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Wanda's Heart


Video installation for the 1931 futurist radio opera "Il Cuore di Wanda" by Pino Masnata (Co-author of La Radia: Futurist Manifesto of October, 1933. By F.T. Marinetti & Pino Masnata)
Collaboration with musicologist Danielle Simon, Rome Prize Fellow.
7.5 minutes

Cinque Mostre 2017: VISION(S), The American Academy In Rome, Italy 
February 14th through April 4th, 2017


The video Wanda’s Heart was commissioned to be the projected back-drop for the first live staging of "Il Cuore di Wanda" (1931), a futurist opera, performed in the cryptoporticus of The American Academy in Rome for the opening of Cinque Mostre: Visions, 2.14.17. 

The video’s narrative is inspired by the libretto for "Il Cuore di Wanda", written by poet and surgeon Pino Masnata. Prior to Cinque Mostre at the AAR, Il Cuore di Wanda was performed just once, in 1933, via radio broadcast to listeners in Rome. The Italian Futurist movement favored electromagnetic waves as a conduit for information and music transfer; futurists considered music performed live before an audience in a concert hall to be primitive.

Wanda’s Heart combines found footage and visuals filmed by iPhone. The soundtrack was recorded in a studio by Danielle Simon, with soprano Gaia Mattiuzzi and tenor Ryan Matos.