During the second wave of lockdowns and cultural stop spread all around Europe in late 2020, bb15 invited sound artist Michele Spanghero in a process of “remote residency” for the creation of a compositional work dealing with silence and the emptyness of the cultural spaces.

Over the course of his Remote Residency Michele Spanghero created a second work by engaging with the sound qualities of the empty space of bb15, entitled Loopdown and now available as tape loop cassettes.

The work is grounded on the pressing feeling of looping of time during pandemic: a feeling of non-evolving solitude and melancholy that most of the people recently experienced during lockdowns.

Inspired by Erik Satie’s musique d’ameublement – furniture music – Spanghero created a looping sound composition based on a short piano sequence, which repeats unchanged and yet evolves through texture and time variations. The work is also the result of a process of remote-recording with the help of the bb15 team, through which natural reverberation and resonancies of the bb15’s venue were experienced from distance.

The second outcome of the Residency is a limited series of loop tape cassettes, a medium that itself does not have a beginning or an end, but only allows the listener to experience the composition spanning over time with the impression of movement or variations, but always returning to the basic piano sequence.

The 10 minutes loop tapes are released by bb15 in a limited edition of 20 cassettes and can be orderd here:

https://bb15.bandcamp.com/album/loopdown

Michele Spanghero (Gorizia, Italy 1979) sound and visual artist

Michele Spanghero’s artistic activity ranges from the field of sound art, to sculpture and photography. He’s research is versatile, yet consistent enough to receive the mention as “Best young Italian artist in 2016” according to Artribune magazine. Spanghero exhibited his works in various international venues such as School of the Art Institute (Chicago), Hyundai Motorstudio (Beijing), Tuileries Garden (Paris), Museum of Modern Art (Istanbul), Ars Electronica festival (Linz), Klangraum (Krems), Mart Museum (Rovereto), Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation (Venice), Palazzo Te (Mantua) and 16th Art Quadriennale (Rome).

www.michelespanghero.com

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During the second wave of lockdowns and cultural stop spread all around Europe in late 2020, bb15 invited sound artist Michele Spanghero in a process of “remote residency” for the creation of a compositional work dealing with silence and the emptyness of the cultural spaces.

In times when the current condition could not be imagined, the artist explored acoustically empty theaters in his long-term project “Monologue”, an audio-visual work inspired by the Italian theatrical architectural heritage. Since 2014 Spanghero collects images and resonant frequencies from some of the most important Italian theaters and opera houses, such as Teatro Regio in Parma, Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice, or Teatro di San Carlo in Naples.

Due to the pandemic limitations all across Europe, theaters – places with a long tradition of social and political relevance – are currently closed. Spanghero re-worked his archive of recordings and he celebrated the Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice by filling its emptiness and silence through an orchestral composition that blends with the recording of the resonance frequencies of the theater he made there in 2015.

Monologue Exhibition

The video installation was streamed online from December 28th to 31th on this website.

Michele Spanghero (Gorizia, Italy 1979) sound and visual artist

Michele Spanghero’s artistic activity ranges from the field of sound art, to sculpture and photography. He’s research is versatile, yet consistent enough to receive the mention as “Best young Italian artist in 2016” according to Artribune magazine. Spanghero exhibited his works in various international venues such as School of the Art Institute (Chicago), Hyundai Motorstudio (Beijing), Tuileries Garden (Paris), Museum of Modern Art (Istanbul), Ars Electronica festival (Linz), Klangraum (Krems), Mart Museum (Rovereto), Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation (Venice), Palazzo Te (Mantua) and 16th Art Quadriennale (Rome).

www.michelespanghero.com

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Susanna Flock - I don't exist yet, 2019

Exhibition Opening
Tuesday, October 20th 2020, 7:00pm

The phrase „out of touch“ or „out of touch with reality“ stands for a feeling of incapacity to understand, or to feel/touch something anymore: a symptom that may also describe our current relationship to technology. In the seemingly dematerializing world, we engage more and more with immaterial and territorially unbound spaces behind mirror-smooth screens, that are not tangibly accessible.
Susanna Flock’s solo exhibition „how to turn a man into a melon“ brings together works that explore traces that the interweaving of technologies with all aspects of our lives leaves behind.
https://susannaflock.net/

Susanna Flock


Opening Hours
October 21th – 30th, 3 – 6pm
Saturday and Sunday closed
Also open by appointment.