A group of people,
aligned along the walls, cover their faces by a black fabric and then, they
perform the same action: to draw a “smile” on the wall above their heads. The
attempt to reproduce the exact form of the smile (circle, two dots and a
semi-circle) becomes useless and produces a series of forms which emulate the
original and show the obstinate intention visible in the wrong traces. In the
desire of the individual to homologate to the right form imposed by the
community, lies the imperfect human nature, so that the stereotype and the
personal are combined.
A group of soldiers trying to keep in balance their rifles on the palm of the hand and this is a difficult situation that will end when all the guns have fallen to the ground. The use of the weapon as a game lasts only the time in which these soldiers can keep their guns upside down compared to the normal military instructions.
A group of people are sitting behind school desks arranged and each person grabs his desk, lifts it and overturns it over his head. From that moment, a challenge of strength in maintaining that position starts. Then, the first begin to succumb to fatigue, to the point that, everyone will have arranged the desks in their original position. The school desk, an object symbol of the dictates given to us from childhood, succumbs to the need to rebel from this micro-society and this act generates a silent condition of break between the rule of law was imposed, and the innate nature.
People massed light up a match after another to make visible the square created by the union of their bodies. The noise produced reveals the frenzy of this collective effort.
This stubborn act turns out to be bankruptcy when the first people, after finishing the matches available, leave the group and initiate a slow process of dissolution of the perfect square. The feeble glow produced by matches conceals the fragility of a perfection that can only be temporary and reaches its peak even when the last match is shutting down.
Some people rotate on themselves with their eyes closed and arms outstretched, holding in their hands red fluorescent bars and the wake of light defines the maximum area that each individual can occupy with his body and this space consists in his own island. The result is a confusing general movement, characterized by random clashes that becomes the metaphorical image of a heterogeneous society made up different identities closed in their border.
Filippo Berta, Concert Soloists, 2012, performance To watch the video: click here
Short Description: A group of men are drinking the broth seated at a table in a lunchroom. Each of them emphasizes every sip by sucking forcefully from the spoon, so emit a noise intrusive. Each individual manifests his presence during the act of eating by means of this gurgle coming from his mouth, but finds himself inexorably absorbed by a collective chaotic noise. Each tries to distinguish from this collective uniformity (the same dish, the same table, same chair ...), but it is a futile attempt and the result is a parodic competition in which everyone tries to cover the others people and to come out from they.
Filippo Berta, M'ama / Non M'ama - Loves me? / Loves me not?, 2011 To watch the video:click here
Short Description: A group of people are ordering the books placed on shelves placing them rigorously on line so that to get an reassuring order, but each person associates at every gestures the claims "Loves Me" and "Loves Me Not", alternating them. The phrase "loves me or loves me not?" that expresses a doubt and so an insecurity is associated with an obsessive gesture of search for stability. The space is filled with a collective chant in which the audience is immersed.
Filippo Berta, Vice Versa, 2011, performance To watch the video:click here
Short Description: Each of the person involved is placed between two blackboards, and at first they write with his right hand, on the blackboard on the right, their name and surname chanting all the syllables. Then, they repeat the same action but with the left hand, trying with difficulty to copy the accuracy of the traits of the letters written with his right hand, while the space is saturated with childish collective chant. The abortive attempt to emulate a established perfection and sets, is revealed in the imperfections of the unsafe features of the left hand (not educated), and this conflict inherent in every individual is represented by these two blackboards, which become the portrait of those who made them.
Filippo Berta, Homo Homini Lupus, 2011, Video HD To watch the video:click here
Short Description: In a desolate plain some wolves are fighting for a flag as if it were the only vital and powerful source, causing an insane and convulsive struggle in which each tries to tear apart as many shreds as possible. The flag expresses a double meaning, because in human history it has always marked a territory in which this fratricidal struggle happens and symbolizes the imposition of its power. The video shows a homogeneous society that hides in itself some different identities, which, excited by a violent survival instinct, rip and accumulate the resources of others so that they can impose their own power.
Two men and two women are exposed naked behind four sheets of glass while they’re trying to hide their faces with difficulty by means of the halo of water vapor left from their breath on the surface of the slab. Their names and surnames are the title of this artwork and they become empty codes because they can’t be associated with the four faces deleted by a draining and violent action. The four bodies have been cleaned of any connotation given by family and by their society and untill the halo does evaporate, they are potential white sheets on which to realize the true portrait.
Filippo Berta, Territories, 2009, performance, Video 2'35'' Loop To watch the video:click here
Short Description: In an area covered in gravel a number of people are involved in a war without allies and in the general confusion each person tries to trace with his foot the line of his territory within which to express himself. This clash between individualities has created territories with different shapes and sizes forcibly intertwined together despite their incongruousness The definition of ourselves in social relations is a struggle between colonizers and colonized, a condition that in this performance is reduced to a collective heroism as if it were a chaotic anthill.
Performance rewarded in the Fourth Edition of the International Prize for Performance Civic Gallery of Contemporary Art - Trento Italy
Six pairs of identical twins form two mirror deployments engaged in a fierce tug of war. A red line stands out from the centre of the strings defining the boundary between the factions of the dualism, but this line is breaking all the time due to the incessant struggle without alliances (either it is mine or yours) The general desire to dominate the others makes the border weak and unstable.
Filippo Berta, Ditty, 2008, performance, video 2'09'' To watch the video:click here
Short Description: A row of immigrants are whistling the popular song of city of Bergamo and on the other side of the road the citizens, attracted to the melody and to the unsual situation, stop and listen to it. The immigrant and the native are faced one another and the distance that separates them in social life becomes concrete in that moment so that it defines a new space in a public place. In this performance the boundary between these two opposites is not a simple line of separation but an anomalous space accessible to passers-by.