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Virtual Surrealism: Dalí and the artificial ecology of Trevi

Let’s immerse ourselves in the fascinating world of the ancient Umbrian town of Trevi combined with the imagery of Salvador Dalí, in the context of the Umbria Artificial Ecology project.

Trevi. Foto di Andrea Martina Tiberi

 

Through artificial intelligence we explore the reworking of Trevi under the surreal influence of Salvador Dalí, examining how the village would transform if shaped by the creativity of the famous artist. From the medieval streets to the banks of the Clitunno river, we sink together into a scenario where history and art merge, conceiving a new virtual perspective on the rich Umbrian cultural heritage.

 

Fiume Clitunno, foto surrealista di Andrea Martina Tiberi.

 

It is intriguing to discover that the name itself – Trevi – has deep roots in the past. From the Latin trivium, crossroads of three roads, does the town appear as the crossroads of three paths? A point of convergence? Its rich history has inspired numerous artists over the centuries. The Clitunno river, a source of inspiration for poets like Carducci, flows into the town and transforms the village according to what artificial intelligence has captured of Dalí. Its waters, which have always flowed slowly and calmly, come alive with unusual shapes and colours, plants and flowers with bright colors and fluid shapes.

Dalí’s timeless work, The Persistence of Memory, guides us through the labyrinth of Trevi, where soft and non-soft clocks find an unexpected reflection in the flowing waters of the river. Dalí’s paintings, some of them perhaps inspired by Einstein’s theories of relativity, depict time as an elastic dimension. The flow of time becomes flexible, just like houses that bend under the influence of an impalpable force. This conception of elastic time finds a surprising echo in the Clitunno river, where the waters dance with lightness and fluidity, between the tables exposed to the sun of the bronze corten buildings.

 

Foto di Andrea Martina Tiberi

 

Houses melt under the heat of the sun and the pressure of reality, an image of the human mind dissolving. Homes lose their solidity. It’s as if the medieval streets of Trevi bend and twist under Dalí’s surreal spell, transforming the city into a sometimes abandoned labyrinth. The panoramas offered by artificial intelligence, enriched by classic and Art Nouveau details with sinuous shapes, tell of a perpetual cycle of objects in continuous transformation. Every corner and every street seems to act as evidence of the moment preceding an event in the citizens’ daily lives.

 

Trevi. Foto di Andrea Martina Tiberi

 

In this context, the artist’s own eccentricity and narcissism perhaps emerge, with the appearance of a male figure from behind, probably attributable to Dalí. With insight, the artificial intelligence captures this nuance of his existence, offering observers an illuminating perception of the artist’s singular and provocative personality. The reworking of Trevi according to AI Dalí is a panorama that challenges the logic of materials and structures, and which invites us to reflect on the fluid and changing nature of the world around us.

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