Burning Light into that Good Night

Burning Light into that Good Night is a single-screen moving image based on a memory session recorded in the summer 2019 by Alda Terracciano with her father, a few weeks before his death. The artwork explores memory as fleeting grasp of the self and care as impulse, positioning a man with dementia at the centre of his story.

  • Alda Terracciano
    Streets of... 7 cities in 7 minutes
  • Alda Terracciano
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  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 29, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    Italy, United States
  • Language:
    English, Italian
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  • Student Project:
  • Birkbeck Arts Weeks Festival
    United Kingdom
    May 19, 2021
    World premiere
Distribution Information
  • Aldaterra Projects
    Country: United Kingdom
    Rights: Pay Per View
Director Biography - Alda Terracciano

Alda Terracciano is a visual artist, curator, director, and activist with a particular interest in creating tangible experiences using mediums such as moving image, sound, and interactive multisensory technologies. She holds an MA in Art, Design and Visual Culture from London Guildhall University and has exhibited her installation work at venues such as Tate Modern (London), Museum of World Culture (Gothenburg), and CHI 2017 (Denver), as well as showcasing her films and moving image in several festivals including LIFT, the Festival of Human Rights, and Aperture Festival. In 2010 she set up Aldaterra Projects to promote dialogue between different cultures, foster the exploration of new and hybrid artistic practices, and engage with discursive and visual representations to do with cross-cultural identities in Britain. In 2012 she premiered her multisensory installation Street of… 7 cities in 7 minutes during the London Olympic Games and in 2017 her immersive installation Zelige Door on Golborne Road, which she then both toured internationally.

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Director Statement

I am interested in the intersection between bodies, memories, urban spaces, and digital environments. Over the years I have worked with diverse communities, exploring the themes of memory and migration. I am inspired by the intrinsic poetic quality of everyday life and the way in which people’s collective memories resurface in quotidian actions and rituals.

Looking at the human body as ‘place in time’, I employ smells, tastes, touch, sights and sounds to construct a feminine paradigm of sensory art and challenge stereotypical representations of “others”. I use immersive multisensory technologies to navigate the hybrid space between the then and the now, the collective and the personal, and experiment with nonlinear narrative and the evocative interplay between sounds and images to expand the awareness of our constantly changing identities and technologically fluid human condition.