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I FOUND MYSELF HERE AND I'VE NO IDEA WHAT GIARDINI PENSILI IS AND WHAT KIND OF THINGS IT DOES...
Giardini Pensili ( 'Hanging Gardens') started its activity as interdisciplinary theatre company in 1985 in Italy. Directed by Roberto Paci Dalò, Giardini Pensili's work has a position all of its own in the international arts landscape and pop culture territories. Its work is not easily situated in a particular genre or well-defined movement. It has developed an authentic theatrical language out of its background in sound and visual arts, which combines the spoken language with body, architectural elements, and an articulated work on acoustical and visual perception. The continuous interrelationship amongst art, science, and nature leads the process.
Giardini Pensili is today a non-profit organization running a performing arts company, a think tank lab, a production house for media in the broadest sense. It is also a centre for collaborations and network activites.

ANY REFERENCES?
Samuel Beckett, Joseph Beuys, R. Buckminster Fuller, John Cage, Emily Dickinson, Euripides, Henry D. Thoreau, Heiner Müller, Marius Schneider, Andrej Tarkovskij, Aby Warburg... (just to mention a few)

IS THERE A USE OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES IN YOUR PROJECTS?
The use of new technologies in combination with traditional drama, makes its productions particularly innovative establishing inusual ilnks between new network concepts, interactivity and narration. Its perfomances are regularly presented in Europe, Middle East, North and Latin America, Russia.
People like Giya Kancheli, Aleksandr Sokurov, Filiberto Menna, Robert Ashley, Dieter Kaufmann, John Cage, James Rosen, Giuseppe Bartolucci kindly supported GP's work.



I SEE. BUT LET ME BETTER UNDERSTAND IN WHAT KIND OF FORMATS GIARDINI PENSILI WORKS...
Giardini Pensili: anatomy of electronic cultures. Roberto Paci Dalò developed with his Giardini Pensili Company a number of projects exploring language and (tele)communications systems through the production of theatre and music-theatre pieces, music,shows and installations, cinema & video, symposia, radioworks, publications, festivals, software & hardware.

TELL ME SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR SOUND/VIDEO INSTALLATION WORKS...
In our installations we mainly deal with sound and video materials. Often using interactive systems and also custom made interfaces. We present it in regular venues such as museums and art galleries but we really like to deal wih the public space as well.

WHAT KIND OF COLLABORATIONS GIARDINI PENSILI ESTABLISHED?
Giardini Pensili's breaking borders activity include permanent collaborations with some of the most exciting institutions in art, design and architecture. i.e. the Domus Academy in Milan, the publishing house Cronopio Edizioni, the national Italian and Austrian broadcasting houses.
Fondazione Morra in Naples is the art foundation representing Paci Dalò's installation work (visit the installation area). His installations mainly deal with video and sound technologies often involving interactive systems.
With media-g (Hamburg) has been developed the project 'Augmented Reality Fiction': how to combine live narration and performing arts with GPS systems in a exciting new vision of interfaces and interaction. This project received a Ars Electronica Honorary Mention in 1999 in the category Interactive Art.

WHAT ABOUT THE VELVET FACTORY?
Giardini Pensili is co-founder of Velvet Factory, the space for sound, image, performing arts, multimedia. An amazing project distributed throughout 2500 square metres building on the Rimini's hills. Within the Velvet Factory, the Velvet Lab is a combination of creative studio and think tank devoted to social design.

DOES GIARDINI PENSILI WORK THROUGH RESIDENCIES AS WELL?
Several of its projects are created through long term artists-in-residencies at STEIM Amsterdam (since 1993) and Ars Electronica Center Linz (since 1996). In those places are deeply explored and organized in art projects researches on: robotics, interactivity, acoustics, sound and visual perception, man-machine relationship, telematics... Another important place where we regularly work is The Western Front (Vancouver Canada). Other residence places include the DAAD Berlin, GMEM Marseille, Montévidéo Marseille.



WELL, IT LOOKS LIKE GIARDINI PENSILI WORKS ON SITE SPECIFIC PROJECTS TOO...
Truly true.
In projects like Locus , Teatro dell'Ascolto, Architettura della separazione (Ars Electronica 1997), Greuelmärchen (Berlin 2006) has been created a theory and praxis on interactive large scale installations in existing sites like industrial buildings or rural constructions. In those projects the chosen places are filled with invisible technologie made of interactive systems and computer controlled sound and light environments. Working on the memories, the histories of the places, in collaboration with people like Patrizio Esposito, Tullio Brunone, Stalker, Gerfried Stocker, Peter Kammerer, Luca Ruzza...
The artist Oreste Zevola's is the author of several of the drawings you'll find in this site. (have a look to Giardini Pensili's team and collaborations). In telematic projects like Realtime, Horizontal Radio, Lost Memories a further impulse has been given into the relationship of cyberspace and dramaturgy.


MMMMM. OLD, NEW, GREEK TRAGEDY AND INTERACTIVE SYSTEMS, CLASSICAL AND MODERN, DYONISOS, TRANCE, NEURAL NETWORKS... I'M GETTING CONFUSE!
We believe in the persistence of the classical tradition in todays' world. We think that is very possible to meet people like Dionysos, Pallas Athena and they friends in a small coffeehouse downtown. That's why the continuous work on certain authors which are more sensitive about this universe. The relationship with digital technologies and science is part of it. By the way: forgot to say that Roberto Paci Dalò is member of the Internationale Heiner Müller Gesellschaft (Berlin) and co-founder of Terra Gramsci an informal body gathering people from several fields dedicated to Antonio Gramsci's thought and to the creation of contemporaery works related to that.

AND WHAT ABOUT THE CONNECTION WITH JEWISH CULTURE?
How can you avoid Jewish culture? This site is also the home of RPDKO (established in 1988 is the oldest Italian Jewish instrumental music ensemble!) and Messianic Soundware: Jewish Tradition and Experiment in collaboration with klezmer star Joel Rubin. Other projects work on the meeting between tradition and digital culture i.e. Nishmat Hashmal Hasidic Sampling Celebration, Shir after the Song of Songs.

Walter Benjamin

AND LITERATURE?
Literature is a crucial point since the beginning of the activity and have been developed collaborations with writers like Giorgio Agamben, Marcello Sambati, Gabriele Frasca, Predrag Matvejevic', Yehuda Amichai, Samih al-Qasim, Colette Tron, Alexandra Petrova, Patrizia Valduga...
Projects where created after texts by Ingeborg Bachmann, Emily Dickinson, Amelia Rosselli, Samuel Beckett, Euripides, Antonio Pizzuto, Ezra Pound, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Antonio Gramsci, Heiner Müller, Walter Benjamin.
Amongst our latest books you can find Millesuoni. Deleuze, Guattari and the Electronic Music with contributions by very fine authors.

STRANGE ATTITUDE ABOUT MUSIC. IT LOOKS A KIND OF OPEN ACTIVITY INTO SOUND WORLD...
In the music world Roberto Paci Dalò mix up the fields: one day in a club with Xeno band , next night at the Vienna Opera House together with the Kronos Quartet playing a composition like Nodas based on Sardinian traditional music. And presenting an opera like Auroras at the Berlin Hebbel-Theater or an inusual rave like TRANCE BAKXAI (after Euripides) at the Musikprotokoll / Steirischer Herbst, Graz. No limits for invention!
Jamming with guys like Jon Rose, David Moss, Fred Frith, Terry Riley, Stefano Scodanibbio. With the simple DALO identity RPD's known in the world of new electronica. Together with people like Scanner, Rupert Huber (Tosca), Hannes Strobl (Paloma), Sam Auinger, Philip Jeck the journey bring us to the world of new electronic cultures and minimalism. Sampling the future, re-mixing the soundscape.

Kronos Quartet

At the same time we are deeply interested in early music with a special passion for such authors as Sainte-Colombe, Marin Marais, François Couperin, Claudio Monteverdi, Girolamo Frescobaldi a.o. Putting early music on stage in a contemporary context is important! New staging for living tradition.

LOTS OF COLLABORATIONS, ISN'T?
Collaboration is a keyword in Giardini Pensili adventure. Through collaborations are created pieces which bring the work to unexpecte lands. That's way collaboration is a fundamental aspect of the company's activity. Common work with dancers (Caterina Sagna before everybody with several pieces presented since the beginnng of the 90's), musicians (David Moss is one of the oldest and most present folk), artists like Paolo Rosa / Studio Azzurro, hacktivist like Jaromil and more. > Visit the collaboration area You'll find somebody you know!

I'VE HEARD ABOUT L'ARTE DELL'ASCOLTO. IS IT THE RIGHT PLACE HERE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT? AND WHAT ABOUT YOUR WORK WITH RADIO?
Between 1991 and 1998 Roberto Paci Dalò curated LADA L'Arte dell'Ascolto - Radio & Art Festival. LADA stands as one of the biggest efforts in the territory of new radio in its relationships with new technologies and the Internet. The festival hosted a large number of events including the premiere of Schwarz auf Weiss by Heiner Goebbels, original projects like Heiner Müller Material I and II, Body & Soul, and more... with the participation of outstanding artists from alla around the world. As final event in 1993 has been performed the EBU/UER awarded telematic performance La lunga notte with artists in Jerusalem, Rimini, Innsbruck, Cologne all linked through ISDN, radio and phone lines. Publiphono is also one the LADA's most famous projects creating events for the public adress system on the Rimini's beach 15 kilometers of coast. LADA has been a celebration of public space projects occuring at the same time in the urban space, on the radio broadcasting, on the net.
A a permanent on-line activity devoted to sound in 1995 has been created Radio Lada: the Web Art Radio coproduced with Italian and Austrian broadcasting corporations. Radio Lada is a pilot project, a telematic forum, with the participations of artists, philosophers, theoreticians, technicians working today in the global village (i.e. Arthur and Marilouise Kroker and Tom Sherman).

In addition to this curatorial work, we wrote, composed and performed a large series of innovative audio plays, radioworks, hörspiele, produced by European broadcasting corporations. Since 2004 L'Arte dell'Ascolto is also a label producing CDs of new electronica, soundscapes, acoustical dramaturgy, spoken words, art + sound.



ANY CHANCE TO ATTEND TO WORKSHOPS OR PUBLIC SEMINARS CURATED BY GIARDINI PENSILI?
The work of Giardini Pensili became "Media Dramaturgy" a course at the Siena University between 1997 and 2001 (have a look to the course webpages) and a series of collaborations with outstanding institutions such as the University of Bologna, Milan Domus Academy, the Ivrea Interaction Design Institute, the Milan Brera Academy of Fine Arts. Education is a central topic in GP's activity and the praxis of the 'permanent media lab' has been developed through something like 20 years now. University students and post-graduated people can also spend periods at GP's studio working as through Civil Services facilities, university stages and volounteers.
Write us and we'll be happy to keep you personally informed upcoming workshops, seminars, lectures.

WHAT ITACA IS?
Between 1999 and 2001 Paci Dalò curated ITACA - the electronic stage of the Teatro di Roma. It has been an innovative on-line work dealing with the relationship between classical theatre and network technologies. The project was physically located in the 2 centuries old Teatro Argentina in Rome. Itaca has been a pilot project which was re-thinking about the possibilities for theatre in its relationship with the electronic space. But also how to combine traditional backgrounds of mostly of the artists dealing with this territory and the digital cultures. Reflections about i.e. what the Net is.



IT LOOKS LIKE IN YOUR WEBSITE APPEAR OTHER ARTISTS' PAGES AS WELL...
The Net is a house. And a house is primarily a place for hospitality. That's the reason why this site hosts several 'rooms' which are used by individual and idependent institutions. You'll find the rooms of people like.: Phonurgia Nova, Boghos Levon Zekyian, Predrag Matvejevic', L'Alfabeto Urbano, Oreste Zevola, mitteleuropa.org. You can also find links with sites related to this proceed.


WHICH INSTITUTIONS REGULARLY SUPPORT YOUR ACTIVITY?
Giardini Pensili is a non-profit organization supported by the European Community, the Province of Rimini, the Regione Emilia-Romagna, the City of Rimini, and private institutions.
Giardini Pensili is founding member of Riminiteatri: an association which gathers the theatre companies of the Province of Rimini.

HOW CAN I CONTACT YOU? CAN I ALSO TELEPHONE?
Here are all our numbers if you like to talk directly with us (we can speak with you in Italian, French, English, Latin, Chinese, and Spanish)
telephone:
[+39] 05 41 75 93 16 or +39 34 82 93 02 62.
If you want to send us something in paper use please:

Giardini Pensili
via S. Aquilina 23
47900 Rimini Italy

emails
lab at giardini.sm
or dalo at giardini.sm (if you like to speak directly to Roberto Paci Dalò)

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