FOTONICA Festival!


After the opening weekend, the third edition of FOTONICA Festival promotes a week of workshops and lectures on digital practices and new technologies. Jumping between Fusolab 2.0 and Nuovo Cinema Aquila, the Festival will end on December 7 with another weekend of live performances, exhibitions and video mapping interactive installations.

In Italian, the word FOTONICA refers to the photon, the elementary particle of light and other electromagnetic radiations. By definition, a photon is massless and it mediates electromagnetic interactions. Inspired by the infinite generative power of these tiny particles, the Festival promotes diverse interactions between art and technology with free events open to all. Combining diverse creative approaches to software, FOTONICA Festival becomes a space of encounter and dialogue between diverse technical disciplines and art media. For this third edition, the festival is happening in two cultural hubs at the opposite edges of the V Municipality of Rome.

With the aim of promoting the lively vibes of the neighbourhood, on Friday evening FOTONICA started openng the two locations at the same time. In Centocelle area, Fusolab 2.0 hosts an international collective exhibition and the video mapping outdoor installation Particles. Here, additionally to visual shows, there are also lectures with artists and workshops to learn new technologies. If the weekend is for kids with two workshops on theatre and videogames and electronic music, the weekly sessions are for Lights Art and Madmapper, with Michele Mattei and Massimo De Gennaro, and for Touchdesigner, with Massimo Zomparelli and Salvatore Iaconesi.

Meantime, Nuovo Cinema Aquila transforms its setting to host a live performance with music and visual. In combination with the installation ReDi by StudioAIRA! and Artecnologie exhibition, the cinema becomes a stage for performers like Datacode and L’ Age d’Or for the opening, or NVS and Vj Emiko for the closing weekend. After the performances, the night carries on with live Dj set by several artists combining local and international background.

In collaboration with AVNode, FOTONICA is part of an international and wider network promoting digital practices across the world. Organised by Flyer media, the idea of the festival begins with the international event LPM Live Performance Meeting – a meeting to explore creative practices and perform live. Collaborating with diverse artists and performers, the scope is to create a space to present and explore digital practices in a creative and dynamic environment.

Researching diverse languages and technologies, the festival is not only a call for Italian and international artists but also for an audience of expert and non-expert alike. The combination of audio-visual performances, interactive installations with FLxER Team and talks brings together creative and educational scopes. Playing with the open and cosy vibes of the V Municipality, FOTONICA interacts with the local reality to present a variety of techniques and creative explorations to play with technology.

As we said at the beginning, a photon is massless. Yet, it can travel at light speed and mediate electromagnetic interactions, which sometimes have unexpected outcomes. So do ideas. Inspired by this invisible particle and this variety of activities and interactions, FOTONICA is a dynamic environment to see how invisible ideas can materialise in dynamic and surprising performances. Promoting an Italian and international panorama, the festival is a space not only to perform art but also to meet artists from all over the world, while thinking of new approaches to technology.

Don’t miss out next weekend!

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