in two worlDs roberto
the one of nAture and the other
Paci Dalò’s concert at the Experimental Intermedia (NYC)
was a surprise and a pleasure for me. His attention to details is exactly
what we need right now. The concert was a wonderful example in the nuances
intonation and in the representation of the clarinet as a solo instrument
and in the joining of music to words”
Roberto Paci Dalò focuses his work on sound and design expanding them in sculpture, installation, music, movies, theater and collaborative projects
Italian born artist Roberto Paci Dalò
studied Visual Arts and Music in Ravenna and Fiesole and was awarded the
Berlin DAAD Fellowship (1993). His work (as an artist, filmmaker, theatre director, musician/composer) has won him international admiration from amongst others, John
Cage and Aleksandr
Artistic Director of Giardini Pensili,
performing arts company & media lab co-founded in 1985.
An ensemble based on the collaboration among artists, technicians,
Since 2006 co-founder and director of Velvet
Factory - space for the arts (Rimini,
A pioneer in the use of digital technologies and telecommunication systems
in art, particularly interested in performing arts as a meeting point
of languages, he wrote, composed and directed since 1985 over 30 border-breaking
music-theatre works presented worldwide. He composed music for acoustical
ensembles, electronics, voices and a large number of innovative hörspiele
and radioworks produced by the main European broadcasting corporations.
Parallel to his musical work there is a body of films & videos regularly
presented in international festivals. His dramaturgical materials are
frequently re-composed in sound and video installations – often
site specific and interactive – presented in museums, galleries,
and the public space.
He taught Media Dramaturgy at the University of Siena and collaborates
with a number of institutions and research centres including University
of Bologna, Domus Academy Milan, Brera Fine Arts Academy Milan, Ascoli Piceno and Rome universities, where
he develops projects between technology, art and urban space in collaboration
with designers, architects, city planners, artists, programmers, theoreticians
"...if the new multimedia is going anywhere
at all, Paci Dalò's "Animalie" is leading the way, a
truly great show!!!!"
Artist-in-residence at Djerassi Foundation (San Francisco), STEIM
(Amsterdam), Ars Electronica FutureLab (Linz), Montévidéo
and GMEM (Marseille), La Bellone (Bruxelles), Western Front (Vancouver).
His productions have been seen by publics in Europe, Americas, Russia,
Middle-East (i.e. Wien Modern, Budapest Autumn Festival, Musikprotokoll
im Steirischer Herbst, Hebbel-Theater, Inventionen Berlin, Ars Electronica
Linz, D!sturbances Copenhagen, Spieltheater Munich, Intermedium 2 ZKM
Karlsruhe, Western Front Vancouver, Experimental Intermedia New York City,
Le tribù dell'arte Rome, Sonambiente Berlin, Museum Moderner Kunst
Vienna, Fundaciò Joan Mirò Barcelona, Budapest Autumn Festival,
Scopetone and SKIF St. Petersburg, MaerzMusik/Berliner Festspiele, Musica
Strasbourg, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Vienna Opera House).
Roberto Paci Dalò’s work has a position all of its own in
the international performing arts and media landscape. His work is not
easily situated in a particular genre of well-defined movement. He has
developed an authentic multi-layered language out of his background in
sound and visual arts, which combines the spoken language with body and
architecture. The use of new technologies in combination with an analysis
on classical tragic drama, makes his productions particularly innovative
in the way he combines on stage classicity and modernity.
As performer he developed extended tecniques on the clarinet and with
electronics and sampler. He performed hundreds concerts ranging from solo
to electro-acoustical ensembles and many improvised music projects in
collaboration with other artists. He craeted in 1987 in Jerusalem the
RPD Klezmer Orchestra: first Italian ensemble devoted to the presentation
of instrumental Jewish music (klezmer) with a special attention for the
Hasidic repertoire. His interest in traditional cultures brought him into
explorations and field researches through the Mediterranean, Eastern Europe,
Balcans and the North West European islands.
"I enjoyed your music very much and wish you
great success in your future projects. With best regards and much respect".
His music has been performed worldwide by the most outstanding musicians
i.e. David Moss, Kronos Quartet, Philip Jeck, Rupert Huber, Scanner, Esti
Kenan-Ofri, Sainkho Namtchylak, Gerfried Stocker, Giancarlo Cardini, Stefano
Scodanibbio, Tenores di Bitti, Gordon Monahan, Joelle Leandre, Roberto
Other collaborations include musicians Fred Frith, Tom Cora, Peter Courtemanche,
Terry Riley -- artists Kurt Hantschläger (Granular Synthesis), Salvo
Cuccia, Richard Long, Tullio Brunone, Patrizio Esposito, Oreste Zevola,
Maurizio Cattelan, Robert Adrian X -- writers Yehuda Amichai, Samih a-Qasim,
Predrag Matvejevic', Gabriele Frasca, Giorgio Agamben; dancer Caterina
Sagna. He directed actors like Nicoletta Fabbri, Anna Bonaiuto, Sandro
Lombardi, Rita Maffei, Fabiano Fantini, Marcello Sambati, Heiko Senst,
and the economist Pier Luigi Sacco a.o.
He has been working on texts by Walter Benjamin, Ingeborg Bachmann, Samuel
Beckett, Euripides, Gabriele Frasca, Antonio Gramsci, Giacomo Leopardi,
Pier Paolo Pasolini, Heiner Müller, Alexandra Petrova, Colette Tron,
People like John Cage, Robert Ashley, Filiberto Menna, Giuseppe Bartolucci,
Gabriele Frasca, Giya Kancheli had written about him.
Among his creations: Sentieri Segreti (Reggio Emilia 1985), Niemandsland
(Innsbruck 1992), La natura ama nascondersi (Museum Moderner Kunst Vienna/Tiroler
Landesmuseum Innsbruck 1992), Nodas (Vienna Opera House 1993, performed
by Kronos Quartet), Realtime (Austria 1993, Prix Ars Electronica Interaktive
Kunst 1994), La lunga notte (1993, award EBU/UER), Lost Memories (Graz
1994, official selection Prix Futura), Napoli (Nantes 1994, official selection
Prix Italia), Many Many Voices (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlino 1995),
Auroras (Inventionen, Berlin 1994), The Wonderful Spring (Musik Triennale,
Köln), Architettura della separazione (Ars Electronica Linz 1997),
Fuori Luogo (commissioned by SFB Sender Freies Berlin for the Prix Europa
98 opening), Nishmat Hashmal (Teatro Stabile di Parma 1998), Cieli altissimi
retrocedenti (Palermo 1998), Il Cartografo (Mittelfest, Cividale del Friuli
1999), Sirene (Palermo di scena 2000), Shir (Montebuono 2000), Metamorfosi
(Rome 2001), Animalie (Athens 2002), Transfert (Musikprotokoll / Wien
Modern 2002), Stelle della sera (Longiano 2003), Beck/ett (Napoli 2003),
Local & Long Distance (Vancouver 2003), Petroléo/México
(Bienal de la radio, Mexico City 2004), La linea rossa (Re-inventing radio,
Vienna 2004), Italia anno zero (in collaboration with Olga Neuwirth, Budapest
Autumn Festival 2004 and Wien Modern, MaerzMusik Berlin, Musica Strasbourg,
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival), Stelle della sera (Rimini 2005),
Qual è la parola - the poems by Samuel Beckett (Scandicci / Firenze
2006), Organo laico organo magico (Reggio Emilia 2006), Cenere (Monfalcone 2006).
An authentic radio & techno wizard he works on radical expansions
of radio language(s) especially through his 15 years collaboration with
ORF Kunstradio. Among his on-site/on-air/on-line projects: La Natura Ama
Nascondersi (Kunstradio 1992), Napoli (Nantes 1994, official selection
Prix Italia), La lunga notte (1993, award EBU/UER), Lost Memories (Graz
1994, official selection Prix Futura), Many Many Voices (Haus der Kulturen
der Welt, Berlino 1995, CD Edel Records / Akademie der Künste Berlin),
Fuori Luogo (commissioned by SFB Sender Freies Berlin for the Prix Europa
98 opening), OZ (SFB / Sonambiente 1996),
Paci Dalò is collecting soundscapes since the beginning of the
80's. His interest in urban spaces brought him to the creation of a corpus
of sound and visual work based on this research. Some of this activity
is documented on-line in the permanent website http://www.aec.at/residence/atlas (since 1998) created in collaboration with the Ars Electronica Center
(Linz). The site is conceived as an open net space devoted to urban explorations
and interventions. His urban explorations are a fundamental aspect in
develops interfaces and software/hardware in different research centres
& foundations. Areas of work: robotics, cybernetics, man-machine interaction,
psychoacoustics, realtime video and sound processing.
In 1993 he “invented” the Publiphono. An astonishing project
– based on the public adress system of the Rimini beach –
used to created environmental audio performance along 20 km of the coast.
Several artists were commissioned to produce pieces for it.
He was awarded the Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction for Interactive
Arts in 1994 and 1999.
As curator, he created in 1990 the non-profit organization
Amici della Musica Rimini. Between 1991 and 1998 he created and curated
in Rimini the International radio + art festival LADA L’Arte dell'Ascolto.
In the frame of the festival several projects were created and some of
them are still reference for today's art & technology's activities.
He brought to Rimini such artists as Heiner Goebbels, Ensemble Modern,
Llorenç Barber, Soldier String Quartet, Scanner, David Moss, Rupert
Huber (Tosca), Sam Auinger, Hannes Strobl, Tibor Szemzo a.o.
Since 1990 curator and co-ordinator of international projects based on
telecommunication systems and the Internet as working places (i.e. trustee
of the Mediterranean network of Horizontal Radio, Ars Electronica 1995;
Rivers & Bridges).
In 1994 creation the Giardini Pensili Web Site (www.giardini.sm).
In 1995 creation of Radio Lada - web art radio. (http://radiolada.com)
Between 1999 and 2001 curator of Itaca - the electronic stage of the Teatro
di Roma - working together with Mario Martone.
Co-curator of the project Aria-Net (Marseille, Lisbon, Rimini, Vienna).
In 2000 he curated — invited by RAI — part of the Radio and
Internet programme within the Prix Italia (Bologna-Rimini).
In 2004 he created the label LADA L’Arte dell’Ascolto devoted
to electronics, spoken words, soundscape and urban explorations. First
CD released is In Two Worlds. (http://lartedellascolto.com)
Discography (selected list)
Napoli (1994), Many Many Voices (1995), Horizontal
Radio (1994), Sumi (2000), Ozio (2000), In Two Worlds (2004), Pneuma (2005), AVN+RPD (2005), Sparks (2007), The Maya Effect (2011).
Paci Dalò's galleries and museums' work is represented by Galerie Mario Mazzoli Berlin.
Quinz E. (editor) Digital Performance, Anomos, Paris 2002
AA.VV. Kaleidoskopien, Heft 3, Institut für Theaterwissenschaft der
La porta aperta 2, Teatro di Roma 1999
Dehò V., Silenzio, sei meditazione oltre il rumore, Comune di Reggio
de-la Motte Haber H., Klangkunst, Prestel, München-New York 1996
Mango L., Morra G., Living Theatre: labirinti dell'immaginario, Edizioni
Fondazione Morra, Napoli 2003
Paci Dalò R., Fragliasso S., Pneuma. Giardini Pensili un paesaggio
sonoro, Teatro Comunale di Monfalcone 2005
Paci Dalò, R., Quinz, E., Millesuoni.
Deleuze, Guattari e la musica elettronica, Cronopio, Napoli 2006
Roberto Paci Dalò
T +39 05 41 75 93 16
T +39 34 82 93 02 62
via S. Aquilina 23
47900 Rimini / Italy