September 20th 2016
Ten artists rendered the work of ten authors through performative readings. Selected poets contributed with new works the artists could draw from. Building up to the event, NERO hosted unpublished poems by each author.
A series of actions takes place in a moonlike scenario. The atmosphere is rarified and the pace is suspended. An invisible dog takes a walk; a pillow starts talking; the spectre of the late David Duchovny appears and waltzes to Elton John’s “Rocket Man”... Actor Lorenzo Gentilini navigates this landscape like an astronaut. His actions direct the audience’s attention through the disseminated happenings. Interventions were sequenced according to a loose dramaturgy, a balancing of moods, and the space was treated as in an expanded choreography.
November 25th - 26th 2016
Talking about foot bathing with friends, we came to the conclusion that the strictly feminine practice of laying one’s feet into saltwater, originates from mermaids. Feet - the human reminiscence of the fish’s tail - must reconcile with their original saltwater environment. However odd, this theory was useful to me over time in order to explain a series of phenomena that, otherwise, would have just appeared alien, inscrutable. Loren, Gaia, Giulia, Sabrina’s work and foot bathing speaks to us of how, through daily practices, one can access a recondite past and pass it on, how this process is driven by the necessity of founding a personal cosmology, a personal lineage that doesn’t have much to do with actual genealogy.
LGG$B (Loren Kagny, Gaia Vincensini, Giulia Essyad and Sabrina Röthlisberger) are the daughters of the Kahina, of Tori Amos and Tony Montana.
Writing becomes constant, continuous (it isn’t reduced to the mere act of writing), it is a process in which all their work is involved, because in this way, they tend to the construction of a parallel dimension. This world in miniature, this affective network, fits into their backpacks, in their bedrooms and even in an exhibition.
Thanks to Marsèll, NERO
part of SPRINT - Independent Publishers and Artists’ Books Salon Milano 2016 | Display programme
Lisa Dalfino & Francesco Cavaliere
December 3rd, 2016
Dispersed Holdings, New York
Invited to contribute to a programme described as a “celebration of reading”, Idioletta participated with an original short film. Our friend poet Jeff Dolven curated the event at Manhattan’s artist-run space Dispersed Holdings (formerly the studio of Eva Hesse). At that time, Lisa Dalfino had just showed us a toilet paper roll she had been painting over for five years. She animated the characters printed on the paper to depict an abstract origin story mixing Christian cosmogony with sci-fi and fantasy folktales imagery, in a style reminiscent of Italian magical realism.
We filmed the scrolling of the roll and asked sound artist Francesco Cavaliere, whose work is driven by a similar mythopoeic drive as Lisa’s, to record a soundtrack to accompany it.
Flash Art Italia Flash Art Italia: In Residence
October 2020 - May 2021
Quadriennale Di Roma Flash Art Italia: In Residence
Throughout history and among different cultures and societies, idiosyncratic lyricism and performative use vocality have always been defining attributes for designating magicians, shamans, charmers, storytellers – and poets. In Malelingue, we pay hommage to these spellbinders of vocality with transcriptions of their oral accounts that never before appeared in written form. This ongoing anthology project takes the form of graphic interventions appearing in different contexts – most recently at Quadriennale di Roma 2020 on invitation by queer artist collective TOMBOYS DON’T CRY.
The 8-Bit Prometheus
December 21st 2018
Archivio Primo Moroni, C.S.O.A. Cox18
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is now a bicentennial creature. To celebrate the anniversary, Idioletta presents "The 8-Bit Prometheus", a performance by DJ Balli & McShell8Bit.
Balli adopts Shelley's creature as a productive figuration through which we can rethink the history of monstruous musical creation. The assemblage of uneven samples, an internal struggle of conflicting parts, is animated by the DJ/Dr. In Balli's hands, lo-fi technology becomes the only possible solution to the inherent cohesion of the different organs, compressed by an infernal machine that flattens differences.
Shelley's Frankenstein is transmogrified in Balli's own Frankenstein Goes to Holocaust, which collects the DJ's research. Idioletta encounters this "book remix" in the form of a séance, aimed at the reanimation and resignification of the canonical body/text.
The Archivio Primi Moroni – collecting the books, zines and documents of Primo Moroni, anarchist librarian,
counterinformation agitator and counterculture advocate – offers the perfect setting for this clandestine meeting.
•Frankenstein Goes to Holocaust: Mostri sonori, hyper mash-up, audio espropri is published by AgenziaX
•Frankenstein Goes to Holocaust, or the 8-Bit Prometheus: micro-literature, hyper-mashup, Sonic Belligeranza records 17th anniversary is published by Chili Com Carne & Thisco