Luigi Nono, notes from the preparatory materials for "Prometeo. Tragedia dell'ascolto."''Luigi Nono Archive, Venice © Eredi Luigi Nono
15 Nov 2023 18:30

On Wednesday, 15 November 2023, 6.30 pm, as part of the Festival Luigi Nono alla Giudecca, Fondazione Prada will host in its Venice venue a concert featuring music by Luigi Nono and a panel discussion “Suono, rumore, ascolto. Dialogo sull’inquinamento acustico e la tecnologia” (“Sound, Noise, Listen. A Dialogue on Acoustic Pollution and Technology”) with Massimo Cacciari, Alvise Vidolin and Cristina Baldacci.

The concert, performed by Roberto Fabbriciani (bass flute and contrabass), Paolo Ravaglia (contrabass clarinet) and Alvise Vidolin (sound direction and live electronics), includes two compositions: A Pierre. Dell’azzurro silenzio, inquietum (1985) written for contrabass flute, contrabass clarinet (B♭) and live electronics, and Das atmende Klarsein, fragment (1980-83) for bass flute, magnetic tape, and live electronics.

Dedicated to Pierre Boulez for his 60th birthday, A Pierre. Dell’azzurro silenzio, inquietum was first performed in 1985 in Baden-Baden, with Roberto Fabbriciani, Ciro Scarponi and live electronics by the Experimentalstudio of Freiburg. Referred to by its author as “continuously ever-changing choruses”, the piece is characterized by a complete fusion of live and electronically produced sounds. Premiered in 1981 at the 44th edition of Maggio Musical Fiorentino, Das atmende Klarsein, fragment includes excerpts from Rainer Maria Rilke’s Duino Elegies (1926) and ancient ‘Orphic’ gold tablets.

The panel discussion “Suono, rumore, ascolto. Dialogo sull’inquinamento acustico e la tecnologia” (“Sound, Noise, Listen. A Dialogue on Acoustic Pollution and Technology”) will be attended by Massimo Cacciari, philosopher and founding member of Fondazione Archivio Luigi Nono; Alvise Vidolin, sound director and founding member of Fondazione Archivio Luigi Nono; and Cristina Baldacci, curator and associate professor of History of Contemporary Art at the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage; NICHE of the Ca’ Foscari University in Venice.

The topic of the panel stems from the exhibition “Everybody Talks About the Weather”, curated by Dieter Roelstraete, which includes scientific research developed in collaboration with NICHE. The exhibition project, on view at Fondazione Prada in Venice until 26 November 2023 explores the semantics of “weather” in the visual arts, using weather as a starting point to investigate the climate crisis. Over fifty works by contemporary artists, alongside a selection of historical works, trace how weather and climate have shaped our history and humankind’s approach to the exposure to atmospheric phenomena.