Massimo Bartolini:

Afterheart

For the artist the work in this show acts as a sequel to an earlier piece called Serce (Heart) exhibited in his 2011 solo exhibition Serce na Zloni (The Heart in the Hand) at the Centre for Contemporary Art Torun, Poland. The central work in the current exhibition, itself called Afterheart, is an acoustic sculpture. Here a scaled-up barrel, like that of a giant musical-box, slowly revolves, opening and closing the valves of a wind organ whose pipes form part of the structure on which the mechanism sits. The music produced by the organ has been composed in collaboration with the artist by Italian composer Edoardo Marraffa. The air moving through the structure is like a kind of breath, so although purely mechanical Afterheart is a rather human and intimate work.