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A GAME OF MENTAL CHESS
(RASKOLNIKOV/PORFIRY PETROVICH)

(Paillard Version)

2013
Found large vertical window (347 x 151,5 x 3,5 cm), fan, electric cable,
suspension devices
Unique

Photo: Patrick Lafievre; © Vittorio Santoro

The work A Game of Mental Chess (Raskolnikov / Porfiry Petrovich) is an association
sprung by the long cross-examination scene in F. Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment between Roskolnikov and the police inspector Porfiry Petrovich. Raskolnikov has com-
mited a murder. He has a theory. Porfiry is an investigator. He also has a theory. Porfiry believes many things about criminal nature and therefore he believes these things will happen to Raskolnikov, the man that he has pinned as the perpetrator. He uses the comparison of a butterfly moving closer to a candle, the fact that if he lets the criminal wallow in mixed freedom and terror he will be able to complete a mathematical proof
of the crime. Raskolnikov seems at first to fit Porfiry's theory. He is there because of the undeniable force of the light which Porfiry is relentlessly shining on him. Porfiry strongly believes, like Descartes who doubt all things except mathematics and his own existence,
in the benefit of having a "mathematical" proof in order to determine the guilty nature
of a suspect.*

Each of the two protagonists know that the other one's knows but they seek to conceal their "mental chess" for diametrically opposed reasons and they are sure to escape each one's respective strategy.

The piece consists in a large window with a fan mounted on one side of it placed in a
space. If the viewer stands in front of the opposite side where the fan is mounted,
he can see the fan turn and almost be able to "feel" the air produced by it, even if effectively this is not the case.

Here I play on the logic that our brain uses to trigger such a phenomenon. The game between the inspector and Roskolnikov follow this kind of logic and therefore it does
not lead to the desired consequences...

* "The Theories of Porfiry in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment." (<http://www.123HelpMe.com/view.asp?id=5243>)

V.S., Paris, Sept. 2013

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Kunstbulletin 5/14 (Zurich)
Vittorio Santoro by Gabriel Flückiger, pag. 73, May 2014
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ANNUAL Art Magazine
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Arts Magazine (Paris, N°74, March 2013)
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June 2012
artpress (Paris, N°390)
Vittorio Santoro by Audrey Illouz, pp. 58–60
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29 Feb. 2012
Le Quotidian de l'art (Paris,
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31 Aug. 2011
ARTFORUM 500 words
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January 2011
Voice Puller

Monographic article by
Daniel Kurjakovic, published by
VOLUME – A Contemporary Art Journal About Sound
Paris, Nr. 2, Jan. 2011,
pp. 30–41
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29 Jan. 2010
Eclipse (Vittorio Santoro)
Monographic article by Manuel Cirauqui, published by 20/27, revue de textes critiques sur l'art (Paris, Nr. 4, 2010, pp. 97–113)
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