ALTROVE · Soundwalk Collective

Fantom is happy to announce the opening of the second exhibition in the trilogy of shows entitled Altrove (Elsewhere) at Capo d’Arte, the not-for-profit organization promoting contemporary art in Puglia, Italy.

Curated by Boiler Corporation‘ partner and Fantom’s co-founder Massimo Torrigiani (artistic director of Capo d’Arte for the period 2014-16), the second show of Altrove – inaugurated last year with a retrospective of the Chinese artist Yang Fudong – features the Soundwalk Collective, a group of international artists/composers based in Berlin and New York, made up of the founder Stephan Crasneanscki (Russia – France), Simone Merli (Italy) and Kamran Sadeghi (Iran – USA). The exhibition setting is the work of Luca Cipelletti, the Milanese architect whose practice explores the crossover between art and architecture.


For the first time, Capo d’Arte features the sonic research linked to sound art, exploring the imagery of a collective whose artistic mission shifts between nomadism, documentation and the acts of recording and listening. The practice of the Soundwalk Collective draws on the reflections of Erik Satie and John Cage, on urban situationist explorations and the latest research into sound, to create a dialogue between music, imagery, nature and culture. The exhibition foresees the creation of ‘immersive’ spaces in which visitors will travel far afield – or discover entirely new dimensions of nearby worlds – while listening to the most diverse sounds.


For ‘Before Music There Is Blood’, the Collective has entered the classrooms of the three of the most prestigious music conservatories around the World – the Shanghai Conservatory of Music (China), The N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory (Russia) and the Conservatorio di Musica S. Pietro A Majella in Napoli – and has recorded hundreds of hours of students practicing and rehearsing, in their utopian quest for excellence and virtuosity.


‘Medea’ is the result of an epic circumnavigation of the Black Sea over two months – reaching into countries as different as Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Crimea, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria – on an old sailing boat equipped with audio-scanners capable of picking up all the sound waves on the sea surface.


Finally, ‘Purple Lips’, is an intimate sound exploration of the last day of Nico from The Velvet Underground on the Ibiza island. The composition features the unique voice of Patti Smith whispering the last unpublished poem of Nico, sustained by the sound of the harmonium and the music of the unique 500 pipe organ built especially by Jean Guillou for the Music Conservatory of Napoli.

Altrove. Soundwalk Collective.
Curated by Massimo Torrigiani, setting by Luca Cipelletti
Opening: July 25th, 2015, 7 pm
Exhibition: July 26th/August 29th

Capo D'Arte 
Palazzo Daniele Romasi, Via Leopardi 7
Gagliano del Capo, Lecce, Italy