Friday, 12 January 2007

Andrea Melloni

Fist of all I'm glad to join the discussion, apologising for the late beginning of my contributions, that will hopefully balanced the next weeks.

I'm a soundart fellow, dealing mostly with installations, my research is focusing on the
relationship between how the social space is used and how sound (human or artificial, depending on the purpose) can alterate/underline/monitor the use of shared/public spaces. Most of the techniques involved in my installations have been picken up or deal with sound harrassment appliances, previously meant for military/strategic use. A project initially submitted for my fellowship was involving the tramline in Stuttgart, in order to transform it into a huge theremin antenna, to monitor the changments occurred into the line itself (directly connected to hurban growth of the city, and to how different parts are linked together, since size and form of the antenna influence the kind of soundsignal obtained), and the use of the tramline from the population ( human body proximity is another variable). The sound is then processed and can be transmitted/ spread realtime or stored.
The project started researching on the concept of stigmergy applied to human communities. The project can be scaled, and theremin-like antennas can be used to monitor activity of smaller communities, like a village, a castle..

This to introduce part of my solo research. Among others, in Solitude I had the chance to start various thrilling collaborations, for soundtracks and performances, one of those with an indian writer ( Mr. Sarnath Banerjee), for soundtracks and installations dealing with indian urbanity and culture, from a much more narrative perspective. It's a very interesting overview of new indian middle-class, from an inner point of view. A short series of videos has been produced, as well as soundtracks and possible sound installations.

I would be pleased to know Your opinion, and start developing a common idea on the possible

This email is maybe getting 'bit too long... I'm glad having joined the discussion, and look forward to deepen the discussion

Best regards,

Andrea Melloni

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