39.000 Straws

Raccolta Lercaro, Modern Art Museum, Bologna, free entry



39.000 light straws, a video interactive installation by Andrea Familari, Francesca Pasquali, Carlotta Piccinini,

curated by Ilaria Bignotti e Federica Patti.

39000 Light Straws – A brilliant work of art composed of tens of thousands

of coloured straws, an installation art brought to life by interactive video

mapping, thanks to a line of motion sensing devices called Kinect and

Processing, which involve public interaction.


Francesca Pasquali created this composition of straws in such a way that

when seen from a certain distance they heighten the sense of the onlooker’s

imagination, evoking imaginary worlds and biomorphs; as you get closer

they vibrate, shattering into countless colourful particles, tiny bright

fragments which are destined to find new life, hinting at the formation of

new worlds.


The participation of the spectator is fundamental, their involvement is at first

passive and then becomes actively an essential part of the art work. This

trinomial composition-spectatore-light is turned on by a digital processor,

giving life to the installation and making each and every time and each and

every movement of the public different, each time constantly new.

Fruit of a synergy between different artists with a common depth of

creativity, 39000 Light Straws enthuses the viewer to witness and embrace

new technology, the relationship between nature and the man-made,

between the physical tangible world and the mystic concepts of the 5th



Hybridization and adaptability are vital concepts of a postmodern era. Ideas

sweep over paths that meet and intersect each other, creating a network

which uses the synergic elements and participants together to form a

creative and productive system, thanks also to the use of digital symbolism

which is shared and understood universally.


The network is a choice of radical life: the heterogeneous multitude like the

smallest operative cell and the participation like a dominant system.

Evolution for cultural selection.

The multitudinous language of electronic art has absorbed all the twentieth-

century solutions to then go on to translate them again in the form of video

installations, animation and in live media, bestowing sound and endowing

them with movement.


39000 Straws by Francesca Pasquali also presents cosmogonical myths,

polychromes and polymaterials, reversed; amplified, adding the four-

dimensional element to the triadic point, line and surface. Then the immense

multiplication of the plastic elements, gathered and imploded into sealed

forms, modernizing the Junk and Neorealist value. “Neoism”, important

quotes by contemporary repertory, illuminated, glowing, and activated by

the electrifying presence of the moving images created by Carlotta Piccinini

and Andrea Familari. The work of art – the artist – knows how to open up to

and stimulate the public, enriched in vitality and the ability to dialogue, to

evolve towards new solutions and senses.


Multifarious, changeable and never-ending metamorphosis, 39000 Straws is

a kaleidoscope of brilliant colourful light, transmitting peace, silence, finesse

and sophistication. These are some of the characteristics that seduced and

impelled the Fondazione Lercaro to open their doors to this project, inviting

the public, and recognising their potential and responsibility towards this

project and future works of art to come.