2004-2040

A 36 YEARS RECORDING OF LIFE

 

 

Every month, Alberto Frigo improvises a fable. Each fable is 12 A5 pages long. Every evening before falling asleep Frigo writes a page of a fable using no punctuation and letting his subconscious write for him as in an automatic writing mode. Once it is completed, Frigo digitizes a page resulting in approximately 8,000 characters per fable. Frigo selects the main protagonist of each fable in order from the following environments: AIR, TREE, EARTH, GRASS, RIVER, WATER. The resulting fables are presented using LED message boards for the duration of 12 minutes and the environments are produced using different heights and the following color range: red, orange, yellow, green, cyan and purple.

Fable number 45 Simulation of fable displayed by led screen Compilation of fable characters in progress Frigo writing fables in Warwick in a summer evening of 2013 Frigo setup to digitized the improvised fables Location of the led screens in the final museum

Following is an extract from the improvised fable number 54: "...IN ALL HER ANGER SHE DIRECTED HER GHOST NAVY SLOWLY THROUGH ALL HUMANS DWELLINGS RIDING OVER A MIST OUR VERY PORPOISE WAS ABLE TO PRODUCE THROUGH HER BACK OPENING AND FURTHER INLAND OUR PORPOISE SHE WENT FOLLOWED BY ALL HER SPECTRAL FLEET NOW FLOATING HER WITHOUT SO MUCH PURPOSE THROUGHOUT THE LAND OF THE HUMANS TURNING THEM INTO ZOMBIES NOW ALSO ADVANCING BEYOND OUR PORPOISE WITHOUT ANY PURPOSE AND PROCEEDING LIKE THE BIGGEST OF ARMIES INTO UNKNOWN TERRITORIES..."

The presentation of these boards can be thought of as a Noah's Ark, a storing of animals' stories. Most of the fables, however, depict a much-altered nature, which on one hand reflects human intervention in the animal world and on the other shows the continuous metamorphosis of these animals into something other and monstrous until a genial end is conceived in which the transformation settles, almost giving a mythical explanation of a natural phenomenon. In this respect the narration of the fable comes close to the environmentalist message brought forward by Hayao Miyazaki in his animations.

The writing of fables started following Frigo's tradition to invent a story for his young son prior to going to sleep every evening. The inventing of bedtime stories has been for Frigo also an attempt to avoid mainstream narrations and provide a moral message to the story. Far from being classic however, the fable Frigo invents in this work has much to tell about his own psychological state and the way his nature reflects the surrounding nature, especially in the wild and largely abandoned part of the alps where he has resettled.