On the occasion of the 2015 edition of the Estate Fiorentina, Sonic Somatic presents a three-day festival that aims to explore sounds’ world moving between contemporary music production and visual arts through the specific perspective of the body. Spanning music performances, collective listening sessions and site-specific installations, the Festival condenses in a few days a wide cultural offer playing with the relation between body, space and sound. Sonic Somatic is conceived as a diffused festival involving a diversity of spaces in the city of Florence.
The courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi, the Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, the Cimitero degli Inglesi and the Museo Marino Marini will host site-specific sound projects, created in close dialogue with the cultural identity and the physical architecture of such places.

SONIC SOMATIC
1st edition

October 8 - 10, 2015
Various Locations,
Florence


PROGRAM

Thursday, 8th October
Courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi
Piazza Strozzi
From 11.00 am to 11.00 pm
ERIK SATIE: VEXATIONS
by Alessandria Di Nardo
Vexations (1893) is renowned for being the longest music composition ever: a short score exhausting in 152 notes and written on five pentagrams, that Satie invited to play for 840 times. Since the first historical performance by John Cage in 1963 in New York the piece has been publicly played only 25 times in history. Vexations has always put the player and the public to the test with a total duration between 9 and 24 hours. Vexations will be played for 26th times, the first one in Florence. In the courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi, Alessandria di Nardo will play the piece from 11.00 am ending at approximately at 11.00 pm. The twelve-hours performance will involve the audience visually and acoustically, modifying the perception of the space-time dimension both on an individual and a collective level.
Vexations has been supported by Palazzo Strozzi Foundation

Saturday, 10th October
Cimitero degli Inglesi
Piazzale Donatello
11.30 am
HELICOTREMA. Recorded Audio Festival
curated by Blauer Hase in collaboration with Giulia Morucchio
I Trasparenti
Sound itinerary within the cemetery with tracks by: Hildegard Westerkamp, Pauline Oliveros, Alberto Tadiello e James Webb

Museo Marino Marini
Piazza San Pancrazio
9.00 pm
HELICOTREMA. Recorded Audio Festival
Collective listening session curated by Rodolfo Sacchettini
A listening session curated by the critic, curator and radio drama historian Rodolfo Sacchettini. The audience experiences a varied programme inspired by Alfred Jarry including sound works, audio dramas, radio documentaries and field recordings.
In dialogue with the project Alfred Jarry Archipelago. HA-HA held in the spaces of the museum.

9.30 pm
EXPANDING ILLUMINANCE
The Italian première of Expanding Illuminance, a multimedia performance by Thomas Köner. Produced by Les Rencontres Internationales Paris in collaboration with Gaîté Lyrique (Paris), Expanding Illuminance is a hypnotic journey between two utopian visions of the future proposed by two sci-fi classics: Metropolis (1927) by Fritz Lang and the cult movie from the ‘80s Tron by Steven Lisberger.

Friday, 9th October
Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri
Pedestrian entrance from via del Pian dei Giullari, 16

6.00 pm
HELICOTREMA. Recorded Audio Festival
curated by Blauer Hase in collaboration with Giulia Morucchio
Using the typical methodologies of a cinema short films festival, Helicotrema presents a programme of unreleased sound works realised by international artists and authors. Helicotrema aims to a re-appropriation of the act of collective listening through the recovery of the radio broadcastings’ tradition. 
In the spaces of the Osservatorio two different listening sessions takes place on the theme of exploration and scientific research in relation to sound.

Submarine
Collective listening session with tracks by: Anna Raimondo, Isabella Bordoni, Carlo Giordani, Claudio Beorchia

7.00 pm
BLIND INJECTIONS
Site-specific installation by Giacomo Raffaelli
For the library of the observatory Raffaelli has produced Blind Injections, an audiovisual installation that explores specific aspects – both scientific and anthropologic – of the activity registered by the VIRGO interferometer, a detector of gravitational waves active in the province of Pisa since 2003. Starting from an interest in forms of measurement and the more peripheral features of scientific research, Raffaelli’s work explores the sound as an instrument of inquiry of the universe.

9.00 pm
HELICOTREMA. Recorded Audio Festival
White Noise
Collective listening session with tracks by: Stefano Giannotti, Giacomo Raffaelli,
Atau Tanaka, Francesca Grilli, Stijn Demeulenaere, Alberto Tadiello


ARTISTS

ALESSANDRIA DI NARDO (Montréal – Canada, 1989) is a concert performer and piano teacher. Graduated in piano when she was eighteen with Luba Zuk, she enrolled in the Faculty of music at the University McGill. In 2012 she moved to Florence in order to study piano with Giuseppe Fricelli at the Conservatorio di Musica Statale “Luigi Cherubini” where in 2015 she finished her studies gaining the Diploma Accademico of II level. In Italy, Di Nardo has taken part in several national contests, collecting remarkable results and special prizes as solo player and chamber musician. She played as solo player, with orchestras and as a chamber musician in important concerts and festivals in Italy, England, France, Malta, Hungary, Denmark and Czech Republic. In addition to her activity as a player, she teaches at the Scuola di Musica of Scandicci run by the Accademia Musicale of Florence.

BLAUER HASE (Venice, 2007) is an artistic collective founded by Mario Ciaramitaro, Riccardo Giacconi, Giulia Marzin and Daniele Zoico with the aim to propose experimental art forms of production and fruition. Among its projects there are: Helicotrema. Recorded Audio Festival realized in collaboration with Giulia Morucchio and Paesaggio, a periodic publication focusing on the landscape that gathers different written contributions by international artists.

GIACOMO RAFFAELLI (Rovereto, 1988) is a visual artist. He studied at Camberwell College of Arts in London. Since 2013 he has exhibited works both in Italy and abroad in art spaces such as Camberwell Space (London), “untitled” BCN (Barcelona), Galleria Civica of Trento and Viafarini DOCVA (Milan). Moreover, he presented films and performances at Mart - Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea of Trento and Rovereto, South London Gallery (London), L.E.S. - Local Experimental Society, (Almaty, Kazakistan), Centrale Fies (Trento), Villa Romana (Florence) and Hotel Pro Forma (Copenhagen).

THOMAS KÖNER (Germany, 1965) is a multimedia artist whose work is mainly focussed on the realization of installations, music performances, video and photos. Winner of many prizes and international rewards such as the Golden Nica of Prix Ars Electronica (Linz), Transmediale Award (Berlin), Tiger Club Award at the international Film Festival of Rotterdam, Best Young Artist ARCO (Madrid); Thomas Köner produced commissioned sound works for the Auditorium du Musée du Louvre, for the Musée d’Orsay and for the Centre Pompidou. His works are included in the collections of some of the most important museum of the world like Centre Pompidou in Paris and Musée d’art contemporain in Montréal. In 2012 Thomas Köner has been nominated for the prestigious Nam June Paik Prix.