Somatic Spaces | Act I

'Somatic Spaces'
blossoms from the collaboration of the visual artist and performer Isabel Rodriguez Ramos and the sound artist and songwriter Rossana De Pace. It consists of field research, both performative and audiovisual, carried out in natural territories of the world with always different inputs. This project aims to create new awareness about the possible interactions and contaminations between humans and nature.

Starting from the philosophical assumption – one of the core values of the animist tradition – that the earth is animated and therefore endowed with spirit, “Somatic Spaces” presents itself as the opportunity to investigate the physical space of the body through the environment and vice versa, considering the inner soul and the outer earth united by osmosis. Peoples from many different cultures perceive the land not in terms of a mother who nurtures and punishes (Cartesian view), but rather as an integral part of their souls. In the light of the man-nature binomial, Isabel investigated this correspondence through site-specific performative acts and resumed the creative process, documenting its evolution.

Believing in the internationality of art, the Italian artistic duo would like to broaden the perspectives of this project by organizing live performances within the future artistic residencies they will take part in. “Somatic Spaces” is in all respects a “work in progress” and, to be developed in its following acts, it needs funding and support. Isabel and Rossana are committed to revolving around the original concept and declining it in new environments, in order to enhance the wild territories around the world. The conclusion of the project will be celebrated with a feature movie made up of shots of all the acts realized, and the final purpose is to show it in all those territories that allowed "Somatic Spaces" to grow and take shape.

  • Isabel Rodriguez Ramos
    Filmmaker
  • Isabel Rodriguez Ramos
    Director
  • Isabel Rodriguez Ramos
    Writer
  • Isabel Rodriguez Ramos
    Producer
  • Isabel Rodriguez Ramos
    Key Cast
  • Rossana De Pace
    Soundscape
  • Dani Galenda
    Audio Mastering
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Spazi Somatici
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 18, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    200 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Italy
  • Country of Filming:
    Italy
  • Language:
    No Dialogue
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital camera - 17-50 mm
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Terra Amara
    Mottola
    Italy
    December 30, 2021
  • GROW
    Grosseto
    Italy
    December 28, 2021
  • DRIM Contemporary Art Ground
    Torino
    Italy
    November 6, 2021
  • Luzzetti Museum | Polo Le Clarisse
    Grosseto
    Italy
    October 28, 2021
  • Dune | Maremma National Park
    Pricipina a Mare
    Italy
    September 19, 2021
    Italian Premiere
Director Biography - Isabel Rodriguez Ramos

Isabel Rodriguez Ramos (Turin, Italy, 1997) is an Italo-Cuban filmmaker, performer and visual artist based in Italy. Tuning into philosophy, theatre and literature, she investigates the mystery of the human body as a space of confrontation and sharing of the human inner world. The interdependence between humans and nature is a recurrent theme in her artistic journey. Inspired by the principles of therapeutic art and eco-therapy, her visual and performative research wants to encourage self-expression through the poetics of the body in a creative and non-judgmental environment. She is the founder and artistic director of the multi-artistic project “Natural Mente Corpo”.

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Director Statement

My true inspiration is coming back to Mother Earth, as raw material and primordial core of the our true Self; I let myself be guided by lights and colours coming from wild landscapes, human encounters with other individuals that come to our life to fill us up while being part of the artistic journey.