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2015


For the thirty years of Romaeuropa Festival, Fondazione Romaeuropa Arte e Cultura presents the 6th edition of Digitalife, with the support of Regione Lazio, Comune di Roma and Acea.

Thanks to the renewed three-year agreement with MACRO and Zètema, La Pelanda of Rome – from the 10th of October to the 6th of December- will host Digitalife and a great number of concerts and performances.

This edition is characterized by the new cooperation with Elektra – Montreal’s Digital Arts Festival (Quebec) – and with the MIBACT General Management for contemporary art, architecture and urban suburbs. And the partnership with Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains (Tourcoing – France), signed in 2014 with a five-year agreement, now becomes more and more strong.

Digitalife Luminaria suggests a dynamic and experiential idea of the museum exhibition path, through presenting a series of works in the between of experimentation and technology, together with a series of performative, music and multimedia events useful to define a concept of  a variable, visionary and prophetic contemporaneity.

Natural or artificial, reflected or absorbed, the Light is the element through which the objects disclose themselves to us. From Quantum Physics to Philosophy, from Religion to Visual Art, the Light has always spurred us to question about its multiple features. And the digital art, thanks to technology, investigates all the Light’s peculiarities and possible applications. Light that becomes sculpture through the volumetric visualization of its rays, music through the exploitation of its rhythmic ability, and video image in the moment in which the projector’s rays meet the matter.

UN has declared 2015 as the International Year of Light, and Digital Life, as a part of the Light 2015 Programme, investigates the way we can use Light in Art and New Technologies.

The software enables the digital artists to manage, control and modify this intangible and fascinating material. An idea of control that gives great space to randomness and unpredictability of the physical and the natural events. The exhibition space is conceived as a black box, designed and molded by light.  The digital artists’ work is able to manage light’s quantity, quality and frequency in order to give new life to the forms and the features of the space.  The public is called to inhabit the museum and to live side by side with darkness, in a multisensorial place in which the works reveal themselves by interacting the ones with the others and with the public itself.

Even if technology is digital art’s driving force, it isn’t actually the purpose of a wider reflection about contemporary changes and evolutions. A reflection that moves along the frail boundary between real and virtual, visible and invisible, concrete and ephemeral. As Jules Bois writes, “street lights are not sufficient for us. We need to look at the stars”.

MASBEDO
The Lack
“The Lack” is a film about the feeling of lacking.  Four stories about the life experiences of four women- ancestral behaviors and landscapes talk...

BILL VORN
LOUIS-PHILIPPE DEMERS
Inferno
  “Inferno” is a robotic installation, inspired by the homonymous performance in which the artist reinterprets    the Dantesque conception of the “infernal circles” and...

ALEXANDRA DEMENTIEVA
BREATHLESS
  The installation consists of three lighting sculptures. Two of them interact on line with the web contents and analyze -through the  RSS feed-...

JOANIE LEMERCIER
Fuji
“Fuji” is a part of a series of Lemercier’s works about the volcanos. The project developed during the artist’s stay in Takamatsu, in Japan....

MARTIN MESSIER
BOÎTE NOIRE
A hanging glass case is filled with smoke and it is crossed by a video projector’s beams of light.  The sound variations become light...

PIETRO PIRELLI
Idrofoni o Lampade Sensibili
A transparent disk with a thin layer of water.  The water wave movement is crossed by a beam of light that projects various amazing...

SAMUEL ST-AUBIN
De choses et d’autres
  “De choses et d’autres” is a series of autonomous and programmed kinetic sculptures investigating, through simple games of balance and random forces, the...

JEAN DUBOIS
Tourmente
  The interactive video installation “Tourmente” allows the viewer to modify and to interact with a series of portraits displayed on a public screen. ...

NICOLAS BERNIER
FREQUENCIES
(LIGHT QUANTA)

“FREQUENCIES (LIGHT QUANTA)” is an audiovisual installation concerning with the energy’s smallest measurable value: the Quantum. The entire project is based on the metaphorical...

LE FRESNOY
STUDIO NATIONAL
DES ARTS CONTEMPORAINS
Film and videoart
For this edition of Digitalife, the partnership with Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains di Tourcoing (FR) actualizes into a complete and...

MAXIME DAMECOUR
temporAIR
  In “temporAir”, Maxime Damecour creates an incisive and amazing imitation of the visual effect of the so called “jump cut”, a type of...


INSTALLAZIONI

Nicolas Bernier (Québec)
FREQUENCIES (LIGHT QUANTA), 2014

Maxime Damecour (Québec)
temporAIR, 2015

Alexandra Dementieva (Russia/ Belgio)
BREATHLESS, 2012

Jean Dubois (Québec)
Tourmente, 2015

Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains (Francia)
Rassegna di film e videoarte

Joanie Lemercier (Francia)
Fuji, 2013

MASBEDO (Italia)
The Lack, 2014

Martin Messier (Québec)
BOÎTE NOIRE, 2015

Pietro Pirelli (Italia)
Idrofoni o Lampade Sensibili, 2015

Samuel St-Aubin (Quebéc)
De choses et d’autres
Bill Vorn | Louis-Philippe Demers (Québec)
Inferno, 2011

PERFORMANCE

Bill Vorn | Louis-Philippe Demers (Québec)
Inferno, 2011

Louis-Philippe Demers (Québec)
The Blind Robot, 2012

Myriam Bleau (Québec)
Soft Revolvers, 2014

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