Public Space

Public Space

Public Space represents a reflection on the foetus in the mediatic representation and, as a consequence, on the body of women which, during the pregnancy, becomes a “public space”. Public Space is not a work on abortion or against abortion: this work is placed outside and, in a certain sense, “before” this kind of debate. The video by Lunardi originated, as many of his works, from a studio experience. During the visual anthropology classes at the University of Siena, the director met Barbara Duden and her work, particularly her essay on the body of women as a public space (Der Frauenleib als öffentlicher Ort) where the scholar analyses the changes in the perception of pregnancy from the Sixties onwards. The recent medical devices have totally modified how a woman lives her pregnancy and how she imagines the child. The notions and the language itself have radically changed. In the past, there was an “inside” that must be felt because it could not be seen, whereas nowadays the pregnancy is basically certified by the possibility of seeing through the ultrasound scans. Duden studied the pregnancy in order to understand how the foetus was created or, better to say, how the “ghost of the foetus”, that is when the image prevails on the feeling. This aspect deeply affected Lunardi, so he felt the necessity to translate this idea in a video work. Pregnancy transformed from and experience of feeling into an exercise of watching from the inside. Somehow the experience which took place under the skin has been made public and mediatic through the use of diagnostics. Until the Sixties there was a clear perception of the difference between the foetus and its visual representation, whereas nowadays we consider existing only what can be shown to us. We stress more what we can see in a scan than the physical perception of the future mother. We believe our sight to be unlimited so much that the skin is not a frontier anymore and we lost the ability to distinguish what we see and what it is shown to us. Lunardi is not so interested in the pregnancy itself but rather in the tendency to visualize everything, which, at the end, gives the status of reality only to what can be recorded through some devices. The practice of watching has brought the visual perception to a dominant dominant position on the other senses so much that touch, sense of smell, taste and intuition are excluded. In conclusion, Public Space represents a reflection on the preponderance of the society of the image on all the areas of our life; a preponderance which goes to the extreme of the moment of conception.

MOVIE INFO

  • Size: hd
  • Originale format: 16:9
  • Time: 03':45"
  • Language: no
  • Subtitle: no
  • Sound: stereo