- Thu 28 Jun 2018
- Gallery 5
- General entry $15
- Gallery Friends $10
- Students with ID free entry
For a different kind of evening, join us in meeting world-renowned composer Luciano Chessa – Italian audiovisual and performance artist, conductor, and musicologist.
Chessa has worked with top orchestras and chamber groups in many countries, and with an array of prominent avant-gardists.
Here as the Audio Foundation’s 2018 International Artist in Residence, Chessa will give a performance in the Gallery and share his research on Italian Futurist musical aesthetics, which culminated in both the first reconstruction of Luigi Russolo’s Intonarumori orchestra (as The Orchestra of Futurist Noise Intoners, Performa Biennial, NYC, 2009) and the publication of the first English monograph on Russolo’s art of noises (University of California Press, 2012).
While in residence at the Audio Foundation, Chessa is collaborating with New Zealand artist Judy Darragh, producing new sound works which will be exhibited at the Audio Foundation in July.
His compositions include the opera Cena oltranzista nel castelletto al lago—a work merging experimental theatre with reality TV which required from the cast more than 55 hours of fasting—and A Heavenly Act, an opera commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, with original video by Kalup Linzy.
Chessa is also a music historian specialising in 20th-century Italian and 21st-century American repertoire. He is the author of Luigi Russolo Futurist. Noise, Visual Arts, and the Occult (2012), the first monograph dedicated to Russolo and his “Art of Noise”.
Chessa has been commissioned multiple times by the Performa Biennial, and has presented three events at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum as part of the exhibition Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe. Chessa’s work appeared more than once in Artforum, Flash Art, Art in America, and Frieze.
Chessa’s newest album, Canti felice, has just been released on the Parisian label Skank Bloc Records.
The Monica Brewster Evenings in association with Govett Quilliam – The Lawyers bring an impressive array of national and international artists and cultural thinkers to New Plymouth. Enjoy a mix and mingle until 6.30pm, a cabaret style presentation and then an opportunity to meet our speaker afterward.