Notturno di sabbia

Filippo Elgorni, Riccardo Orsini, Joseph Rigo

Filippo Elgorni (1996) is a programmer and photographer. He studied Physics Engineering at Politecnico di Milano and TU Delft, working in parallel as a videomaker and graduating with an experimental thesis at the Grenoble Synchrotron (ESRF). He works at Accurat, where scientific nature and experience in the field of visual communication find a point of contact in data-visualization projects for clients such as: World Economic Forum (2019-2022), Press Freedom Tracker (2021), Banca Sella (2021 ), Didomi (2022). Over the years, his personal research has dealt with the fields of photography (Regole dal Fiume, Accidental Icons, Interactions at the smallest scale, Notturno di sabbia), video (Machines of Empathy, Usual Boring Life), data-driven media (Cyclobrowsing 4KHD), and visual search (Large Deviations).

Riccardo Orsini (1996) studied Architecture at Politecnico di Milano and at Manchester Metropolitan University. Alongside the design experiences with Ifdesign, Cino Zucchi Architetti and Herzog & de Meuron, he has worked in visual communication and conducted multimedia research. Among these: Regole dal fiume (2018), Accidental Icons (2019), Machines of Empathy (2019), Usual Boring Life (2020), Unearthed Images (2021) e Notturno di sabbia (2022).

Joseph Rigo lives and works in Milan. He graduated in Architecture at Politecnico di Milano in 2019. In parallel with his professional activity, he works as assistant professor in architectural design and interior architecture studio at Politecnico di Milano and develops his interests through competition projects, thematic research and curatorial projects. In 2021 he contributed to founding the collective research Assume there's a landscape and exhibited in Düsseldorf three projects conceived with Alessandro Cugola, in an exhibition entitled Three Interrupted Trials.

The implication between going to the beach and the enjoyment of a natural datum is clearly fallacious: the erosion dynamics that make coastlines increasingly unstable demand human intervention to ensure their preservation.

Thus it happens that the beach is itself an anthropogenic fact that results in displacement, relocation and control of the soil. The nourishment of Ligurian beaches is a procedurally framed phenomenon: the sand thus becomes the tool whose definition and simulation allows man to replace the natural cycle and build for himself a landscape favourable to vacationing.

'Notturno di sabbia' is a research into the beach nourishment procedures periodically occurring along the Italian coastlines. A dream-like image gives this rather unnoticed practise a surreal, dark and abusive depiction.

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