ALESSANDRO DI GIAMPIETRO
Hotel Hilton, Sorrento,
28 Dec. 2013 / 2 Jan. 2014
Anton Alvarez, Annarita Aversa, Stella Bottai, Julie Boukbza, Martina Croce
Alessandra Di Biagio,
Carlo Di Biagio, Alessandro Di Giampietro, Patrizio Di Massimo,
Jonathan Edwin Lowe,
Daniel Fernandez, Nicoletta Fiorucci, Silvia Fiorucci Roman,
Anthea Hamilton, Celia Hampton, Dan Kidner, Nicola Lees, Maria Loboda,
William Massey, Bea Mcmahon, Maurizio Morra Greco, Paulina Olowska,
Sabine Parenti, Amalia Pica, Cristiano Raimondi, Mary Margaret Reinebold
Alon Schwabe, Amy Sherlock, Sissi, Julie Verhoeven, Andrea Villiani
(another New Year’s Eve!),
monster (otherness always has a great fascination) and at the same time
Monster, the 2003 film based
on James St James’s book Disco Bloodbath, in this case purged of drugs
and its deadly epilogue,
but preserved in the drama of the costumes and in the inescapable “rules of
start from the location:
Sorrento and the Sorrentine Peninsula. On the slopes of Mount Vesuvius (the
Fiorucci Art Trust likes to hang out under volcanos!)
embraced by a line of 16th-century walls, while the coast
the sea, is studded
with Saracen towers (both of them fortifications erected as a defence against
Sorrento was the birthplace of Torquato Tasso and gave Sophia Loren freedom of the town.
years it became a favourite destination of illustrious figures in European culture like Lord Byron,
Keats, Goethe, Dickens, Wagner, Ibsen and Nietzsche.
Scent of citrus in a Mediterranean scrub verging on the tropical.
Lemons (excellent for inebriating gin & tonics)
peel as aroma
for typical local products. Worthy of mention (but without orange, although it is a
in some of our home-made sausages)
are Provolone del Monaco, Gragnano pasta, the dairy products of
Agerola and the gastronomic paradise of those artisans of taste at Vico Equense.
Zoom in now
on the place where
we will be the guests of Giovanni Russo: the Hilton Palace Sorrento, surrounded by
a garden of
situated in front of the Gulf of Naples and overlooked by Vesuvius. Capri is visible in
Fifty-five km from Naples airport and 5 minutes from the beach and the historic centre, equipped
of the biggest conference centres in Italy, with meeting rooms, an auditorium and
the hotel also has some surprising swimming pools (don’t forget the bathing costume!)
and a scintillating
centre (don’t forget your sneakers either). Finally there is the Pagoda Bar, with a
panoramic view of the coast.
If these are the ingredients, then what is cooking?
No rules and
ùn fixed protocol
apart from the need to enjoy ourselves as much as possible and prepare ourselves,
as best we
can, for the New Year festivities.
What are necessary are costumes, disguises and the consequent
every day, at aperitif time, with local staff specialized in cutting and sewing and
a “kit” of fabrics
in a wide range of colours, patterns and materials, we will take on the task.
will be obvious companions on the adventure. Free initiative for improvisations!
trips are planned to pleasant and historically significant localities like the Li
and the ancient city of Pompeii,
brought to its knees by fate. A crossroads of myths, legends
and mystery cults.
On one hand
the place that Strabo, the 1st-century BC geographer, identified as the home of
the same ones that tried to interrupt Ulysses’ Odyssey. On the other the snapshot of a necropolis
with its remnants and its affections.
all types of procession that used to animate the slopes of the volcano,
intoxicated by the power of Bacchus: “haec iuga quam nysae colles plus Bacchus amavit”.
the Fiorucci Art Trust will be celebrating the New Year in the same way (with a drama costume
but in a different
location with a different atmosphere, inviting artists and colleagues to come and
have a great time entertaining each other.
We’re waiting for you
Nicoletta and Milovan
ARIMORTIS. group show curated by Roberto Cuoghi and Milovan Farronato
Museo del Novecento. Milan. april 4th - september 8th, 2013
SULCIS ODDITY. Curated by Emiliana Sabiu. Fondazione MACC.
August 1st - September 29th, 2013
Butterfly etude 2010
the action of matter formalised in a large photography
xerox print 450 x 300 cm
Alessandro Di Giampietro
ROLLING STONES - ROADSIDE PICNIC/STROMBOLI
Texts by Simon Castets, Milovan Farronato, Nicoletta Fiorucci, Goffredo Fofi, James Hamilton, Arianna Rosica, Rita Selvaggio, Angela Vettese
Loukia Alavanou, Simon Castets, Enrico David, Alessandro Di Giampietro, Milovan Farronato, Nicoletta Fiorucci, Anna Franceschini, Pascal Gautrand,
Paolo Gonzato, Christian
Holstad, Ian and Mark Hundley, Runa Islam,
Alexej Koschkarow, Goshka Macuga, Rupert Mellor, Sefer Memişoglu, Mahmoud Mohamed Mahmoud Abouelnasr, Kenneth Andrew Mroczek, Simone Rainer,
Arianna Rosica, Rita Selvaggio,
Sissi, Tina Tyrell, Angela Vettese
Roadside Picnic is an artists’ residence project. No formula, no protocol, no need to produce a result, before or after the
experience, no obligation on the participants. From
summer 2008 to winter 2010-11 the first
Roadside Picnic—first in a long series that will always be staged in different and highly distinctive contexts—took shape on the
volcanic island of Stromboli, playing host to
artists, curators, fashion designers and friends.
‘I was fascinated by the idea of offering artists an opportunity for diversion, a moment of pause and, paradoxically, a break from
their work. Of allowing them to experience a
state of ‘passivity,’ a passivity devoid of
pathos, the opposite of a controlled and targeted activity’, declares Nicoletta Fiorucci, founder of the Trust, to whose words the
task of introducing the volume Rolling Stones
has been entrusted.
‘Two tamarisks, a table and a parapet from which to gaze at the sea, the mouth of an active volcano overhead and a group of people
who have chosen to focus their interests on
visual art. No religion has been founded nor
history changed in the house on Stromboli, but to understand the meaning of it all it is necessary to get away from the idea of the
holiday as an empty hole. You have to turn this
perspective on its head and think of a time
that was completely full, in which there was nothing but life and all the rest had been set aside. On Stromboli it was possible to
wander elsewhere. Lost loves and strange
children, fancy dress, superfluous hair and
unfinished visions or desires for an exhibition never staged and that, between a sunset and a dawn finally assumed clear
outlines.’ Angela Vettese
Rolling Stones is an album of photographs through which the experience can be reconstructed, focusing on the aspects of conviviality
and exchange, alternating with works
spontaneously inspired by the stay on the island
and texts created in response to the residence and/or the surroundings in which it took place.
Stromboli: a geographical reality but also a projection of the mind, an inner landscape but even more a metaphor for existence.
Stromboli, a circle around the fire, a small piece
of land, a little bit of history, metaphor for
Book photo credits Simon Castets, Alessandro Di Giampietro, Anna Franceschini, Paolo Gonzato, Christian Holstad, Runa Islam, Goshka Macuga, Rupert
Mellor, Kenneth Andrew Mroczek,
Sissi, Mark Hundley
design Tommaso Garner
publishing coordinator Giulia Brivio
English translator Huw Evan
Italian translator Camilla Pietrabissa
format cm 31 x 23.5, paperback, p. 288
Book launch on October
7th, 2011, Swiss Institute, New Yor
Moderator Gianni Jetzer
Presenters Simon Castets, Christian Holstad, Milovan Farronato, Runa Islam
Sound by Morten Norbye Halvorsen
link to Fiorucciarttrust
Volcano Extravaganza: a first name and a surname. It’s an open concept produced by the Fiorucci Art Trust that will
entail a series of ephemeral and fortuitous events based on improvisation and chance to be staged on the volcanic island
The intention is to investigate different forms of fusion and overlap, in relationship with the contemporary
world. Above all Volcano Extravaganza explores the idea of experimentation and asks the participants to rethink the
contents of their work. The hybrid set of personalities involved and the way in which they present their experience will
explore, through breaks and discontinuities, a succession of exchanges between different poles of time and place.
DJ-set marathons, sounds and actions, performances and site-specific installations will alternate over the course of
this long and endless summer. Screenings, temporary exhibitions and round-table discussions with architects, artists,
writers, curators and thinkers will be held in the shadow of an active volcano, following a format that is devoid of
The event will host solo shows by Jessica Warboys and Anna Franceschini, screenings of films inspired by the island
made by Runa Islam and Loukia Alavanou; evenings of food design as midnight supper conceived by the Arabeschi d
Latte and the tortuous culinary visions of Sissi. Matthew Stone has scheduled The Stromboli Conversations, a
unprecedented stroll up to the volcano’s crater in the company of Louwrien Wijers, while Christian Holstad has planned
a ‘semi-passive listening party’.
Chiara Fumai will perform a conjuring trick in which a female revolutionary is dematerialized. Liliana Moro has give
the title of an aria from Tosca, E Lucevan le Stelle (‘And the Stars Used to Shine’), to her intervention, in which she
intends to wave a very personal flag, not as a symbol of national identity but as a way of announcing new possibilities.
Alessandro Di Giampietro has photographed the local inhabitants and then torn apart to form his census, at time
grotesque and at times romantic, of the island’s people
And again, brand new sound interventions by Paolo Gonzato, Igor Muroni and a twenty-voice choir directed by
As Alighiero Boetti once said, ‘stra-vaganza is neither nomadism nor wandering, but brig
htness and a 360-degree
horizon. And above all it invests in multiplicity and the unexpected nature of encounters’.
the identity of a comunity molded by the Volcano
213 polaroid collage.
Alessandro Di Giampietro
link to fiorucciarttrust
CHRISTIAN HOLSTAD -THE LISTENING PARTY, PHOTOGRAPHIES BY ALESSANDRO DI GIAMPIETRO
semi-passive action of obligatory listening party. 2011 at Lunatica.Stromboli (Volcano extravaganza 2011)
Archive from roadside picnic in Stromboli/Volcano extravaganza 2011
by Alessandro Di Giampiettro (Volcano Extravaganza 2011)
GOLDENBOY. GALLERIA DAVIDE DI MAGGIO. MILANO