The Tower Trilogy
by Barbara Agreste
        The Tower Trilogy has three titles that originated in Italian: "La Torre, Le Formiche, Lo Specchio" and they translate this way in english : "The Tower, The Insects, The Mirror". This animation is made with 16 mm film, and DV video, and it is very abstract although some figures appear now and then on the screen. It is a work in which I explore the state of hysteria. It starts with "La Torre", a 3D animation presenting a claustrophobic space in which some objects rotate on themselves on a chequered floor. This piece is expressing a sense of prisony and oppression, from which a first stage of hysteria appears identified with the worms crossing the room. The theme of hysteria manifests more directly in the struggle of the second section: "Le Formiche",in which a succession of images of shaking hair, falling flowers, black paint on canvas, and frenetic body movements inhabit the screen.