VOLTA DI LAME DI LUNE
It was nineteen ninety-seven when a research team in Patagonia came across a nesting site paved so thoroughly with dinosaur eggs that they couldn't help but to crush many of them underfoot as they walked. In addition to the many eggshell fragments and fossilized embryos, they also found fossilized skin which had outlasted 30,000 years of passing time.
“Every tale in The Thousand and One Nights begins with an 'appearance of destiny' which manifests itself through an anomaly, and one anomaly always generates another. So a chain of anomalies is set up. And the more logical, tightly knit, essential this chain is, the more beautiful the tale. By 'beautiful' I mean vital, absorbing and exhilarating. The chain of anomalies always tends to lead back to normality. The end of every tale in The One Thousand and One Nights consists of a 'disappearance' of destiny, which sinks back to the somnolence of daily life ... The protagonist of the stories is in fact destiny itself.” -Pier Paolo Pasolini
The Kintsugi Paradox
In seventeenth century Japan the art of repairing broken ceramics by further articulating their fissures with ornamental gold lacquer became so popular that wealthy tea-ceremony practitioners would sometimes smash valuable cups and bowls in hopes that their being reassembled using kintsugi would increase their prestige. Thus these subjects became enamored with solidifying their reputation for accepting transience, for appreciating the rust and ripeness of life's imperfections through the carefully commissioned skilled labor of others.
“To read is to travel without the hassle of luggage,” Italian adventure writer Emilio Salgari once famously stated. Though perhaps this sentiment was merely the last resort for a man whose claims to have sailed the Seven Seas, loved Indian princesses, explored the islands of the Far East as a ship captain, wandered the Sudan, and to have met Buffalo Bill in Nebraska were debunked and laughed at by his detractors and competitors as his swashbuckler stories began their rise to prominence. He had in fact traveled very little, failing out of the Naval academy as a young man and making only one voyage down the coast of Italy. Still, his adventure stories of romantic pirates and heroic outlaws had served as time machines for a generation of young readers even before he took his own life using the samurai method of hara-kiri in 1933.
The Proton Merry-Go-Round and Other Times Machines
The first model of Ernest Lawrence's cyclotron, the prototype for future particle accelerators, was made for about $25 out of bronze, glass, and sealing wax. While the device was only four inches in diameter, a wire-coiled clothes drying tree, a kitchen chair, and 2,000 volts of electricity were also needed to send whirling particles spiraling into its center fast enough to smash open atomic nuclei. Similarly here, within the wooden boxes, objects spin incredibly fast, dipping in and out of time.
Volta di Lame di Lune
What is broken-up to a minimum creates a passage that is located between the new form and the first cosmic element. The action of destroying porcelain and other objects, often of ornamental use, is not a form of annihilation but rather a shift in an infinitesimal present-- the needle of the weighing scales adjusting to find a balance. If the action of smashing an object ends after the first blow then there only remains the fatal state of brokenness. But if this action is repeated and perpetuated then the possibility of a new visual reality, a new vision, is opened.
Volta di Lame di Lune is a scenario for a Fantasy story, the combinations of events dictated by the operation of the surrounding objects. These are the key elements from which to read and develop the plot.