AND POETRY PROVOC(ACTIONS)
By Caterina Davinio
Exhibitions Artists Collaborators
Anfiteatro della Fortezza Medicea
Casa delle Culture
Videoart Film and media Festival
University of Bergamo
GIUSEPPE CHIARI LORENZO TAIUTI
Mother Music, computervideo, 5', Italy 1991
"Mother Music" is a part of a series of musical videoclips by Lorenzo Taiuti, based on contemporary music pieces. It has been created on a poetry text and an "aleatory" musical piece by Giuseppe Chiari. The video uses rhythms and images mixed to musical and iconographycal techniques.
Giuseppe Chiari was born in Florence where now works. In the 60s he was part of the Fluxus group with performances and musical activities. He has written many articles on the new musical techniques, organised numerous exhibitions, realised musical projects and intermedia researches, which place him in the avant-garde Italian musical experimentation.
Lorenzo Tauti was born in Milan. He studied at Accademia delle Belle Arti both in Milan and Rome. He lives and works in Rome. He has made many works on visual arts and television, as well as installations and multimedial works made in collaboration with composers of contemporary music for musical dramas. In the 80s and 90s he has made several videos based on music and dancing research. He teaches Mass Media Communication at Accademia delle Belle Arti in Turin. He writes for art magazines on video languages and new media. In 1996 he published Arte e media: avanguardie e comunicazine di massa with the Italian editor Costa e Nolan (Genova). Some of his videos have been exhibited at the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna and Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome. Several videos have been shown in festivals, in Italy and abroad (Los Angeles, Locarno, Nice, Marseilles, Naples, Milan, Karlsruhe).
Orlan et Orlan, computervideo, 2'46", Italy 95
This video has been created with Orlan's accordance, a French artist who works on her body transformation through innumerable beauty surgery operations and is the voice of the video. The video has been made with a morphi which beginning from an old Orlan's image shows some of the many transformations, which characterised the artist "flesh art" in the last years.
Tr'arte, computervideo, 1' 46", Italy 96
This video is, according to the artist's definition, "a symbol of the passage from the alphabetical letter to the visual one, in which the letter, as in a spelling or mathematical game such as Carrol's, has contextual meaning, as opposed to individual and meaningless. In this way the plots of the different video images have the most various appearances, given by the letter itself (not by the word), thrown into a vision which is not delimited by the alphabet".
Manuela Corti lives and works in Bologna and Paris. Graduated in Philosophy at Bologna University. Since a few years she has been interested in visual arts only, especially on advanced techniques, making videos, processed photos, computer art, images and 3D animations, big installations with photocopies and computer printings, computer videos, CD-ROMs and Internet products. She organises videoart-poetry itinerant exhibitions.
Il nemico (The Enemy), terminal videopoem, 1'20", Italy 97
A visual poem with a futurist taste tries to escape from the monitor page. As it is scrolled very fast, the text can hardly be read; the legibility is overwhelmed by the "electronic" gesture of leafing through the text quickly, which makes this work to be a recording of a real time action on computer. The audio is a digital processing of a duel. This video is a part of the "Terminal Videopoems" cycle (96-97).
Caterina Davinio lives in Rome and Monza (Milan). Graduated in Italian Literature at Rome La Sapienza University. She works on literature and electronic arts. In the 90s she has organised exhibitions and festivals on art and literature experimentation using new media: Electronic Poe(try)visions (Perugia, Rimini, Rome, Genova, Palermo, Cagliari 96-97), After the Electronic Arts: the New Experimentation (Pecci Museum, Prato 95), Art Electronics and Other Writings (Rome, Milan, Florence, Bologna and other cities, 94-95).
As an artist she has made computer art works, performances, concrete and audio-visual digital poems, real time computer interactions, video installations, computer printings exhibitions (such as: Dialogìe al metroquadro, 94, Non contrariate Bach, 94, Justine's Apotheosis, 95, Metropolitan Events, 95, De Sade's Theatre-Home, videonovel, 96, Terminal videopoems, 97). Her works were showed in many international exhibitions and festivals (at: Museo dell'Università La Sapienza and Palazzo delle Esposizioni, in Rome, Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Paris, Palazzo Sanguineti, in Bologna, Polyphonix, in Barcellona, ParmaPoesia, VeneziaPoesia, patronised by Biennale 97, and in many other public galleries).
In the archive "Art Electronics and Other Writings" she collects and promotes without lucrative finality artists' computer and video experimental works.
GIORGIO LONGO VALERIA MAGLI
Newspaper, video, 3', Italy 97
A dancer dances dressed with newspapers and behind her the news materialise in a peculiar round dance, a visual Totentanz which ends when the music stops playing.
Dancer, graduated in Philosophy and theatre and cinema actress, she has been working as theatre performer and actress since the last 70s, making poetry-dance shows, visual works and corporeal installations.
The subject is the contemporaneity using a mix of dance, videopoetry and music.
Among her last works we mention the installations: Sciapò (Ansaldo), Le fantasmatiche (Paris 96), the theatre work Tenez Tennis (Bologna University 90), the exhibitions: Dislocazione (Bologna '96), Vingt Plateaux (Era Gallery, Milan 95). She has composed the final song of the TV programme Mixer in 1992.
Born in 1954 in Milan, graduated in Modern Languages, in 1984 he founded the magazine Schema which he has directed since then. He published four poetry collections. In 1996 he organised poetry reviews at the Arsenale Theatre in Milan: Among the last exhibitions we mention: Lanormalità nell'arte (Palazzo ex-Stelline, Milan 93), Cybernauti 2 (Palazzo Sanguineti, Bologna 95), Invideo (Milan 96), Parole sull'arte (BPM, Milan 96).
ALESSANDRO AMADUCCI ARRIGO LORA-TOTINO
From: Il teatro della parola, Poesie ginniche, video, 3', Italy 93
An experimental work developed by the collaboration of two artists from Turin, different in generation (the video has been made by Alessandro Amaducci, the performance is by Arrigo Lora-Totino), is taken from the videocatalogue edited on the occasion of the omonimous exhibition organised by Mirella Bandini at the Circolo degli Artisti in Turin. Performance fragments and some "gymnastic poems" have been filmed and electronically processed in order to become an experimental work, using video and postproduction techniques which enrich the performance itself with many linguistical elements.
Since the last 50s he has made different experiments within audio and video poetry. In 1959 he found Antipiùgiù, an experimental magazine on literature, and in 1966 Modulo, a contemporary culture magazine. From 1964 to 1970 he studied and experimented audio-visual poetry, plastic poetry and electronic music interrelations in many exhibitions, such as at the Facoltà di Architettura (Turin 1966) and at the Biennale di Venezia 1969. Since 1974 he has made performances of Poesia Ginnica e Liquida e Mimodeclamazioni on historical avant-garde texts: Futurism, Dada, Zaum, Expressionism, Lettrism and Concretism (180 shows up to 1996). In 1980 Il colpo di glottide was showed on TV (RAI 2), thirteen episodes, 20 minutes each, on audio poetry. He appears in visual poetry anthologies, as well as on tapes and records (Germany, USA, France, Holland, Italy, Sweden)
His research translates musical composition techniques into verbal-visual forms, such as: vocal counterpoint, variation techniques, systematic permutation use. He continues the verbal experimentation of Futurism, Dadaism, and optical perturbation with effects similar to those of Optical Art. He has created collages on large surfaces, object-books and has studied the sign and its infra and extra verbal relations.
Alessandro Amaducci was born in Turin in 1967. He graduated with a thesis about videoart. He has produced several documentaries and numerous video works. In 1993 he organised a videoart anthologic exhibition called Videoimago, in collaboration with Paolo Gobetti.
Riverberi, video, 4'20", Italy 1996
According to the artist, the video, as an instrument, offers the sound the possibility to complete the lacking image and to explore the non-image, in relation to perception.
Elisabetta Filocamo was born in Milan, where she currently lives and works. Her first work are Mimesi (1993), Physical Property (1994), We'll never forget (1994). She took part to the vodeofestival in Locarno with the installation Floating words (1995) and received the prize "City of Locarno".
Then she realised the video Riverberi (1996) and Intermundi (1997). Inside-Outside is the award-winner video of Locarno Videoart Festival 1997.
Voiuma, video, 2', Italy 97
"Possible theatre", "total work" of words, gestures, mimics and dance. For the artist it is a "fast and rhythmical act which ends continuously an endlessly goes on. The word is sound, gesture, music, movement". Voiuma is a part of many performances and videos (all very short) on five senses pleasure poetry, began in 1995 and always changing in each new presentation.
Ginestra Calzolari was born the 22 October 1945. Since 1963 she has worked on visual arts and took part in contemporary artists' performances in Italy and abroad. Since the 70s she has created, with the Originale radiofonico group (she is one of the founder), Carmen Esposito and contemporary musicians, a possible theatre of word, gesture and music in many Italian cities. She collaborates, as a performer, with videoart works and has created videopoetry works with Carmen Esposito, presented in videoart-poetry exhibitions such as the international festivals Veneziapoesia and Parmapoesia. She has published many poetry and theatre texts such as: Melologo da due, Ocra verde, Poesia 90, Frammenti paralleli, Paravents, Plagio e abuso, Teatro possibile, Italia 1995, Avida dollars, Momo.
La misurazione della qualità, video, 3', Quebec, 1996
The performance is a metaphor of the relationship between culture and nature, where the word becomes the bird songs and the performer changes into a tree. Quality is then related to a balance between natural and cultural elements.
Massimo Mori was born in 1944 and started in the 60s (actually when he was a young boy) to study the multimedia expressiveness, and created a poetry laboratory which includes the linear writing, the visual and concrete poetry, the object-book, All that do not intend to express his eclecticism, but his integrating into the "tradition of what is new" and his opening towards intermedia techniques. The linear production is scattered in anthologies and magazines (Anterem, Alfabeta, Origini, Testuale, L'immaginazione, Tam Tam, Battello Ebbro). His performative activity with works such as Telephon Dream, Kra, Fonoclisi, Container, has been presented in many international festivals and is documented in videoanthologies (Videor, Di versi in versi).
Among the main concret and visual works: Codex, Arpeggi, Stonefax, Ippocampo, Liberto, libro e libertà, Yin e Yang, Tavolino e sedia per l'ospite gradito. At the moment he is working on the volume Il circuito della poesia, big phenomenological catalogue of the 80s-90s poetry.
In 1983 he founded the Otto Volante group in Florence; he is member of Baobab and of international group Laboratorium 99; he directs literature meetings at the historical Caffè delle Giubbe Rosse and supervises the performative poetry department at the Centro Cultura Contemporanea Container (Florence).
Ormelò, video, 2'8", Italy 1997
For the author, Ormelò is just a trace. The narrated and indifferent suspicion (emphathic but indifferent) which can be perceived while the plot develops. A hand tempers the possible words, which stay covered under the heap of the Fact. The tracks are vague. There is no digital print but just a trace of the digital print. It means that the signifier has come back many times as the murder did where the crime took place. The signs of the indefiniteness remain, of a language with no paternity of gestures which can be only listened but not read. That is the realm of words and memory".
Gianni Actis-Barone lives and works in Bologna and Paris. Graduated both in Economy and Medicine at Bologna University, he writes theatre pieces. He spent many years abroad (Europe, Africa, Brazil) working on his numerous activities without putting apart theatre, literature and poetry. He collaborates with magazines and his writings have been published in periodicals, newspapers, anthology collections and monographic studies. We mention: the radio dramas Omicidi dimostrativi, La pancia, (Premio Orione, RAI , 90), the tales Bonburla, Effetto Bomba, the novel Caneacaso (Thema Ed.) and the two acts drama La cagna di Noc. He has recently written the experimental prose work Antropoeccentrico. He organises and comperes the night shows made at Campo delle fragole ( Bologna): Mercoledì in Internet-Beat Generation on Line. In 1995 he published with Baobab edition and began his video production.
Mutant-Relax, video, 3', Italy 1996
Short images sequence and sounds taken from an audiovisual installation dated 1994 (Galleria Spaziotempo, Florence) and later digitally processed. The sequence originates a process of body-mind-machine mutation.
Born in Empoli in 1968, he experienced many fields, from photography to graphics, from video to theatre, from electronic music to performative action. At the moment he is collaborating with many groups (Strano Network, Minimal TV, Giallo Mare Teatro, Yellow Kake) and makes computer graphic works as well as video production, short films, exhibitions, audio-visual intallations, performances, expositions and video in line experiments on Internet and Cybernet networks, to fin out new communication means. Among his last works we mention: Full Immersion, three videos on three different parts of the body of three different people, Mind-Off, Inner Space Station, a live performance-video for the band Yellow Kake (1996).
Ecuba, video, 9', Italy 1996.
Ecuba was created for the theatre play by Andrea De Rosa Encomio di Elena. It is a free interpretation of Ecuba's character in Sicilian dialect, which mixes Greek tragedy, crying mourners and mafia widows cries.
She studied Direction at the C F P Cinema School and Dramaturgy at the Scuola D'Arte Drammatica Paolo Grassi. Since 1989 she has been making short films and videos, prize winners in Italian and International festivals, transmitted by national TV networks. Since 1991 she has been living and working in Palermo producing her works with Anonimi e Indipendenti. Her first film Tano da morire has been launched in the Mostra Internazionale del Cinema di Venezia 1997 within the Settimana della critica.
In questo iglù geodesico, video, 3', Italy 1997
A video on a cyberpunk two verses poem by Hakim Bey famous for his book Taz (Temporary Autonomous Zones). The text refers to an autonomous Antartic zone, the images are those perceived at Antonio Caronia's home (expert on science fiction and technological arts). Right in cyberpunk stile, the video has been edited with a not professional videocamera, mixing irony, politics and emotion of the end.
Giacomo Verde was born in Naples and graduated at the Arts Institute in Florence. He lives in Treviso and since 1973 has been working in arts and theatre activities. He has collaborated with many groups as an actor, author, musician, director. In 1983 he made his first videotape (now more than 100) on his theatre activity. He creates the Tele-racconto a theatre performance which puts together narration, microtheatre and live macroshooting. Since 1990 he has been organising courses and video laboratories for young people, hobbysts and teachers. In 1992 he collaborated with Van Gogh TV in Hamburg with the interactive TV project Piazza Virtuale for Documenta IX in Kassel and worked on interactive installations. In 1994 created with a cyberglove the virtual characters of Pi Greco. In 1995 he collaborated, as a grant holder, with the Fabrica by Benetton, to the project Game Over TV: giochi di autodifesa televisiva. At the moment he is working on video-art-electronics activities with performances, conferences and workshops.
Memorie dell'immediato, video, 2', Italy 1996
The video is a synthesis of omonimous multimedia performance made by the group. Even if it is shorter than the performance (which lasts 45 minutes), it stops all the elements which characterise the Sincretica's research: music, dance, singing, narration, video and main subjects of nature and synthesis of abstract and corporeal, tribal and sophisticated.
Studio Sincretica (Giovanni Cospito, Rosanna Guida, Andrea Inglese, Matteo Pennese)
Founded in 1994 the group wonts to create a cultural and artistic project based on syncretism. It works on multimedia performance, videos, computer graphics, digital animation, video concerts, audio-video and interactive installations, videodance, taking part in Italian and intenational festivals. Objective of the group is to work on a confluence of visual, musical, multimedia and interactive arts, on new performance and interaction techniques and on aesthetic communication in contemporary society.
TG Reporter, video, 5', Italy 1995
The victims represent the centre of the video, who painfully suffer the facts of news and history. Compared to what is happening to them, the author say, "to have a walk on part in the snuff soap opera for old and young people: the Information, is absolutely marginal, irrilevant. These are details which I, bored and safe, can notice. And I, will I be able to think when the wonderful questions (how do you feel? What did you feel in those moments?) will be asked in my language? The video was original in Friulian and later translated into Italian.
The Benandants Eletronics project was started in Friuli in 1995 and USMIS, a magazine and an activity for the new Friulian and world-wide culture, has one of its founder in Cantarutti. Paolo Cantarutti has worked on graphics, publishing and visual arts, exhibiting paintings and audio-video installations. At the moment he is working on the programming for the radio station Radio Onde Furlane. Francesco Lodolo created the musical project X4U in 1991, making two Eps, a video album and taking part in some electronic music compilations. From 1991 up to 1995 he collaborated with the USMIS group with video concert and computer graphics works. He collaborates with Radio Onde Furlane and works as a DJ in the rave parties and meetings organised by the staff. Michele Lamon writes prose and poetry. He has published in USMIS and other music and underground literature magazine and fanzines. He collabrates with Radio Onde Furlane and sometimes works as a DJ in parties and discos.
Mario Tozzi, Simone Bogi, Moreno Barboni
Roberto Sardo, Stefano Formenti
Alessandro Rais, Giovanni Coda, Gabrio Vitali