“The Sea of Cockroaches” is the first in a trilogy of terror stories which I chose for the making of a
multimedia artwork centering on the female figure in relation to death and/or violence. The idea for
this project, a multimedia artwork comprised of a compositional and a visual part, was born roughly
two years ago, after having read Tommaso Landolfi's story, titled “The Sea of Cockroaches”.
Originality of the writing aside, what struck me were certain images in the story, from which I've
extracted three musical paintings and, with those, I have built a silent short film, in black and white.
What I wanted to represent in my multimedia artwork was the hard path in search of happiness/
awareness, taken by whom Jung defined the “savage woman”, meant as a powerful psychic force,
instinctive and creative, too often smothered by fears, insecurities and stereotypes. Awareness is
the only way to escape from the torture and bogeymen which all of us carry within. The choice of
location fell on the shipyard in Lastra a Signa, owned by Maurizio Landi Degl'Innocenti, an
Astronomy Professor who works at Arcetri Observatory. I found myself facing a ninety-eight foot
long ferrocement ship in the midst of Signa's river system. What plucked my heartstrings the most
was the history of this ship, the dream which gave it life, a touching story that further convinced me
to carry on: The lighting for the shoot on the ship were courtesy of professor Landi himself, who left
the shipyard at my disposal for any needs. The Composition consists in live electronics for
Theremin and electronica. During the work's first phase I made a composition by using the Pure
Data (Pd), a visual programming language, open source software, developed by Miller Puckette in
1990, dedicated to interactive Computer Music and multimedia works. Through Pure Data - with
the essential collaboration of programmer Max Jacob - http://www.xzoert.org/ - I've manipulated
the signal produced by the “Theremin" in real time, with effects like granulation, delay and filtering.