gravity. A sudden glimpse of the magic, unique moment in which opposing forces (attraction and repulsion) coincide, instantly annihilating each other. A split second of zero gravity.
No aspect of life, in fact, can escape the fate of slow petrifaction, and the inexorable gaze of Medusa is ever present! Where is Perseus now, he who flies on winged sandals, sustained by the lightest of all elements, the wind and the clouds? Like Italo Calvino, I too am tempted to view this myth as an allegory of the relationship of art to the world; accordingly, the lightness exemplified by Perseus could not be better represented than by this delicately refreshing gesture: experiencing the extreme temptation of dissolving heaviness.
(Andrea Cavallari, 2016)
Festival Firenze Suona Contemporanea, Concert Video
Erwin Wurm/ Andrea Cavallari — Fallen Falls
September 14, 2016