PNEUMAtic circUS: Digital Catalogue Launch

A project of networked art powered by OCTO-P7C1


DOWNLOAD: You can download the PNEUMAtic circUS catalog (pdf) here.

Monday July 8th, 2013
Laboratorio 21, Viareggio (Italy)

Launch of the digital catalog with Vittore Baroni (curator, E.O.N. Archive, Viareggio), Tatiana Bazzichelli (curator, transmediale festival, Berlin / researcher, Leuphana University of Lüneburg), Jonas Frankki (designer, Telekommunisten collective, Berlin), MGZ – Mauro Guazzotti (DJ)

As part of the renowned transmediale festival for art and digital culture held in January-February 2013 in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, the mail art pioneer Vittore Baroni oversaw the postal art project PNEUMAtic circUS, utilizing the innovative structure of pneumatic post OCTO P7C-1 and involving approximately one hundred authors from sixteen nations.

The long tentacles of OCTO reach Baroni’s home town Viareggio on Monday, July 8th 2013, with the premiere presentation at the art space Laboratorio 21 of the singular PNEUMAtic circUS digital catalog. The special event includes a meeting with Tatiana Bazzichelli, networked art researcher and curator of transmediale, and with the designer Jonas Frankki, a member of the Berlin collective Telekommunisten, creators of the original pneumatic platform together with Raumlaborberlin and reSource transmedial culture berlin of the transmediale festival.

New videos will be projected and various local and international artists will stage a series of short performances from the content of pneumatic capsules using a small-scale prototype of OCTO. A workshop open to all, supervised by Tatiana Villani and Manuel Perna, will allow those present to create and transmit instantly their own creative messages. The evening will be concluded by the clownish DJ set of the unstoppable MGZ – Mauro Guazzotti.

New pneumatic capsules have been expressly created for this presentation by: Vittore Baroni | Lello Bavenni | Anna Boschi | Maria Cecilia Bossi | Antonino Bove | Cobas (Mario Carchini) | Adolfina de Stefani | Graziano Dovichi | Ruggero Maggi | Monica Michelotti | Emilio Morandi | Manuel Perna | Roberto Rossini | Domenico Severino | Renata e Giovanni Strada | Tatiana Villani.With the collaboration of Carlo Galli, Gaia Querci, Sara Ricci.

Vittore Baroni
Music critic (Rumore magazine) and explorer of the countercultures, he is active since the Seventies in the planetary circuits of Mail Art. He has written essays on aspects of electronic music, contemporary art and of the networking cultures that anticipated the Internet. With Piermario Ciani he has guided in the Eighties the activities of the TRAX multimedia group and has founded in 1996 the publishing house AAA. He lives and works in Viareggio, where with other artists he gave birth in 2004 to the cultural association BAU.

Tatiana Bazzichelli
Sociologist of communication and expert in network cultures, hacktivism and net art, she is the author of books focusing on the concept of art as network, such as Networking – La Rete come Arte (Costa & Nolan, 2006 / DARC, 2008) and Networked Disruption: Rethinking Oppositions in Art, Hacktivism and the Business of Social Networking (DARC, 2013). Researcher at the Centre for Digital Cultures of the Leuphana University of Lüneburg (Germany) and previously at the Faculty of Arts of Aarhus University (Denmark), she is a programme curator at transmediale festival in Berlin, where she directs the project “reSource transmediale cultures berlin”. Active in the Italian hacker community since the end of the Nineties, she won an honorary mention in 2007 with the project AHA: Activism-Hacking-Artivism at the Ars Electronica festival.

Jonas Frankki
Designer active in the field of illustration and animation, he is responsible for the graphic identity of the Berlin collective Telekommunisten. Founded by Dmytri Kleiner, the collective reflects on the economic and political consequences related to the use – and abuse – of information technology. The group also produces art projects – the so called technologies of “miscommunication” – that explore the way in which social relations are influenced and modified by the technologies of communication and of the Web.

Mauro Guazzotti – MGZ
Author since the early Eighties of several albums as leader of the experimental noise/industrial band F.A.R.(Final Alternative Relation) and later active with the personal parodistic synth-pop-techno project MGZ, Mauro Guazzotti has written soundtracks (Metabar and Ho fatto un sogno by Giorgio Laveri, In una foto by Giuseppe Baresi and Simonetta Fadda) and music for performance and video installations, working in parallel as DJ and organizer of events.

The participants to PNEUMAtic circUS:
Martha Aitchison | Silvia Ancillotti | Arno Arts | Anna Banana | Vittore Baroni | Keith Bates | Lello Bavenni | Mariano Bellarosa | Anna Boschi | Maria Cecilia Bossi and Olga Romagnolo | Antonino Bove | Hans Braumüller | Keith A. Buchholz | buz blurr | Cobas (Mario Carchini) |R.F. Coté | Cracker Jack Kid (Chuck Welch) | Silvio de Gracia | Ko de Jonge | David Dellafiora | Michel Della Vedova | Adolfina de Stefani | Marcello Diotallevi | Jan-Willem Doornenbal | Graziano Dovichi | Ever Arts | György Galántai | Carlo Galli | Gina Pritti Tutti al Lago | Uli Grohmann | Karl-Friedrich Hacker | Niklas Heed | John Held Jr | Jennie Hinchcliff | I Santini Del Prete | Eberhard Janke | Jacques Juin | Susanna Lakner | Alessio Larocchi | Michael Leigh | Kristina Lindstrom | Little Shiva | Oronzo Liuzzi | Dario Longo | Serse Luigetti | Ruggero Maggi | Tim Mancusi | Guglielmo Manenti | Monica Michelotti | Moan Lisa | Ken Montgomery | Emilio Morandi | Keiichi Nakamura | Lasse J Nielsen | Katerina Nikoltsou | Andrew Maximilian Niss | | Oh Boy! (John Tostado) | Jürgen O. Olbrich | Mark Pawson | Rémy Pénard | Cheryl Penn | Manuel Perna | Daniele Fernando Poletti | Ptrzia (Tic Tac) | Topsy Qur’et | Steve Random | Tulio Restrepo | Sabina Romanin | Claudio Romeo | Roberto Rossini | Günther Ruch | Karla Sachse | Roberto Scala | Schoko Casana Rosso (Chr. Mildbrandt) | Domenico Severino | Skooter (Neal Taylor) | Litsa Spathi | Spiderweb Prods (Gianni Simone) | Asa Stahl | Renata and Giovanni Strada | Rod Summers/VEC | Jaromir Svozilik | Thierry Tillier | Klaus Urbons | Tommaso Vassalle | Tatiana Villani | Yoshi Wada | Lutz Wohlrab | Reid Wood | Maria Zamboni | Bernhard Zilling.

DOWNLOAD: You can download the PNEUMAtic circUS catalog (pdf) here.

Laboratorio 21
Via Libeccio, 48/D
55049 Viareggio (Lu) – Italy

Image: Catalogue Cover by Jonas Frankki

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