The visual punk of glitch art

I had a musical education, so I happen to know quite well the types of experimentation that crossed the history of music – such as prepared piano, circuit bending, or analog re-sampling.
I did not know the same could happen in the visual field. I always thought video experimentation to be a phenomenon relatively limited to the analog field – Welles’ wide-angle, Kubrick’s astronomical lenses – or to the digital field – the cgi-verse, or the post-production phase.
Instead, while I work on live visuals, I’m starting to discover that there is a borderline, less clear and much wider than it may seem: the visual glitch art. (more…)

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Different ways to deal with complexity

I firmy believe simplification is often a feature of our time. I think we can notice it everyday: the social media, the marketing, the expression and communication forms, the attitudes, the availability of the interfaces, it all aims to somekind of ultimate simplicity, to make us feel comfortable, to here and now, to lead us, to the user experience.
It’s a peculiarity, often a notable feature. But when it comes to art, not everything is easy. Like our feelings, art also moves through complex and conflicting paths, questioning itself and dealing with difficult, unfamiliar, foggy fields.
I wanted this article to be about some works of art that attempt to explore these unknown territories. Here are some ways to deal with complexity. (more…)

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Photographing things that change – an interview with Mattia Zoppellaro

Rovigo is a city in Veneto that recently became famous for winning the title of “most boring city of Italy”. Since I was born there and since I live there for now, I can’t actually say it’s the most lively, and most interesting city ever. But I do think it has more qualities than it may seem.
Among those (and maybe most importantly), the fact that it has a good number of people remarkably talented in the main artistic fields. And that these people, despite their successes, have kept their humility intact.
This is one of the reasons why this time I wanted to interview one of these talents, one of the most important names born in Polesine: Mattia Zoppellaro.
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The (sound) wave of nostalgia for us in our thirties

Youtube, boring afternoon.
I’m about to start a lazy search for some new music, surfing from clip to clip based on how much the promo cover attracts me.
My eyes get caught on this one, orange and electric blue designing the stylized profile of a face which projects its own shadow in front of itself, like it’s splitting in two.
Com Truise – Dreambender. Read more

The kind of animation you don’t expect

When I talk about animated movies with someone I realize most people only think about mainstream cartoons. A lot of them refers to 3d animation, Pixar and Dreamworks products. The nostalgic ones, to Disney classics. The edgy ones, to Hayao Miyazaki, Tim Burton, Mamoru Oshii or Sylvain Chomet.
And yet the animation movie has a remarkable history, not at all limited the one and only formula – more or less classic – of the cartoon. It is often an art form, in the higher meaning of the term. Read more

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