Pattini d'argento [Silver Skates], a collaborative video made by PAD (Federico Chiari, Anna Franceschini and Diego Marcon), is a portrait of the Hot Shivers, a synchronized ice skating group and official team of Precision Skating Milan. The artists filmed the skaters during their summer retreat at the ice stadium in Bormio, in the Italian Alps.
During the gracefully choreographed exercise routines, the athletes seem to transform into pure image, light and movement. Yet the gracefulness of the silhouettes that glide on the icy surface is just one aspect of a life that also includes endless training, fatigue and clashes on the ice rink. The arena that welcomes the athletes with all their hopes and fears is not always a friend, but a stage on which to fight, albeit elegantly, under the scrutiny of friends and relatives, often equipped with digital eyes. In the video, material shot with amateur cameras becomes the visual counterpart of the protagonists themselves. The skaters of Pattini d’argento, apparitions in perennial movement and tension, become a whirling vision, transfiguring into a metaphor of the cinematographic medium itself, and of the perceptual dynamics it initiates.