16mm, B&W, 9.5 min. 1995

Cast:  Joseph Alessi, Angela Balistreri, Vincenza Cirano
Voice Over: Angela Balistreri, Sarah Tollner, Joseph Alessi

Tematiche is an interpretation of Italian Philosopher Gian Battista Vico’s theory on the development of language. Vico describes three stages through which the process of language occurs, Sense, Fantasy, and Reason. The film is a visual exploration of these stages, revolving around physical and psychological images of an individual’s daily routine. The sound starts with the “Intona Rumori” sounds by Luigi Russolo and transform into electronic sounds based on Russolo’s manifesto “The art of Noise”. The conclusion reveals language as an abstraction by fusing sound and image into an explosion of reason.