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Sulbiate (MB) Italy

Mon - Sat 10.00 - 18.00

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3 – 6 May 2018




3 – 4 May

10:00 am – 11:00 am

ORFWARE protoTree


Born in Basilea (IT) in 1967. He lives and works between Bergamo and Usmate (MB)

Interactive video installation

Orfware takes his time until 1982 when he meets a Sinclair ZX 80. Dazzled, he decides he will grow up as a coder. Even if a straight path appears in front of him, proceeding in straight lines appears unnatural – as unnatural as coding database applications for banks. Then he adopts the pinball strategy: bump violently against everything and then bounce away.
He tries to combine computer programming with everything. Study. Music. Graphics. Comics. Creative writing. On the verge of a TILT in 1996 a collision occurs with a bumper labelled “video-art” and then he bounces at full speed in the tunnel of interactivity. He finds himself thrown in an unexplored area of the pinball table where he bounces furiously among museums, theaters, academies and workshops, digital video, videogames, CAD-CAM, industrial electronics. In all this mess, one only solid idea: you must maintain your kinetic energy. He has collaborated with Studio Azzurro, Studio N03, AiEP, Studio Vertov, Yae, LimiteAZero and NABA.

protoTree is an evolution of the same concept. Interaction built on the dialogue between trivial, solid everyday objects and projected visual entities. To represent once more the dualism between utilitarian technology and visual research.

protoTree — This fits with the fascination I feel for the tree as a living being and as a computer data structure, for its abstract representations, graphic and functional. A bridge toward the coded language of road signs. Junctions depicted as trees of directions, order and chaos. Even the arrows on a billboard sometimes seem spontaneously grown, not drawn. protoTree therefore is a tree that lives in a virtual space, a projection that depicts a canvas. The viewer interactively stimulates growth. The graphical and geometrical tree’s structure is declared, the tiles that compose its body are imperfect geometric shapes, with traces of brush strokes or irregular runny color.

The tiles overlap additively and reminds of water colors. The branches end in arrows, reference to the dynamics of Klee and to the language of wayfinding. The growth algorithm is designed to underly the harmony between graphic and organic that I see in Klee. Graphic because the structure of growth is based on the addition of new discrete elements. Organic because the new elements, although discrete, are born and grow smoothly. In the growth of the tree the eye does not capture any solution of continuity.

Tile colors are determined sampling digitized Klee works. The succession of colors in the sequence of the tiles is determined by a pseudorandom algorithm which explores the painting. At each fork the algorithm chooses a different direction along which gather colorimetric information.
The visitor interacts by watering the tree, using a modified water hose gun. The interaction model and technology have been developed for the video installation protoTypo (2013), similar but based on the metaphor of the paintgun.

Avec les cygnes au col fin

Avec les cygnes au col fin

5 MAY 2018 / at 3:30pm

From Contemporary Music

to the memory of the nineteenth century


3:30 p.m.

Damiano Di Gangi Flute

Norma Regina Marazzi flute

Lucio Nanni Piano

Chamber music concert for two flutes and piano

“From Contemporary Music to the Nineteenth Century Memory”


Hector Berlioz


Trio from Oratory “L’Enfance du Christ” Op. 25 H. 130

Philippe Gaubert


Divertissement Grec

Jacques Ibert


Deux Interludes

Matteo Manzitti


“Avec les cygnes au col fin”

1st absolute execution 1st commission Mº Damiano Di Gangi

Avec les cygnes au col fin” is the title of the musical performance that the Trio Di Gangi-Marazzi-Nanni will perform in premiere and exclusively for Ex-New, Saturday 5th May 2018 at 3:30 pm. For his writing, the contemporary composer Matteo Manzitti was inspired by the sounds and historical-geographic context of French composers born between the beginning and end of the nineteenth century such as Berlioz, Gaubert and Ibert. “Avec les cygnes au col fin” is a quotation from “Les Fleurs”, a 1893 poem by Stéphane Étienne Mallarmé.

After successfully obtaining various musical diplomas, the members of the Trio Di Gangi-Marazzi-Nanni have attended various master classes and master-classes with authoritative masters of great fame. They have won national and international competitions and have been performing extensively for years, both as soloists and in different chamber ensembles, alongside an equally important teaching activity, teaching, among other things, flute, ensemble music, theoretical subjects and piano accompaniment at renowned music schools in Milan and its province. They have participated in various radio broadcasts, made many recordings and played for many cultural and concert associations and for various international organizations. They constantly participate in important festivals and musical festivals and regularly perform in famous Italian concert halls and theatres. They have toured Central America and Eastern Europe, participating in prestigious concert seasons and in various international conferences on musicological studies. During the many concerts held, they have always been highly appreciated, both by the public and by critics, for their interpretative and expressive qualities and for the timbral brilliance of their sound. Norma Regina Marazzi and Lucio Nanni are also part, as instrumentalists, of various orchestral formations conducted by Damiano Di Gangi, very active in the Italian music scene. They have published methods for transverse flute and collections of compositions for their instruments.

Matteo Manzitti composer of “Avec les cygnes au col fin“. Born in 1983. Composer, conductor and teacher. He studied composition at the Conservatory of Genoa with Carlo Galante, then moved to the conservatory in Milan where he finished his studies under the guidance of Fabio Vacchi, then followed by a Master’s degree on orchestration with Paolo Furlani in Florence, before moving to Lugano to attend the Advanced Master’s courses in Music Theory under the guidance of Nadir Vassena, where he also studied electronic music with Sylvane Sapir, theory of composition with Giovanni Verrando and analysis with Micheal Zink. He has participated in various Masterclasses with Peter Maxwell Davies, Yuri Kasparov, Azio Corghi, Franck Bedrossian. His music is published by Sconfinarte, one of the most important Italian publishing houses for contemporary music. Ema Records is releasing another album. He is the musical director of the Eutopia Ensemble and artistic director of “Le Strade del Suono”, a festival of contemporary music held in the Ligurian and Genoese territory.