WHO'S THE ARTIST?
Mario Petrucci is an award-winning poet, ecologist, PhD physicist and one of the UK’s chief exponents of Ecopoetry. He has held major poetry residencies at the Imperial War Museum and with BBC Radio 3. Heavy Water: a poem for Chernobyl (Enitharmon, 2004) secured the Daily Telegraph/ Arvon Prize and “inflicts... the finest sort of shock... to the conscience, to the soul” (Poetry London). Mario was commissioned to write Tales from the Bridge, the world's largest poetry soundscape, installed on the Millennium Bridge as a centerpiece of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad and enjoyed by an estimated 4 million listeners.www.mariopetrucci.com
THE PERFORMANCE IN A NUTSHELL
AMAZONIA (2010) This film was the centerpiece of an exhibition by Lucy and Jorge Orta, commissioned by the Natural History Museum (London). It presented rainforest footage (from their 2009 Peruvian expedition with Cape Farewell) on vast split screens. Mario Petrucci’s poetry drives the narration. The rainforest’s stunning actuality is accompanied by two voices: Rationality/Industrialism [male] and Gaia [female]. Their uneasy dialogue evolves into a kind of understanding, one we might ourselves imitate across nations, disciplines and species. Through physical sense, and common sense, Gaia’s indispensability mobilizes this film. The way all her parts speak so powerfully to the whole makes Gaia not only irreducible to economic logic, but also makes her the ultimate poem.
script written by Mario Petruccifilm directed by David Bickerstaff