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La Montagna del Sapone is a hybrid project consisting of a CGI animated film based on a music album composed by Marta Coletti (aka Bertuccia Mon Amour), a website, a discord server, a tik tok channel and an exploratory video game.
The film, which is divided into thirteen chapters and shot with a video game graphics engine, is a metaphorical, dreamlike journey taken by Cindy, an embodiment of the average human being, into the depths of the Web.
The protagonist travels as a passive and seemingly inactive flâneur in an environment whose boundaries mingle with her own matter distorting its form and receptivity. In a continuous exchange and clash of perspectives, Cindy will be lead to the achievement of awareness of the hidden mechanisms of the Web.
The film has no conventional or linear plot and lacks of a proper written script, although every chapter focuses on one or more specific topics. The sketchy structure that makes it up is the result of continuous adjustments that change according to my experience here and now. Beyond that, the script is also influenced by unpredictable parameters such as glitches and other processes dictated by the software and the hardware used.
The techniques used for the animation are a mix of motion capture, computer code, AI and traditional animation.
La Montagna del Sapone doesn’t have a unique and universal meaning, which is why in addition to the chapters to be viewed, it will be possible for artists and filmmakers to explore the settings and interact with the models featured in the film through the video game, which is the actual set of the film.
In fact, a founding and fundamental part of the project will be the network that will be generated by the artistic and non-artistic contribution to the chapters and their respective settings. Available for everyone is the public Discord server where you can find the in-depth archive. You can also find the community and sharing channels where everyone will be able to get their hands on.
The title refers to the Roman expression "Non vengo mica dalla Montagna del Sapone" (literally "I'm not coming from the Soap Mountain", which can be also translated to "I wasn't born yesterday") which means "I am not a gullible person, don't mess with me". La Montagna del Sapone (which can be translated as "The Soap Mountain") is the Primavalle suburb established between 1924 and 1937 after Mussolini displaced the inhabitants of Rome's historic center after the unrealized promise of building an upscale neighborhood.
Primavalle is identified as a "mountain" because it is located on an elevated area. The reference to soap is ironically related to the inconsistency of facts and words ("Anna magnà er sapone!" "They have to eat soap!") typical of situations and speeches in which reality is often cloaked in grandiosity that is revealed without objectively measurable weight and value.
In the project, the term is re-interpreted as a metaphor and oxymoron of technological acceleration. The solid, mighty and opaque structure with delineated contours of the mountain, becomes a nuanced fabric: other than solid, the mountain can be liquid without a shape of its own, or spherical with an iridescent surface. An increasingly large, living structure with indefinite, slippery, shape-shifting boundaries, in which what is existing can easily be hidden.
The Internet is the narrative/symbolic/allegorical pretext for talking about the state of self-perception and the world itself in what nowadays effectively is an evolution of the "Society of the Spectacle" described by Guy Debord. In the Debordian idea, power has become a nomadic configuration which moves only for itself massive flows of capital with reduced obstacles and keeps gaining consensus throughout all the mechanisms of the spectacle.
Check out the available chapters of La Montagna del Sapone
Download now the video games here down below
Videogame Chapter II
Videogame Chapter III - IV - V
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