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Gianni Margotto

Marg8
(Gianni Giovanni Margotto)

Graduated in scenography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, is an artist, set designer, expert in computer technology, a digital/web designer, a V.J. and an exponent of contemporary electronic visual art.

 He mainly expresses his art though video, “transfiguring” and destroying black and white or using supersaturated and distorted electronic colours, obtained by glitching, moshing and bending techniques, using either digital or analogue media and node based audioreactives applications with visual programming in order to control events on real time.
Lately he produces own life electronic installations aimed at "spiritual awareness" through particular sensory experiences.

 He collaborates with Italian organizations and companies using innovative and interactive technologies for consulting multimedia presentations, architectural mapping, digital interfaces, 3D rendering and visual design.
 He has organised several workoshps and training internships in the fields of art, information technology and web and founded a few production companies.

 He also collaborates with musicians, DJs, producers, directors, actors, cultural and theatrical associations, non-profit organizations, private and public bodies.

 He has created multimedia and virtual installations and video theatrical performances for companies, galleries, artists, institutions and for various environments such as squares, industrial buildings, historical museums, churches, historical courtyards, exhibition spaces, etc. to name a few: GAMeC Gallery of Modern Art (Bo), Circolo Artistico Bologna, Municipal Museum of the Middle Ages of Bologna, Museum of The History of Bologna in Palazzo Pepoli, San Giorgio in Poggiale Library of Art (BO), Museum of Perfume of Florence, Marconi Gallery Milano, Studio Cristofori (Bo),  Arte Maggiore Gallery Bo, Manzoni Auditorium Theater (Bo), Tivoli Theater (Bo), Knowledge House in Casalecchio di Reno (BO), Verdi Municipal Theater of Saludecio (Rn), Theater Festival of Sant’Arcangelo (Rn), Armonda Theater (Rn), Flaminia Foundation (RA), UISP Emilia Romagna, Genus Bononiae (Bo), Keplero Musical Cultural Association, Ten Teatro (Bo), Ass. Tardigrada, ONO Contemporary Art Gallery, ABABO Academy of Fine Arts Bologna, ALMA MATER STUDIORUM University (Bo), Flaminia  Foundation (Ra), Durex SSL Healthcare Italy Spa, Guaber Spa, Centergross Spa, Promostil Paris, Imperial Town, Vanti Group BMW Italy, Vans, Creations Walt Disney SAI, Laura Biagiotti Junior, Katia G, Sisley, Club Vacanze (MI), Villaggio della Salute (Bo), Centergross (Bo), Carlo Lucarelli, Alessandro Bergonzoni, Matteo Belli, Emanuele Montagna, Andrea Mingardi, Fabrizio Passarella, Iano Betti, Carlo Conti, Dmitry Distant, Lee Jaffe, John Tiberi, Alessandro Gomma Antolini, Stefano Tonti, Luzee, Lorenzo Villoresi, etc ....

 Live events or performances in clubs and public spaces: Aleph Club, Cocoricò Morphine Club, Barcelona Disco, Villa delle Rose Club, Kinki Club, Ciak Club, Matis Club, Spritzbook 1 and 2, Estate 50 Hertz festival I, II, III editions, The Arabesque-adorned Garden, Art City Night 2016, Sprivinkle - A disturbing night at night, Serial Killer - the dark side of evil,  Wave Alternative Club, Streetango, Prodi Hall UNIBO, Altertango, Grotta Rossa, 4/quarters Social Art Bar, Terribilia Courtyard Picture Gallery, Academy Fine Arts ABABO, Petrella Theater, Tondelli Hall Theater, Art for Peace ZÜRICH Cathedral, Contemporary Art Gallery L'Ariete, EX Slaughterhouseetc FC, Classense Library RA, etc...
Fabrizio Passarella

RetroPhuture
(Fabrizio Passarella)

Was born in Contarina (Ro).
 He studied at the Artistic Lyceum and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna (Painting).
 After graduation he began his artistic career and, simultaneously, experimenting in the fields of design and graphics.

 After spending a year in Berlin (which left indelible impressions on his artistic work), he began to exhibit regularly in galleries and museums, since 1978.
 Although mainly involved in painting, he soon found himself exploring video and electronic music since the early ‘80s, organizing installations / multi-media events, combining painting, music, performance and video.
 He was hence involved with a few other Italian and international artists on the project of Medialismo theorized by the critic Gabriele Perretta.

 In 1994 he got a residence in Düsseldorf from Nordrhein Westfalen Department of Culture, during which he worked on a series of works that have been exhibited in major contemporary art museums in Germany and Italy (Ludwig Museum - Köln, Kunstpalast - Düsseldorf, Staedtliches Museum - Moenchengladbach, Castello di Rivoli, Gam - Bologna, GAMeC - Bergamo, etc.).

 As a painter and media artist he was invited to many solo and group shows in galleries, foundations and museums by prominent national and international curators and critics. In 2005 he was invited (the only foreign artist for that year) to Expo Trastiendas in Buenos Aires with his installation Ex-Statica (previously showed at the Museo d’Arc in Rome).

 His works are in important collections, foundations and museums (Mambo-Bologna, Bulgari Space-Miami, Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Rome, etc.) and have been exhibited in significant international exhibitions on Italian art of the 20th century.
 Since 2010/11, abandoning painting almost completely, he conceived the project Retrophuture, an experiment of polymedia art which includes images, graphic design, video, lyrics and electronic music.
 The project aims to find a wider feedback than the traditional circuit of contemporary art (galleries, museums, etc.), through the Internet and specific interventions in alternative places such as monumental cemeteries, industrial buildings, discos, public spaces, antique museums, etc. Since then Retrophuture was received quite positively by the media, with articles, reviews, conferences, lectures, workshops (Rai 3, Fine Arts Academies, etc.), invitations to major Italian festivals of electronic visual and musical art (Miami, RoBOt, Hybrid, Mibart, Summer 50 Hertz, Metacinema Festival etc.).

 The videos from the cycle Neurotronik Tv have been exhibited at the Bienal del Fin del mundo (Argentina and Chile) 2014/15 and Curitiba (Brazil) 2017/18, after winning the 3rd prize at the Santorini Biennale 2014.
 His video Jeratica (part of an installation exhibited during Art First in Bologna) was reported in the top 10 at Miami Art in 2010.
 The video The Arabesque-Adorned Garden, exhibited for the first time at the Municipal Museum of the Middle Ages of Bologna, has won of the Videoinsight award during Bologna Artfair 2017.
He also designed communication materials for Tuxedomoon, Peter Greenaway, Vinicio Capossela etc., and covers for the renewed Italian musicians Cesare Cremonini and Datura.







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