Barriera is pleased to host Like the sound of an Earthquake, a series of performative sculptures conceived by g. olmo stuppia and curated by Giovanni Rendina. In Turin, the sculptures will take shape in two drones equipped with speakers, overflying the audience in the exhibition space. The speakers will play recordings of the cassata recipe reworked by the artist.
Like the sound of an Earthquake – part of the Cassata Drone project – associate the form of the Sicilian Cassata and the Drone. Both inhabit the Sicilian Region, where the artist is originally from. Stuppia’s sculptures analyse Sicilian linguistic and culinary tradition (cassata, from the Arabic quas’at) in relation to its geopolitical and military culture, from the post-war period to the present (drone).
On the one hand, Sicilian Cassata becomes the focus for a visual investigation of decoration, taste and language. Cassata siciliana is a traditional sweet from all areas of Sicily, born in Palermo. Cassata consists of round sponge cake moistened with fruit juices or liqueur and layered with ricotta cheese and candieds (which are also cannoli’s filling). On the other, the word Drone opens a space for transforming the presence of military devices (Frontex, Hawk Drone, Predator Drone, MUOS) into aesthetic forms, making Sicily a natural strategic aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean Sea.