Above: Carlo Zanni, The Sandman, 2013 - 3’59’’ loop, HD video
This video consists of a close up of my hands scraping the dirt collected by the bottom surface of my computer mouse. This dirt – a mixture of sweat, dust and fragments of skin – is then collected in a transparent container, labeled and tested with a Euro Tester, a marker to check the veracity of Euro paper. If the ink is visible with light purplish hues it means the tested paper isn’t money. The container is then positioned off screen… The Sandman is a mythical character in Northern European folklore who brings good dreams by sprinkling magical sand onto the eyes of children while they sleep at night. This video is a metaphor for the life of an avant-garde artist working with bytes. Unimaginable is the amount of invisible labor, research and risk behind every project. These type of projects sprinkling culture and new ideas like magical sand.