Rythmòs – XI edition

From the 18th to the 25th of September Video Sound Art presents its XI edition with a new format dedicated to video and performance at two symbolic places of the scientific knowledge of the city of Milan: the Civic Museum of Natural History and the Ulrico Hoepli Planetarium.The project was developed in continuity with the artistic activities that will see Video Sound Art involved in Venice in the following months, at the invitation of Palazzo Grassi – Punta della Dogana.

The theme of the eleventh edition of the Festival is rhythm, from cycles of cosmic and biological origin, to the motions of celestial bodies and the human body.

Research topic 2021


The Civic Museum of Natural History

The Civic Museum of Natural History will host a cycle of performances led by numerous artists and performers.


18 and 19 September, from 6.00 pm to 11 pm
From 22 to 25 September, from 6.00 pm to 11 pm
Complex installation Rome is not Rome (Pt.II Mythology to Abattoir) by Haig Aivazian
25 September, 09.00 pm
Performative reading by Haig Aivazian

Video Sound Art is pleased to announce the participation of Beirut-based artist Haig Aivazian at the XI edition of the Festival. Through his practice Aivazian investigates the ways in which power conditions and relates to sociality, landscape and architecture, with particular focus to the control apparatuses present in institutions.

The sculptural corpus Rome is not Rome (Pt.II Mythology to Abattoir) grapples with three fundamental contradictions of modernity: the impulse to kill, the urge to preserve and the desire to animate.
Strange luxury objects, fragments of iconic architecture, and animals with mythological features compose a hybrid scenography. The work playfully reflects on how the museum and the zoo share the mission of establishing hierarchies and classifying life.

In the 2017 performance To Be Human, O Mountain! Aivazian identified three key sites of musical production: the church, the field and the prison. Over the years these sites have been places of worship, indentured labour and imprisonment, but also sites of collection and study by ethnographers interested in local musical traditions now almost utterly obliterated by modernity. Through the voice of three church cantors who sang fragments of prison songs, Aivazian sought to make tangible the traces of displacements in music, landscape and people. Specially for Rythmos, Aivazian will realize an intervention which will be halfway between performance and talk. Taking as a starting point this performance, and relating it to an earlier work called Wavy is the Sea, Momma (2015) which reflected on the monophonic chant of the Armenian liturgy and its relationship with Turkish cultural identity, the artist will reflect on some of the fundamental points of his practice, relating them to the themes addressed by the festival.

Performance To Be Human, O Mountain!, 2018, Balkan Deresi Valley, Ortahisar, Cappadocia, TK.
Commissioned by Cappadox 18/Sessizlik

18 and 19 September, from 6 pm to 11 pm
Performance Foglie di Fico by Andrea di Lorenzo

Andrea Di Lorenzo presents a static performance. The artist positions himself inside a bush of fig leaves, made of concrete and iron, remaining motionless for several hours. Only a portion of the artist’s legs can be seen, making it difficult for the public to decipher whether it is a person or simply a mannequin. Through a laborious exercise that cancels every movement, the human body can become similar to the one of a plant, thus producing a synchronization between opposing rhythms.

Foglie di fico, Andrea Di Lorenzo (2019)

18 and 19 September, 6.30 pm, 7.30 pm and 9.30 pm
Performance Had there been anyone to listen by Caterina Gobbi

In the depths of the subsoil, beyond the reach of any human ear, subterranean and superficial movements create majestic melodies. Using special microphones, Caterina Gobbi has sampled these vibrations in the Mont Blanc area to create a collection of underground voices. In the form of a sound performance, these voices will be brought to the public, giving rise to a reflection on the world around us and our ability to perceive it.

But a rose by anny other name apparently smells as sweet, Caterina Gobbi (2019), foto di Andreas Baudisch
22 September, 9.00 pm
Presentation of the book Medusa by Matteo De Giuli and Nicolò Porcelluzzi – NOT Nero edition

Medusa is a bi-weekly newsletter that talks about anthropocene, or rather the imprint of human beings on planet Earth. With tens of thousands of subscribers and several mentions in the national press, it is now in its third year of activity and its hundredth issue, which will be celebrated with the publication of a book of unreleased materials. From the shores of the Mississippi to the heights of Wushan, Matteo De Giuli and Nicolò Porcelluzzi take us on a journey to the end of the present, between the ice of the polar cap and the seas now choked by plastics, which is as important as ever to realize the harmful impact we have on our ecosystem and to push us to react, if only “to learn not to worry and love the collapse.”

23 September, 7.30 pm, 9.30 pm
Performance Uzu Cima by Francesco Cavaliere and Tomoko Sauvage

What are abstract metronomes, those imperceptible rhythms that link apparently distant elements? Tomoko Sauvage and Francesco Cavaliere seek an answer to this question by creating sound islands formed by collections of objects. Their research includes reflections on minerals that are transformed into components from which specific sounds can be extracted. These soundscapes will be the protagonists of a performance aimed at reflecting on human and extra-human life cycles and ecologies, with particular attention to the rhythmic dynamics that run through them.

Francesco Cavaliere and Tomoko Sauvage, photo by Yoshihiro Inada
18 and 19, form 22 to 25 September, 
7.15 pm, 8.15 pm, 9.15 pm, 10.15 pm
Performance Safari (not the exception but the rule) by Cecilia Mentasti

Cecilia Mentasti proposes a reflection on some fundamental elements of the museum that are constantly in front of the public’s eyes, yet are not being noticed. In synergy with the research developed by the Video Sound Art departments and with the participation of the students of Liceo Artistico Boccioni, the performance will create a path of meaning inside the museum. Visitors will be guided through an itinerary aimed at bringing out the complexity behind the world of museums. The performance will act as a sounding board, bringing out the imperceptible rhythms that make up the fabric of the exhibition and intervening in the dialogue that leads to its fruition.

The whale, Cecilia Mentasti, Performance (2016 ongoing)

Planetarium Ulrico Hoepli

Musical performance by Luca Maria Baldini, in collaboration with Le Cannibale, dramaturgy by the Video Sound Art curatorial team, direction by Tommaso Santagostino, with the participation of astrophysicist Fabio Peri.

An original sound object that fluctuates from Calvino’s literary suggestions to contemporary observations of the sky from an ecological and scientific perspective. Luca Maria Baldini’s soundscape accompanies an itinerary of nocturnal discovery led by astrophysicist Fabio Peri.

Luca Maria Baldini


Anti-Covid rules

Rythmos – 11th edition
18 – 25 September 2021

Civic Museum of Natural History
Planetarium Ulrico Hoepli

How to reach us:
Corso Venezia 55 e 57, Milan
Underground M1 (Palestro)
Tram 9 (Porta Venezia)
BikeMi station (Via Palestro)

With the contribuition of:
Comune di Milano
Fondazione Cariplo