A project by ENRICO MALATESTA and CHIARA PAVOLUCCI.
Manicula is an artistic research format aimed at combining practices involving image and sound in relation with the themes of CITY and WALKING, with a CALM DRIFT that connects different URBAN SPACES and TERRITORIES in a common network.
Manicula consists in a collection of ACTIVE LISTENING and OBSERVATION EXERCISES aimed at investigating the acoustic and visual phenomena present in some parts of the city; the areas of activation of the practices are not declared, but indicated by reference symbol. The project is a kind of TREASURE HUNT and it does not require the presence and mediation of a performer/artist/guide. Each individual decides how to undertake the search for symbols and how to use the available scores to investigate, on the one hand, the relationship between SOUND AND SPACE through the use of the body and, on the other hand, the observation of VISUAL PHENOMENA related to the movement of light and its interaction with surfaces/layouts of the city. Manicula also invites people to continue the exploration by enriching it with their own personal research. No specific knowledge or skills are required to try the proposed exercises.
Manicula is an OPEN PROJECT that also includes live performances, workshop as well as a visual and textual JOURNAL that documents the research and the WALKING PATHS carried out in situ by the authors.
"Farmer, blood of the servant,
your plow is left without music"
E SÔNA (“it sounds” in Romagnolo dialect) is a project by sound artist Enrico Malatesta. Using sound as a means of knowledge and linking elements of Romagna's folklore and its rural rituals with the territories and communities encountered at each stage of the project, the work investigates the relationship between rural, magic–technology and local beliefs. The research is based on a long-term investigation held my Malatesta on the CAVÉJA DAGLI ANËLL, a shaking sound instrument equipped with tuned metal rings and used in agricultural work and in multifunctional ritual practices, and on the BRONTIDE, an unexplained acoustic phenomenon, similar to the sound of a landslide or an explosion in the sky (in English as skyquakes), nowadays no longer audible, and of which memory has been lost. Malatesta's intent is to overlap the energy of these instruments and phenomena on the sound characteristics of the encountered working field and community: the final aim is to go beyond the conceptual boundaries of local culture and transfer the vitality of identity and popular sound habits and beliefs in the contemporary fields of music and performance.
• ph_Caveja from the collection exhibited at MET – Museo degli Usi e Costumi della Gente di Romagna, Santarcangelo di Romagna - Rimini. Fo.Cu.S. Fondazione Culture Santarcangelo – Musei Comunali Santarcangelo.
• E SÔNA has been supported by Xing, Pollinaria AIR, Q-o2 workspace for experimental music and sound art, Liminaria. Image edit©Habitatt
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"My grandfather is a farmer, radio amateur and an accumulator. I can recognize his way to
accumulate very common through the people of his age that come from the rural area; the aim of the
accumulation is totally functional toward preserving fragments, iron, wood and all the components of
electrical and mechanical devices that can be used to fix malfunctions of the machines and tools used in
the agricultural field. Nonetheless,I noticed that he has a slight attraction to sounds and sometimes he
reassembles things creating rudimental sound-devices that are scattered in the field and that start to be
used by my family – and the people reaching home to buy vegetables and fruits – like entertainment and/or
In the spring of 2023 I am going to start a series of sound-based and self organized events revolving around the sound-devices and radios built/assembled my grandfather around my family's agricultural field.
• TRUCK HORN
• CYMBAL: an old and very cheap cymbal that I bought in a flea market (more than 15 years ago) and that I
had trashed in the garbage. I found this cymbal in the field in the summer of 2016, reassembled with a
system of suspension made with a car belt, two screws and a rusty iron knocker. The cymbal and the
knocker, in that condition, are let free to move on the wind spreading small sounds by touching one to
another. My grandfather hung the cymbal because when he hears its sound he remembers me and the time when
I was playing the drums all the day in his shed. My grandmother, on the other hand, has started to beat it
as loud as possible in order to advise to my grandfather when the lunch is ready: she is tired to shout at
him every time.
Lily Star is a selection of modified texts, anthropological annotations, anecdotes, fake names and speech
fragments collected and then assembled by the author during several years of employment as a fireworks
seller. The fieldwork was then expanded through internet-based researches; the aim of the book is to
present a flow of information concerning the socio-cultural and ecological implications, the rhetoric of
trade, the rules, the semantic aesthetics of nomenclatures and descriptions, the aberration of use of
fireworks and the sound & light synesthetic presence of pyrotechnics in different contexts of
celebration and entertainment. Far from proposing a finished project the book is the starting point for a
series of sporadic interventions dedicated to fireworks using different formats: lectures, readings,
listening sessions. Lily Star is a stage for the ephemeral power of fireworks and its transfer from the
sky to the medium of text.
Copies are available from Lorenzo Senni's PrestoRecords.
Graphic and Layout©Bianca Schick
SOUND SPACE BODY
Aural Tools uses small runs of simple objects to document the material and conceptual processes of specific musicians' sound production practice. It is a series of devices for relating sound to space, the listener and the body in ways unavailable through traditional recorded media such as CDs or LPs.
and i am
[Robert Lax – new poems, 1962]
Thanks to the permission from the ROBERT LAX LITERARY TRUST I have officially started to work on a new, long-term project, revolving around the beauty of ROBERT LAX's poems.
• I LIFT ONE STONE AND I AM THINKING_press ITA_pdf
Robert's portrait has been taken at Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart, in 1985, by ©Judith Emery.
Nuova Superficie is an electro-acoustic sound project by Giovanni Lami and Enrico
Malatesta is based upon horizontal actions in progress, that slowly change and melt over the course of the
performance. Sound originates from several speakers and – in general – from different diffusion points,
amplified or not, analog or acoustic, in a non-referential movement. The one and only need is to produce a
simple sound-mass, seemingly static but unceasingly evolving through the labour of the musicians. They use
their own instruments (as form and gesture) mainly on the surface, moving objects and working upon the
skin of an amplified snare or directly in contact with the tape of the reel-to-reel recorder, trying to
activate what is already present there but quiescent.
The aim is to realize a complex sound-space where each listening-experience can be free to evolve and wander and get lost. The sound is made from several diffusion points and is defined by sounds on the cusp of a dense texture, really homogeneous yet rich in detail and micro-perturbations. This non-stop negotiation between details on the horizon and the horizon itself, this lack of balance, and the interaction with the space hosting the performance is the base of this project, that could be considered as something in between electroacoustic music and site-specific action.
Elementi is a festival dedicated to contemporary music and performing arts whose intent is to present to the public the transversality of contemporary languages in relation to the emotional power of symbolic and uncontaminated landscapes of the Romagna region. The project is curated by MAGMA and MU in collaboration with the Municipality of Cervia, Cesenatico, Faenza and Unione dei Comuni della Bassa Romagna.
Saline di Cervia ph © Chiara Pavolucci