September 2011

numero67_ Notes 01

Notes on the Un-documentary. Vision – Rapresentation – Ricreation

This article is the result of a series of theoretical discussions coming out from my research in the cinema-documentary field. These lines are meant to suggest a broader lecture of documentary-making activity. Through the relations that the idea of documentary establishes with photography, fiction, identity and performance, I would like to deconstruct its meaning and make it a source of philosophical research, opening discussions about technical matters that lead to new styles and methods of realization.
numero67_ Art 01

Art/tapes/22. Interview With Maria Gloria Bicocchi

Between 1972 and 1976, a venue on the ground floor in Via Riccasoli 22, in Firenze, acted as the main setting for one of the key moments that brought about the video art in Italy. At that very address, Maria Gloria Bicocchi and her husband Giancarlo founded art/tapes/22, the center for the moving video, which started in Florence, but then followed the couple as they were traveling to other residences, in Santa Teresa, near Follonica, and Sant’Ippolito, in the Volterra countryside, reaching (complete with tapes and equipment) artists’ studio, galleries and cultural centres in Italy and abroad.
numero67_Mauro Coelin 01

Mauro Ceolin: Ethnography Of The Imaginary

Mauro Ceolin, present in September and October to Triennale Bovisa in Milan with his exhibition Contemporary Naturalism, VIVENDI - da Lassie ai Pokemon, made of hybridization his trademark. In fact, at the base of his work lies an analytic attitude, reason to study and ultimate goal at the same time. His methods of research lie on the border between a large body of disciplines ranging from sociology to biology, anthropology to chemistry, from science of materials to neuroscience. Before such a wide arsenal of options it would be practically impossible to give some answers to the first question, but the artist's extraordinary coherence of work comes to our aid.
numero67_ The theatre 01

The Theatre Of Sound. Acoustic Research By Fanny & Alexander

Among the most interesting backgrounds on a European level, Fanny & Alexander was founded by Luigi de Angelis and Chiara Lagani (with the stable contribution of the actor Marco Cavalcoli) in 1992. Fanny & Alexander, which has asserted itself as research group in the theatrical context, produces works of art marked by the contamination of different artistic disciplines.
numero67_ Lanfranco Aceti 01

Lanfranco Aceti. Lea, Isea And Other Challenges

The 2011 calendar of Lanfranco Aceti, teacher at Sabanci University of Istanbul, visiting professor at the Goldsmiths College of London, artist and curator, is marked, above all, by two big projects: the artistic direction of the 17th edition of ISEA and the re-launching of the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA).
numero67_ Climbing Aesthetics 01

Climbing Aesthetics. Libia Castro & Olafur Olafsson

Last June, on the train to Venice, I was reading with little timingThe Radicant, Nicolas Bourriaud’s last essay published already in 2009 by Sternberg Press. A few hours later, I was in the charming courtyard of the Collegio Armeno, which houses the Icelandic pavilion of the 54th Venice Biennial: Libia Castro & ÃÆ'â€Å'lafur ÃÆ'â€Å'lafsson’s exhibition Under Deconstruction.
numero67_ Web Aesthetics 01

Web Aesthetics. Vito Campanelli And The Media Aesthetics

Vito Campanelli is a media theorist and lecturer at the University of Naples L'Orientale, Neural contributor, freelance curator and promoter of events in the domain of digital culture in collaboration withÃÆ'ƒÆ’ÃÆ'†â€™ÃÆ'ƒÂ¢ÃÆ'¢â€Ã¡Ã‚¬ÃÆ'…¡ÃÆ'ƒÆ’ÃÆ'¢â‚¬Å¡ÃÆ'ƒâ€Ã¡ÃÆ'‚ MAO - Media & Arts Office, explores network forms through the prism of aesthetics and thus presents an open invitation to transcend the inherent limitation of the current debate. Web is the medium that, more than any other, is stimulating the worldwide dissemination of ideas and behaviour and Vito Campanelli observes a few important phenomena of today, thus laying the foundations for an organic aesthetic theory of digital media.
numero67_ Paralle worlds 01

Parallel Worlds. The Mysterious Doron Golan

Doron Golan has been making short movies using the QuickTime format for over thirteen years. For most of this period he has been posting his work to the internet. He was a pioneer of net video and his work is profoundly marked by its digital facture and its presence on the net. I believe it to be a body of work of great significance - fearless, rich, human and often profound.
numero67_ Art & Networked 01

Art & Networked Culture. Tallin And The New Media Art

The Culture Capital of Europe 2011 is Tallinn in Estonia and the biggest art exhibition during this year has been the exhibition Gateways: Art and Networked Culture at KUMU Art Museum. For the occasion the German curator Sabine Himmelsbach has collected some of the most interesting New Media Art artists from Europe asEva e Franco Mattes, Aram Bartholl, Thomson & Craighead, Sašo Sedlaček, Julius Popp, Christina Kubisch, Les Liens Invisibles to mention some of the 27 participators.
numero67_ Koen Vanmenchelen 01

Koen Vanmechelen. Chickens, Chicks & Experimental Subjects

During the international arts exhibition LIV, International Art Exhibition in Venice, the Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen will install a laboratory at the Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti, Palazzo Loredan, one of Venice most renowned buildings. It is a new stage of the artist's research on fertilization of arts and science, a project that Vanmechelen has been pursuing since the beginning of his career using all sorts of materials and techniques' sculpture, video, photography, multimodal installations, drawing.
numero67_ Touching 01

Touching The Music. Baschet Laboratory Of Sound Sculpture

They are strange, colorful, made of cardboard, tinfoil and glass sheets, this strings of metal. They are beautiful to behold. Above all, they make you feel like you want to touch them. The ambiguity of the verb tocar a term that in Spanish means also to play (a musical instrument) appears to have originated from them. It is sufficient to touch them with your fingers slightly wet. They will emit magnificent sounds, sounds that you could produce using a traditional instruments only after years of hard practice. These objects go by the name of Cristal Baschet and other works produced by the brothers Francois & Bernard Baschet, to whom Museu de la Musica di Barcellona is dedicating a solo exhibition, which will last until December 19, 2011.
numero67_ Pablo Gav 01

Pablo Gav. The Sound Art In Mexico City

To write about Mexico City as an emergent scene for contemporary music and sound art seems a difficult task. There is a lack of information and specialized publications. Thanks to some artists like Manuel Rocha Iturbide this scenario is slowly changing. Some academic essays are available on line, few catalogs of exhibitions that included sound art pieces or installations, and mostly we find artists websites and some festivals publications. These are the nodes available to build a network of scattered references.
numero67_ New media art 01

New Media Art In Japan. Hideaki Ogawa And The Device Art

Hideaki Ogawa, graduated with a doctorate degree from the prestigious KEIO University of Tokyo, teacher in the Interface Culture degree program at the Linz Universit, co-founder and artistic director of the Studio h.o. in Tokyo, researcher at Ars Electronica Future Lab and member of the Device Art movent s in my opinion of those authors who represent the emblematic dualism which Sumitomo Fumihiko talked about earleir.
numero67_ Operative 01

Operative Transformation. Part 2

This two-part essay offers a critical investigation into the notion of operative transformation and its role in the evolution of animation as a means of spatial morphogenesis in architecture, as explored in conjunction with its broader scientific and design contexts.