DIGITALIVE. VIRTUAL LANDSCAPES
4 - 6 October 2019
Mattatoio – Piazza Orazio Giustiniani, 4, 00153 Roma RM
MARA OSCAR CASSIANI - MARCO DONNARUMMA/MARGHERITA PEVERE – MARIA DI STEFANO - ENRICO MALATESTA plays ELIANE RADIGUE – ZU – SANDRA MASON - Students of RUFA Multimedia course - ¡miércoles! aka NICOLAS JAAR/STEPHANIE JANAINA - HIROAKI UMEDA - ULTRAVIOLETTO – FRANZ ROSATI – ENRICA BECCALLI/ROULA GHOLMIEH curated by RE:HUMANISM.
Digital sub-cultures, virtual tribes, new rituals and habits that unite in the present, archetypes and symbols of the past, within a futuristic hypermedia dimension.
From the 4th to the 6th of October, the second edition of the Digitalive section of Romaeuropa festival, dedicated to multimedia performing arts, artistic innovation and emerging creativity and curated by Federica Patti, explores the new horizons of live practice, within the spaces of the Mattatoio. The programme presented transcends all categories and genre classifications, with the aim of showcasing innovation through a panorama of live acts, as well as the vast arena of cross-pollination between science, media, music, performing and visual arts.
The artists presented in this edition generate conversations between generations and languages, pathways between analog and digital, dialogues between the natural and the artificial, and finally, a discourse between human and non- human.
The cult of ancient archetypal knowledge meets new contemporary rituals in the performance of Mara Oscar Cassiani Spirit x Roma, based on the transmutation of vernacular masks towards new contemporary generational rites. Marco Donnarumma and Margherita Pevere, winners of the 2018 Digital Award, present the world premiere of their new production Humane Methods: a dialogue between entities- human, robotic and synthetic. Maria Di Stefano in Rouge, a video installation incorporating both analog and digital, explores hot issues of the day, such as appropriation, globalization and cultural capitalism.
The hypermedia creations of Japanese choreographer Hiroaki Umeda will be presented in his new immersive, multimedia solo show, Median, which he premieres in Italy at Digitalive, accompanied by a new version of his performance Intensional Particle, specially re-interpreted for Romaeuropa festival.
Ultravioletto presents Sonic Arms, a dance of robotic limbs, exploring the coexistence of robotics, generative images and music.
This year too, music is at the forefront of Digitalive, with the world premiere of Terminalia Amazonia, the new ritualistic album by ZU; with ¡miércoles!, a live improvisation by Nicolàs Jaar alongside dancer Stéphanie Janaina in a durational performance that sheds new light on the American-Chilean artist and composer; with Occam Ocean - Occam XXVI Enrico Malatesta plays Eliane Radigue, with Enrico Malatesta’s analog solo for percussion, paying tribute to historic composer Eliane Radigue’s stunning French electronic music; with Sandra Mason immersing the spectator in her psychedelic imagery with a thematic dj set of vintage synthesizers and new wave sounds; and finally with another premiere, Franz Rosati’s Hyletics, a generative audiovisual live set focused on the representation of an immaterial, borderless territory.
Digitalive will also welcome to DE_MIGRATION, an installation by the students of the RUFA Multimedia course, with online and offline content, and will inaugurate a collaboration with RE: HUMANISM, the award dedicated to the relationship between art and artificial intelligence, presenting Complexity, a work by Enrica Beccalli in collaboration with Roula Gholmieh , in which the performer challenges her sense of balance on stage by wearing a device programmed to synchronize her movements with those of an immense flock of birds, simulated by an algorithm.
One of the artists in the program this year will also be awarded the Digital Award, for the production of a new show to be premiered at Romaeuropa 2020.