Mechanical Pizzica

The Pizzica (also called Taranta) is a traditional dance from Salento. In the past, it was believed that people who had been stung by a spider had to dance the Pizzica in order to sweat the poison out.

From superstitious practice to touristic attraction, at the end of the XXth century Pizzica became a dance performed by the masses and shifted away from its more traditional form, strongly linked to body experiences.

This instrument mechanically recreates the sounds of Pizzica, reducing it to a purely abstract kind of music that doesn’t involve dancing.

Materials

bicycle
wood
tambourine
screws
rubber bands

Ethnographers

Samuel Mello
Nicola Pisanti

2035

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