Chiara Mazzocchi is an Italian independent artist based in Berlin since 2010. Her work is based on inner processes and awareness, exploring photography, videoart, performance as a process, not as a result. Chiara’s self-portraits reflect a panel of her personal interior life, as a dialogue with herself and with the space.
I don’t believe in time, I believe in beauty. How do you see beauty?
Beauty is not only a sensation, it’s also a feeling of impotence. A feeling of wonder.
But it’s not just a feeling, it’s the truth, it is joy, which is the source of all creation. The beauty continues to speak to us, even if we don’t listen, even if we don’t feel it, even though we do not see or perceive. -“I don’t believe in time, I believe in beauty.” – Which you have mentioned, is a video performance, “Sleeping Standing,” in which I sleep standing up and I’m not ready to face the day because in my “sleep.” In my subconscious, that at that moment is my reality, there is peace and beauty, but especially there is no time, there is no time because there is no space, there are no reports of distances. And that’s why in the video-performance I stay in the beauty, I decide not to get out of it, imagining myself to never get out of it, with my cat who is a traveler by my side. I decide not to drink the coffee and not to start the day. Witness to a failure call the “awakening” and I stay in the bliss of a life that takes place in transcendence where I do not feel pain anymore.
Your connection between nature and yourself is impressive, how did you reach this status, and what is the purpose?
Nature is a not a place to visit, it is our home. I always had a connection with nature since I was a child. I was born in a small village, on the Liguria coast, beside the sea but also with hills and mountains, few cars and few people, clean air. I was always connected with nature and like everything that is natural has no purpose, but if you are connected with nature you are connected with yourself.
I don’t need to look for nature, it lives inside me. Even now that I live in Berlin, if I close my eyes I can smell the sea and feel the iodine in my lungs, and I can walk with my feet in the water or smell pine trees or palms in the street. If you listen to nature you will know yourself. But this is not a purpose, it’s life. Life has no purpose. Trees and stones will teach you what you can not learn from Humans. In front of a green lawn or in front of an animal you open yourself to clarity, you embrace simplicity, you remove selfishness and ego. You can see everything like the seed of something. However it is not necessary to see, but rather to feel, nature will never stop to communicate with you.
How important is meditation in your life?
Honestly, I had never practiced meditation until 2016, but in 2014 I had the luck of meeting legendary filmmaker David Lynch and I participated in the workshop he did about creativity, meditation, consciousness and transcendence. The David Lynch Foundation was established in 2005 to fund the implementation of scientifically proven stress-reducing modalities including Transcendental Meditation. Transcendental meditation is a simple, natural technique. This form of meditation allows your body to settle into a state of profound rest and relaxation and your mind to achieve a state of inner peace, without needing to use concentration. The Transcendental Meditation technique doesn’t focus on breathing or chanting like other forms of meditation. I started Transcendental Meditation only in 2016, It has given me effortless access to unlimited reserves of energy, creativity and happiness deep within. This level of life is sometimes called “pure consciousness”. And it is deep within us all. It’s an effortless technique for “recharging your mind and body” — and creating a brighter, more positive state of mind. It is a “mental” technique for the development of alleged human potentialities, it is also supposed to develop telepathy and perception. Beyond the benefits that I have said, this technique helps me to access my inner processes and then my art, in turn, comes from that Truth.
Rem Koolhaas proposed the Tabula Rasa concept, should we do the same for Architecture, Arts and maybe Society?
Making best use of what we already have is what I think. Especially in our technological age! Also to encourage the optimum use of space in buildings, such as the space.
In our postmodern world appearance prevails over substance, health become fitness, food trends, and the ultimate expression of freedom is type-zapping. We don’t correctly use the tools, we don’t even know how to use our body, we bearly use even 3% of our brain. We are currently in a new global disorder. It seems we live in a video game where everyone is doing the same things and we have the same behavioral patterns. Is it time to look forward for new life strategies using what we have in the right way.
What bothers you so much about Society?
Alienation, the daily fatigue supported by the human being to integrate into a society that requires approval to established norms, de-personalization, the state of unconsciousness. The fact that people don’t understand that the differences are planned and created by the system, to implement the feeling of separation from each other. I speak about this in two art projects, one is “Human Alienation” (Selfportrait, 2011) and in “Involution” (Selfportrait ,2015).
The video “Human Alienation” is still used for educational purpose by Brown University, Providence, USA and “Involution” project will be exposed in March at MIA Photo Fair, international photography art fair in Italy, Milan.
Our industry is based on communication, what have we really become with social media?
We are confusing social media communication with human interaction in communication. Social correctness in social media and now in our everyday life is destroying all attempts of social movements to bring us more “together.” They create dislocation, from the planet, from our heritage, from our families, our friends – divide and conquer. Thus giving the power to the system to restrict us even more, creating the “Ministry of Truth” like Orwell predicted in his masterpiece, 1984. Facts don’t matter anymore, feelings – rather, illusions of feelings do.
I think we have a huge problem with our education system, what is your opinion on this?
You mentioned Industry in almost all of your questions. There is your answer: everything is Industry at the moment.
So education is an Industry. And as an Industry you (the capital) control the Input, take care that all other Interest groups (all branches from the Industry that live from this consumer group) are satisfied and are looking for the best “outcome.” Yes,we are training the children to be good workers, good soldiers, to be competitive against each other, and so on, but we don’t allow them to be children anymore, humans to express them selves and develop there own critical thought within themselves. So what i think, the education system around the globe is perpetuating one important common goal- to eliminate free thought.
The film industry is sometimes less impressive than reality. Do you consider Zombie vs Vampire a film or a documentary?
With every step we make in this direction we erase our own Imagination. The Stories and Images were always the miracle of the society that the artist tried to capture in there work and the craftsmanship.
Another important thing was, and still is, how to hide the brutal truth behind demonic symbolism. In times of great depressions, wars, human suffering there was always a stage for this. Today, it’s of course easier to sell a story where some gruesome creature attacks and tortures some pretty actresses and its more about how to raise money to pay for the project. Real horror in our reality is not so impressive, youre right. Nobody wants to see a picture of someone wearing an 8000$ suit with shoes from crocodile leather where he on his daily job, part of which destroys the lives of thousands, this is not nice, right. So what’s more impressive, the guy that make that horror movie even more impressive then reality or the other who has real blood on his hands, and walks away unpunished. We see not nice things in the industry. It’s better to watch a painting by Hieronymus Bosch then to watch any Horror flick or presented news.
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Another special acknowledgment to my Co-Editor, BCN’s great friend and Street Artist: Luke Watson to help me on this article