guests


  • ArcHertz

    Italo Rota

    Carlo Antonelli

  • Joseph Grima

    Agar Agar

    Aterballetto

  • Birba chi legge

    Cuocolo / Bosetti

    Davide Rondoni

  • Diego Fusaro

    DJ Ralf

    Gian Mario Villalta

  • Gian Piero Frassinelli

    Gianluigi Ricuperati

    Hans Ulrich Obrist

  • Igor Prassel

    Joseph Feltus

    Marco Paolini

  • Mariangela Gualtieri

    Milo De Angelis

    Nicola Piovani

  • Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio

    Ramberto Ciammarughi

    Rezza / Mastrella

  • Stefano Boeri

    Superstudio

    Teatro delle Ariette

  • Valter Scelsi

    Vittorio Continelli

    Viviana Nicodemo

  • Vladimir Martynov

    Gianfranco De Franco

    Rem Koolhaas

ArcHertz

- Arif Kornweitz curator & co-founder of Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee with musician Job Oberman/Oceanic
- Oriana Amato co-curator of Oriente and musician Tommaso Pandolfi/FURTHEREST
- Theo Revelen Bernard host of SILO Residency and musician & co-founder of SILO records Fabien Ainardi
- Ruggero Trimarchi co-curator and co-founder of Terraforma Festival and musician Epiro Donato
- Aude Van Wyller co-founder of Missing# festival and musician Tomi Yard

Italo Rota
Carlo Antonelli
Joseph Grima

Joseph Grima is an architect, writer and curator, who lives and works between Genoa and New York. He is the co-founder of Space Caviar, a research studio that produces films, books, and installations that investigate the relationships between architecture, public spaces, and technology in contemporary cities. He has been directing the IdeasCity programme at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York since 2015. He has coordinated the programme for Matera European Capital of Culture 2019, of which, as the artistic director, he has been the main author. From 2011 to 2013, he was the editor of Domus magazine. In 2015, he served as the Artistic Director of the Chicago Architecture Biennal, North America’s biggest contemporary architecture exhibition. He has also co-curated the first edition of the Istanbul Design Biennial. Grima has taught architecture at the most prestigious university of Europe and North America. Currently, he is a Professor at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.

Agar Agar

Agar Agar was formed by Clara and Armand, two students of the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris-Cergy. The duo started out by releasing their demos on Soundcloud. In April 2016, they released their first single, Prettiest Virgin, followed, in September, by the EP Cardan. In 2016, they performed in numerous live shows and won the inRocks Lab contest. Agar Agar’s genre is halfway between pop and techno. Their music is elegant, sincere, radical and objective.

Aterballetto

Aterballetto is Italy’s main ballet and contemporary dance company. As a recognised Dance Production Centre, it is supported by the Emilia Romagna Region, the Municipality of Reggio Emilia, Ater, and Mibact. Cristina Bozzolini is the current art director (after Amedeo Amodio and Mauro Bigonzetti), Aterballetto is formed by solo dancers who can perform any style of dance. In Assisi, they will be the closing act of the UniversoAssisi festival with Golden Days (Sunday 23 July at 21:15 in the churchyard of St Rufinus Cathedral). Golden Days, will bring the entire Aterballetto company on stage combining Johan Inger's famous choreographies, Rain Dogs (music by Tom Waits) and Bliss (music by Keith Jarrett), in a solo, Birdland (music by Patti Smith),which made its début at the Seville Italica Festival on 30 June. Three different worlds held together by the propulsive force of artists who have helped mould the contemporary human architecture through music, leaving an indelible trace of the golden days that have gone by.

Birba chi legge

Birba Chi Legge is a volunteering cultural association that promotes the pleasure of reading among children and youngsters. It was created by a group of parents who had set up a library called BIRBA at the S. Antonio di Assisi primary school. It started off with 300 books and soon became a huge success with animated readings, games, parties, and meet-and-greet events with the authors. Now, they promote the pleasure of reading also in bookshops, festivals, other schools, and wherever they call them. “A library in every school” is their slogan and mission.

     
Cuocolo / Bosetti

The IRAA Theatre was established in 1978 in Rome by Renato Cuocolo. After moving to Melbourne in 1988, it became the “cutting edge of contemporary Australian performance.” They have enjoyed great success with critics and the public at international festivals in 26 countries. They have won many awards, including the Unesco Awards, Green Room Award, MO Award, and the Cavour Award. Their performances are presented in the houses or hotels where they live, thereby exposing an intimate, domestic space to the glance of spectators-guests. Their shows are a combination of theatre and life, reality and fiction, actors and characters.

Davide Rondoni

Davide Rondoni was born in Forlì and lives in Bologna, where he is the Director of the Contemporary Poetry Centre of the University of Bologna. He provides editorial consulting and curation services for several publishing houses. He is a well-established poetry, prose, and theatre author. His works include Ballo Lentamente con le Tue Ombre. Poesie per il Tango (Tracce, 2009) and Rimbambimenti. Poesie di Tipo Romagnolo (Raffaelli, 2010), Il Fuoco della Poesia, In Viaggio nelle Questioni di Oggi (BUR, Rizzoli 2008), Contro la Letteratura (Il Saggiatore, 2010). He is also a literary critic and writes for Il Giornale, Avvenire, Il Sabato, and Il Sole24 ore.

Diego Fusaro

Diego Fusaro teaches History of Philosophy at the San Raffaele University of Milan. He is the director of I Centro TalleriLa Filosofia e i Suoi Eroi (www.filosofico.net). His latest book is Pensare Altrimenti (Einaudi, 2017). He also writes for newspapers La Stampa and Il Fatto Quotidiano. In 2016, he held a seminar on Antonio Gramsci at Harvard University.

DJ Ralf

Italian. An aspiring front row dancer myself, I have been making people dance for over thirty years. What more can I say?

Gian Mario Villalta

Gian Mario Villalta is a high school teacher and the art director of the pordenonelegge.it festival. He has published several poetry books, including Vedere al Buio (Sassella, 2007) and Vanità della Mente (Mondadori, 2011, which earned him a Viareggio Award), and literary criticism studies and articles, both in magazines and in books, such as Il Respiro e Lo Sguardo. Un Racconto della Poesia Italiana Contemporanea (Rizzoli, 2005) and has curated the following volumes: Andrea Zanzotto, Scritti sulla Letteratura (Mondatori, 2001) and Andrea Zanzotto, Le Poesie e Prose Scelte (Mondadori, 1999) with S. Dal Bianco. His latest publication is Alla Fine di un’Infanzia Felice (Mondadori, 2013).

Gian Piero Frassinelli

Gian Piero Frassinelli is an architect. He has been a member of the radical group Superstudio since 1968. From 1973 to 1978, he taught at the Department of Architecture in Florence. In 1986, he opened his architectural firm in Florence. His graduation thesis, a project for an Anthropology Research Centre, in 1968 marked the starting point of his research. He continued along that road with the scenarios of the Twelve Ideal Cities in 1972 up to the recent collaborative projects with 2A+P/A for the Budapest Ethnographic Museum (2014) and the archetype for a Central Archive of Human Cultures (2015).

Gianluigi Ricuperati

Writer and essayist Gianluigi Ricuperati is the author of Viet Now – La Memoria È Vuota (Bollati Boringhieri, 2007), La Tua Vita in 30 Comode Rate (2009), Il Mio Impero È Nell’Aria (2011), and La Produzione di Meraviglia (2013) later published in France by Gallimard with the title Mind Game (2017). In 2015, he published 100 Global Minds. In February 2017, he published La Scomparsa di Me (Feltrinelli). He also works with Italian and international magazines. Ricuperati is the founder of IPW, which provides consulting services and develops research and communication projects for public and private institutions.

Hans Ulrich Obrist

Hans Ulrich Obrist is the art director of the Serpentine Galleries in London. He has also served as the curator of the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Since 1991, he has curated more than 300 shows. He won the CCS Bard Award for curational excellence in 2011 and the Folkwang International Award for his commitment to the arts in 2015. He has spoken at conferences at international academic and art institutions and is a contributing editor for several magazines. His most recent publications include Ways of Curating, The Age of Earthquakes, with Douglas Coupland and Shumon Basar, and Lives of The Artists, Lives of The Architects.

Igor Prassel

Igor Prassel was born in Koper, Slovenia, in 1971. Since 2002, he has been the director of a monthly animation film event at the Slovenian Cinematheque, where he also serves as a cinema curator. He has been a member of the jury and selection committee of major film and animation festivals around the world. He has been teaching history and theory of animation film at the University of Nova Gorica since 2010. In 2012, the Slovenian Cinematheque published his book The Filmography of Slovene Animated Film 1952–2012. In 2004, Prassel founded the Animateka International Film Festival (www.animateka.si, of which he is still the art director.

Nel 2004 Prassel ha fondato il Film Festival Internazionale Animateka (www.animateka.si, dove è tutt’ora direttore artistico.

Joseph Feltus

Born in 1982 in the United States, he moved to Assisi with his family in 1987. He graduated in Animation from the Edinburgh College of Art in 2005. His short film Solo Duets was selected in over 50 international film festivals worldwide and won the Silver Dragon award at the Krakow FIlm Festival, and was selected among the finalists for the Nastri d’Argento Awards in Rome. Feltus is an artist, director of animation short films, and has worked as assistant costume designer in Hollywood productions.

www.JosephFeltus.com
Marco Paolini

Stage actor, playwright, and director He started his career in civil theatre and has worked with various theatre groups. He wrote and produced Il Racconto del Vajont 1956/ 9 Ottobre 1963 with the Moby Dick - Teatri della Riviera cooperative, which earned him the 1995 Ubu Special Prize for Political Theatre and many other accolades. Since then, he has produced many other works, including I-TIGI Canto per Ustica, AUSMERZEN. Vite Indegne di Essere Vissute, which was broadcast live from the former Psychiatric Hospital Paolo Pini in Milan, and U. with musicians Giorgio Gaslini and Uri Caine and artist Arnaldo Pomodoro.

Mariangela Gualtieri

Born in Cesena, Italy, in 1951. In 1983, she co-founded the Valdoca Theatre with Cesare Ronconi. She has published several poetry books, including Antenata (Crocetti 1992), Fuoco centrale (Einaudi 2003), Senza polvere senza peso (Einaudi, 2006), Bestia di gioia (Einaudi 2010), Le giovani parole (Einaudi 2015) and the play Caino.

Milo De Angelis

Milo De Angeli is an author and a translator of classical languages and French. He was born in Milan, where he has been teaching in a prison since 1976. His books include: Poesia e Destino (Cappelli, 1982); Distante un Padre (Mondadori, 1989); Biografia Sommaria (Mondadori, 1999); Tema dell’Addio (Mondadori, 2005). In 2008, he published Colloqui sulla Poesia, a collection of his main interviews curated by Isabella Vincentini (La Vita Felice) and Poesie, a volume of all his poems (Oscar Mondadori). His latest poetry book is Quell’Andarsene nel Buio dei Cortili (Mondadori, 2010).

Nicola Piovani

Pianist, composer, and orchestra conductor. In 1968, he wrote his first score for the newsreel on the student revolt, which opened the doors to collaborations with prominent Italian and international directors. Over the years, he has won an Academy Award, three David di Donatello, four Soundtrack Awards, two Nastri d’Argento, two Ciak d’Oro, and has been nominated for the César Award, only to name a few. He also composes theatre music and works in musical theatre. He is the founder of the Compagnia della Luna with author Vincenzo Cerami. He has also collaborated as a songwriter with Fabrizio De André and Roberto Benigni.

Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio

The Orchestra Piazza Vittorio was created as a project of the Apollo 11 Association in 2002 by Mario Tronco and Agostino Ferrente, inspired by artists, intellectuals, and cultural experts. The aim was to enhance the value of Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, the square in the Esquiline area in Rome, the city’s multi-ethnic district par excellence. For the past 14 years, the Orchestra has been a unique ensemble that is well-aware of the fact that mixing cultures means creating beauty. It does so by promoting research and the integration of different repertoires to create a new global sound. The Orchestra has recorded five albums and has performed in over 1000 concerts around the world.

Ramberto Ciammarughi

Roberto Ciammarughi is a pianist and composer from Assisi. He has performed at the main Italian and international jazz festivals and music events. He has collaborated with Italy’s best musicians and has performed with prominent international artists, both at concerts and in the recording studio. He has been part of the Miroslav Vitous quartet since 2004. He started his recording career, which includes prestigious collaborations with Italian artists, in 1985. He has worked with prominent theatre personalities, composing and arranging theatre music and music for figurative art installations.

Rezza / Mastrella

Rezza and Mastrella deal with involuntary communication. They have been producing theatre performances, short and full-length films, TV programmes, and performances for more than twenty years. Flavia Mastrella has been showcasing sculptures, video-sculptures, and photographs in Italy and abroad for years. Rezza comes from an anti-narrative linguistic background, which resulted in four books published by Bompiani. Together, Rezza and Mastrella have won the 2013 UBU Special Prize “for the sharp description of cruelty through the unbridled genius of an actor and the intuition of an original visual artist.”

Stefano Boeri

Stefano Boeri is a full professor of Urban Planning at the Polytechnic University of Milan and has been a visiting professor in many international Universities. He is the director of the Future City Lab of Tongji University in Shanghai. He has been a member of the scientific board of the Galleria Degli Uffizi in Florence since 2015. He has also published many books, including A Vertical Forest. Instructions Booklet for the Prototype of a Forest City (Corraini, 2015) and The Written City (Quodlibet Edizioni, 2016). His work focuses on the relationship between geopolitics and urban planning with a keen eye on geopolitical and environmental implications of urban phenomena.

Superstudio

An avant-garde architectural collective composed of Adolfo Natalini, Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, Roberto Magris, Gian Piero Frassinelli, Alessandro Magris, and Alessandro Poli. Superstudio was a major part of the Radical Architecture movement and later committed to an anthropological refoundation of architecture. Superstudio co-founded Global Tools, a series of workshops aiming at developing collective creativity. For twenty years, they have conducted research on objects, settings, and architecture through design and construction.

Teatro delle Ariette

Teatro delle Ariette is a cultural association that produces, organises, and promotes theatre. Teatro delle Ariette was created in 1996 and, since then, they have been bringing theatre to homes, bakeries, hospitals, schools, and even the streets and the countryside. They have also performed in major Italian and European theatres, festivals, and events with over 1500 repeat performances. Their shows often explore autobiographical topics and the relationship between humans and materials, animals, other humans and the planet. Teatro delle Ariette is more than just a theatre company. It’s an experience, a daily routine in the pursuit of a place where art, life, and work coexist harmoniously.


Valter Scelsi

Valter Scelsi is an architect and researcher. He teaches architectural design at the Polytechnic School of the University of Genoa. He co-founded Sp10 in Genoa in 2002. In 2003, he co-founded the Magazzino Sanguineti collective, a contemporaneity research lab. He is also the author of essays and criticism articles on architecture. He is the curator of the Testi di Architettura series of books (Sagep Editori) and the deputy editor of Viceversa magazine. In 2015, the Municipality of Milan entrusted him with the curation and fit-out of the SuperSuperstudio exhibition at the PAC.

Vittorio Continelli

Vittorio Continelli was born in Ostuni in 1975. He is an actor, playwright, and director. He studied at the Sapienza University Theatre Centre in Rome with Cathy Marchand and Franca Angelini. He has worked with Teatro Minimo, Teatro dei Venti, Skintrade, Microscopia Teatro, La Luna nel Letto, Teatri di Bari. He won the Ettore Petrolini Award and the Operum Harmonia Award for theatre in addition to the Ribalta d’Autori Award for literature. He has also been a finalist in several theatre and literary contests. He is currently working in L’abito nuovo. La Luna nel Letto by Eduardo De Filippo and Luigi Pirandello, Discorso sul Mito, a project aiming at meeting the public outside conventional theatre spaces, and Dirò d'Orlando, a project produced by Sidera based on the Orlando Furioso.

Viviana Nicodemo

Viviana Nicodemo is a stage actress and artist from Milan. After her classical studies, she graduated as an actress from the Civic School of Dramatic Arts of the Piccolo Theatre in Milan. Her stage début was with M. Navone, M. Mezzadri, N. Garella, G. Sepe, S. Sequi, A. Zucchi, N. Mangano, W. Pagliaro. Since 1995, she has also been working in visual arts, taking part in photography and contemporary art exhibitions, including Hic et Nunc, curated by A. Bertani, with the installation Asclepiei. She has a passion for poetry and has performed in readings of poets, such as Dante, Rilke, Bachmann, and De Angelis. She has also published Necessità dell'anatomia (Spirali, 2007).

Vladimir Martynov

Vladimir Martynov is a prominent exponent of a generation of Soviet composers born after World War II committed to avant-garde music. Martynov is a composer, ethnomusicologist, and author of several books and seminal articles about musical theory, history and philosophy of music. He also has an in-depth knowledge of religious musical history and musicology, as well as theology, religious philosophy, and history. His works include Seraphic Visions from St Francis of Assisi and The Beatitudes, featured in Paolo Sorrentino’s Oscar-winning film, The Great Beauty, in 2014.

Gianfranco De Franco

Gianfranco De Franco is a multi-instrumentalist, musicologist and music therapist. His genre explores experimental, ambient, new age, metal industrial, and contemporary music. He has performed at various international festivals and has also composed and performed live the music of many contemporary theatre plays. He has performed the musical accompaniment to many events and site-specific performances. He has taken part in several projects, such as the Mandara Project (which earned him the Suoni di Confine 2010/MEI - Amnesty International Award in 2010). His latest album is IMAGO.

Rem Koolhaas