Tatanka Running for Scenic

Proiettore lanterna magica di fabbricazione tedesca del 1920*, impianto elettrico per accensione proiettore con sensore di movimento, pellicola 35 mm, base in legno, travetti di legno e pannelli OSB per struttura ambiente, telo nero da sipario, guide per cartongesso, varia minuteria per montaggio, spray acrilico rosso, contenitore di plastica e pennarelli indelebili di vari colori. (2017)
Dimensioni di massima ambiente LxPxH: 300 x 188 x 240 cm

Video proiezione analogica in pellicola 35 mm** montata su proiettore manuale***, della corsa del bisonte americano ottenuta dalla sequenza fotografica di Eadweard Muybridge del 1883. In un ambiente oscurato creato ad-hoc, se il visitatore vuole vedere correre il bisonte deve agire azionando il proiettore, lasciandosi così trasportare idealmente a Scenic city, Pennington County, South Dakota, US.

proiettore in funzione: https://youtu.be/YpwrZ67oqQc

Allestimento per la mostra Playing Scenic, Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna, 2017

L’ambiente è costruito con pannelli OSB generalmente utilizzati per chiudere porte e finestre degli edifici abbandonati. Esternamente lungo il perimetro alto ho trascritto in inglese alcuni eventi significativi nella storia della città dalla sua fondazione avvenuta nel 1906 fino ai giorni nostri****, e impresso con vernice rossa su ogni lato la scritta MADE IN GERMANY. A disposizione del pubblico pennarelli indelebili di diversi colori in modo che chi lo desidera può lasciare una traccia del suo passaggio sui pannelli (pareti esterne del box), esattamente come avviene nella città fantasma di Scenic.

Edifici abbadonati, Scenic city, South Dakota, US.

 

 

* Nello stesso anno fu edificato il Tatanka Trading Post a Scenic come Chiesa Congregazionale.

** Realizzata in collaborazione con il Laboratorio L’immagine Ritrovata di Bologna.

*** Lanterna magica giocattolo del 1920, Made in Germany, marca Ernst Plank, originariamente alimentata a petrolio adattata per funzionare con una lampadina elettrica.

**** Breve storia di Scenic e del Tatanka Trading Post: Scenic was established in 1906. The town is called Scenic because of the scenic view it has of the Badlands. The Milwaukee railroad made its first trip in August of 1907 into Rapid City. It was a great step towards progress. The jail house it’s made of stone and iron. The stones were imported from the Cheyenne River. In the history the Cheyenne River was the primary source of running water, minerals and personal hygiene for Scenic. In the early “20’s”, Scenic had a population of nearly 250 people. Scenic was due to an oil boom. The little town of Scenic grew like a mining town, a school providing four years of high school, two churches, more stores. Two livery barns, the second one later served as dance hall and theater. The hotel and blacksmith shops and restaurants. Scenic had also a newspaper, called Scenic Observer. The town of Scenic had much to offer in the line of entertainment and sports. There was a well maintained ball diamond, a race track, and a complete Rodeo Arena. In July 2011, the 12-acre town and surrounding area—about 46 acres total—was listed for sale at $799,000. The sale includes the post office (ZIP code 57780), Longhorn Saloon, a dance hall, bunkhouse, museum, and two stores. It also includes a train depot that is on an abandoned line that was part of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad. In August 2011, a Philippines-based church called Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) bought the property, Pennington County records show.  Tatanka is the lakota word for “bull bison”. Tatanka ska is the lakota word for “white bull bison”. The Tatanka Trading Post wasn’t part of the sale. Was built in 1920 and it was a congregational church originally, we can see this from the building’s shape, as there is a shortened bell tower. It’s still in business, is sells typical product from native tradition and bison meat, is also a roadhouse for motorcyclists who travel along the South Dakota Highway 44 and is run by Kimberly Sealine a Tom Trople. Furthermore, Kimberly, Tom and his wife Jennie run a bison ranch in Caputa: the Spirited Winds Tatanka Ranch, which is just a few miles away, heading North West towards Rapid City.

(testo trascritto nella parte alta del box)