Autumnal Sisters

7 MaskMirror improvisations

Video performance


Catalogue number : 65

Autumnal Sisters recollects seven performances by Alessandro Bosetti, in solo and teaming up with writer Kim Taeyong and video maker Orolo.

In the seven short films of this collection – filmed in Seoul in 2013 – you experience the unedited original performances which have been reframed and juxtaposed with a series of visual cues and interventions. The seven episodes of Autumnal Sisters are part experimental videos, part performative documents, and part visual poems with a strong sonorous aspect.


01 ­ Shrink 11’12″
02 ­ Autumnal Sisters 13’51″ (with Taeyong Kim)
03 ­ Age 6’22″
04 ­ Chair Detectives 6’16″
05 ­ The corporate color of Skype 9’21″ (with Taeyong Kim and Orolo ­ – Mask Mirror)
06 ­ Round Midnight 6’24″
07 ­ Geography Porn 12’38″ (with Taeyong Kim)

Total duration : 66’08″

They alternate English, Italian and Korean languages and are accompanied by bilingual subtitles. They are so far the most comprehensive documents of Alessandro Bosetti’s recent work as a performer and improviser which in the past decade has progressively mutated from music to language. All performances kick off from improvisations made using MaskMirror, a musical instrument which takes language rather than sound as it’s main material. The player / instrument relation is ambiguous whereas the performer or a combination of two or three performers appears to be played by the instrument itself or at least to be entangled in a performative and conversational dispositive.

When language is freed from the constraints of generally accepted discourse, it necessarily falls into ridicule or provocation as most of word combinations appear to be forbidden. So forbidden that we never think about them. The others look at us with surprise “Is that really possible to say what has just been said ?” while we have indeed no idea of what – in our discourse incomprehensible to ourselves – could have provoked such a scandal.

Videography: Orolo

Additional videography (on 05 – 07): Alessandro Bosetti

Photography: Fatima Bianchi

Editing : Alessandro Bosetti

Translation : Orolo (on 01-03, 05, 07), Taeyong Kim(on 02, 05, 07)

Recorded in Seoul, October 19 and 20, 2013

Produced in Seoul and Marseille

© Alessandro Bosetti / 2024