Alessandro Toscano

La Camera del Mare

La Camera del Mare (The Sea Room) is a site-specific installation located on the pier of the old disused tonnara (tuna fishery) of Porto Paglia, on the island of San Pietro, where the last working tonnara in the Mediterranean still exists.
The installation uses the principles of the camera obscura to create an immersive experience of the surrounding marine landscape. Through an inverted vision, the installation offers an ecological perspective on these places, suggesting the point of view of one of the symbols of the island: the Thunnus Thynnus, also known as Tonno di Corsa (bluefin tuna), which in these waters is led through the nets of the Camera della Morte (Chamber of Death) to be caught according to the traditional fishing system.
The installation, developed within the framework of TUNÈA, remained in place during the 3 days of the project's final show: a temporary and ephemeral installation, like the image projected within it.

The design  is inspired by the architectural shape of the traditional houses on the island.
External materials: wood, nails, hardware
Internal materials: wood, paper, cloth, hardware

Commissioned work for TUNÈA, a territorial regeneration project winner of Creative Living Lab Award
Promoted by Direzione Generale Creatività Contemporanea MIC | Italian Ministry of Culture

Curated by U-BOOT

Video: Alessandro Toscano, Francesco Rosso | Casa Uiza Prod.
Music: Mare Calmo - from Wave by Stellare

La Camera del Mare  is the result of six months of work with the local community through a series of activities, meetings and workshops in dialogue with other artists, architects, craftsmen, associations, local authorities, the local tuna fishing community and private individuals.
The realisation is generated by this collaborative process and is inspired by some of the many cultural legends that have linked the island and its people to the historical events of Italy and Europe over the last three centuries.

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