The Third Chimpanzee, Treviso 2012
The Third Chimpanzee, Treviso 2012, video, HD, 11’30”, single channel, color, sound, variable size.
The Third Chimpanzee is a series of video works exploring the relationship existing between urban spaces and its inhabitants, investigating the possibilities of tracing a representation of a cultural landscape through photography.
Treviso is a small city in North-Eastern Italy, homeland of some industries that sociologist Manuel Castells brings as the creator of a networked economic model that in last decades spread all over the world. The effects of the economic crisis of 2008 hit the city almost four years later, leading it to an unprecedented situation of political restructuring.
We studied the ways in which the population of the city perceived various phenomena as immigration, integration, ubiquity of danger, political uncertainties, and we compared it with the inhabitants’ distribution and the presence of a historical wall, surrounding the downtown. Then we filmed several situations, inside and outside this sort of involuntary and porous gated-community: the result was a photographic series of moving and unstable subjects.
The film is a sequence made of 20-seconds-long clips that show night views both of the center and the suburbs of Treviso.