17 – 18 / 04 / 2009

Curated by Marco Mancuso e Claudia D’Alonzo

C.S.O.A. Cox 18 – Milan

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, organized to support Cox 18 fight against police suppression, 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.

Critical text: “Exploding Cave. Days of free research between cinema, sound, video and digital

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

Workshop: Laboratorio Elettrico Popolare

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

Organized by Cox18 (Marco Lorenzin) with the collaboration of Digicult (Marco Mancuso, Claudia D’Alonzo), “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.

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, Vocecov and Dorkbot Milano.