CONIGLIOVIOLA. THE NIGHTS OF TINO FROM BAGDAD.

Art Artwork from Italy. Published by anonymous on Tuesday 15 December 2015.

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Year: 2015

Starting from a literary text, a new video art work which transforms the city into a widespread cinema, thanks to Augmented Reality technology. 
An experiment in interactive storytelling that embraces literature, visual arts, architecture and film, intended to redraw the map of the city’s space.

The work is freely based on a novel: Die Nächte der Tino von Bagdad written in 1907 by the German expressionist poetess Else Lasker-Schüler. A modernist Thousand and One Nights, narrating the story of Tino, a Bagdad princess and poetess, who gives up her life to render poetry immortal. This text makes use of a hermetic style and non-linear structure to poetically face quite relevant issues: the condition and role of women, gender identity, fascination and fear of the exotic, the role art and poetry play in society.


By using the map found on this website, the wandering spectator is invited to explore the city in search of these posters, depicting different landscapes seen through an Oriental window. By using TINO, the free App made specifically for this project, to frame these posters, each episode of the video work will come alive on mobile phone displays, directly overlapping the city’s architecture. In order to assemble Tino’s story, the wandering spectator must cross those places in Turin where the posters are found, unite them in any order, and thus create as many stories as there are itineraries. At the end of this tour anyone can rewrite the plot on the project’s web site, thus becoming a player and co-author and giving shape to a literary process theorized by Combinatory Literature and here transposed to real space, thanks to a significant use of new technologies.

A “WIDESPREAD FILM”

In order to define this “format” – able to compose a syncopated story over time and space and conceived, on the one hand to reconsider the city as a hypertext and on the other to use technologies to make real “that which literature from this past century already seemed to forerun and foretell” – the artists from ConiglioViola have coined the term “widespread film”.

The artists’ intent is to engage the viewer in a recherche with the city as a backdrop. It aims to reconstruct its meaning or narration: a model the artists dream about replicating and adapting new literary texts and new urban contexts.

The Nights of Tino from Bagdad is a new transmedia work by ConiglioViola. It is an experimental video art project, developed in Augmented Reality, which defines a new public art format. 
An open work, spreading across the city and which can be enjoyed not in one single place, but rather, invites the viewer on a tour across 30 outdoor locations in the city, on a quest to assemble and combine the fragments of this poetic tale.

Presented by Kaninchen-Haus in collaboration with Castello di Rivoli Contemporary Art Museum.

technology by TIM | funded by Fondazione CRT | patronages: City of Torino – Dipartimento Interateneo di Scienze del Territorio del Politecnico e dell’Università di Torino – Goethe Institut – Story Code. In collaboration with GTT and AvipItalia | Within the festivals: Torino Incontra Berlino – Salone Internazionale del Libro – Salone OFF – Architettura in Città – In/Visible Cities

http://www.tinobagdad.com/the-nights-of-tino-from-bagdad/