Tellurico: “Time is the only thing I truly own and can sell”
Interview with Francesco Pace, a multidisciplinary designer, sculptor and craftsman who,
to explain his job, spent the entire week of Fuorisalone 2021 working wood using an angle grinder with a metal cutoff wheel.
At Fuorisalone 2021, Francesco Pace, aka Tellurico, presented the performance Untitled 1B, which is the sequel to Untitled 1A (2020). Both performances were commissioned by 5Vie Milano and supported by the Netherlands Embassy in Italy. One could watch him in the courtyard of the SIAM (the old Arts and Crafts Encouragement Society founded in 1838) as he sculpted blocks of wood to create a collection of wooden objects. This performance fully sums up his approach (which he defines as multidisciplinary) and recent reflections that he made during the lockdown. It is both a 5 days performance and narrative; it talks about the time and work of the designer and the craftsman, about the process often hidden behind a beautiful object, and about sustainability.
What were you doing in the courtyard of a historic building in the heart of the 5Vie district?
I was working on an idea that partly came about during the lockdown. In the Netherlands, we had three lockdowns and the hardest one was the last one - five months spent indoors. During that time, time became extremely flexible: there were days you could do a thousand things, and others you went to sleep and felt like you hadn’t done anything all day. So, I started to think about the meaning of time. I thought that, in the end, time is the only thing I can sell. It’s the only thing I really own. Whenever a client or a company asks me to do something for them, the only way to quantify it is with time. It is a way to measure the value of what I do and of the objects themselves. I wanted to express this relationship between time and the craftsmanship behind an object. When you look at an object, it is difficult to give it a price, a value, other than a sentimental one. When I tell you that it takes 300 hours to make it, you understand. I wanted to convey the idea that objects are more than objects, that there is a complex work behind them, not only in terms of craftsmanship but also in terms of time. It is also an answer for those who ask me to complete a project in a week ...
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- Materials; Wood
- Media: Live Performance
- Years; 2021
- Typology; Collection of Meta-Objects
- Crafts; Carving Wood
- Photo courtesy of Amir Farzad
- Video Courtesy of Mario Palumbo
- Commissioned by 5Vie Milano
- Supported by the Kingdom of The Netherlands.
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TELLURICO / PERFORMANCE / EXHIBITION / MILAN / 5VIE / LIVE / FURNITURE / COLLECTION