According to the previous editions, also this year the Festival involves international and Italian visual artists presenting a programme of performances, workshop, sound walks and site-specific installations. For the first time, the whole festival takes place in one specific venue, focusing on a peripheral area of the city that remains out of the traditional cultural circuits of the city centre and that in the last years has undergone important urban and social transformation: the area of San Donato in Novoli.

3rd edition
October 5 - 8, 2017
Centro Commerciale di Novoli


Thursday, October 5th
6.30 PM - 8.30 PM Piazza Centro Commerciale di Novoli
Christina Kubisch
Starting at 6.30, 7.15 and 8.00 PM
Among the sound-art pioneers, Christina Kubisch presents her Electrical Walks for the first time in Florence. The public, equipped with special headphones, is carried by the artist in a sound walk that detects the electromagnetic phenomena invisible to our eyes.
6.30 PM - 9.30 PM Spazio Sfitto, Piazza Ugo di Toscana n.27
Peter Kutin, Florian Kindlinger and Christina Kubisch
Entirely shot in Las Vegas, Desert Bloom originates from the collaboration between Christina Kubisch and the artist duo of Austrian composers Peter Kutin and Florian Kindlinger. The film is a fascinating visual and sound journey into the bright oasis rising in the middle of the Mojave desert.
9.30 PM Spazio XL (2nd floor), Centro Commerciale di Novoli
Sync (Marco Monfardini)
Detect is a site-specific audio video performance created moving from the frequencies which we normally are not able to hear. Monitoring, detection and recording of sounds characterize the performance during which Marco Monfardini reveals to the public the inudibile which surrounds the complex of San Donato.

Later on, Spazio XL (1st floor), Centro Commerciale di Novoli
Pietro Michi [FossaDelRumore]
Rust Live Session is a journey to the discovery of noise music, a sound exploration of its metamorphosis. Ranging between industrial music an noise, Pietro Michi's live set will resume - through the sound -  the industrial past of the San Donato area.
Rust is part of a series of mixes and listening sessions conceived by Pietro Michi for Radio Papesse.
All the mixes are available on

Saturday, October 5th
11.00 AM - 13.00 PM Unicoop, Piazza Centro Commerciale di Novoli
4.00 PM 6.00 PM Unicoop, Centro Commerciale di Novoli
Josefin Vargö and Ayhan Aydin in collaboration with Johannes Burström
Taste the Change of Frequencies is an experience that combines taste and sound, revealing how this element is able to modify taste. Wearing some headphones, people will experiment the relation between the sound frequencies and the ways in which they can intervene on taste itself.
3.00 PM - 8.00 PM Piazza Centro Commerciale di Novoli
Christina Kubisch
3.00 - 8.00 Spazio XL (2nd floor), Centro Commerciale di Novoli
Radio Papesse
Public space and urban emptiness, post-industrial landscapes and utopian architecture are the objects of interesting investigations and sound narrations. Radio Papesse’s archive collects some examples and proposes a selection of tracks in relation with the still empty spaces of San Donato.
6.30 PM - 8.00, Spazio sfitto, Piazza Ugo di Toscana n.27
Peter Kutin e Florian Kindlinger
7.00 PM Spazio XL (1st floor), Centro Commerciale di Novoli
Roberto Fassone
All Blue Everything is composed by a performance and a video gathering together a compilation of the best sound tracks of 2016 and video materials found online in an elaborated and frenetic collage. It is the story of a boy who is not able to sing. The public is highly advised to dance and have fun.

October 5th - 7th October 3.00 PM - 8 PM
October 8th ottobre 11.00 AM - 1.00 PM 

Andrea Mi
Novosonica is a sonorization conceived for the speakers in the shopping mall. Playing on acoustics as the sensorial dimension of the space, it invites to a “sound meditation”.
Download NOVOSONICA mp3 from Radio Papesse website.


CHRISTINA KUBISCH works with sound sculptures, installations and performances since the 1980s. She took part in international Biennials and exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale, Documenta in Kassel, Sydney Biennale and Sharjah Biennale. Kubisch has been awarded with several prizes in the fields of art and music and has had solo shows in Europe, USA, Australia, Japan and South America.

FOSSADELRUMORE is a drone, noise and ambient project started by in Florence Pietro Michi in 2012. In the last years, he focused on field recording, noise pollution and sound spatialization. Michi uses synths, filters and DIY drones looking for punk and dark atmospheres. In 2017 he started collaborating with Radio Papesse with a series of overall mix on the noise scene of the last twenty years, in a cultural journey to discover a genre and its most mainstream legacies.

MARCO MONFARDINI (SYNC) is a composer and a media-artist who, from the mid ‘80s mainly focuses on music and video. His work has been presented in galleries and contemporary art institutions. He took part in several international festivals such as Elektra Festival in Montreal, Gogbot festival in the Netherlands, Audiovisiva Festival at the Science and Technology Museum in Milan, Robot Festival in Bologna. In 2010 he created Sync, a platform for visual and sound artists.

RADIOPAPESSE.ORG is an audio archive dedicated to contemporary art; a space focused on visual arts’ documentation and research and a place for the diffusion and promotion of sound arts. It produces and distributes interviews, documentaries, audio guides and sound walks, both commissioned or produced in collaboration with museums and cultural institutions. Finding its privileged dimension in listening, RADIOPAPESSE.ORG chooses the language of the radio, not only its medium, to tell how to make art today.

STRASSE is a company founded in Milan in 2009 by Francesca De Isabella and Sara Leghissa. It works on the performative language of the body expression in its relations to the urban landscape and on the cinematographic language as a filter for the observation of reality. In the last years the group produced Drive_in (2012), Solo (2014), Costruzione dell'immagine della fine and HM/ HOUSE MUSIC (2016) and projects such as Exil and T.Rex that use the format of the party to generate connections, tear down categories and eliminate the distinctions between different publics and between artists and spectators.

JOSEFIN VARGÖ is a food and experience designer and an independent curator. Her work focuses on the construction of platforms and artistic processes able to connect people, places and objects.
AYHAN AYDIN is a meal ecologist who researches on the development of the sensorial potentialities of food.
Together they founded in Stockholm the gastronomic design studio AYDIN & VARGÖ, through which they realise installations based on holistic meal system and develop sensorial experiences about food. They previously collaborated with Nike, Converse, AWB, Iaspis, Roskilde Festival, Botkyrka Konsthall and Underverk.

JOANNES BURSTRÖM is a musician, composer, programmer and sound designer. As a bass player for over 25 years, he adds a physical element in all his commitments, from sound compositions to dance and music improvisation.

ROBERTO FASSONE is a basketball player, grown up in the Cierre Asti juveniles. In 2004 he played his first senior season with Cascina Veneria (serie C2), averaging 10.8 points per game. The next year he performed the best season of his career, playing point guard with Basket Venaria (serie C2). During the season the team reached the Finals, eventually losing game 5 against Serravalle Scrivia. Two years later Fassone won his first championship (serie D) with Monferrato Basket. In the following years he had the chance to play with Virtus Venezia and Fiamma Venezia, coming back to Asti during the 2014/2015 season, where he played his last official game. He recently won his second Championship (Promozione) with Affrico Basket, in Florence; he's currently free agent.

ANDREA MI spans between architecture, design, communication and new media just to hide his unlimited passion for music. He teaches in Florence at I.E.D. and L.A.B.A.; curates Festivals such as Videominuto, Fabbrica Europa and Streamfest; writes on specialist periodicals and curates radio broadcasts on Popolare Network. His main commitment (after Milo Mi) is Mixology, a weekly radio broadcast, a podcast, a showcase dealing with programmes for several festival and a web label. Twice a week he reminds to be a dj as well. 

SONIC SOMATIC 2017, 3rd edition
Realized thanks to the contribution of Comune di Firenze nell’ambito dell’Estate Fiorentina 2017
In collaboration with Piazza SanDonato Food, Leisure & Shopping | Associazione Piazza San Donato | Virgin Active | 100 Montaditos
Technical Partner Lotto Zero | Omicron
Graphic Project Dania Menafra