Dust Thou Art

“Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” Meditation of the artist recovering from an eye operation, during her walks in Berlin in May 2017, where she met the famous statue of the Trümmerfrau* infested with caterpillar webs from the tree next to it, while the wind played gently with the strings of the artist’s guitar, turning it into an aeolian harp.

* Literally translated as ruins woman or rubble woman, German-language name for women who, in the aftermath of World War II, cleaned up the bombed cities of Germany and Austria, removing all ruins.

title: Dust Thou Art
technique: Experimental video and animation
length: 3’32”
year: 2017
video concept, camera, animation, effects, sound and montage: Maria Korporal
© Maria Korporal 2017

HearteartH – all started from here

NEW: The video will be shown in the festival NOW&AFTER’17, Moscow, as part of “Collective Shades”, a selection of videos about water, curated by Alessandra Arnò (Visual Container).
Exhibition dates: July 5 – 30, 2017.
read more about the exhibition

“The Flying Sisters” are Sonia Laura Armaniaco aka §vonica and Maria Korporal. HearteartH is their first collaboration: a video made in the summer of 2013.
The concept took life from these two interlocking words: HEART and EARTH, shaping an anagram projecting some kind of spell from where we cannot escape: a destiny – Heart and Earth affect each other permanently.
In the beginning of 2015, the artists decided to open the project to other artists and media makers with a call for artists. The call had a large success and the submitted works were presented and screened in Berlin, Milan and Barcelona in 2015 and 2016.
• see the dedicated website

Our call for artists remains open for our on-line presentations and future events. If you are interested, please contact us:

HearteartH on Facebook:

HearteartH – works in internet:
Video wall:
GIF animations:
Vimeo channel 1:
Vimeo channel 2:

… in-volo-quadrato …

NEW: The video will be shown in the Open Air Water-Power Museum in Dimitsana (GR), as part of “Breathe water in… breathe water out…”, a selection of videos about water, curated by Gioula Papadopoulou (Festival Miden).
Exhibition dates: June 5 – July 2, 2017.
read more about the exhibition

… in-volo-quadrato …
a video by Maria Korporal
dedicated to Gino De Dominicis

“Attempt to form squares instead of circles around a stone falling into water” and “Attempt to fly”, two works by Gino De Dominicis from 1969, inspired Maria Korporal in her performance in this video. Defying the laws of gravity, the artist tries to immerse herself in the immortality so much longed for by De Dominicis.

The Mighty Magic Fruit Machine

Teaser video for
“THE MIGHTY MAGIC FRUIT MACHINE: eat and regener-ate”,
An interactive project, programmed with the Raspberry Pi
© Maria Korporal, 2017
First presentation in Group Global 3000, Berlin, 19.05 – 30.06.2017

Deutsch – bitte hier klicken

The visitors of the exhibition are invited to play with a virtual fruit machine, which is projected as a large image on the wall. You can click with the mouse on a button to play. The rotating wheels of this slot machine show fresh fruits alternated by packaging waste of sweets, snacks, lemonade, cigarettes etc.
If you have caught a fresh piece of fruit, you are invited to eat it: with every mouse click you take a bite. Thus, the fruit becomes smaller and smaller until only kernels remain. These cores are rotating again in the carousel of the machine, until they come to a halt in one of the next rounds of the game. Now the visitor has the chance to regenerate the fruit again. With every mouse click, the fruit grows larger until it is fully grown.

The fresh fruit offers a tempting sight. With the virtual consumption of the fruits you almost experience the real enjoyment of fresh fruit, which is enhanced by natural sound effects.
On the one hand, the “regenerating” of the fruits gives a satisfying feeling: here healthy, fresh foods are “grown”. On the other hand, the immediate vicinity of the packaging waste is a disturbing element which makes the eating of the beautiful fruits unappetizing and raises the disturbing question: how natural are the circumstances in which fruits grow?

THE MIGHTY MAGIC FRUIT MACHINE will be presented in the group exhibition “Can you buy pleasure?”, from May 19 to June 30, 2017, in Group Global 3000, Leuschnerdamm 19, Berlin – see website.


A Cat Has Seven Lives

NEW: The German version of the video will be screened on 30th May 2017 at the Medienwerkstatt Screening in Kino Central, Rosenthaler Strasse 39, Berlin.
•••> see website of Medienwerkstatt
•••> full program in pdf (29.05 – 02.06. 2017, 47 videos)

Winner video of the BazzanoPoesia Prize 2010

The video is available in Italian, English and German

The starting point for the video was a series of digital photomontages composed of several elements: old and new photographs, scanned materials like ropes, perspex engravings, film, leafs. With various digital animation techniques these “prime materials” have been processed into a dynamical sequence of images and sounds, in which the seven lives of the cat follow each other in a temporal line. Introduced by the sounds of bells or drums, each life presents a new dimension: an inner experience of time juxtaposed against the external course of things, one of the artist’s favourite subjects.

The seventh life is the longest part of the movie and is entitled: “Looking for the Hermit and Not Finding Him”, a very common theme in classic Chinese poetry, usually describing a spirit-journey. In the imaginary landscape in Maria Korporal’s video, the female figure, walking on and off stage, could be the artist in her never ending search for the sublime, but it could also represent the hermit gathering, too busy to pay us any mind.

The video closes with the famous lines by Taoist poet Chia Tao (779-843):

Under a pine I asked his pupil
Who said: “Master’s gone gathering balm
Only somewhere about the mountain:
The cloud’s so thick that I don’t know where.”

As Arthur Cooper writes in his edition Li Po and Tu Fu, in these kind of poems the hermit gives his “teaching without words” by letting the poet wait and not even meet him. His lesson may be compared with that of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s statement in Philosophical Investigations: “Don’t think: look!”.

title: A Cat has 7 Lives
medium: Digital animation with sound
length: 7’32”
year: 2008
images, animation and sound: © Maria Korporal
poem: Chia Tao (779-843)


Specchiatura (In the Mirror) • a video by Maria Korporal
on a poem by Faraòn Meteosès

with dancer Alessandro Pintus – NON COMPANY –

cast: Alessandro Pintus – butoh dance
recitative: Nina Maroccolo, Faraòn Meteosès
text: Faraòn Meteosès (Stefano Amorese)
music: Daniele Venturi – – with Alessandro Stradaioli on contrabass
direction, camera, images, effects and montage: Maria Korporal


The video has been published on a DVD as part of the project “Largo Sguardo”.
> more information.





> see also storyboard of the video

Death Dance Visions

The artist performs a death dance ritual in the Schwerbelastungskörper (German: “heavy load-bearing body”), a construction built in Berlin in Nazi time, full of memory. During the dance, Death takes possession of the artist’s “third eye”: a small videocamera attached to her forehead. The skull’s visions through the third eye take their own form: they become globes, leaving holes in the building to the sky outside. Freed from the walls, the artist dances in the open air, while Death’s visions circle around her like seven moons and rise up in the sky, to loose themselves in space.

music: “Danse macabre” by Camille Saint-Sans, midi orchestration by Maria Korporal
concept, camera, acting, sound, effects and montage: Maria Korporal
© Maria Korporal 2014

Anne Frank in Milan

“Anne Frank”, a video by Maria Korporal with music by Shiri Malckin and text/voice by Nina Maroccolo, has been selected for the group show “IL GIORNO DELLA MEMORIA”, January 27 to February 10, 2017.

Opening: Friday January 27, 2017, at 18.00
Associazione Circuiti Dinamici
Via Giovanola 19-20 – Milano, Italy

Artists: Cristian Aloi Aluà, Serenella Angeloni Cortesi, Anna Argentino e Giovanni Annese, Amalia Francesca Annese, Alberto Balletti, Nicola Bertoglio, Mirta Caccaro, Silvia Calvi, Silvana Cammi, Magda Chiarelli, Maria Korporal, Francesco Lasalandra, Claudio Lepri, Vanna Mazzei, Vetulia Mele, Luca Migliore, Donatella Sarchini, Massimo Scarficcia, Ivan Sghirinzetti, Claudio Stefanoni, Marco Trentin, Elisa Zadi, Sara Zaghetto, Paola Zorzi.
Curator: Antonia Guglielmo.

Defrosting device for apparently meaningless ink stains

New edition with new soundtrack!

The video has been created on a piece of “musique concrete” which deals with the theme of incommunicability. Composer Emiliano Pietrini (Globoscuro) constructed his music on a series of “nonsense” dialogues embraced by a carpet of sounds created with a toy piano, vocals, analog synthesizer, theremin, piano, field recordings, self-made metal percussions and old talking toys with dead batteries. Following this sound trail, video artist Maria Korporal created a visual walk in the main railway station of Berlin – a walk along a platform where all lines loose themselves in the center. Out of this vanishing point a crystal is born, in which walking and talking people are captured. The crystal turns around and splits up into more fragments, then melts into slow moving ink-like stains where all communication seems to flow together. At the end of the platform, the liquid forms become a crystal again, opening itself for a journey to continue in new times and new spaces.

The music has been written for the compilation “Italian experimental underground 015 survey vol. II” promoted by Unexplained Sounds (Raffaele Pezzella) and available at the following link:

title: Defrosting device for apparently meaningless ink stains
technique: Experimental video and animation
length: 5’41”
year: 2015-2016
music: Abstract noise-scape for toy piano, vocals, analog synthesizer, field recordings, self-made metal percussions, theremin, piano and old talking toys with dead batteries, written and composed by Globoscuro (Emiliano Pietrini)
voices: Ilaria Fierro, Emiliano Pietrini and random field-recorded voices
video concept, camera, animazione, effetti e montaggio: Maria Korporal


Felix in Hortus Conclusus

“Felix in Hortus Conclusus”: a bicycle trip to the live concert of Hortus Conclusus Records, in Friedenskirche Charlottenburg, Berlin, April 10, 2016

The soundtrack of this video is an excerpt from the track “Encephalogramophones”, written and composed on stage by Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt, Ángel Sánchez Cervera and Emiliano Pietrini , with the metaphysical vocal contribution by Aphra Tesla, during the live concert of Hortus Conclusus Records (Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt, Braghsdn and Globoscuro) on April 10, 2016 in “Die Baptisten In Berlin – Friedenskirche Charlottenburg”.
Link to download:
Hortus Conclusus Records © 2016

Video shooting, effects and montage by
Maria (Felix) Korporal © 2016

This video has been published previously in Dotswaves TV EP 1.3, May 2016

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