22-24 NOVEMBER 2007


Live Performances, Video Screenings, Urban Installations from modern Italian Electronic Art&Design

Curated by Marco Mancuso with the collaboration of Claudia D’Alonzo

Video Screening Text – by Claudia D’Alonzo
Video Screening Infos
Live Performances Infos

Digicult is invited with the project + 39:CALL FOR ITALY to take part at the fifth edition of the international festival Cimatics , one of the most important European event in the field of artistic and cultural transactions between digital audiovisuals, music, cinema and design. The project will focus on the develpoments in Electronic Art, Design and Culture in Italy in the last 10-15 years . Within the four days of Cimatics, Digicult will introduce some of the most experimental and suggestive Italian musicians, designers, graphics, video makers, sound artists, vjs and audiovisual artists, with projects of Live Cinema ( Ogino Knauss ), Audiovisual live set ( Otolab and Quayola ), 8bit Audiovisual Show ( Postalmarket/Daniele Lazzarin ) and Vjset ( Kinotek ) and with a Video Screening curated by Claudia D’Alonzo of some of the most talented Italian video makers, video artists and graphic designer. Digicult will present also the Italian duo of architects and designers Limiteazero , called by Lab[au] to create an audiovisual urban installation for Doxia Tower curating project.

Following the Italian cultural tradition in design and project, extending it to the ultimate forms of audiovisual art and creativity linked to the usage of new and digital media, the exhibition “+ 39” wants to be a breathing space on the artistic evolution of some among the most representative protagonists of the most recent Italian electronic scene.

Without any celebratory ambition, conscious of the intrinsic value of the presented works, the exhibition “+ 39” , articulated through a series of performances, video exhibits and urban installations, is the first retrospective on those artists, musicians, designers, videomakers, vjs and programmers who, in the last 10-15 years in Italy, have consciously developed languages and easthetics within an ever-changing and spreading cultural ambit.

“+ 39” is therefore the first opportunity, within a prestigious international context such as the Cimatics Festival in Brussels, for a whole movement of professional Italian creatives working in the digital domain to get together and be acknowledged as a proper ‘scene’. The term is abused of, loved and hated, still it is indicative of a cultural-artistic current , of common ideological-creative grounds that unite human and professional experiences, contexts and ambits that are sometimes very far apart. The Italian scene is ready for international confrontation. Far from being exhaustive, “+ 39” wants to uncover the existence of a movement , show an imagery , highlight work and project methods that are linked to the country and its protagonists.

The conscious spectator shall then recognize traces of Italian documentaristic and video-activist tradition in the project Urban Skin by pioneering collective Ogino-Knauss, an art-project coming from a long exploration practice of urban global space, inquiring the semanthic value of the city as a communicating surfaces system: a test of “urban dermatology” in a form of Live Media. Internationally representing Italian design applied to new technologies, code, audiovisual research and interactivity, both Op7 – an audiovisual performance by the Otolab collective reinterpreting optical art with a strongly synaesthetic approach that links electronic music and visual scenography and the urban intervention at the Doxia tower by Limiteazero – duo of designer-architects – feature an approach which is strongly linked to the project with an open reference to graphic design.

Moreover, Quayola , Kinotek and the duo Postal M@arket/Daniele Lazzarin show how – each with their own style – graphic design, video, electronic music and videogames have evolved thanks to the crossover between academic and underground cultural ambits. Graphic design, digital animation, game-consolle hacking, djing and vjing improvisation are the main issues in the live audiovisual project Path to Abstraction by Davide Quagliola, in the vjsets by Mattia Casalegno and in the 8-bit audiovisual easthetics of Giuseppe and Daniele Lazzarin .

Digicult’s project at Cimatics is rounded off by a rich and varied video screening curated by Claudia D’Alonzo, member of the collective and editorial staff of Digicult. The potentialities of the screening reside in the ample and complete vision of all forms of creativity associated to videomaking, videoclips, audiovisual synaesthesy, research, graphic animation and illustration. Niko Stumpo, Fabio Franchino, Blu, Mylicon/en, Zimmerfrei, Hfr-Lab, Progetto Antenna, Virgilio, Vinz Beschi, 47th Floor, Elec are some of the featured artists within a project that will eventually be released on DVD.

One last word to thank all those at Cimatics , for the opportunity given to Italian artists and to Digicult as cultural operator, for having allowed space to “+ 39” , a self-promoted project which decides to move independently at an international level in a situation of absolute lack of institutional, political, public and private support, acknowledgement and funding. In a country which is culturally far behind, unable to give value to its own resources, amidst the objective difficulties of everyday professional life, among the choices of a whole generation, a digital and electronic cultural scene is born, in spite of everything. Let us pay the necessary tribute.

Txt by Marco Mancuso

Live performances program:

Thursday 22nd of November

Urban Skin: k-frame 1.07 by Ogino Knauss and K-Labo (IT)
World Premiere
Live Media Performance
Audio: Experimental Electronica
Line up: Ogino Knauss
Duration: 40 minutes

Friday 23rd of November

op 7 by otolab (IT)
European premier
Live AV performance
Audio: Experimental Electronica
Line-up: ssim-el / (audio), orgone (video)
Duration: 50 minutes

Path to Abstraction by Quayola
European Premiere
Live A/V set
Audio: Minimal Techno – Glitch
Line Up: Quayola (audio and video – laptop)
Duration: 40 minutes

IAND (I am Not the Dj) by Kinotek
European Premiere
Vj set
Line Up: Kinotek (video – laptop)
Duration: 1 hour

8bit A/V set by Postal m@rket & Diego Lazzarin
World Premiere
Micromusic and visual show
Line up: Postal m@arket (audio – gameboy live set) and Diego Lazzarin (video – laptop animation)
Duration: 1 hour

Video Screening program:

Cityscan 4.05 (2005)
Artist: HFR-LAB
Duration: 4’ 30’’
Visual: Davide Quayola, Chiara Horn
Sound: Simone Strifele

Sodium Penthatol (2005)
Artist: ZimmerFrei
Duration: 5’
Quantize This (2005)
Artist: Ogino Knauss
Duration: 12’

Quantize This (2005)
Artist: Ogino Knauss
Duration: 12’

Oakland (2007)
Artist: Mylicon/en
Duration: 4’
Visual: Lino Greco
Sound: Daniela Cattivelli

Infonaturae 1.0 (2006)
Artists: Mattia Casalegno, Emanuele Errante
Duration: 6’
Visual: Mattia Casalegno (Kinotek)
Sound: Emanuele Errante

Forming (2005)
Artist: Progetto Antenna
Duration: 2’ 21’’

Animula (2007)
Artist: otolab
Duration: 8’

Waltz 57 (2005)
Artist: Niko stumpo
Duration: 2’ 30’’
Visual: Niko Stumpo
Sound: Swod

Am I Born? (2004)
Artist: Fabio Franchino
Duration: 4’ 25’’
Visual: Fabio Franchino
Sound: Amaury Groc
Custom software: Fabio Franchino
Credits: Rossella Schillaci (shots); Mara Loro (body)

UNreDELMONDO 2.0 (2003)
Artist: Elec
Duration: 3’
Visual: Tibor Fabian
Sound: Autobam
Credits: Marco De Paoli (metal sculpture); Enrico Sebellin (assistance stop motion shooting)

The Rain (2007)
Artists: Virgilio Villoresi, Ericailcane
Duration: 3’ 20’
Visual: Virgilio Villoresi, Ericailcane
Sound: Lou Rhodes

Spiritual healing (2005)
Artist: 47th Floor
Duration: 3’ 50’’
Concept and art direction: Davide Catraro, Marvin Milanese
Animation and Graphic: Davide Catraro, Marvin Milanese, Giovanni Remondini
Sound: ZU
Post Production: Giovanni Remondini

Fino (2006)
Artist: Blu
Duration: 2’ 30’’
Animation: Blu
Sound: Andrea Martignoni

Stip Melody (2005)
Artist: Vinz Beschi
Duration: 2’ 20’’
Credits: production, Elena Pasetti (PinAC, Rezzato);
production secretary, Maria Grazia Moranti;
with the collaboration of Salva Catini e Gloria Sinini


Limiteazero at Specrtaum by Lab[Au]
Type: monumental AV installation
Location: Dexia Tower
Rogierplein 11 place Rogier, 1210 Brussels