Visual arts & Exhibition / Installation vidéo & Installation web interactive Confinement.lands

Cinzia Campolese
© Cinzia Campolese

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The Confinement.lands project started during the first lockdown in 2020. It consists of a series of works, including a video and a website, that explore different notions of social connections and how private, public, and virtual spaces are repossessed.

The video includes recordings of photogrammetries* collected during the same period via the online platform Display land, depicting houses, places, and people in lockdown across the world. Display land no longer exists. The only traces left are those recorded by the users, that Cinzia Campolese has incorporated in her art installation. 

Sharing an authentic moment in life via an app, candidly and unfiltered, was a way for many users to connect with others during a time of extreme isolation. During this time, while shutting down major parts of the capitalist system, the pandemic also highlighted stark realities of the crippled social fabric. In private and public spaces, our neighbourhoods, our streets, and our playgrounds, a lack of sense came to light. The video installation combines testimonies left on Display land, offering a perspective on this period where each person was able to repossess private spaces through a virtual environment. 

In conjunction with this collection the artist launched a call to participate on social media in April 2020, asking anyone interested to send her 3D scans of their daily life via the same app. This new compilation is available on an online platform, where different lands’ floating in an empty space can be seen. Each land’ is made of fragments of private and public spaces – fragments of life at standstill. 

Those who visit this virtual and interactive platform are invited on a treasure hunt by Cinzia Campolese: a videogame-like investigation, where one confronts the absurdity of a real-life moment in a virtual void. All of which could be interpreted as a symbol of the confused state, the struggles, and the losses encapsulated in the pandemic period which we’ve been living in since 2020.

* Photogrammetry is a technique used to virtually recreate an object or a space from photographic images taken from different angles. The resulting 3D model created becomes an exact digital copy of the original object or space.

Multiplica 2021 — Interview with Cinzia Campolese
Cinzia Campolese

Artist Cinzia Campolese lives in Montreal. Her works includes installations, sculptures, videos and prints. Working on different scales, she studies the concepts of perception and awareness of space in both digital and physical environments.

In her recent bodies of works, she has worked on the creation of interactive pieces and light sculptures (Error, Frame of Reference). She has also initiated a series of multidisciplinary works about the impact of connected devices and surveillance.



Single-channel video – 20 minutes

Web development by Max Stein, built with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts / Creation 2020 – 2021

« Confinement.lands is a striking journey around the world reconfigured by the pandemic. The photogrammetries that people of all ages and on every continent have made available are as bizarre as they are touching, as astonishing as they are intimate. The way Cinzia Campolese compiled the extremely diverse range of spaces and situations in which people around the world experience the confinement creates a fascinating cartography and ultimately even a new sense of community within the isolation. »
— Anna Lena Seiser, Goethe-Institut