palazzo grassi recently presented two concerts of experimental and electronic music: the world premiere of Robert Henke’s new album, in palazzo grassi’s central atrium, and an interactive performance by the German artist Alva Noto (Carsten Nicolai) at the teatrino.

<u>Text</u> <br/> <b>Mauro Baronchelli</b>

<span class="alinea"></span>In recent years, Palazzo Grassi’s offerings of experimental and electronic music have grown and diversified, both within the Teatrino and, more surprisingly, through the unusual use of exhibition spaces in both museums. <br/> <br/> <span class="alinea"></span>Indeed, on January 26, had a visitor leaned over the balcony of the second floor above Palazzo Grassi’s central atrium, it would not have been to admire Schwarzheide, Luc Tuymans’ monumental mosaic created for his exhibition “La Pelle.” Instead, that visitor would have discovered amplifiers suspended in the air, above speakers placed around the perimeter of the courtyard. <br/> <br/> <span class="alinea"></span>This was a complex 3D sound installation designed by artist Robert Henke. Known internationally as a pioneer working at the crossroads between musical research and digital programming, he presented to the public for the first time his new piece Venice Dust, written during a residency in Venice, organized by Corte Supernova, from January 14 to 26, 2019. <br/> <br/> <span class="alinea"></span>The project, presented in front of an audience of 450 people, was a total immersion in the heart of the atmosphere and sounds of Venice, the only city in the world to escape the noise of cars, where footsteps alternate with the sound of water. <br/> <br/> <span class="alinea"></span>Bathed in a unique scarlet light that totally modified the perception of space, the presentation of Venice Dust was preceded that evening by an algorithmic set by Renick Bell and followed by a set by Electric Indigo, which ended the evening by bringing the audience onto the dance floor. <br/> <br/> <span class="alinea"></span>A few months later, bright red lights illuminated the Teatrino for the performance of another revered electronic musician, the German artist Carsten Nicolai, known as Alva Noto, who had previously played at the Punta della Dogana in 2016, during the first edition of the festival Set Up. <br/> <br/> <span class="alinea"></span>During the event, which took place on May 11 for the opening of the Biennale, and was produced with the Mongolian pavilion, under the direction of Gantuya Mcasa and the artist himself, Alva Noto performed with Ashit Nergui, Damdin Khadkhuu, Davaasuren Damjin, and Undarmaa Altangerel, masters of throat singing, in a 40-minute dialogue between hypnotic melodies and obsessive pulsating sound.

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