February 24, 2012 – h 21.00

Swiss Institute of Rome - Via Ludovisi, 48 – Rome

Vinilica is the name of the limited edition of the 13 vinyls, conceived and realized  on purpose for the Swiss Institute of Rome by 13 students of the Construction, Art & Spaces class of HEAD (Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design, Ginevra) invited for a workshop by the artist Delphine Reist and the music composer Marcel Saegesser – both in residence at the Institute.

The proposition of the workshop is to work for one week in the Swiss Institute of Rome to create site specific sculptures with the aim to only make sound and diffuse it with vinyl turntables. The purpose of this exercise is to consider the sound and the environment where it is diffused as two inseparable parts of one sculptural work, one altering the perception of the other.

The short sound pieces realized by the students in connection with the spaces of the Swiss Institute of Rome will be shown to the audience during the event night.

In this occasion Claudio Rocchetti (IT, 1976) e eRikm (FR, 1970) will perform live.

Claudio Rocchetti is one of the most active european noise musicians of the last half decade. Apart from his main solo project he is also part of 3/4 Had Been Eliminated with Tricoli, Pilia and Arrabito, half the duo Olyvetty with visual artist Riccardo Benassi an he melts togheter with noise-funk duo G.I.Joe into In Zaire power trio. He also played in projects with Nico Vascellari and Jooklo Duo (as Hypnoflash). His job is mainly focused around noise pastiches as the result of hardware live manipulation, turnable feedbacks and various recorded sources and objects. He released records on Bar La Muerte, Wallace, Hundebiss, Hapna and Die Schachtel and he is releasing hie latest effort on Boring Machines and Wallace Records on CD and Presto?! and Holidays Records on LP.

Since 1992, eRikm has extended the field of artistic experimentation on the international scene. Maintaining a constant fusion between thought, instinct and sensitivity, he pursues a simultaneity of practices and addresses the interplay between various compositional modes, relating to and using all languages. From his early experience as a guitarist through to his later visual work, he is a maverick genre-bender who breaks down anyone’s attempts to conveniently classify him. Quickly recognised as a virtuoso turntablist and sound artist (1996), eRikm has made a longlife habit of crossing all territories and « world-systems » deemed “independent”, “institutional”. At the same time (1997), he has developed an open and aspirational approach toward the technological media, both as a means of development for a new economic model and as an instrument for creation, production and diffusion. He deals with sounds like living organisms, constantly in flux, always open to the risk of accident or delight/unisson. As he plays with all these contradictions in his improvisations, his performance reaches new heights of intensity, trading off both understanding and sensation, seriousness and farce, anticipation and instinct. His work references both the intimate and political, both popular and high culture, but without demonstration. Rather he creates a short-circuit connection between points with his live generated (and degenerated) material – from noise to reference – presenting multiple ways to capture each moment of the present in clear focus. Throughout his career, collaborations have naturally occurred with his audiences and contemporaries, most notably : Luc Ferrari, Christian Marclay, Akosh S., Mathilde Monnier, Bernard Stiegler, FM Einheit… The kind of coincidences which have confirmed his instinctive search for transmutation, and to play on several levels. Since 1997, on his own or with collaborators, eRikm has toured (with 5-7 on-tour projects to date), or created by request specific pieces, both transversal or for fixed spaces (record labels, radio, festivals, art centres…). In the meanwhile, each time building on what has emerged before, the most personal fragments from his work (notably from his early artworks in photography, drawings, visual installations and video) continue to substantiate a singular kaleidoscopic vision. Ultimately, eRikm’s research resonates through all of his work, bordering scientific discovery and a poetic curiosity of the world. eRikm is a Marseille based artist (Friche Belle de Mai)