ROBERTO PACI DALÒ
Director, Composer, Musician.
In 1993 recipient of the DAAD Stipendium in Berlin where he has been
living for longtime.
He studied Music and Visual Arts in Fiesole and Ravenna.
In 1985 he co-founded in Italy the performing arts company and media
lab Giardini Pensili. An ensemble based on the collaboration among artists,
technicians, theoreticians dealing with background areas such as Visual
Arts, Music, Literature, Philosophy, Digital Technologies.
Keywords: Robotics, Cybernetics, Psichoacoustics, Realtime Video and
Sound Processing, Memory, Perception, Language, Soundscape.
Since 1997 he is professor of Media Dramaturgy at the Communication
Sciences Department of the University of Siena. The course is based
on his own stage and media work.
Paci Dalò's productions have been seen by publics in Europe (in
particular in Italy, Germany, Austria), North and South America, Middle-East
(i.e. Berlin, New York, Bahia, Jerusalem, Bruxelles, Antwerpen, Munich,
Cologne, Vienna, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Polverigi, Santarcangelo,
Amsterdam, Budapest, Madrid, Barcelona, Copenhagen)
Roberto Paci Dalò's work has a position all of its own in the
international art and media landscapes. His work is not easily situated
in a particular genre of well-defined movement. He has developed an
authentic theatrical language out of his background in sound and visual
arts, which combines the spoken language with body and architectonical
elements. The use of new technologies in combination with an analysis
on classical tragic drama, makes his productions particularly innovative
in the way he combines classicity and modernity.
He directed actors like: Sandro Lombardi, Anna Boniauto, Rita Maffei,
Marcello Sambati, Heiko Senst, Fabiano Fantini and his music has been
performed by overstanding musicians like: David Moss, Kronos Quartet,
Stefano Scodanibbio, Rupert Huber (Tosca), Hannes Strobl (Paloma), Roberto
Lucanero, Jean-Marc Montera.
He also established collaborations with people like: Scanner, Salvo
Cuccia, Han Bennink, Tullio Brunone, Yehuda Amichai, Samih a-Qasim,
Predrag Matvejevic', Gabriele Frasca, Patrizio Esposito, Maurizio Cattelan,
Caterina and Carlotta Sagna, Gerfried Stocker, Hort Hörtner.
He's actually working closely with writer and poet Gabriele Frasca and
musician David Moss.
Concurrent with his theatre and music/sound work is Roberto Paci Dalò's
completion of several video works mostly based on a realtime praxis
in performance. Since the middle of the 80's he composes and directs
his own radio works produced by the main broadcasting houses and dealing
with texts by Isabella
Bordoni, Ingeborg Bachmann, Walter Benjamin, Giorgio Agamben, Marcello
His dramaturgical materials are often re-organised in large scale interactive
sound and video installations presented across Europe also in urban
His galleries and museums activity is represented by E-M Arts / Studio
People like John Cage, Robert Ashley, Filiberto Menna, Giuseppe Bartolucci,
Arthur and Marilouise Kroker,Giya Kancheli, a.o. had written about him.
He has been artist-in-residence at the Djerassi Foundation, San Francisco,
CA. He develops interfaces and software/hardware in residences in Linz
(Ars Electronica FutureLab) and Amsterdam (STEIM).
Among his creations: Sentieri Segreti (Reggio Emilia 1985), Niemandsland
(Innsbruck 1992), Nodas (Wiener Staatsoper 1993, premiered by the Kronos
Quartet), Realtime (Austria 1993, Preis Ars Electronica 1994), La lunga
notte radio concert (1993, award EBU European Broadcasting Union), Lost
Memories (official selection Prix Futura 1994), Auroras (Hebbel-Theater/Inventionen
'94, Berlin), Napoli (Nantes 1994, official selection Prix Italia),
L'uomo meccanico (Phonurgia Nova, Arles 1995), Many Many Voices (Haus
der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin 1995), Affreschi (Pesaro 1999), Shir (Montebuono
2000), Sirene (Palermo 2000),
In 1995 Paci
Dalò created the Giardini Pensili Web Site (www.giardini.sm)
which quickly became a reference for art explorations based on network
1991-1997 he has been artistic director of LADA / L¹Arte dell¹Ascolto,
international media & radio festival (Rimini).
1999-2001 curator of Itaca: the Electronic Stage of the Teatro di Roma
in collaboration with Mario Martone.
Since 2000 collaboration with Domus Academy Milan.