Eremo Santa Maria Maddalena, Monteluco
This Journal includes thoughts, images and entries by the artists in residency, ASTRA team and artists who came to visit and/or stay for a short period inside the hermitage.
Opening of the first part of AROUND | HERE in Via delle Terme 1.
Lucrezia, Claudia and Teodora.
Today we worked together as the comunity we are, in preparation for the show opening this next Saturday. We finish install tomorrow, and after an entire day of work a nice dinner and sunset is in progress.
I am still reading this magical book on Native American ways and the teachings of plants. Every paragraph is a gift, like the one plants pass along to us in the foodchain. I share with you, in reciprocity and thankfulness.
"I follow behind her as her hands trail lovingly over the boneset and the goldenrod. She spies a gleam in the sward and her step quickens. " Ah, Bozho," she says. Hello. From the pocket of her old nylon jacket she takes her pouch, deerkskin with a beaded red edge, and shakes a little tobacco into the palm of her hand. Eyes closed, murmuring, she raises a hand to the four directions and then scatters the tobacco to the ground. "You know this", she says, her eyebrows a question mark. "To always leave a gift for the plants, to ask if we might take them? It would be rude not to ask first." Only then does she stoop and pinch off a grass stem at its base, careful not to distrurb the roots. She parts the nearby clumps, finding another and another until she has gathered a thick sheaf of shining stems. A winding path matks her progress where the meadow canopy was opened by the trail of her passage.
She passes right by many dense patches, leaving them to sway in the breeze. "It's our way", she says, "to take only what we need. I've always been told that you never take more than half". Sometimes she doesn't take any at all, but just comes here to check on the meadow, to see how the plants are doing. "Our teachings", she says, "are very strong. they wouldn't get handed on if they weren't useful. the most important thing to remember is what my grandmother always said: "If we use a plant respectfully it will say with us and flourish. If we ignore it, it will go away. If you don't give it respect it will leave us". The plants themselves have shown us this -mishkos kenomagwen.
I feel like the environment is much like building a comunity. The more you give, the more you get in return.
Text taken from the book Braiding Sweetgrass. Indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge and the teachings of plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
Teodora - 10:01
The monastic ideal is that of a total mobilization of existence through time:
In the oriental tradition, horologium ("clock") is, significantly, the name that designates the book that contains the order of the canonical Offices according to the hours of the day and night. In its originary form, it goes back to Palestinian and Syriac monastic ascesis between the 7th and 8th century.
We are accustomed to associate the chronometric scansion of human time with modernity and the division of labor in the factory. However, Monasticism had realized, for exclusively moral and religious ends a temporal scansion of the existence of the monks. The rigor of this scansion not only had no precedents in the classical world, but in its strict absoluteness it has perhaps never been equaled in any institution of modernity.
Until the 13th Century, monasteries had been in charge of timekeeping, not only for themselves, but also for entire towns and villages. The church was opposed because the clock changed the way that people measure timed, but also people’s perception of time itself. Unlike our modern hours, the canonical hours were actually very fluid way of measuring time, far from regular, and were hardly fixed points in time at all. The devices used to measure time in monasteries, the sundial during the day, and the astrolabe to calculate the positions of the stars at night, or occasionally a temporary water clock, encouraged this fluidity of time.
“ L'artista è una persona che esprime la sua personalità attraverso un mezzo che può essere un'arte figurativao performativa. La parola viene usata anche come sinonimo di creativo. In un senso più stretto si definisce artista un creatore di opere dotate di valore estetico.
Michelangelo Buonarrotiviene generalmente indicato come il primo artista che si staccò dalla committenza, riconoscendo la massima indipendenza al suo processo artistico. “
"Esiste davvero un legame tra Michelangelo Buonarroti e Spoleto? Nel 1556, quando l'artista era già avanzato con gli anni e le grandi sue opere, come gli affreschi della cappella Sistina, erano oramai alle spalle, lascia Roma per recarsi a Loreto, forse per sciogliere un voto. A Spoleto viene fermato da una colica renale. Il suo amico Cardinale Farnese lo affida ad un fedele chierico, padre guardiano dell'eremo di S. Maria delle Grazie, alle pendici di Monteluco. Qui egli recupera la salute, ma soprattutto gode della pace e della bellezza dell'atmosfera bucolica dei boschi che circondano l'eremo. "Ad onor del vero – egli annota – non c'è nessuna pace più duratura da cercare se non tra i boschi". Contestualmente egli scrive all'amico Giorgio Vasari: "Ho avuto a questi dì gran piacere nelle montagne di Spoleto a visitar quei romiti". Questo piacere sembra non durare a lungo, poiché un messo del Papa Paolo IV (dal quale voleva fuggire), lo scova nell'eremo e lo riconduce a Roma. Durante il periodo di relax a Spoleto, egli svela al padre guardiano segreti che riguardano gli affreschi della Cappella Sistina e mediante i quali si danno inedite interpretazioni alle numerose figure della Volta, inaugurata da Giulio II giusto 500 il 31 ottobre 1512.”
Michelangelo viene definito come il primo artista, nel significato moderno del termine. Nel XVI secolo venne proprio qui, a Monteluco, nell’esatto posto in cui adesso, alle 13.09, ci troviamo noi.
Ciò implica molteplici condizioni di causa:
Avete mai avuto l’impressione di essere nel posto giusto al momento giusto?
A me è successo in questo momento, alle 13.13.
Noi siamo qui, ora.
GB Group & LU.PA
La linea attraversa - la mia ira scompare
20:45 - Miguel
Quiet afternoon, but sundown never lets us down in Spoleto. Last day for our friend Nicolá. We are going to miss you.
Miguel photographs seabeds limestones broken grinder raincoat Blue eyes Paloma Sunbathing Book Relax Set design Crazy hours! Collective Desire Individuality Claudia Lavender Broken grinder Shower squat Pressure !Invitations Trip downtown Lu Line Length Levitation Looking Lost in the woods Nicola Niccolo’ Butterfly Italian Lawyers Butterfly Foligno Fertility Embrace Art Teo Teo Teo Teo Art Hoover THE BOSS Small sounds of the rain Park Hyun gi Smile Telephone North Carolina Korean Horror Serpent Southern breakfast What the fuck? Why are you lying to me? Just kidding..
Paloma - 21:05
EU NÃO SEI O QUE EU ESTOU FAZENDO. EU NÃO SEI O QUE EU ESTOU PENSANDO. TER MEDO É ALGO INERENTE AO FATO DE ESTARMOS VIVOS. TER MEDO DA MORTE FAZ PARTE DA VIDA. “RESPOSTAS EMOTIVAS SÃO TÃO VALIOSAS QUANTO RESPOSTAS INTELECTUAIS.” NÃO TER RESPOSTAS ÀS PERGUNTAS PODE SER LIBERTADOR. TER CERTEZA PODE SER DEVASTADOR. ACREDITAR EM EXTRATERRESTRES É IMPORTANTE PARA A SOCIEDADE. INVENTAR UM NOME É UMA SAÍDA POSSÍVEL CASO AS COISAS NÃO VÃO BEM. FUGIR ÀS VEZES PODE SER A MELHOR SAÍDA . CRITICAR DEMAIS OS OUTROS PODE SER UM ATO COVARDE. NÃO OLHAR NO OLHO DAS PESSOAS É SINAL DE QUE VOCÊ NÃO ESTÁ PREPARADO PARA UM ENCONTRO. OLHAR NO OLHO DE ALGUÉM É UM ATO CORAJOSO. DUVIDAR DA PREVISÃO DO TEMPO TALVEZ NOS TORNE MAIS CONECTADOS À NATUREZA. PROCURE NO CÉU NUVENS COM FORMATO DE ANIMAIS. SE MASTURBAR É VITAL, PRATIQUE. ESCUTAR OS OUTROS É UM GESTO RARO. NÃO CONFIE EM ESPECIALISTAS. SE FOR PRECISO, CONSULTE UM TARÓLOGO. ACREDITE NA FORÇA DAS ESTRELAS. OS MAIS VELHOS NEM SEMPRE TÊM RAZÃO. OS MAIS NOVOS MUITAS VEZES NÃO TÊM RAZÃO. SABER PLANTAR PODE SER REVOLUCIONÁRIO. DESCARTAR A POSSIBILIDADE DO FIM DO PLANETA TERRA É ALGO BASTANTE OTIMISTA. DESCONSIDERAR O MEIO AMBIENTE É INACEITÁVEL. NÃO ACREDITAR NA BISSEXUALIDADE NÃO NOS LEVARÁ A LUGAR ALGUM. ACREDITAR NA HETEROSSEXUALIDADE COMO ÚNICA FORMA DE AFETO É ANIQUILAR O DESEJO DO HOMEM. TRANSFORMAR A SOCIEDADE É DIFÍCIL. TRANSFORMAR A SOCIEDADE É FUNDAMENTAL. CANTAR NOS TORNA MAIS ALEGRES. NÃO SABER O QUE SE ESTÁ FAZENDO PODE SER MARAVILHOSO. “PALAVRAS TENDEM A SER INADEQUADAS”. “VOCÊ DEVE TER UMA GRANDE PAIXÃO”. MUDANÇAS SÃO INEVITÁVEIS. SE FOR PRECISO, FUJA.
Nicola - 23.55
Miguel e Claudia volano in città con la smerigliatrice angolare,
niente farfalle quando hyun gi mischia vino e candele,
Paloma tra letti e sassi.
I cinque vasi fuori ad aspettare.
Hyun Gi - 18.41
A very intense game of charades last night left the table charred from a 2 meter fire where Miguel saved us by jumping in the fire. The right answer was firefighter. Our team won anyways.
Okay bad joke, and the fire was only 1 meter maybe and from a candle.
(the interview questions burnt to crisp)
If you had to save only 3 things in your house before it all burned down, what would you save?
Today we had very productive conversations and artist presentations!
We also went into town to get some art supplies and for lunch, obviously the sun was very bright for my eyes.
I might reach myself before all others -
After an endless amount of winding curves, the Eremo suddenly appears, one could say that it suffers from vertigo, immersed in rocks and slopes, wrapped in a timeless haze. I wanted to rediscover this house with the same glimmer that my soul projected in my mind during those months of research, and made it already so precious. Instantly, this place exercised such a happy influence on my mind by filling it with longing for impossible voyages through time. The house slowed me down and persuaded me towards a nostalgic recollection of images that were so clear in my mind, but never existed in reality. Then and there, something clicked within me, and I understood that whatever I was looking for had vanished with her.
Lucrezia - 22:45
"[...] no me sirve de puente porque un puente no se sostiene de un solo lado."
"[...] it does not serve as a bridge because a bridge does not support one side."
Simona - 16.26
And if this light does not lift you than what can?
Beauty and light can creack the frame of grief.
Last night I woke up in a dream…Where my grief was reprieved by a house, made of stone, dressed in a lustrous yellow, after the fashion of gold.
Standing on a bust of the natural world, the fibre of nature is in its bones. Alive this place is and its heart big, candles are lit while mirrors reflect image of beauty infinitely.
The mouth of sky is raging; we watch Venus bathing in robes of red.
Our stories reveberate, and moon is swallowed by its mountain-made bed.
Still tracing the shades of black when nightfall falls in my hands, if you are like me silence is not an alarm but a luxury.
In quietude of an antique bed, dream snatches the min and I surrender to rest.
Miguel - 13:13
Had a nice conversation during breakfast that made my head travel to this piece of text:
Passage taken from the book Braiding Sweetgrass. Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants. Written by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
Been working on the geological history of Spoleto for the last few days, trying to establish connections between the limestone that shapes this mountain, and the tropical waters of the Lower Jurassic that formed them. I am certain to have found ripples formed by water influence on the surface of several rocks, and have been drawing some of these ocean-bed rippled patterns for future limestone sculptures.
The history of these mountains began about 200 million years ago, in the Jurassic Period. It is interesting to emphasize that in the territory of Monteleone di Spoleto there are the limestone rocks of the Stratification of Umbria-Marche, which was formed in the marine environment and sometimes rich in fossils (ammonites, gastropods, bivalves, crinoids, foraminifera, etc.) ranging from the Lower Jurassic (about 200 million years ago) until the Paleogene period (10 million years ago). The fossil remains that are found in these rocks allow us to reconstruct the period in which they were formed. From this, we know that about 200 million years ago, also in this area there was an environment similar to that of the current Bahamas, with coral islands, warm and shallow sea. Subsequently the seabed became deeper though rather irregular with ups and downs structures, which were soon smoothed out by the limestone sediments that were deposited on the seabed.
We cooked dinner for our first guests from the Mahler and LeWitt Studios.
Simona Sharafudinov arrived in the eremo to start her period of residency.
We were 15 in total.
Paloma - 16.45
Hyun Gi - 17:11
Experimenting with incense and harvesting lavender from the garden to dry and use in incense
1/2 tsp Dark Sandalwood
1 tsp Makko
1/2 tsp Clove
1/2 tsp Lemon Peel
1/2 tsp Coriander
1/2 tsp Honey
2 tsp Water/Spit
Different book binding methods:
Japanese Stab Binding and experimenting with new form of Coptic Stitch
Saw another scorpion today.
19:00 - Claudia. This morning I found a scorpion in the tub. People say they come in pairs. If you find one you have to look for the second one. Maybe it is not true but this is I like to think: where is the other? Did they have a fight? Are they lovers?
Ma Miguel non c'era, era in cordigliera da mattina a sera. GB Group