Alessio Ballerini, multimedia artist, uses a computer and other devices to create experimental, minimalist and multi-stratified sounds and film. In 2010, he founded AIPS [Archivio Italiano Paesaggi Sonori] together with Francesco Giannico. In 2013, always with Giannico he founded Oak, an art music label. He has played and realized projects in the most important Italian festivals, galleries, museums and other spaces: C(h)orde, Robot, Acusmatiq, Flussi, Node, Maxxi, Pastificio Cerere, Adiacenze, Galleria civica di Modena, Castello Malaspina, Castel Sant'Elmo. He has collaborated and shared the stage with Alva Noto, Lawrence English, Oval, Retina, Enrico Coniglio, Senking, Erik Skodvin, Giuseppe Cordaro, Francesco Giannico, TU M', Pietro Riparbelli.
Rural Sounds is a sound art project based on the study of the rural sound landscape of the Marche region. The sound of a particular place is analogous to the local architecture, local customs, etc. in that is expresses a community’s identity through its tonics, its signal sounds, its sonorous imprints, to the point of making a given settlement recognizable from its soundscapes.
The two-step project consists of:
- Recording sounds during the walk; for example, the birdsong of the Green Woodpecker, old keyed instruments, rare examples of organ art, the mechanical sounds of traditional instruments from the agricultural world. It includes recordings of the stories and experiences of winegrowers, of artisans, and of the inhabitants who have lived the local history.
- Creating musical compositions (soundscape compositions) using the recorded sounds as the springboard
Fabrizio Carotti / Simona Sala
videoartist / performer
Fabrizio Carotti, Born in Jesi in 1980, he went on to earn a degree in Philosophy, with a major in Aesthetics, from the University of Bologna. After carefully researching the expressive potentialities of technological media, he has been working in the field of digital painting since 2008. He is the founder of Wishot, an association that promotes contemporary photography, and has been involved in the language of video-photography since 2010.
Simona Sala is the co-founder of the Italian theatre company Sineglossa. She introduced Art du Dèplacement and Kalaripayattu to her actor training, in collaboration with Laurent Piemontesi, founder of Yamakasi. Since 2011 she has been working with TeatrZar at the TheGrotowski Institute in Wroclaw (Poland), co-creating the dramaturgy of physical actions in its latest performance, Armine, Sister. She is currently doing research connected to the dynamics of tempo-rhythm, the accumulation of a performer’s energy and its dramaturgical potentiality.
Portray with foray
People who live in the communities on the walking itinerary are asked to pose for a picture. Fabrizio stands behind the camera, but instead of snapping a photo, he starts a video recording, thus creating in the viewer’s eyes figures that slowly give up their posed expression and become more natural. In this time lapse in which conventions are broken down, we are allowed to see them as they are, to observe the spontaneous reactions that reveal their distinguishing personality traits.
Just at the moment when the idea of posing” is fading away, an extraneous figure raids the composition. As Simona enters, she upsets the equilibrium, as always happens when a traveler comes into town; she tries to start a more or less successful dialogue with the people being filmed and it is much like what happens to any of us when we ourselves are travelling and come into contact with the local people. We find ourselves, then, looking at an aesthetical formalization of simple, yet surprising, human dynamics that have sprung from the exploration of the Marche territory.
A former student of Master Concetto Pozzati, then a graduate of the Aspic School of Rome with a Diploma in Art Therapy and Expressive Counseling, Giacomo Giovannetti has always intertwined the graphic and expressive with his didactic activity. He lives out his artistic experience through an inclusive and intercultural vision, reproposed in his graphic works (http://giacomogiovannetti.tumblr.com) and his teaching workshops, by attempting to include even very young children in the poetics of the deconstruction of reality and language and by absorbing the extraneous and the distant while still trying to maintain a genuine sense of the profoundly local. An avid traveler, he loves rap-influenced ethnic music, the symbols and forms of the most far-away cultures, which he taps into so as to add color to and continually renew the semantics of his everyday life. Since 2011 he has been working on the Upupa&Colibri - creative solutions.
Le Marche, another place
During the walk, Giacomo captures the traditions and landscapes of the Marche and weaves them into a dialogue with exotic elements to create a new and hybrid perspective.
The Sybil, the cultivation of saffron, the war stories are all examples of how Giacomo started from reality and then dug deep to connect the territory with so many different cultures; he is able to give back to this land, sometimes ironically, sometimes tenderly, an alchemic appeal and, at the same time, generate fascinating keys to its understanding, thus delving into a new appreciation of our landscapes.
The polaroids, the low-fi shots, the old Diana film were often used as the visual base for his graphic work, to show his unusual gaze that is partial and intimate - adjectives that also fit the “visual constructions” superimposed on the photos.
His works are always accompanied by phrases that serve as entryways to the image, bearing witness to a creativity born of daily inputs. They suggest the possibility that anyone is able and indeed, has the right, to “live” a territory by reading “between the lines” and under the floorboards of his story, attributing meaning and creating connections among the marvelous collection of daily events that go beyond the concept of “memorable”.
Rachel Rose Reid
Rachel is a writer, storyteller and performance artist. She was raised in London, England on a hybrid of immigrant heritage, English folk music, and urban jungle, which comes out clearly her unique style.
Rachel has created and performed stories and poetry for (amongst others) BBC Radio 3, Billy Bragg, theSouthbank Centre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Charles Dickens Museum, where she was the Writer in Residence for the Dickens Bicentenary. She has performed her work at theatres and festivals internationally including Nuyorican Poets Cafe (USA); Alden Biesen (Belgium); Words Festival (Denmark), ACT Theatre, Canberra (Australia); Fortellerfestivalen (Norway); Contos de Liberdade (Portugal), Shakespeare & Co (France), and at Brighton and Edinburgh Arts Festivals in the UK. Rachel also creates participatory ritual, reintroducing meaningful ceremony to city-dwellers from diverse backgrounds.
Fairy Tales for Wanderers is a collection of short stories patchworked like the terrain of Le Marche. Taking traditional narratives and original work, poetry and prose, legend and fact, it hopes to serve both the people Rachel met and those spoken of. This area is remarkable for its long memory. The industrial revolution ruptured the handing down of stories in England, but here, you can still find story and superstition that have been passed down for a thousand years and more. Piceni Goddess, Cupra, is buried in local town names, whilst the Sybils - known well in Classical Mythology and history - still live in the Sibillini Mountains, and also in oral tradition, entirely independent from the written word of Rome. You are invited to remember, as you walk, that most people in past times had no choice but to take journeys by foot. How did this affect and inspire their stories? What about yours? By walking the map, Rachel has developed a chronicle of this pilgrimage, where fantastical and prosaic meet and mingle. When generations move on, people are quick to mourn the loss of earlier times, but perhaps magic and revelations are still to be discovered when new travellers meet these tales.
“Immense skill and breathless conviction... there's no faulting Reid's command of her craft“. (The Times)
“Queen of the New Wave of storytellers“. (BBC Radio 3)
“Recent years have witnessed a renaissance of spoken word. Rachel Rose Reid is at the forefront of this resurgence...a lesson in the power of a good story creatively told...astonishing“. (The Canberra Times)
With a degree in Philosophy, he found himself undecided between a Master’s in Landscape Architecture and one in the Performing Arts. He opted for the latter, but continued to believe in the deep connection between philosophical thought, urban gaze, and dramaturgy. Since 2006, he has been collaborating with Sineglossa, as both stage director and artistic director, putting on performances and carrying out interdisciplinary training of creative young people, and as the strategic director of cultural projects. His shows have been co-produced with the Grotowski Institute, RomaEuropa, Amat, and ETI, among others, and have been presented at national and international festivals such as the Queer NY Festival (USA), BeFestival (UK), Cos (S), Theatre as a place of truth (PL), Waves (DK), Reminescences (PL), Fast (I), Civitanova Danza (I). He has worked with Palazzo della Penna of Perugia and Fondazione Volume of Rome. At the moment, he heads the Jes! Cerco lavoro. Lo immagino. Lo trovo. project.