Filippo Lilli (Mottola, 1987), Donato Loforese (Castellaneta, 1984) and Federico Peliti (Rome, 1983).

Una Boccata d’Arte 2021, Polisonum, A cinque voci. Gesualdo (AV), Campania. Courtesy: Fondazione Elpis e Galleria Continua. Ph. ©Danilo Donzelli

The collective will realize a site-specific work in the village of Gesualdo, in Campania. Made up of Filippo Lilli (Mottola, 1987), Donato Loforese (Castellaneta, 1984) and Federico Peliti (Rome, 1983), it was formed in 2014 and combines sound production and visual art with performance and new technologies. Polisonum uses sound as a method and as an investigation device to explore the metamorphosis in historical and contemporary places, in landscapes and in geographies. Its research is aimed at the listening to and the interpretation of the natural or anthropic places where it operates, through installations that translate into the restitution of sound traces. Among its most recent exhibitions and projects, we mention: RAM – Radioartemobile and Fondazione VOLUME! in Rome, in 2020; ‘In Vitro Sound Art exhibition’ in Matera and Romaeruopa Festival – Digitalive in Rome in 2019. For more info: www.polisonum.com. Curated by Threes Productions. Their Elpis collaborator is Angelica Tulimiero.

«A cinque voci is a sound composition for choir that is broadcast once a day for five minutes from the tower of the Castello di Gesualdo. Like a secular ritual, the sound marks a daily passage and lets a fragment of history escape from the castle walls in the wind. Three long white drapes emerge from the balcony in constant dialogue with the wind».

The exhibition

A cinque voci

curated by Francesca Ceccherini

A cinque voci is the sound composition that the Polisonum collective dedicates to the village of Gesualdo, a small thousand-year-old town in the heart of Irpinia that for five centuries welcomed the Norman dynasty of the Gesualdo. Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa, is the figure to whom Polisonum’s research is aimed: visionary musician and composer, madrigalist with rare skills, he’s a complex figure and central to the history of musical experimentation.
A choir composed of soprano, mezzo soprano, alto, tenor and baritone perform the verse Ahi disperata vita, also the title of an opera by the composer Carlo Gesualdo, through eight chords that are intertwined in an unpredictable way. Polisonum actually asks the performers to hold each chord until they lose their breath, until the voice is consumed, goes out, and the breath finds space again for the emission of another sound.
In addition to the live performance during the opening on 27 June, a sound installation in the central tower of the Castel will reproduce a reduced version of it, twice a day, until the end of September.
Like a secular ritual that marks a daily passage through sound, it also lets a fragment of history escape into the wind from the castle walls. The sound installation also consists of three long white drapes that emerge from the balcony of the tower: moved by the wind or immobile, agitated, calm, they are as unpredictable as our own breath.

All weekends until 26.09.2021, twice a day, at 11.20am and at 6.40pm.

The village

Gesualdo, Campania

41°00’22.2″N 15°04’17.1″E

Una Boccata d’Arte 2021, Polisonum, A cinque voci. Panoramic view of Gesualdo (AV), Campania. Courtesy: Fondazione Elpis e Galleria Continua. Ph. ©Danilo Donzelli

Gesualdo is a village of 3,483 residents in Campania, in the province of Avellino, which is 32km away. Known as the «city of the prince of musicians» in memory of the Prince of Venosa and madrigal composer, Carlo Gesualdo, it stands in the central Irpinia area, between the Ansanto valley and the Ufita River. Franco Battiato and Igor’ Fëdorovič Stravinskij have dedicated musical compositions to this area. The castle came out of the Longobard age as a defensive outpost, and was transformed into a noble residence after the marriage of Carlo Gesualdo and Eleonora D’Este.

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Acknowledgments: the Elpis collaborator Angelica Tulimiero, the Mayor Edgardo Pesiri, the Deputy Mayor Gianfranco Bianco and the Dean Alfonso Cuoppolo.

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