the shores of another sea
The activity of flashback can be configures as an action of sci-fi cultural anthropology. On the one hand, FLASHBACK acts as an anthropologist, studying the cultural differences and similarities between the different peoples, from the dawn of civilization to our days. On the other hand, flashback uses the imaginary capacities of science fiction as a reflection on man, on his fears and aspirations.
The author we are drawing from is Chad Oliver, anthropologist and sci-fi writer. The shores of another sea is a hymn to the need of understanding among different cultures, a hymn to mixité.
MV: Don’t you believe that contemporary art, founded on the principle of subjectivity, is radically different from ancient one?
GDD: Art is actually all contemporary. Otherwise it would be like if you see a 1920 car arriving and you decide to cross the road safely, thinking you won’t be invested because that car is from another era. But this is not true. For artworks is the same. They are always ‘alive’.
MV: So according to you there is no difference between a Madonna by Brunelleschi and a portrait by Picabia?
GDD: There is a difference. But they are both contemporary. The work of art is a living thing.
Marina Valensise Interviews Gino De Dominicis – Il Foglio, March 20th 1997