Fabio Perletta

  1. MATERIALS: 3 speakers, rice, laptop with custom software
    DIMENSION: variable
    DURATION: variable

    FESTIVAL: Eufònic Urbà
    PLACE: Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona (ES)
    DATE: February 2—18, 2018
    CURATOR: Arnau Horta

    Italian artist Fabio Perletta explores the aesthetic and discursive dimension of sound in its micro scale. In addition to publishing his compositions on record labels such as Line, Farmacia901 or Dragon’s Eye, Perletta also formalizes his work through sculptural devices and immersive installations. Inspired by quantum physics but also by Zen thinking and aesthetics, Perletta’s creations examine the notion of presence (or absence) of sound while showing their poetic dimension and affective capacity.
    In the framework of Eufònic festival’s 2017 edition, Perletta presents “In Between”, an installation that explores the materiality, dynamics and sculptural possibilities of rice, one of the most emblematic raw materials of the Delta de l’Ebre region. Stacked into three small knolls on the first floor of Ulldecona’s old oil-mill, the rice rests on the membranes of three loudspeakers. Through these, the frequencies corresponding to the Schumann Resonance are emitted. The Schumann Resonance is a phenomenon consisting of a series of peaks in the low frequency band (ELF) of [the] Earth’s electromagnetic spectrum.

    Trapped between the Earth’s surface and the ionosphere (located between 90 and 500 kilometers in height) these frequencies (approximately 7.83, 14.1 and 20.3 hertz) owe their name to their discoverer, Winfried Otto Schumann. Before Schumann, however, Nikola Tesla predicted their existence and incorporated them into his visionary model for the transmission of energy and wireless communications. Obtained in real time through the Marconian antenna of the IK1QFK monitoring station (located in Cumiana, northwest of Italy), the frequencies make the speakers vibrate, transferring this mechanical movement to the rice grains under which they are hidden.

    The result is an installation of extreme subtlety. Being patient and paying close attention through all our senses are the only indications to experience the work. That’s why visitors are invited to touch the rice (delicately, please!) and feel the vibration of the Schumann Resonance in the palm of their hand. The vibration is not continuous but only present when sudden peaks in the frequencies are captured in real time by the antenna and the signal is sent over the Internet. We insist: patience and attention are crucial.

    “In Between” exemplifies exceptionally the slogan that Perletta uses to describe good part of his work: “the beauty of smallness”. The installation offers an experience halfway between materiality and immateriality, between stillness and movement, between silence and such a small sonority that it is only perceptible through the skin of our hands. Despite its subtlety, however, the work also suggests a global and planetary scale, disclosing an extraordinary phenomenon that occurs between the Earth’s surface and the ionosphere, between the land where rice grows and the sky.

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  2. Exhibited as part of Eufonic Festival 2017
    Old Mill, Ulldecona (Spain)
    Curated by Arnau Horta

    Italian artist Fabio Perletta explores the aesthetic and discursive dimension of sound in its micro scale. In addition to publishing his compositions on record labels such as Line, 901 Editions or Dragon’s Eye, Perletta also formalizes his work through sculptural devices and immersive installations. Inspired by quantum physics but also by Zen thinking and aesthetics, Perletta’s creations examine the notion of presence (or absence) of sound while showing their poetic dimension and affective capacity.

    In the framework of Eufònic festival’s 2017 edition, Perletta presents “In Between”, an installation that explores the materiality, dynamics and sculptural possibilities of rice, one of the most emblematic raw materials of the Delta de l’Ebre region. Stacked into three small knolls on the first floor of Ulldecona’s old oil-mill, the rice rests on the membranes of three loudspeakers. Through these, the frequencies corresponding to the Schumann Resonance are emitted. The Schumann Resonance is a phenomenon consisting of a series of peaks in the low frequency band (ELF) of [the] Earth’s electromagnetic spectrum.

    Trapped between the Earth’s surface and the ionosphere (located between 90 and 500 kilometers in height) these frequencies (approximately 7.83, 14.1 and 20.3 hertz) owe their name to their discoverer, Winfried Otto Schumann. Before Schumann, however, Nikola Tesla predicted their existence and incorporated them into his visionary model for the transmission of energy and wireless communications. Obtained in real time through the Marconian antenna of the IK1QFK monitoring station (located in Cumiana, northwest of Italy), the frequencies make the speakers vibrate, transferring this mechanical movement to the rice grains under which they are hidden.

    The result is an installation of extreme subtlety. Being patient and paying close attention through all our senses are the only indications to experience the work. That’s why visitors are invited to touch the rice (delicately, please!) and feel the vibration of the Schumann Resonance in the palm of their hand. The vibration is not continuous but only present when sudden peaks in the frequencies are captured in real time by the antenna and the signal is sent over the Internet. We insist: patience and attention are crucial.

    “In Between” exemplifies exceptionally the slogan that Perletta uses to describe good part of his work: “the beauty of smallness”. The installation offers an experience halfway between materiality and immateriality, between stillness and movement, between silence and such a small sonority that it is only perceptible through the skin of our hands. Despite its subtlety, however, the work also suggests a global and planetary scale, disclosing an extraordinary phenomenon that occurs between the Earth’s surface and the ionosphere, between the land where rice grows and the sky.

    Note: We appreciate the generous and disinterested collaboration of Renato Romero from the IK1QFK monitoring station

    Arnau Horta

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  3. Residency at EMS Elektronmusikstudion. Stockholm, 8—13 December 2015.
    Recorded with a Buchla 200 modular synthesizer.

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  4. VOLUME partnered with LINE and Dragon’s Eye Recordings to present the first US performance by Fabio Perletta, for which he will premiere ‘Ichinen.’ The evening also featured performances by Steve Roden and Yann Novak. Generously hosted by Human Resources, the artists performed alongside EJ Hill’s installation ‘A Subsequent Offering.’

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    Video by Christopher Wormald

    Fabio Perletta’s appearance was made possible thanks to the support of the projectDE.MO./MOVIN’UP II sessione 2016 promoted by: Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, General Directorate for Contemporary Art and Architecture and Urban Suburbs, General Directorate for Performing Arts and GAI – Association for the Circuit of the Young Italian Artists.

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  5. LINE_085 (Feb 10, 2017)

    “Zen does not follow the routine of reasoning, and does not mind contradicting itself or being inconsistent”
    —Suzuki Daisetsu Teitarō

    Ichinen (Japanese 一念) is the follow-up to Fabio Perletta’s 2016 work Genkai, released by LINE imprint, and perhaps his most narrative album in material concept and sound. Where Genkai found itself exploring the limit as a compositional rule, Ichinen follows similar paths but in a more immersive, intimate and mysterious way, drawing inspiration from a trip in Japan in 2015 and a book of Suzuki Daisetsu Teitarō titled Living by Zen.

    The two kanji of the title, 一 (one) and 念 (thought), refer to the shortest possible unit of time as a principle of Zen practice that Suzuki Daisetsu Teitarō describes in Living by Zen, or more precisely the time occupied by a single thought. Time represents an instant or “absolute present”, “a point of time which has neither the past nor the future […], that it is to say ichinen is where eternity cuts into time”. It exactly corresponds to what it’s known as Satori, which “takes place when consciousness realizes a state of one thought”.

    Ichinen investigates the notion of presence in a re-defined territory of sonic experience. Incorporating sounds from Japanese traditional objects found in common and sacred locations, Perletta explores the complexity of emotional states experienced before, during and after a very long awaited trip. The work thus aims to re-construct fragmented expectations and memories here framed in a still and timeless auditory field, which fuses together and transcends dimensions of time and space.

    Arranged in three pieces, each one having distinct movements that drift from one into another, Ichinen is mainly based on various recordings collected in Tokyo, Takayama and Kyoto, subsequently processed using computer.

    available via lineimprint.bandcamp.com/album/ichinen

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Fabio Perletta

Fabio Perletta

sound/installation artist
http://www.fabioperletta.it/

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