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The show

The Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art presents The Sounds of the World, an exhibition of sound works of art. The works constitute unique moments that welcome the viewer. The sound spreads and thanks to its immaterial and reverberant nature, it passes through bodies and things, establishing a dynamic relationship between people and their sense of profound autonomy. The term Sound Art describes those artistic expressions that use sound in an autonomous and spatial form, privileging its material, sculptural, architectural and relational connotation.

The first traces of this genre can be traced back to the artistic research of the beginning of the last century by Luigi Russolo, who in his futurist manifesto entitled The art of noises of 1913 defines noise as a "sound of the world". But the development of sound art dates back to the studies of the late 1940s by the French radio engineer and musicologist Pierre Schaeffer, and to the experiments of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s which combined artistic forms such as performances, immersive sound environments and electronic music. The authors of sound works include John Cage, Atsuko Tanaka, Fluxus artists such as Yoko Ono and Max Neuhaus, considered the founder of sound art, to name just a few. The sounds of the world proposes a journey that starts from the garden with Sun & Sea listening edition (Listening edition of Sole & Mare), 2022, by Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė and Lina Lapelytė, and from the external atrium of the Museum with the work Untitled (Untitled), 1995, by Max Neuhaus. The exhibition continues in the entrance staircase with The Internationale (The International), 1999, by Susan Philipsz, an a cappella version of the song of the same name. In room 15 on the first floor of the Museum you can hear Mondo Nuovo, 2022, by Irene Dionisio, and in rooms 7 and 8 Hell Yeah We Fuck Die, 2016, by Hito Steyerl. These last two works investigate the theme of artificial intelligence in the contemporary world. In room 33 there is Salmon: A Red Herring, 2020, by Cooking Sections, a duo of artists who address the consequences of the food industry today. In the stairwell of the third floor, Trepanaciones (Sonidos de la morgue) (Trepanations – Sounds of the morgue), 2003, by Teresa Margolles, is based on recordings of the sounds produced by surgical instruments. In the attic, Soundtrack for a Troubled Time, 2017, by Cally Spooner presents the processes of today's society through sound. Finally, the exhibition itinerary includes Promenade (Passeggiata), 2023, by Ramona Ponzini. This unpublished work, edited by Giulia Colletti, offers a reflection on the notion of inaccessibility by making some places in the Museum audible that would not otherwise be experienced by visitors.

The sounds of the world is an exhibition dedicated to inclusiveness that aims to promote access to art for people with visual disabilities. Curated by Marianna Vecellio.

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Piazzale Mafalda di Savoia, 2
10098 Rivoli


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