Exstasis is an immersive 360 ° projection mapping produced by Odd Agency at the Church of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria in Palermo on 28 and 29 December 2019.
The term στάσις (stasis) has multiple meanings in ancient Greek. In fact, it indicates both standing still and the place and situation in which a person finds himself.
ἐξ + στάσις (ex-stasis)therefore indicates the breaking of that state of immobility, the exit from the place where you are and ultimately by yourself.
Ecstasy is also the means that has allowed priests, saints and believers, very often female, like the two Catherine (of Siena and Alexandria), direct and unmediated contact with the otherwise indefinable and incomprehensible presence divine.
Lastly, Ecstasy is the reaction of extreme amazement and wonder experienced in the face of an unusual, grandiose and unexpected work.
Exstasis explores each of the polysemic facets of the term. The projections break the static nature of the church’s rich decorative apparatus, dematerializing and moving the stuccos and frescoes, animating the statues placed at the edge of the nave with light and color.
The public is projected beyond the architectural frame made up of high vaults, pillars and the large dome in search of direct contact with nature, with space and ultimately with the very essence of creation.
Target of the performance is to immerse spectators in a completely virtual environment, surrounding them with visual, music, light effects, transporting them out of the space, even majestic, that surrounds them and breaking, for the duration of the performance, the routine existence that binds them to a here and now.
Ex-stasis is an experience of collective transcendence in which technology does not serve to isolate us and make us slaves of contingency but instead binds us to each other, bringing us in contact with mystery and wonder, on a journey outside of we addressed to the very root of ourselves.
Videomaker: Alessandro Vancardo
Photographer: Paolo Castronovo