“A moment of free search”, that allows the public – through a dynamic and articulated course – and the featured artists to start a dialogue that helps better understand the dynamics that unite cinema, sound and video to the universe of digital creation. Exploding Cave was organized for the first time as a two days event to support Cox 18 fight against police sopression.

Exploding Cave
C.S.O.A. Cox 18, Milan

Curated by: Marco Mancuso and Claudia D’Alonzo

Performances: Otto Von Schirach, Otolab, Echran, Stu, In Zaire, Virgilio Villoresi, Dj Pier + ilcanediPavlov!, Paolo Bigazzi / Mariano Equizzi, Tonylight

Workshop: Laboratorio Elettrico Popolare

Screenings: Alberto Grifi, Stan Vanderbeek, Dara Birnaum, Jonah Soderberg, Gorilla Tapes, Addictive Tv, Eclectic Method


With a double reference both to the “existentialist caves” of 1950′s Milan and the experimentation of Andy Warhol‘s Exploding Plastic Inevitable, Exploding Cave was a 2-days event, in the spaces of Cox18 in Milan, structured in a series of meetings, workshops and performances that investigate the relationship and the least common denominator that ties cinema, sound, video and digital arts.

Organized by Cox18 with the collaboration of Digicult, Exploding Cave suggested the idea of an explosion, of an effort to “go beyond” the normal audiovisual perception towards multiple directions, both in the practices of audiovisual creation and in the performative methods. It investigated the phenomenon of the “optical unconscious”, the concept of matrix, the analysis of both production and fruition forms that work to the rediscovery of a primary root of the audiovisual language, a common core at the base of the contemporary dialogue among cinema, video and digital arts.

Marco Mancuso, Claudia D’Alonzo and Marco Lorenzin, developed a formula of “a moment of free search”, that allows the public – through a dynamic and articulated course – and the featured artists to start a dialogue that helps better understand the dynamics that unite cinema, sound and video to the universe of digital creation. Exploding Cave was organized for the first time as a two days event to support Cox18 fight against police sopression.

It is looking for other chances and collaborations with other festivals Exploding Cave revises and desecrates a complex machinery, bringing to rapid combustion the images and sounds of the cinema-cathedral of Hollywood, of television and of the social (anti)media; it is a sudden storm for the expansion of stories, hallucinations and extraordinary dreams, but it is also a concrete demonstration of experiences, knowledge and criticism of the present; it opens a tear on the harmonic visions and on today’s most deafening noises.

In a city that builds and models the social spaces through mechanisms of exclusion and consumption, in contrast to the municipal politics of repression and evacuation of autonomous spaces and self-managed realities in Milan and in Italy, Exploding Cave wants to reconstruct paths and moments of synthesis between experimentation of new social and creative forms, and involvement of other independent cultural realities in town, like JointSventure (http://www.myspace.com/jointsventure), Vocecov (http://www.myspace.com/vocecov) and Dorkbot Milano (http://dorkbot.org/dorkbotmil/).A space therefore built to overcome the typical spectacular construction of an event (creator and spectator, speaker and listener), with the purpose of creating a more open circle, less centered on the performance but based rather on the sharing of knowledge and experiences. In concrete terms, a moment to give the floor to the artists / artisans and the machines / software they use for their audiovisual production practice.

The formula thought for Exploding Cave is that of “a moment of free search”, that allows the public – through a dynamic and articulated course – and the featured artists to start a dialogue that helps better understand the dynamics that unite cinema, sound and video to the universe of digital creation.

On Friday April 17, there was the opening of Exploding Cave, devoted to the relationship between sound and images, expressed through dynamics of research and experimentation especially in a performative context. An evening full of digital aesthetics, between noise sounds, glitch, electro, 8bit and generative visualizations of graphic codes in movement. The first live set will see the duo Komplex (Mariano Equizzi and Paolo Bigazzi) that will introduce their live audiovisual set Blood Electric, where the reading of the homonym cyber-text, through a clock fixed in bpm, produces a constant flow of data that are destined to the controlling of visual effects and sound generation: the sequence that is so produced is controlled through the I use of wireless sensors, and fed by a series of pre-registered images.

Later the audiovisual improvisation live set consisting of one of the most important names of the international idm/electro/punk Otto von Schirach (Schematic), and of one of the members of the Milanese collective otolab, Orgone. A live set which is expected full of energy and improvised elements, pushed towards the search of a total audiovisual and sensory involvement of the audience, something in between hardcore electronics and generative graphics.

Lastly, the 8bit music of one of the most interesting names of this ever rich musical scene, the Swiss Stu, that for the occasion will cross Game Boy and Atari with Milanese Tonylight, who has been promoting this genre on a national basis for years.

Saturday April 18 will begin with an afternoon workshop with artists/hackers/designers that work on the thin line between creativeness and technological experimentation, realized in collaboration with Dorkbot Milano: the objective is to build new tools and innovative platforms for the audiovisual production. The first appointment is with the newborn Laboratorio Elettrico Popolare (L.E.P.), consisting of the eclectic Milanese artist Tonylight and Peppo Lasagna, with the intention of planning and building electronic tools for audio/video applications, of developing open source interfaces fit to create sounds and images, videos, lights. For this event, LEP introduces its last projects: Leploop, a small analog synth to produce music (http://tonylight-leploop.blogspot.com) and Videomoog, a video synth to produce images of synthesis able to follow music. During the presentation, various prototypes will be observable, and it will be possible to listen to, and try, the tools, apart from exchanging ideas on the projects.

The late afternoon will be dedicated to the presentation of the Videoscreening curated by Claudia Di Alonzo and Marco Lorenzin: an endless cycle projection of films, videos and short films, will then be held at night in the spaces underlying the area where live shows take place. This time we start from the sound experience, in order to directly connect it to the re-appropriation of images and preexisting films (found footage). We will move from the combinatory game by Alberto Grifi (Verifica Incerta), to the ironic contamination of films by Bruce Conner (A Movie; Mongoloid; Mea Culpa); from the collages by Stan Vanderbeek (Achoo Mr. Kerrooschev), to the anticipations of the video scratch by Dara Birnbaum (Technology / Transformation: Wonder Woman; Pop Pop Video); from the re-appropriation operated by René Viénet on the dialogues of an Hong Kong martial arts movie (La Dialectique Peut-Elle Casser Des Briques?) to the ironic and disrespectful de-construction of voices and gestures by Johan Soderberg (Surplus; Read My Lips; The Voice); from the criticism of the television images through repetitions, slowing down and overlaps by Duvet Brothers (Blue Monday; War Machine) and Gorilla Tapes (Death Valley Days), to the improvement of the scratch video brought by the collective EBN (Commercial Entertainment Product), a technique that derives from the revolution of sampling and remixing sounds born during the 1970′s in the Bronx, with Hip Hop.

The screening will be closed by the mash ups of Eclectic Method (U2 ZooTV Remix) and the trailers on commission of AddictiveTV (Snakes on a Plane; Iron Man). On prime time Saturday, there will be a meeting with the artists that will perform live during the evening, introduced and moderated by Marco Mancuso. This will be the chance to get to know from an insider point of view the “modus operandi” of all musicians, video artists and designers involved – an “open-machine” meeting.

The night is finally devoted to the live performances in the central hall. Echran (Fabio Volpi, Davide de Col the and Accursio Graffeo) is a project of audiovisual research where a cinema environment is created in which the soundtrack influences and deforms the movie materials used in the live visual set. Echran offers a live set split in two parts: in the first one Stardust the visuals develop starting from a sequence with a close up of Charlotte Rampling’s face, in the second, the visions of A.Tarkowsky are reconstructed through some of his famous masterpieces, like Solaris and Sacrifice.

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