Trasformatorio #1 dates!
20 April to 4 May 2014
La prima edizione di Trasformatorio , Trasformatorio#0, si e’ svolta dall’ 1 al 14 Aprile 2013.
Professionisti e studenti provenienti da vari paesi hanno partecipato ad una settimana di workshop e ad una di residenza.
Partecipanti: 14 Italiani, di cui 7 Siciliani, 3 residenti in Olanda e 1 residente in UK, dall’Austria (4), dall’Olanda (4), Inghilterra (1), Bulgaria (1) e Slovenia (2).
Le attività svolte durante le due settimane hanno visto e prodotto:
Workshops e laboratori:
Sviluppo e applicazione del lavoro site-specific. Questa ricerca e’ risultata in un prodotto ad hoc, sviluppato in base alle esigenze del luogo, delle persone, e dell’ambiente (inteso come spazio antropologico) di Montalbano Elicona.
La ricerca si è sviluppata intorno al concetto dell’ eco-sostenibilità, attraverso l’esplorazione degli strumenti tecnici, trovando una trasformazione degli stessi per arrivare ad un impatto ambientale il più possibile vicino allo 0.
Presentazioni, conferenze, dibattiti, spettacoli e installazioni:
Le esplorazioni artistiche dei vari partecipanti sono state presentate in diversi modi ad un pubblico variegato, tenendo conto del contesto e dello stato di avanzamento dei vari progetti.
Raccolta di cibo e materiali necessari alla permanenza nel luogo di lavoro e laboratori sul cibo:
Questa attività si è rivelata collante tra Traformatorio e la comunità locale, creando una rete di collaborazione con gli abitanti di Montalbano Elicona.
The first edition of Trasformatorio, Trasformatorio#0, took place , took place from 1st till 14th April 2013.
Practitioners and art students from various countries participated to one week of workshops and one week of residency.
Participants were coming from Italy (14; of whom 7 Sicilians, 3 residents in the Netherlands and 1 resident in UK), from Austria (4), from the Netherlands (4), UK (1), Bulgaria (1) and Slovenia (2).
The activities in those two weeks contained:
Workshops and laboratories:
Application and development of personal skills on site-specific performance . This is a research was conducted with the ethic of exchange, responding to the specific environment (= people, history, space) of Montalbano Elicona.
Technical research on sustainability; an exploration of tools that can be used for site-specific performances, helping to create a theatrical transformation with the most limited damages to the environment.
Research presentations, discussions, speeches, performances and installations:
The practitioners’ explorations were presented to different audiences, in multiple ways, according to the content, character and state of development of ideas and performance material.
Establishing the basics, gathering food and all other material necessities:
On the locations where Trasformatorio was working and living. This very basic practical activity was considered and worked out as one of the means of ‘mapping’ the place. It worked as a key aspect for integrating with the local community and as a simple social glue between participants.
… something about trasformatorio…
from casa faranda
to the castle
meet il maestro
and greet la signora in nero
touch to get in touch
and don’t miss argimusco
… qualcosa sul trasformatorio…
da casa faranda
incontra il maestro
e saluta la signora in nero
tocca per conoscere
e non perderti l’argimusco
With big pleasure I have been giving two presentation of Trasformatorio in Norway. The first one, invited by Per Plateau from PNEK, in Atelier Nord Gallery in Oslo.
The space of the gallery is beautyful, in a cool zone of the town. To get there was easy enough, walking in the city, and Per’s hospitality impeccable.
Not many people attended, because there was something more in contemporary in town but was a very good exercise, after wich I changed a bit the presentation to make it flow better.
PNEK (Production Network for Electronic Art, Norway) is a network structure aiming to provide good production conditions for artists working with electronic and interdisciplinary art. As you can read in their ABOUT pages PNEK assists artists and structures with competence building, project development, workshops, screening/distribution of works, and activities aiming to raise the general awareness about hybrid artforms through seminars and social/artistic events. PNEK can provide limited travel support for artistic/structural exchange between the nodes, and for developing international relations (artists, curators, critics etc.).
The following day I moved to Bergen by train, crossing the norwegian frosty landscape.
Piksel is a creature of Gisle Froysland, and is an annual event for artists and developers working with free and open source software, hardware and art. I always been happy to join in Piksel because of the workshops, and I have already attended more than an edition. It is organised in Bergen since 10 years, and involves participants from more than a dozen countries exchanging ideas, code, presenting art and software projects. There are also performances in the evening and open discussions on the aesthetics and politics of free and open source software.
I spent some days attending to the works, building tools and networking, busy mostly in communication trasformatorio idea and in gathering good ideas to implement or experiment with in sicily. For example data aquisition an visualization or sonification as part of a adventurous way to be in the open, something we had also interesting enough done immediately in Trasformatorio #0, is done in various ways by many other people attending piksel.
In particular I have followed a workshop called “Suntongues” on capturing and using sun related data with Benjamin Freeth and Prof. John Bowers from the Culture Lab of Newcastle University (UK).
Another enlighting workshop I have followed was
Víctor Mazón Gardoqui LIMEN, an experience well rewarding: an empowering surface soldering nightmare and a lesson over the fragility of public wireless communications. The Projects of Victor and his companion Mario wonder through the use of custom made wireless blocking devices, scanners, spectrum analizers. With their precious help I build a FM/UHF, WIFI, GSM, GPS spectrum scanner and started listening around the invisible electromagnetic noise that surrounds us.
My presentation of Trasformatorio #0 was then done in a rather full venue the 23rd morning. You can see it all on the recorded streaming following the link here below.
To conclude I feel that it was a very interesting trip, and it’s results will eco in our number one meeting next April.