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curated by Massimo Torrigiani
setting by Luca Cipelletti


opening: July 25th, 2015, 7 pm
exhibition: July 26th – August 29th
7pm – 11 pm – free entrance


Via Leopardi 7
Gagliano del Capo (LE)

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Having now reached its sixth edition, Capo d’Arte returns once more to look into unknown artistic worlds, with the aim of exploring other continents in both geographical and creative terms. 
The second exhibition in the trilogy of shows entitled Altrove – inaugurated last year with a retrospective of the Chinese video artist Yang Fudong – features the Soundwalk Collective, a group of international artists/composers based in Berlin and New York, made up of the founder Stephan Crasneanscki (Russia – France), Simone Merli (Italy) and Kamran Sadeghi
(Iran – USA).
Curated by Massimo Torrigiani, artistic director of Capo D’Arte over the period 2014-2016, the exhibition setting is the work of Luca Cipelletti, the Milanese architect whose work explores the crossover between art and architecture.

For the first time, Capo d’Arte features the sonic research linked to sound art, exploring the imagery of a collective whose artistic mission shifts between nomadism, documentation and the acts of recording and listening.

Hearing is another form of seeing... The conjunction of sound and image insists on the engagement of the viewer, forcing participation in real space and concrete, responsive thought rather than illusionary space and thought.
(Don Goddard, from Vito Acconci, William Hellermann, Don Goddard, Sound/Art, New York: The Foundation, 1984, 29 pp, catalogue of the exhibition curated by William Hellermann at SculptureCenter, New York, 1984).

The practice of the Soundwalk Collective draws on the reflections of Erik Satie and John Cage, on urban situationist explorations and the latest research into sound, to create a dialogue between music, imagery, nature and culture.
The works by the collective – operational since 2000 – are long compositions originating from ‘field recordings’, i.e. environmental recordings carried out in the most far-flung corners of the world: from the Amazon rain forest to the music schools of Naples and Shanghai, from the desert of Rub-al Khali to the Black Sea. Places where Crasneanscki, Merli and Sadeghi – often accompanied by their collaborators and other artists – live for extended periods of time with the aim of grasping and recounting their subtle sonar dimensions in great depth, through compositions that bring together anthropology, ethnography, non-linear narratives, psycho-geography and the exploration of the notion/practice of recording and listening to music.

The exhibition foresees the creation of ‘immersive’ spaces in which visitors will travel far afield - or discover entirely new dimensions of nearby worlds - while listening to the most diverse sounds.
For Before Music There Is Blood,  the Collective has entered the classrooms of the three of the most prestigious music conservatories around the World - the Shanghai Conservatory of Music (China), The N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory (Russia) and the Conservatorio di Musica S. Pietro A Majella in Napoli - and has recorded hundreds of hours of students practicing and rehearsing, in their utopian quest for excellence and virtuosity. Medea is the result of an epic circumnavigation of the Black Sea over two months - reaching into countries as different as Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Crimea, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria - on an old sailing boat equipped with audio-scanners capable of picking up all the sound waves on the sea surface. Finally, Purple Lips, is an intimate sound exploration of the last day of Nico from The Velvet Underground on the Ibiza island. The composition features the unique voice of Patti Smith whispering the last unpublished poem of Nico, sustained by the sound of the harmonium and the music of the unique 500 pipe organ built especially by Jean Guillou for the Music Conservatory of Napoli.

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As well as being performed live at the key music festivals and major art spaces around the world, the works of the Soundwalk Collective have been issued on vinyl by research record companies like Asphalt Tango Records, Arma and Dis Voir. The spaces that have staged the Soundwalk Collective concerts and installations most recently include: the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris); Museo Madre (Naples); New Museum (New York); National Museum of Singapore; Mobile Art by Zaha Hadid (Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York); EXIT Festival al Maison des Arts de Creteils (Paris); Villa de Noailles – Centre d’Art et de Culture Contemporain (Hyères); Florence Gould Hall (New York); ARMA 17 (Moscow); Lille Fantastic (Lille); Berghain Panorama Bar (Berlin); MUDAM (Luxemburg); TAP (Poitiers); MuCEM (Marseilles), and the CTM Festival 2013 & 2014 (Berlin).

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