Trasformatorio e’ un laboratorio internazionale primaverile di pratiche legate alla performance site-specific. Ha come obiettivo integrare la pratica dell'Hacklab, la ricerca sulla performance e la sostenibilita'. Trasformatorio ha sede a Montalbano Elicona (ME), un borgo storico sui monti Nebrodi in Sicilia, a 900 metri s.l.m., un area ricca di storia e di bellezze naturali. Il laboratorio e’ organizzato nei locali dell’antico borgo, con il patrocinio del del Comune di Montalbano Elicona e del Consorzio Universitario Federico Secondo.

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Trasformatorio is international laboratory focusing on all that is related to site-specific and sustainable performance. It's objective is to integrate the practice of the Hacklab with the research over performative arts and open design. Trasformatorio second edition (T#1) happens again this spring in Montalbano Elicona, a little known village rich of history and natural beauties in north east of Sicily, and will start 20 of April 2014. Our aim for two weeks of collective investigation is to design, to implement and test performances ideas and technical concepts that are both inclusive, open and sustainable. We value the design of new entities, the revaluation of existing forms of aRT and the enhancement of the collective knowledge of participating artists through sharing, in harmony with the natural and human environment that hosts us. The laboratory is held in the premises of the old town, supported by the City of Montalbano Elicona and the University Consortium Federico II.

Ultima ora! / Last News!

In the heart of Palermo

A New node of a growing Network

We are very happy to give space here to the news of the birth of a very interesting new project in the City of Palermo, connected to our spring activities by the participation of Andrea Kantos to the trasformatorio#1.

Dimora OZ is opening up to the world in style, and I am sure more collaborations and ideas will spur from this new center. Something is already boiling in the big pan…

So, let’s hear what they have to say about themselves and about their program. Opening is the 17th of July, all informations can be found here: on the facebook page. If you are in the area dont miss it!

big hup o/

On July 14, opens in Palermo Dimora Oz, one permanent laboratory for the visual arts and performance.

The project was born in the rooms of Palazzo Barlotta, where the mecenate Roberto Bilotti Ruggi d’Aragona have supported as he did in the past the artists.
The core of the project is the button coworking area, which houses a Kantos Andrea, Andrea Mineo, Alessandro Giglio, Claudia Di Gangi, Gabriel David Gandolfo, Nike Pirrone, Patrycja Stefanek, while Valentina Parlato are planned for 2014 collaborations with Federico Bonelli, Desideria Burgio, Vincenzo Amenduni, Precarie Editions, Rizma.

At the same time open to the public Oz House launches the first annual workshop: Origins. The workshop will be a reflection on the causal nodes subjective and collective identity, due to practical and relational positions; a “radical” is not intended as a look at the past (culture, styles, or historical processes), but as an inner revolution in the causal processes in which we are connected to the world, and somehow making sure that the latter will prove to be the space of awareness.
The laboratory Origins opens with the presentation of six works: Spare parts Alessandro Giglio, Axis Mundi Gandolfo David Gabriel, Dance Afford Claudia Di Gangi, Shockways Patrycja Stefanek In Your Future by Nike and Pirrone Nowadays, Palermo, July 16th 2014 Valentina Parlato.
Origins is a project on urban and cultural mythologies, the precarious state of things and the desire to pursue an artistic reflection that it is not merely self-referential but a cultural experience of a community that has the need for resources and suggestions. Dimora Oz is a project of placemaking, fits into the recontextualization of spaces making them active and dynamic cultural centers. The form of inquiry into the origins, it is often diverted one way on the past, while Origins, in the sense of relation, causality and determination, open aspects on the present and focus on specific problems and contexts The most modern and repeated.

OZ is an interdisciplinary laboratory dwelling, divided into design spaces: Co-working, Performance Space, Black Room, Living Expo, OZSelect and a laboratory of Green Design (with a hydroponic vegetable garden).

Il 14 luglio apre a Palermo Dimora Oz, uno laboratorio permanente di arti visuali e performance.

Il progetto nasce nelle stanze di Palazzo Barlotta, dove Il progetto nasce nelle stanze di Palazzo Barlotta, dove il mecenate e operatore culturale Roberto Bilotti Ruggi d’Aragona ha supportato – così come accaduto in passato – gli artisti presenti nello spazio.

Il nucleo pulsante del progetto è l’area coworking, che accoglie al suo interno Andrea Kantos, Andrea Mineo, Alessandro Giglio, Claudia Di Gangi, Gandolfo Gabriele David, Nike Pirrone, Patrycja Stefanek, Valentina Parlato mentre sono previste per il 2014 collaborazioni con Federico Bonelli, Desideria Burgio, Vincenzo Amenduni, Edizioni Precarie, Rizma.

Contemporaneamente all’apertura al pubblico Dimora Oz lancia il primo laboratorio annuale: Origini. Il laboratorio sarà una riflessione sui nodi causali dell’identità soggettiva e collettiva, determinata da pratiche e posizioni relazionali; una “radicalità” non intesa come sguardo al passato (cultura, stilemi o processi storici), ma come rivoluzione interiore nei processi causali che ci vedono connessi al mondo, e in qualche modo facendo si che quest’ultimo si riveli come spazio di consapevolezza.
Il laboratorio Origini apre con la presentazione di sei lavori: Pezzi di Parti di Alessandro Giglio, Axis Mundi di Gandolfo Gabriele David, Afford Dance di Claudia Di Gangi, Shockways di Patrycja Stefanek, In Your Future di Nike Pirrone e Nowadays, Palermo, 16 luglio 2014 di Valentina Parlato.
Origini è un progetto sulle mitologie urbane e culturali, sullo stato precario delle cose e sulla volontà di portare avanti una riflessione artistica che non sia meramente autoreferenziale ma un’esperienza culturale di una comunità che ha necessità di risorse e suggestioni. Dimora Oz è un progetto di placemaking, si inserisce nella ricontestualizzazione degli spazi rendendoli centri culturali attivi e dinamici. La forma d’indagine sulle origini, spesso viene dirottata a senso unico sul passato, mentre Origini, nel senso di relazione, causalità e determinazione, apre aspetti sul presente e focus specifici su problemi e contesti attualissimi e reiterati.

Dimora OZ è un laboratorio interdisciplinare, diviso in spazi progettuali: Co-working, Spazio Performance, Black Room, Zona Expò, OZSelect e un laboratorio di Green Design (con un orto idroponico).

Who’s Luther?

A improvised talk by Federico in the castle of Montalbano about the importance of being there, the TAZ, Luther Blissett, Hakim Bey, to be 20 in the 1990es, art, bombs, mafia, media analysis, chaos… and all that jazz

Program and Themes for T#1

Is time to give a bit of information to the public about what will be the themes and the activities for the Trasformatorio of this year.
I intend to divide our research for number one into 6 general areas of interest:

  1. Sensing the invisible

Observations generated by the movement in day and night and various weather conditions  inside the castle or in the open areas around the Argimusco suggested many themes of research: low intensity lighting and sound is one of the most promising for our performative purposes. Observers instead of getting into a dark artificial space from light as in the experience of getting to theater in a city, goes throught the experience of walking at night in the open beforehand has time to adapt his senses to the environment.

Small movements in the background of a landscape in the moonlight can be perceived as gigantic. Very low intensity light still retain the qualities of a big effect, and same goes for localized sound, that uses the structure of the natural resonances of the space. These observation defines a field of study and application that asks for invention, new design and unconventional approaches. Is our intention to prepare some of these to be put on test in trasformatorio number one. Some arguments that fall into this specific category are:

  1. micro lighting

  2. localized sound and vision

  3. projection strategies and tactics

  4. context specific performance control


2. Sustainability

Sustainability has evolved from being a general technical aspect of the research to a multi layered approach, that includes production guidelines, founding strategies, technical givens  with specifications and future research themes, surprisingly became more prominent in a dramaturgical context than in a technical one.

3. Space of tales and transformation of stories

  1. Trasformatorio number one shall approach the local “space of stories”, experimenting with a guest group of writers and storytellers as participants of next trasformatorio number one. This space could transform in many ways and become part of other stories, a event that is of great interest.

  2. Local folklore had been collected by first hand accounts and from independent researchers busy with the location that we encountered in the first trip, and most of the discussions have been recorded in audio by Gabriele Zaverio. As an example some elements of this activity could be part of radio transmissions both in FM and streaming, and other audible transformation-prone work. A mini FM radio broadcast over the area could be one of the themes of the “sensing the invisible” sessions,   allowing an experimental situation that withstands longer times of attention.

  3. Archeo-astronomical data collected about the close by locations, the presences of clear and suggestive star alignments in the megaliths is of great interest and inspirational value. It allows to explore many different kind of regular structures. Patterns of recurrence that can be investigated from algorithms for generative compositions and dramaturgical analysis alike. This could be one of the themes for further research on witch to design our future “call for artists”.

  4. It is of interest to arrange our communication to allow participation to artists of the southern side of the mediterranean, including the Magreb nations and the arab talking cultures. We wish to propose our laboratory in Sicily also as a open space of encounter and investigation to different types of artists. A gate for north-south collaborations and also for south-south and east-west alike.

  5. In trasformatorio number zero a great deal of attention was given to integrate as many as possible artists and circuits from the region, and to establish connection with curators and theaters of the area. To be able to propose them our type of performance and to get to know better sicilian artists in the field.This activity shall be continued and potentiated and some small founding dedicated also to this exploration.


4. Synesthesia: senses that collide

  1. Focus of the research is the integration of media rich reactive environment to natural environment and to the presence of performers and audience alike. The point of view of Synesthesia traces a research path were some characters of the performer work are reverberating into other perceptible forms: intention becomes a color, emotion a sound, speed a movement in the air or a series of sound in staccato moving away in the distance in the wood at night.


5. Out in the open: media rich site specific performance off the grid


6. Situation based formats: investigation of the border between cinema and other forms

  1. performative cinema

  2. cinematic happenings

  3. live cinema

Trasformatorio as a lab is for production and collective investigation has always to include presentation and performance. Number zero contains in itself many works that will continue into collaboration works. It would be interesting to be able to follow these collaborations and be part of their development. Forms to facilitate this should be a theme of discussion in the core group for the months ahead.

Pre production activities (4 days on site)

1. week one (36 hours max of scheduled activity, rest of time is free to use for own projects coordinated by Federico):
two groups, one for day one for night, one day of day activity and one day for night then swap.

1.2.1. work table: light visual and sound;
1.2.2. work table: out in the open 1; light and sound
1.2.3. work table on sustainability; solar and wind, micro solar for stand alone units


1.2.4. history harvesting
Techniques of collection and transformation of local folklore, lore, stories and myth
1.2.5. out in the open day event (all together)
1.2.6. documentation practices and activities
1.2.7. kitchen
and  other methodologies of transformation paradigms: service, setup and running, hospitality, food transformation
1.2.8. exchange programs Elderly people School Old and New Inhabitants of the borgo
1.2.9. informal exchange

1.3. week two (15 hours)

1.3.1. work table: light and sound; micro projections
1.3.2. work table: out in the open 2; light and sound
1.3.3. out in the open night event (all together)
1.3.4. storytelling and dramaturgies
1.3.5. documentation
1.3.6. kitchen
1.3.7. informal exchange

1.4. final public presentation (one day activity)

1.5. planning and forms for T#2

2. on site breakdown (2 days)

3. on-line archiving (2 weeks)

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T#1 Docs in process

Hello Folks,
T#1 ended and everyone is home safe. Busy times for me in the process of documenting these exceptional 2 weeks. It was hard. Many things happened and many amazing things have been developed in spite of bad weather, circumstances, obstacles etcetera. The most amazing for me is the spirit you all shared, the friendship we developed, the discoveries, the inspiration that will fill up my purposes for the next months, and I know yours as well.
For all the lurking bands of friends and foes alike, in the next weeks this site will gather a lot of informations on "stuff" done and thought of by all participating artists. Keep coming.
For my fellow trasformatoristas a big hug and a sincere "thank you" for being there all together, as peers.

T#1 gallery

  • photo by Klar Fender
  • Photo By Klar Fender
  • Argimusco operations by night photo by Annabel Hesselink
  • photo by (?)
  • installation by Elles Kiers, photo by Klar Fender
  • Photo by Klar Fender
  • photo by Klar Fender
  • Wondering about the last take... photo Klar Fender
  • Behind the scenes, Annabel Hesselink and Andrea Kantos photo Klar Fender
  • and it grew even more...
  • with a big hug to the best restaurant in montalbano town
  • a source of stories and kindness
  • photo by Klar Fender
  • the castle and the talk
  • photo by Klar Fender
  • Photo by Annabel Hesselink
  • Photo by Klar Fender
  • a recording studio improvised in the castle. A long list of gear we would have liked to have...
  • photo by (?)
  • sounds and happy moments with Yara Mekaway
  • Castle Jam
  • photo by Klar Fender
  • and the teremidi

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