MACRO, Rome Italy, Rome, Italy
Audio Visual Digital Art Festival
A small particle, but able to give rise to all forms of light: the photon is the smallest and brightest fragment of the universe, of microscopic dimensions but of enormous and multiform creative power.
And it is precisely from this concept that the first edition of FOTONICA was born, from 1 to 9 December 2017 at the MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome.
Designed by the network of organizations active over the years in Rome in the audio video industry, FOTONICA is a festival that wants to explore the art forms related to the light element in the contemporary context. To consolidate the practice of networking and make system in the field of artistic investigation among the most important of the contemporary.
The initiative is part of the program of Contemporaneamente Roma 2017 promoted by Roma Capitale, Assessorato alla Crescita Culturale e Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali and in collaboration with Siae.
A unique festival in the capitol panorama that boasts a rich program: 27 artists give shape to the most diverse facets of Audio Visual Digital Arts and make them accessible to an ever-wider public.
The heart of the project is the audio video performance in collaboration with Live Cinema Festival: from the hypnotic abstraction that recalls topological and psycho-physical views of Luma [variations] 2017, the AV performance of the duo XX + XY visuals and sound art project (Sladzana Bogeska and Giuseppe Pradella) to the evocative and sophisticated journey of the digital artist Giuseppe Guariniello aka Mutech with Sound of the Spheres, where the rework of NASA audio and video fragments related to the mysterious sounds that have heard Apollo 10 astronauts on their moon landing creates an immersive environment, altering perception and immersing the audience in another space-time dimension. And then the mix between the electronic music of Marco Malasomma and the generative visual art of BinaryCodedBrain in JURA, dedicated to the silent island and far from the society where Orwell concluded the writing of ‘1984’. Up to the Live Cyborg Performance by Mr. Everett, “escorted” by Mr. Fox and Mr. Bear, his animal counterparts, and in constant dialogue with Mr. Owl , its human counterpart.
Thanks to the collaboration with RGB Light Experience, instead, FOTONICA will present the ancient and fascinating story of Diego Labonia‘s Arcobalenide and the intriguing tension of Costrizione 01 by Simone Palma, two light installations that become real environmental works to admire but above all to cross physically.
In the foyer of MACRO, two videomapping works are formed: Vj Luper and J-Cibong Waste-o-Polis, a futuristic city made up of polystyrene packaging that is animated by the mapping of the silhouettes of the objects they contain and which, mixing real images with geometric effects and dream animations, wants to raise awareness of the importance of good recycling and reuse practices; and Portami Via of NEOCORTEX PROJECT, an installation that focuses on the use of bicycles in the city, where the viewer can hold in his hands a dumbbell placed in front of a monitor and begin the change of scenery in front of him, between lights and color games.
On the front of NetArt, organized in collaboration with Shockart.net, works created from the creative manipulation of programming data. The Dyne, Data portraits installation is based on this, as well as Analyticz Visual Hacking created by Rufa – Rome University of Fine Arts. Thanks to a video installation, you can also interactively interact with the Shockart virtual gallery and explore all the Shockart.net web art exhibitions from 1999 to 2005.
Inside FOTONICA, there are also the dj set by Andrea Esu (Spring Attitude) and Orree (Strati) side by side in the video video from VJ Set by J-Cibong, Liz, Takehiko and Videosolid by LPM Live Performers Meeting.
FOTONICA has then devised a large space dedicated to the theoretical and practical approach of the world of audio-video and digital art thanks to the lectures held by Art is Open Source and Urban Experience, workshops on themes and instruments concern the digital and visual arts with Fusolab 2.0 and IED Roma and the children’s laboratories of the Fondazione Mondo Digitale, which aim to bring the youngest into digital culture through creative tools and stimuli.
All workshops are free, reservation is requested at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exhbit | December 1 > 9 | 10.30 > 19.30
Lectures | December 1-2 / 8-9 | 16:00 > 20:00
Workshops | December 1-8 | 11:00 > 16:00 / December 5 > 7 | 15:30 > 17:30
Workshops Kids | December 8 | 16:00 > 19:00 / December 9 | 11:00 > 13:00
See full program here: https://fotonicafestival.com/en/editions/2017-rome/program/