Vittorio Corsini - April 2020
This moment, in which we live essentially separated from each other, highlights the need for collective practices of exchange and encounter, so I think that each of us should seek and find possibilities for escape, for ease from this rigid cloister through various forms: the first are certainly those of chats, phone calls, video calls or videoconferences, which nurture the already existing relationships, but there are also others such as balconies, windows, corridors, stairs, common rooms of condominiums that allow for an, at times, incredulous encounter between neighbors who have never before greeted one another.
As Aristotle said, man is a social animal, so I don't think that we need to restore sociality, it’s the genetic heritage of man. We still see it these days, we can't help but participate, even in limited forms, to collective life, we need to give ourselves a collective life. However, the discourse is very different for common spaces because they were designed and conceived according to a logic that responded to needs and urgencies very different from those of today and, if our current experience persists, perhaps those of the future. I’m referring, above all, to Milan where I live, with the air, breathable again, the blue sky and the animals going around, the stress of performance almost disappeared, so I no longer imagine these public spaces as places for decompression where you go to reclaim what you lost during the working day, but as places where the contiguity between the lived and the desired, between the real and the imagined is close, as places where life is combined with joy.
This period is making us see nature through different eyes, passing through us again, contaminating us in presence or absence, forcing us towards nature. How we are going to intervene I cannot tell you because, first of all, it poses a political problem, and therefore is difficult to solve with any single idea. I actually think that it will very much depend on China, which is currently setting the directives for the new course of the world; I'm afraid that we will have to adapt.
During this time, we're evaluating the mistakes that were made in the past and we're casting projections for life, our life in the near future in which we will "resume" to live, as though this were a moment of total suspension not to be taken into account. And even though we know that we will remember this as a powerful experience, it won’t make a part of the years we lived, as though our lives were to resume where we left off. What we’re now learning is the underlying question that we do not want asked: what will I do next?
Meanwhile we live (the real lesson).
Vittorio Corsini - Artist