In July 2008, at Rotonda della Besana, Milan, ConiglioViola presented the video-installation Fine primo tempo (End of the First Half), which sprang from a paradoxical interpretation, in an eschataological key, of Al Bano & Romina’s hit song Ci sarà.
Ci sarà – escatological tribute to Al Bano & Romina Power / HDV video / 4’09’’ / 2008
Most of ConiglioViola research in the field of video art is strictly linked with music. The process there consists in selecting well-known music hits from the past and re-arranging them with a new version developed by the artists. Once the song is so re-written, the artists then produces a video for it in which they also play as performers. Through the use of video, the artists unveil a double meaning implicit in a song that is already rooted inside the collective imaginary. It attributes new meanings to the song, distorting its common perception, that which Arthur Danto would refer to as “transfiguration of the commonplace”. The case of the video Ci sarà(2008) is emblematic of this kind of research. The song Ci sarà was a hit by the singing couple Al Bano & Romina Power, stars of the 80s, and this song is commonly regarded as a love song. In the video by ConiglioViola the song lyrics are read like a text that talks about the afterlife. The artists here portray themselves like two children at the time of their funeral, but instead of a Church the ceremony takes place on the stage of the San Remo music festival.
In the installation, at the feet of the video-projection, the ghosts of the two singing children are projected onto two open coffins.
ConiglioViola also engraves the song Ci Sarà on a limited edition of violet vinyls.
The title of the work turned out to be prophetic, as it was followed by a sudden interruption in transmissions. Symbolically and performatively the official website, www.coniglioviola.com, was shut down. For months the home page of the site, which had always been the point of departure and driving force behind the ConiglioViola’s undertakings, was emblazoned with the words “Fine primo tempo” (End of the First Half) and access to the site was blocked.
In the catalogue of the solo show Sono un pirata/Sono un signore the philosopher Maurizio Ferrarissigns an interesting critical essay about this work .
He knows how to slow down the tempo and when to speed it up. The Sun (2016)It set the tempo for a game of much magic and roughviolence. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Teamsneed to be patient and probe and change tempo when they get to the penalty area and play quickpasses. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It's not always the best for the fans to watch when the tempo is so slow. The Sun (2016)They set a tremendous tempo. The Sun (2017)Yet too many Arsenalplayersseemedunsettled by the tempo set by Preston. Times, Sunday Times (2017)We set the tempo and controlled the game. Times, Sunday Times (2008)They lifted their game and raised the tempo. Times, Sunday Times (2006)These are best played at their original dancefloor tempo. The Sun (2012)My teams play with high tempo and pace and it takes time to get that. The Sun (2008)You can learn to slow down the tempo of life.French, Barbara Coping with Bulimia (1987)The tempo is a lotdifferent and they definitely have more skill. The Sun (2010)The quality and the tempo of training is there. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Your album changes tempo and style from track to track. The Sun (2007)That set the tempo for a dozen years. A Conceptual View of Human Resource Management: Strategic Objectives, Environments, FunctionsThere are fab moments but little variation in mood or slow tempo. Times, Sunday Times (2015)First half we lacked a lot of tempo. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Both the tempo and overall quality was high. Times, Sunday Times (2007)There were some astonishingscenes and changes of tempo. Times, Sunday Times (2008)He also sets the tempo well from that position. The Sun (2016)The relationship had begunsixmonthsearlier at a slow tempo. Times, Sunday Times (2011)The tempo changed with a vengeance either side of tea. Times, Sunday Times (2011)We put speed and tempo into our play but we knew they would comeback at us and they did. The Sun (2016)The tempo was a lot better. The Sun (2014)All submit to the conductor's tempo and musical accent. Christianity Today (2000)SPURS are all about a high tempo and pace. The Sun (2011)The finesse of his shaping of its bittersweetnostalgia collided with constantextreme changes of tempo and direction, making its emotional fragility palpable. Times, Sunday Times (2013)By the time we were heading back I had him assessing what my tempo training pace should be. Times, Sunday Times (2008)He said: 'They were all over us but then we raised the tempo. The Sun (2009)Their enforcement of correctdancesteps, which requiredstrict tempo music, also deterredbands from jazzimprovisation. The Times Literary Supplement (2012)The music is faded down and he continuesunaccompaniedtill it's faded up again, trying to keepexactly to the tempo of the original. Times, Sunday Times (2007)