Three lectures to recount the 80’s lively cultural climate, when Florence established itself as one of the most vital cities of the peninsula. Musicians, directors, writers and protagonists of that time, retrace the events of a decade marked by the spreading of art in nightspots, discotheques and fashion studios, experiencing unusual hybridizations mixing low culture and sophisticated art researches.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 10, 5.30 P.M.
Giancarlo Cauteruccio and Dario Evola
Post-Avantgarde, a new spectacular concept: theater in post-modernity
A journey through the aesthetics of an artistic phenomenon characterizing an entire generation of contemporary artists. With the aid of a rich audio-visual material, Giancarlo Cauteruccio and Dario Evola will delve into Krypton’s rich work to narrate the creative environment of the 80’s, experiencing a real aesthetic revolution in the field of theater. The meeting will offer a chance to discuss the content some books among which Teatri di Luce by Giancarlo Cauteruccio, Nero Chiaro by Gabriele Frasca, Teatro Studio Krypton/Trent’Anni di solitudine by Simone Nebbia, Epica di un Migrante/Eneide di Krypton by Giuliano Compagno, Samuel Beckett, Nel buio di un teatro accecante by Giancarlo Cauteruccio with essays by Dario Evola.
Director, set designer, author and performer, Giancarlo Cauteruccio is known for his special multidisciplinary linguistics. His work typically explores new technologies and applies the idea of multimedia to arts, starting from the end of the 70’s. He directed theater performances, produced video installations, led projects of theater-architecture and musical theater in Italy and abroad. He created the Krypton company, he was the art director of the Teatro Studio di Scandicci for over twenty years and is currently a teacher of scenic arts at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Perugia and the art director of the experimental workshop of Theater/Architecture for the Department of Architecture of the University of Florence.
Among the most distinguished scholars of the second Italian Avantgarde, Dario Evola is an essayist and a professor of Aesthetics at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma and of History of Contemporary Art at the Università “Sapienza” di Roma.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 17, 5.30 P.M.
Bruno Casini converses with Nicola Vannini, Antonio Aiazzi and Gianni Maroccolo
Walk on the wild Side
A song by Lou Reed to recount the Florentine atmospheres and the cultural adventures of a decade celebrated and idealized by many writers and protagonists. Music and clubbing in Florence during the “Rock Renaissance”, that is, the “post-modern week-end” of Pier Vittorio Tondelli, will be among the topics. In addition to this, independent labels, concerts, festivals, cultural contaminations, radio, fanzines, spectacular moments in an international and eclectic city. The viewing of material and documents of the time will be accompanied by the reading of some texts by Dimitri Milopulos on the atmosphere of those years.
Bruno Casini specialized in communication and cultural promotion and in researches and studies on youth culture in Italy. Starting from the 80’s he participated in theater and musical projects and collaborated with specialized radios and magazines. He was one of the creators of the magazine “Westuff”. He curated the Independent Music Meeting for many years, he took part in the stage management of the Fabbrica Europa festival and of the jury of the Premio Ciampi and he directed the Pelago On the Road Festival. He submitted cultural articles on Tuscany for “Il Manifesto”. He curated the volume Frequenze Fiorentine (Arcana, 2003) and co-curated the editorial project Anni di musica (Toscana Musiche and Regione Toscana). He published over the years Banana Moon; In viaggio con i Litfiba; Felici e Maledetti. Che fine ha fatto Baby Jane? Moda e clubbing nella Firenze Anni ‘80; Ribelli nello spazio. Lo Space Electronic a Firenze2 e Sex and the World.Viaggi Gay e rock’n roll for the publishing house Zona. He teaches communication at the Istituto Arte e Restauro of Florence. Since 2006 he has been co-curating the Florence Queer Festival.
Gianni Maroccolo was the bass player of the Litfiba in the 80’s. A musician and producer, he was part of the musical factory of the C.C.C.P., later C.S.I. and lastly PGR with Giovanni Lindo Ferretti and others. He was the producer of Marlene Kuntz, Marco Parente, Andrea Chimenti, Yo Yo Mundi, Ivana Gatti, Mira Spinosa, Ulan Bator, Federico Fiumani. In 2004 he issued “Acau” his first solo work with the participation of many artists, among which Franco Baciato, Piero Pelù, Carmen Consoli, Cristina Donà.
Antonio Aiazzi was the keyboard player of the Litfiba in the 80’s, in addition to producing many groups. He formed the Beau Geste with Maroccolo and Francesco Magnelli, a trio who signed a number of theater soundtracks. He also organized cultural events, following the projects of Antenna Musicale, Officina Giovani Prato and Festa della Musica in Toscana. He is currently collaborating with Gianni Maroccolo on a sound project.
Nicola Vannini was the first singer of the Diaframma in the 80’s. In those years he also created the Rokkoteca Brighton at the Casa del Popolo of Settignano (Florence) where a number of bands, including Litfiba, started. For a long time he produced records and realized concerts with Soul Hunters, a project mixing dark atmospheres and psychedelia. He now is a music-industry executive and one of the founders of the Audioglobe label.
Dimitri Milopulos is a director, an actor, a set and graphic designer for contemporary theater. Since 2005 he has been directing the theatrical seasons of the Limonaia di Sesto Fiorentino and of Festival Intercity dedicated to international drama. He worked at two theater performances based on books by Bruno Casini on the 80’s and 70’s as director and actor.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 24, 5.30 P.M.
Daniele Locchi, Bruno Casini, Leonardo Tozzi, Gimmy Tranquillo and Antonio Glessi
Viva la Notte Viva. Assonanze e dissonanze di notti avventurose
Through recollections and readings the conference will retrace the atmospheres and generations of the Tenax, one of the most innovative nightclubs of Italy. Notes and images selected by Deliri Progressivi, an association by Roby Bruno and Annamaria Pecoraro, will accompany the stories of Daniele Locchi, the art director of the theater-disco Tenax between ‘81 and ’87, of Leonardo Tozzi, the director of the magazine Firenze Spettacolo, Gimmy Tranquillo, the editor of Controradio and collaborator of Tenax and Bruno Casini, the art director of the club Manila.
Daniele Locchi deals with music and show business. Between ’79 and ’82 he directed the department of show business and organization of events for Controradio and between ’81 and ’87 he was the creator and art director of the theater-disco Tenax of Florence. He took part in the artistic management and programming of many public spaces for many editions of the Estate Fiorentina. He is an essayist and writer, among his releases: 80.doc / più a sinistra dei Rolling Stones (2012, Romano Editore), Mezzanotte e Quattro(2013, Iena Reader – Nardini Editore), Generazione Tenax (2014, edizioni Firenze Spettacolo).
Leonardo Tozzi since 1980 is the director of the monthly Firenze Spettacolo, a guide to the city’s cultural life, entertainments and trends, and he is also the editor of essays on current and past events, inspired by Florence and Tuscany. In 2003 he started publishing the periodical Bologna Spettacolo that reproduces the same editorial formula of Firenze Spettacolo.
Gimmy Tranquillo after actively experiencing the 80’s in Florence being part of the group that, rising from the ashes of the cooperative, created Controradio s.r.l. and started managing Tenax, moved to Los Angeles for twenty years. Back in Florence, as an architect he participated in the team making the Hard Rock Cafè of Piazza della Repubblica, then decided to go back to the studios of Controradio, as one of the editors.