VacuaMoenia, Studies on Sicilian Abandoned Soundscape


Vacuamœnia, from the latin “Empty Walls”, is an identitary and ecological sonic act aimed at the revolution of deeper meanings. Aesthetic revolution of Vacuamœnia starts from the places abandoned by man and the way they sound: a study of existing sounds and of those ones you can organize on the spot by hiking militancy, field-recording and the contact with the territory.

Vacuamœnia starts its action in the Sicilian hinterland, going to play the abandoned villages built to populate rural areas in Sicily during the Fascist period. Pushed by urbanism or nature disasters to forget the countryside, man leaves behind the walls that welcomed him, leaving them empty of meaning. Places lose their definitions and become “Atmospheres”.Vacuamœnia rediscovers these atmospheres through materic action that suggests a vacuum of dense nature, a soundbox. Materials are the musicians, paths and streets are scores written on the ground. Through touch and other senses, each soundscape thus becomes a place of sounds and a work-in-progress musical instrument.