Matteo Nasini - Sparkling Matter (Dream Portraits)

Porcelain, 2017

Matteo Nasini - Sparkling Matter (Dream Portraits)

Porcelain, 2017

Sparkling Matter

Dream Portraits

Porcelain, 2017. Courtesy the artist, Clima Gallery, Milan & Operativa, Rome.

Each of the unusual pure white objects in Sparkling Matter is the ‘portrait’ of an actual dream. They are the result of a riveting experimental process, aimed at giving dreams a shape and a voice. Nasini, who has been experimenting with sound and music for decades, recorded a group of participants’ brain activity through electroencephalography during their sleep, especially during the dream phase. He then used audio conversion software to transform the data into sound, creating a music score. To this, Nasini added a spatial representation in projected graphics of the cerebral connections, which the public could wander through during public performances.

The final phase of this process is the porcelain vessels. Nasini transposed the EEG dream recordings through a landscaper's geometric software, and, tilting them on an axis, created 3D moulds which eventually became the ‘dream shaped’ vessels in the exhibition, exhibited in the UK for the first time in The Precious Clay. The choice of porcelain is not incidental, again the values carried by The Precious Clay are fully used: changeability, preciousness, mystery, inherent strength and fragility.

Matteo Nasini

Matteo Nasini is an Italian artist who works with sound, performance, film installation and sculpture. His works are usually intricate and process-based, often honed during long periods of research.

Nasini exhibits his work internationally and has had exhibitions at Clima Gallery, Marsèlleria, Fluxia, Fonderia Artistica Battaglia (Milan); Maxxi, Macro, Nomas Foundation, Operativa Arte, La Galleria Nazionale, Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, Auditorium Parco della Musica (Rome); Villa Croce (Genova); Villa Romana (Florence); Museo delle Palme (Palermo); Palazzo Fortuny (Venice); Centro Arti Visive Pescheria (Pesaro); Art O Rama, Leclere Centre d’art (Merseille); EDF Foundation, Paris La Defance (Paris); Espace le Carre, Palais Beaux- Arts (Lille); La Panacee (Montpellier); IIC, Hammer Museum (Los Angeles); Marsèlleria (New York); Rowing (London)