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  Opening - Thursday, 20th march 2008, 8 pm
  Suoni d’artificio

by Alessandro Anatrini, Matteo Marangoni, Emanuela Martignetti

Sound installation created within the framework of the specialisation course "MEDIASONIC – project for media sound and live performance", produced by Tempo Reale and co-funded by the European Social Fund by agreement with the Florence Provincial Authority.

The installation consists of a digital system of sound generation and an electroacoustic system of twelve loudspeakers arranged around the perimeter of a courtyard. A series of sequences composed of brief audio samples is reproduced in an aleatoric manner, creating sound aggregates that alter with time and spatial position, while following a pre-established formal development. From this sound environment there emerge occasional events that mark a counterflow in the sound-tide, ideally generated by the shimmering moon of light bulbs present in the courtyard.

Acting as a bridging element between the sound dimension and the representative-figurative, sounds of an electric nature mingle with others of acoustic provenance, connoted in a geographical sense. The reference to Chinese musical culture is evoked by inserting various melodic and percussive fragments, where the variety of timbre and the use of specific instrumental gestures suggest how the five sounds of the pentatonic scale (with which Chinese music frequently tends to be associated) in effect inhabit a more complex frequential continuum.
  Project description
  TEMPO REALE: Centre for musical research, production and education
Founded by Luciano Berio in 1987, Tempo Reale is now a point of reference in Europe for research, production and training in the realm of the new musical technologies. Recognised as an educational institute by the Tuscan Regional Authority, since 2007 it has also obtained ISO certification (ISO9001:2000) for its professional training.
  Public readings
Mapping of urban change
(sound installation, 2008)

by Giacomo Bazzani

A Chinese teaches an Italian to read and understand a series of Chinese ideograms. The phrases come from a mapping of the Chinese ideograms present in the public spaces of the city of Prato. This new symbolic geography of the urban spaces has been catalogued, read and interpreted publicly, with the idea of utilising a communicative exchange to create a link between different spatial and social representations.

Prato is the city with the highest percentage of Chinese residents in Italy (approximately 10%). The expansion of this presence in recent years has been accompanied by the spread of stereotypes and prejudices relating to this minority, connected with the period of economic crisis that struck the textile industry of the city.
With the passage of time and the expansion of the presence of Chinese-speaking citizens, the urban landscape has become populated with thousands of legends in Chinese. These writings are now to be found both in formal contexts, such as shop signs, hoardings and street signage, and in informal contexts, such as graffiti or job offers stuck on walls. This series of signs has generated a new symbolic urban geography through which we can "read”, know and interact with the city. This new geography, however, also marks out a gap between those citizens who know and use these signs and the other citizens who do not know what they mean. To create a link between these divergent representations of the same spaces, Public Readings has produced a mapping of these signs, has translated them into Italian, and then proceeded to a series of public readings of the same in the streets of the city, giving rise to the sound installation presented at the show.

The urban mapping has been created by the photographers:
Francesca Catastini, Silvia Giannini, Silvia Noferi, Antonella Piga
Readers: Filippo Basetti, Pan Caifeng, Barbara Ceccatelli, Yu Li, Ben Yu