Matteo Nasini. Sparkling Matter at Marsèlleria and Clima Gallery in Milan

4 April 2016

Sparkling Matter is a “moment of collective sonic experimentation” and is the result of a research project that artist Matteo Nasini has conducted between sound, technology and neuroscience, to acquire and transform into sound through the use of special software, brain waves emitted during the various stages of sleep.
The project results in the installation of an environment for listening and sleep in a concert that will take place on the night between the 7th and 8th of April 2016 with the “recording of sleep” of a person who will sleep in a space. This is part of a series of ceramic sculptures made in 3D printing that materialize the Sparkling Matter sound result.

The experience of the night concert will be prolonged during the exhibition through a reworking of the audio tracks generated during the live event.

Part of the Sparkling Matter sculpture series will also be exhibited at Clima Gallery, in an exhibition that will open Friday the 8th of April at 10:30am.

“Sparkling Matter is a potentially infinite cyclic horizon, a fertile ground contaminated by sculptural objects, visual patterns and sound data elaborated in a live flux.

Starting from studies based on the states of consciousness active during the various stages of sleep, Matteo Nasini focuses on the possibility of transforming cerebral waves of someone sleeping into sound. The electrophysiological recording of the electroencephalogram (EEG) is able to capture the electrical activity of the brain. This process – here realised with a 16 channel Brain Computer Interface system – permits brain waves to be acquired and re-elaborated into single sound frequencies through an analogue digital process.

What arises is a polyphonic constellation in a continuous evolution in time, which is not directly subject to verifiable parameters, like the intensity variations of Delta, Theta and Alpha waves during the sleep cycles. The focal point of the project is to find an impulse towards a sensitive posture in a listening sphere, a personal attitude inside the abstraction of the sound element, considered as a physical and spatial dimension, both personal and collective. The real perception of a purely evocative form as the spectrum of sounds audible during the two sleep concerts, will allow the listener to experiment with his own hypnagogic state, entering a transitional state of consciousness between wakefulness and falling asleep, when images and thoughts tend to acquire a vague and almost blurred nature.

What is at stake is also the analysis of the intervention of technological data in the identity of a human process, and how this is capable of modifying its trajectory, channelling it into an hybrid stream.

Sparkling Matter thus reveals itself as elusive matter and living substance, as much as a complex and hectic object. It is a rhythmic landscape of impulses and light trails acting on a liminal zone, ready to contract and expand; it is a soundtrack of signs striving for a plastic form. It is a temporal folding where the mind, followed by the body, slips into a “region of the consciousness.” The attempt to give it a voice and a form is a way of grasping and sharing it.”

(text by Giovanna Manzotti)

Marselleria – via privata Rezia 2, Milano
Thursday 7 April 2016
Press preview from 3pm
for accreditation:
11:30pm – 6am
limited places – entrance until 1am with registration:
The installation will be open to the public from 9pm – 11pm

Sparkling Matter will be extended to:

Clima Galleryvia Alessandro Stradella 5, Milan
Opening Friday 8 April 2016 from 10.30am
9 April – 12 May 2016