Roberto Paci Dalò
November 6–December 3, 2012
Opening: Monday, November 5, 19h
Via Paullo 12/A, Milan
Hours: 10–13, 14–18h Monday–Friday
The Monday performances
November 5: Roberto Lucanero | opening
November 12: Everydayjohncage
November 19: The Shanghai Night
Visual artist, composer/musician, and director Roberto Paci Dalò presents on the three floors of Marsèlleria Time Line, a retrospective exhibition—enriched by some never-before-seen works—in which drawings, sounds, sculptures, and videos are installed so as to create a comprehensive, “total” work intimately tied to the hosting venue.
Through light, projection, and sound, the spaces of Marsèlleria are interconnected to create a single, large immersive environment.
Beginning with handwritten pages, the show presents itself like an electric field. A two-way radio station, a device that creates vibrations, flashes, lightning, shadows, falls, losses between inside and outside. A suspended state where more than one time is encountered (in short, a multiple time line).
Roberto Paci Dalò, active for years on the international scene, creates his work starting with sound and drawing, then expanding to sculpture, installation, music, film, performance, and collaborative projects, between institution, the independent scene, and pop culture.
Art, science, and nature are the key words of his oeuvre. A pioneer in the use of Internet and in integrating analogical and digital technologies, his work areas include: radio transmission, telematic networks, persistence of classical tradition in contemporaneity, psicoacoustics, robotics, cybernetics, man-machine interaction, real-time sound-image elaboration, soundscapes (acoustic city portraits), cartography.
In defining his own work, Paci Dalò coined the definitions: media dramaturgy and theatre of listening.
Site-specific practices are one of the most important characteristics of his work: experiencing places to transform them, often with the people who live them (including ghosts in ghost towns). Relationships with people are therefore important to establish bonds that may also transcend by creating collaboration and participation on various levels.
There are two main external contributions that will enrich the show:
in collaboration with Arthub Asia and SH Contemporary, a space within the exhibition in which the works by Yu Xiaolu, Yu Xueou, Qin Mei, SunMengxuan will be presented; a corner dedicated to soundOhm by die Schachtel, an independent record label, present throughout the entire period of the show, with records and books dedicated to sound art and connections with visual art.
Time Line is dedicated to John Cage: on display is his mesostic dedicated to Paci Dalò and never presented in public before.
Critical essay by Andrea Lissoni.
Roberto Paci Dalò has presented his works in traditional venues (Kunsthalle Vienna, Venice Biennale, etc.), as well as in unusual sites: the Adriatic shore, with fifteen kilometers of sound diffusion (Publiphono); a building of industrial archeology at Graz (the rave Trance Bakxai); an opera theater in Rimini, closed in 1943 and reopened for only two nights (De bello Gallico). He has collaborated with artists from various disciplines: musicians (Kronos Quartet, Philip Jeck, Terry Riley, Scanner, Tenores di Bitti, Robert Lippok, Massive Attack, Almamegretta, David Moss); writers (Predrag Matvejevic’, Gabriele Frasca); visual artists (Maurizio Cattelan, Hermann Nitsch); philosophers (Giorgio Agamben); graphic designers (Leonardo Sonnoli); photographers (Roberto Masotti, Guido Guidi); actors (Umberto Orsini, Arnoldo Foà). He also produces albums and books on a regular basis.
He recently created Ye Shanghai, a musical-visual performance for SH Contemporary 2012 and produced by Davide Quadrio (Arthub Asia), in an enormous building donated by the Soviet Union to China in 1955. Underway (December 2012) is a solo show, LUFTKRIEG, at the Galerie Mario Mazzoli in Berlin. For all of 2012 Roberto Paci Dalò conceived Everydayjohncage, an everyday project dedicated to John Cage. He lives and works in Rimini and Berlin.
Press kit and images in high-resolution available here.