RAPHAEL DI LUZIO
An axisMundi is a concept derived from the ancient shamanistic tradition
of establishing a metaphoric center of "protection" for a village
or tribe. In the center of the village the shaman would place a staff
that would define that place as the center of the universe. Anyone within
a specified range of the staff was protected by its power.
The intention of this work is to explore the concept of the axis as a
dynamic element of perception. I am interested in using the human body
as a metaphor for the shamans staff. To accomplish this goal, I
have made a dual steady-cam device that I can wear while walking. It captures
my approach and departure of what I am seeing as I walk.
In effect while wearing the device I metaphorically become a perceptual
axis mundi or center of the universe. All the footage captured is then
used to create each part in the axisMundi series. In effect the person
wearing the device becomes the perceptual axis mundi or center of the
universe. All the footage captured is then used to create each part in
the axisMundi series.
For the Free Manifesta project, I propose to wear the device and walk
around Frankfurt collecting images and sound for three days. On the fourth
day I will edit, composite and compile them into a single piece five minute
looping "film"burned onto a DVD. On the fifth day this piece
will be projected onto on public area that was covered in the walk.
HOW TO LOCATE
I will be posting locations, and times
at my WEBSITE
[link temporarily unavailable] and at the website of TACHELES--
Information is also available through inquiry via EMAIL
ABOUT THE ARTIST
I was born on the coast of Southern California
in 1960. In 1986 I graduated from California State University Long Beach
and received a B.F.A. with honors in painting along with a professional
certificate in computer graphics from the University of California Los
Angles. My graduate work began at Cornell University I to transferred
to the University of Pennsylvania to study painting with one of the last
students of Josef Albers.
Subsequently, I moved to New Orleans and began painting in addition to
developing public art programs for children. Additionally, I did a number
of public works projects for which I was the principle investigator. Over
that last ten years I began to learn and eventually to create digital
works in addition to painting. I continue to exhibit paintings as well
as doing more elaborate digital installations.
Unlike painting, I create the digital works as a non-market driven endeavor.
My interest is in creating works that have affect on an individuals
sense of experience and memory of place. I have done installations in
Europe, South America and at home in the United States. Earlier this year
I finished up a series that began in 2000. This series was called "cerUbahn"and
the last installation was at Tacheles in Berlin. I am currently working
on a new series, "axisMundi"the first piece in this series will
be shown in Havana Cuba in June at the IV Salon de Digital.
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