Posts Tagged: installation

Featured artist May 2015: Gandolfo Gabriele David

Gandolfo Gabriele David is a Sicilian artist and designer I met in Palermo in 2014.

His talent is to invent and devise actions that transform a site integrating as well images, people with their intentions and stories and landscape with its natural processes. His pieces appear into the landscape as processes and at the same time represent it, wile, at the same time, are acting to cause a bundle of different complex energies to become manifest.

  • "Ricucire la Terra" presentazione del Workshop, con Andrea KAntos
  • "Ricucire la Terra"
  • Pane!
  • Gibellina
  • Pane! a installation in Salemi (detail)
  • Ricucire la terra; Making off
  • Pane Workshop
  • Pane! Design, 2014
  • OSEA 2 time after the opening
  • ISSEA The module
  • Osea in Gibellina

This is proper of a art that is busy with transformations, as such is interesting for trasformatorio as well.

The first installation I saw of Gabriele was only in pictures, is OSEA 2, was set up for the Gibellina contemporary art open air museum close to the famous Cretto di Burri.

There Gandolfo designed and composed an image using old barley seeds directly on earth and asking people to fill the shape. Little by little birds and ants dissolved the piece in front of viewers of the opening ceremony literally “seeding back” the landscape.

In another work, called OR-I-OR and that I had the chance to see wile I was in Palermo last autumn guested by Dimora OZ, Gandolfo gathered around a circle, drawn on earth in front of the Museo Riso in Palermo, 60 people; each one with a bag and a story regarding earth. Earth from associations that put to use properties confiscated to the mafia, urban gardeners, people that used to have a piece of earth of their family in their memory. All together, sharing stories and a bag full of earth. They all composed in a long and intense ritual a shape that stayed for days in front of the museum putting all those earth together with a moving effect. A piece of striking beauty that will remain forever, together with stories and people in my memory.

Gandolfo approach to art has a personal angle, an eye that puts us close. He wants to design in a horizontal and participatory way. And his design is beautifully simple, functional, and magically helps release the most positive energies. Stories made into actions that are often inexpressed in our society. As for example in “Pane”, were he involved some refugees from a “boat people” camp in Salemi to draw with him a new shape of votive bread. Here the local and century old tradition of altar pieces made in bread evolved in a design that literally puts together many breads to composes a new shape and acquires a strong, and immediate symbolic value.

A new work has just been presented in Alcamo, and closes with a workshop of the Project “Creative LAB” initiated by the contemporary art foundation. Here Gandolfo re introduces, in a lovely manner, another element of the local disappearing traditions. He invites it to a context were “makers” and art lovers alike “drool with glowing eyes”. The experience and dexterity of the embroiderers of Alcamo becomes the center of this reinterpretation of OSEA_2, as if, in a game with mirrors and stories, design and matter has to transform from one media to another.

The concerted nature of the project and the workshop does not center only on craftsmanship, but explores the relational level in the research of Gandolfo that wants to connect places and people, traditions and contemporary languages. His idea was “ to bring on canvas installation born as a work of land art, coming from the image of a cracked earth, a wound on which to intervene with an act of love” to its loving end.
So he invited the embroiderers of Alcamo to take charge of all these previous suggestions and to create a work of sacred character, that refers directly to the altar panels that adorned the altars of the churches of Sicily.

This project relied on the delicacy of a feminine gesture, a sensibility that is also proper to Gandolfo, that becomes symbolic of the “necessary work of mending the fractures made by the predatory violence of modern civilization”. Fractures in the landscape that includes humans and plants, animals and things and the stars above.

The technique of the ‘rete a tulle’, is a technique that provides for the slip-off of the plots and the construction of a string that points out and locks the design before embroidery, and was a decision taken collectively in the first phase of the workshop. The panel, made during the workshop. It has been completed, as a performative act of delicate and horizontal nature, during the opening evening last week.


  • Vincenza Rimi, drawing on fabric
  • Piera Pirrone, cord and embroidery
  • Giuseppina Raneri, sfilatura and embroidery
  • Rosetta Martorana, embroidery
  • Francesca Milazzo, embroidery
  • Antonella Beninati, embroidery
  • Antonia Gabellone, embroidery and lace pillow
  • Franca Gargaglione, crochet

About Gandolfo’s installation OSEA you can download a photobook here.
He can be found via the super active co-working etherogenous group “Dimora OZ” in palermo.


THE GLITCH THING // EXPERIMENT #1 TWO TOWERS is an interactive projection mapping installation that allows the visitor to control the projection by moving his/her arms along with the body in the space in front of the two towers of the Castle of Montalbano, Sicily Italy. The images of the installation are generated in real time by those movements and create a unique and smooth flow of animation for each visitor, transforming him/her into participant and performer. The installation uses 3D sensor and motion analysis to track the visitor’s behavior and transform it into reactive abstract visuals with the help of VVVV. The interactive installation is developed by Antony Raijekov and supported by Trasformatorio #Zero.

Rosa Dei Venti

An installation about the human will to control the god-made elements.

By Alberto Novello a.k.a. JesterN

During the Residency at the Trasformatorio in Montealbano (Sicily), the wind was blowing so much that i wished i could stop it with a simple gesture. So i decided to build an installation in the pitch-dark long corridor of the museum of the castle to recreate the scary atmosphere of a storm at night and allow the visitors to control/play with “the elements”.

In line with the concept of the Trasformatorio, the challenge was how to create a big convincing storm sound and be eco-friendly. Usually big sound requires big expensive equipment in terms of money and energy.

I captured the sound of the wind outside and diffused it through several loudspeakers which were enough to deliver the high what do viagra and cialis do if taken together frequencies of the wind character. I used resonators to make vibrate the walls, windows and metals plates of the castle to generate a bigger, more realistic low thundery sound. Finally i programmed a wireless sensor system (powered by cell phone batteries) to allow the people to control the intensity of the wind with their hands.

The whole system could run on solar energy. During the day a solar panel would charge a car battery and during the night the electricity could power the whole installation: amplifiers, computer and sensors.

Thanks to Daniele Pisasale/Insolaria for the sun energy system and STEIM/Marije Baalman for the SenseStage microcontroller boards.

Alberto Novello a.k.a. JesterN, scientist, sound designer,composer, audio-visual artists.


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Aderenza alla Superficie/ Surface Adherence

di Elena Gidoni.

Le emozioni sono fatte di memoria, si riversano sul presente, inquinandolo di passato.

Ciclica proiezione di bugie.

“Preparare la stanza dove ho proiettato il video e’ diventata un’azione che e’ parte del progetto stesso, esplorando il concetto di patterns emotive e condizionamenti.”



 by ambien anal sex Elena Gidoni.

Emotions are made of memory: the past spilling over the present, in a loop of projections and lies.

“Dressing the room where I placed my installation became part of the project itself, as I was exploring the concept of emotional patterns and conditioning.”
  • Federica Dauri