OUT OF BODY
Polished and painted stainless steel, Portogallo pink marble
Courtesy Nilufar Galley, Schiavo Zoppelli Gallery
THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
99 WORDS WITH PATRICK TUTTOFUOCO
The expression OUT OF BODY indicates those experiences in which one perceives to “go out” of their physical body, projecting their own consciousness beyond bodily boundaries. We often speak of a journey of the soul, considered capable of freeing itself from the snares of the body where the purpose of this experience is to acquire a greater certainty of one’s spiritual reality. Such practices recur for example in Egyptian mythology, in the Pythagorean doctrine of Plato and the Neoplatonists, in Pliny the Elder, and in the general literature of visionary of various religious, spiritual and esoteric currencies, concerning projections or perceptual shifts in other dimensions of space and time.
These reflections serve as a prerequisite for starting a practice that sees objects as extensions of the body and as a possibility to perceive the creative experience not only through the direct relationship with the material, but as an evolution and extension of thought. If the human body can be experienced as a tool to achieve new visions of the world then, in a logic of transformation, it can even become itself the matter of the project.