HOLOTOPIA contemporary experimental music festival intercommunication project at Punta Campanella

Naples - Professor Alberto del Genio, one of the most celebrated scientists, specialised on the human digestive system, profound connoisseur of the ancient art and an enthusiast of the contemporary art, generously promotes the HOLOTOPIA Contemporary Experimental Music Festival.

The HOLOTOPIA Festival will be held at Prof. del Genio's property, in the Punta Campanella, between the Golf of Naples and the Golf of Salerno, a few kilometres from the centre of Naples, in Italy. Homer, in his Odyssey, described this magical place, where the mythological Ulysses faced the sirens.

The artistic director of the Festival is the composer Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta, who gave the title of this year - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. X, a reference to the film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, specially the 1932 version directed by Rouben Mamoulian. In this first edition of the festival, two other composers will take part, Phill Niblock and Takehisa Kosugi.

Emanuel Pimenta studied with Hans Joachim Koellreutter, a pupil of Paul Hindemith, Hermann Scherchen and Marcel Moyse. He started to collaborate, as composer, with Merce Cunningham and John Cage in 1986, remaining composer for Cunningham until now. He already published twenty compact discs and cd-roms as well as eighteen books. In the beginning of the 80s, Pimenta created a new musical notation, for virtual environments. He also researches on neurology and cognition systems. Phill Niblock was, together with LaMonte Young and Terry Riley, one of the creators of the minimal music, in the 60s. Also a celebrated film-maker, Niblock is director of the Experimental Intermedia Foundation, in New York and Gent, in Belgium. He is devoted to the experience with new media and electronic sounds. Takehisa Kosugi participated in the Fluxus of the 60s, together with John Cage, Joseph Beuys and many others. Since Cage's disappearance in 1992, Kosugi has been the musical director of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Takehisa Kosugi, who is also a recognised violin player, loves improvisation and brought it to a level of erudite music.

The curator of the Festival, specially dedicated to the plastic elements and artists in the event, is Lucrezia De Domizio, the Baroness Durini - the celebrated cultural operator who worked together with Joseph Beuys for about twenty years. She already wrote and published fifty-seven books on contemporary art. In the last thirty years, she has been responsible for several exhibitions and art events in some of the most important institutions all over the world. She developed her projects in places like the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Beaubourg in Paris, the Santa Monica Museum in Barcelona, the Biennial of Venice and the Triennial of Milan among many others.

In 2004, the HOLOTOPIA Festival celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the Joseph Beuys' project titled Difesa della Natura with a series of parallel events. In these events will take part personalities like the art critic Antonio d'Avossa, the philosopher and musician Massimo Donà, the artist Renzo Tieri, the artist and poet Aldo Roda as well as the jazz composer and pianist Umberto Petrin.

The event will include the projection of three rare films about Joseph Beuys, all created by Lucrezia Durini, conferences, video projections by Phill Niblock and Emanuel Pimenta, exhibition, interventions, and unexpected actions.

For more information, please contact:

General co-ordination: Raffaella Morra
Phone: +39 081 4420923 or +39 348 3737348
fax +39 081 454064
e.mail rafmorra@tin.it

Press contact and other information:
STUDIOESSE - Pasquale Cirillo
phone: +39 081 8904040 or +39 081 335 8441369
fax 8907169
e.mail segreteria@studioesse.net

with the Baroness Durini:

or directly with Emanuel Pimenta:


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