Marino Formenti turns out to be a ruddy good pianist. I had never heard of him, but H and I stumbled into his Nowhere installation, experience, performance event this afternoon and it was pretty unique. Strangely enough it turned out to be situated just around the corner from my school.
Judgung by the scribbled print on the walls, he's been playing the piano everyday from 10am to midnight, for quite a few days with his day list including Bach, Pink Floyd, Nirvana, Froberger, Brian Eno, at times playing the same piece two, three, or four times. Pretty impressive I say, as an amateur pianist that rattles off a Mozart Sonata omce every two weeks. He certainly looked like he'd been playing a while when we rocked up at 5pm.
During our stay, Formenti went so far to write on the wall 'If you came to see me you should think about it', which could have reflected his frustration for how the six of us present at the time were on our phones, reading a book, or apparently sleeping. Eitherway his piano touch is mesmerising, as is the emotion with which he plays. I would imagine most people would go stir crazy being watched by a love stream camera and an average of ten people at any time, yet he aproached each 'sitting' with an astounding level of concentration and attention, letting himself just twinkle away.
Behind Formenti's piano stool was a two-by-two IKEA shelf with sheet music laid on and inside it. From this he took music on a few occasions, definitely for a Bach Sarabande, which meant his Ray Ban glasses were added to his facial composure. Other times he played head bent, flowing into the piano, and with others, he grunted along with the melody he was emitting from the grand piano.
Curiously at one point he moved the tripodded live stream camera to point towards one of the handwritten walls. All his actions taken in, or ignored, by whoever happened to be in thebroom at the time. Turns out this isn't the first time his played an installation of this kind, and I hope I can experience another one in my lifetime.