It is evening when Floria Tosca sings the aria Vissi d’arte, an intimate piece, a reflective interlude that appears in the midst of the frenzied events in Puccini’s opera, and it is an evening landscape, illuminated solely by the cold almost moon-like lights of ten videoprojectors that Design|Opera is set, more than an design exhibition, it is an aria, a movement inspired by the changing flow of life. Design|Opera is not intended to celebrate the product in itself, rather it is designed to represent the connection that is created between objects, forms and feelings that interweave, interlink and separate in a state of constant change. Narrative structure: ACT 1: the contact with what you do not know ACT2: the connection between the objects draws seams and synapses ACT3: a reflection about time
N!03 is a video and multimedia production studio set up in 2003 when a series of different professional abilities in visual and sound research decided to join forces. It was set up as image based research laboratory with a particular focus on the designing of interactive and â€œtotalâ€ video environments. N!03's artistic and technical research ranges from the designing of multimedia environments for exhibitions and museums to the creation of art, theatre and design videos, to the design and production of video projections for theatre shows and opera right up to the production of promotional and educational documentary films. A great deal of care is given over to the creation of video scenarios and environments, be they interactive or not, that might carry a strong evocative power, and in which the images, sounds and noises capture the spectator's attention and participation. The video image, together with the sound and the spatial/architectural design possibilities, is investigated in order to come up with new opportunities for communication and interaction with the audience by means of a very rigorous structure that may nevertheless be open to many interpretations. This particular trait of N!03's research is further backed by the use of unobtrusive technological tools that allow the public to have a more direct relationship with the imagery.