Leandro Pisano

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November
2014

Terzo Paesaggio Sonoro / The Third Soundscape

Terzo Paesaggio Sonoro / The Third Soundscape

Radiofonica
Spazio O’, Milan
6th of November, 2014

It’s a presentation given at Radiofonica, an event on radio art featuring artists, curators and producers active in the field of radio. Radiofonica was a three-day meeting with talks and performances curated by Anna Raimondo and Alessandro Bosetti. It has been an opportunity to be involved into a framework of discussion with some of the most relevant specialists on radio and sound art based in Italy and Europe.

The theme of this presentation is the exploration through the perspective of sound and listening of the so-called "Third Landscape"’s places: abandoned places like left behind urban or rural sites, transitional spaces, neglected land, roadsides, shores, railroad embankments. Spaces that are different for extension and shape, but comparable in terms of absence of human activity. Places that are, anyway, a bulwark for the preservation of biological diversity.

Crossing these spaces through the phenomenological perspective offered by sound means to activate a methodological tool for exploring territories that produce a different sense of place that has more to do with experience: a sonic exploring of place as a social and political construct.

In this experience, “acoustic spaces are shared, conflictual, intimate, animate and energetic”, as George Revill has recently written, “combining points of focus with points of diffusion in ways that both contrast and compliment other sensory experiences of landscape”.

In this sense, acoustic exploration creates connections and differentiations across heterogeneous spaces and memories, leading to a reflection on how sound thought of as mediation can produce distinctive conceptions of landscape, engaging with the historical and geographical specificity of analyzed landscape, sound and listening practice.

All the sound works analyzed in this presentation show quite impressively how much more field recording can be as just a very fashionable attitude, what it can add to the descriptive layers of image and language in order to complete an impression because they “transmit a powerful sense of spatiality, atmosphere and timing” to say it with Peter Cusack’s words.

The definition of "Third Soundscape" concept is a further declination of the research conducted by Leandro Pisano on the new geographies of sound, as they are emerging from the redefinition of the concept of "territory" connected with the post-digital and post-global milieu where we are living in the contemporary age.

audio podcast of the presentation (ITA only)

Radiofonica video by Fatima Bianchi

Radiofonica presentation web link

March
2014

Rural.scapes laboratories: Brazil and Italy

MIS – Museu da Imagem e do Som
São Paulo
28th of March, 2014

Rural.scapes laboratories: Brazil and Italy
As part of the rural.scapes – laboratory in residence program, rural.scapes have the pleasure to invite the italian curator and researcher Leandro Pisano to share his experiences in an open conversation at MIS – Museu da Imagem e do Som auditorium, São Paulo. rural.scapes – laboratory in residence is a rural residence program that focuses on research, articulation, reflection and transdisciplinary artistic practices and critical production in the rural environment, and on the revaluation of the countryside through a review of our notions of individual and collective identity in terms of(...)+
August
2010

Exploring rural territory as a (new) medium

Interferenze Seeds Tokyo
Tokyo, VACANT
26th of June, 2010

ISEA2010 Ruhr
Dortmund, Volkshochschule
24th of August, 2010

Exploring rural territory as a (new) medium
Anybody thinking that digital culture is cold and soulless? A different way for communicating rural territories through new media and technologies is possible, bringing together nature and technology, tradition and vanguard, past and future, local and global, to seamlessy integrate digital culture with natural environment and social food tradition. This conference session will discuss the role of projects and strategies for new media in order to operate in rural contexts. I will be presenting some case histories and concrete media art examples, from Ufficio Bifolco work in South Italy(...)+
June
2009

Naturalis electronica: soundscape, mediascape

Green Platform
CCCS - Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina
Firenze, Palazzo Strozzi
16th of June, 2009

Naturalis electronica: soundscape, mediascape
“From the development of technologic environments of digital information it emerges a new notion of nature, which changes the modern aesthetic approach into a different view, where new spaces emerge in order to redefine the sensorial and physical perceptiveness, generated by the constant cross-breeding between material and immaterial, analog and digital, visible and invisible. A view that deconstruct the canons and the contrapositions of modern aesthetics to redefine in a broader and more problematic way the relation between art and technologies, the cultural perception of media, the(...)+
July
2007

New strategies for rural territory promotion

DOTT 07 – Design Of The Time
Newcastle, Robert Stephenson Centre
14th of July, 2007

New strategies for rural territory promotion
“Leandro Pisano and Alessandro Esposito are partners in Ufficio Bifolco, a marketing and cultural planning companythat works on ICT strategies for development of rural areas in South Italy. They are producers of two festivals in Southern Italy - Interferenze, and Mediaterrae Vol.1 - that bring together nature and technology, tradition and vanguard, past and future, local and global. This unique convergence of sounds, images, landscapes and carnival rites of a rural land, are signals of new ways we might visit and experience new locations“. (John Thackara)(...)+
December
2013

Sound and new media art practices in the rural context

Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhús
Reykjavík
23rd of June, 2012

Nam June Paik Art Center
Gyeonggi-do
4th of January, 2012

Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Porto - FBAUP
Porto
5 dicembre 2013

Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa - FBAUL
Lisbon
8 dicembre 2013

Sound and new media art practices in the rural context
As Iain Chambers writes, "In recent years, our world has shattered itself in different geographies, with different meanings and directions". Rural areas, that often suffer for competitive disadvantages in terms of infrastructures, services, knowledge and opportunities, are anyway characterized by strongly connotative elements such as living sustainability and cultural identity. In the time of crisis, we can see the emergence of a new cultural value, hoping it would bring a new economical value. If the "artists can be possible triggers of the interaction for the future culture and(...)+
June
2010

Ecomedia: soundscaping the digital universe

Tokyo University of Fine Arts
Tokyo, Art Media Center
25th of June, 2010

Tokyo University of Fine Arts
Yokohama, Graduate School of Film and New Media
24th of June, 2010

Ecomedia: soundscaping the digital universe
Discussing various issues regarding human contribution to survival, change and destruction of environment, we can look at our complex ecosystem from a different perspective. In this way, moving away from an antropocentric point of view, we are forced to think back to sound experience through new technologies, defining again what belongs to aural spectrum in our everyday life. In a world where listening and decoding sound messages of everyday life can be really a hard and selective practice, maybe is it still possible to take back a creative idea of acoustic perception? How critics and(...)+
September
2007

Morphogenetics: process and aesthetic dynamics of generative code

Struttura festival 07
San Vincenzo (Livorno), Torre
8th of September, 2007

Morphogenetics: process and aesthetic dynamics of generative code
A software art panel and presentation regarding generative code with Leandro Pisano, Alessandro Capozzo, Fabio Franchino, Sara Lenzi and Laura Bardier. The choice of organic art and the art forms that explore the relationship between technology and nature as unique theme of Struttura 2007 is determined by the actuality of the theme. Art is evidencing to the public the social and cultural changes determined by the science and technological experimentation with reference to human and nature. Struttura festival talks will deepen the aspects of the theme starting from the prospective research(...)+
March
2007

Food, nature and new media: Naturalis Electronica

Doors of Perception 9 / Mediawala festival
New Delhi, British Council Auditorium
2nd of March, 2007

Food, nature and new media: Naturalis Electronica
Presentation talk at Doors of Perception in New Delhi for Interferenze, that relates about connection between food and new media aesthetic, remarking Naturalis Electronica theme and referring to net works like McVideogame, a videogame by Italian collective Molleindustria. The intervention of Leandro Pisano is included in the programme of MediaWala (that is inspired by the mythical wedding procession of Radha and Krishna), an event curated by Juha Huuskonen and Aditya Dev Sood that helps new forms of collaboration between art and design emerge. Among the practices crossing are the urban(...)+
April
2011

The food side of sound aesthetics

Artisphere
Dome Theater, Arlington, Virginia
21st of April 2011

The food side of sound aesthetics
In the last years, linking sound and food is becoming an interesting research topic both in the psychology of perception and new media art studies. The latest research is focusing not only on the key factors of hearing related to multi-sensory perception of food, but also on some vernacular expressions that are rising from a performance-oriented aesthetics research, analyzed through a multidisciplinary perspective. Every recipe, as a list of operations to be executed in a time interval, could be considered as a contemporary full score that is at the same time well-defined and(...)+
June
2009

Sound, nature, new media aesthetics

Node Festival 09
Modena, Biblioteca Civica Antonio Delfini
6th of June, 2009

Sound, nature, new media aesthetics
Discussing various issues regarding human contribution to survival, change and destruction of environment, we can take a look to a different perspective on our complex ecosystem in which, moving away from an antropocentric point of view, we are forced to think back to sound experience through new technologies, defining again what belongs to aural spectrum in our everyday life. What does it mean to live this experience in a digitalized environment? On the other hand, the development of sensor microtechnologies and real time processing are leaving open some questions regarding the possible(...)+
September
2007

Ground Control: Playing the terrain, creating the network

Offload festival 07
Bristol, Spike Island
14th of September, 2007

Ground Control: Playing the terrain, creating the network
Conversation with curator Leandro Pisano, Ufficio Bifolco Workgroup (IT), architects Minimaforms and artist, Heath Bunting and researcher Alma Clavin on strategies and approaches to building new networks for economic, artistic and social engagement. Session chaired by Marie-Anne McQuay, Assistant Director, Spike Island. http://www.offloadfestival.org/offload07/?page_id=23