Roberto Paci Dalò
Roberto Paci Dalò is a composer and musician, film maker, theatre director, visual and sound artist, author and radiomaker. Active for years on the international scene, creates his work starting with sound and drawing, then expanding to sculpture, installation, music, film, performance, and collaborative projects, between institution, the independent scene, and pop culture. Art, science, and nature are the key words of his oeuvre. A pioneer in the use of Internet and in integrating analogical and digital technologies, his work areas include: radio transmission, telematic networks, persistence of classical tradition in contemporaneity, psychoacoustics , robotics, cybernetics, man-machine interaction, real-time sound-image elaboration, sound cartography., music (from early music to new stuff) on stage, persistence of classical tradition in present time, image and sound relationship, digital culture, interaction, body languages, social design, projects for the public space & site-specific, collaborative & participatory projects. Paci Dalò is active as performer also involved in collaborations and improvised music. In defining his own work Paci Dalò coined the definitions: media dramaturgy and theatre of listening. He frequently creates his works in various fields, further investigating different aspects of perception of the same material. Thus scene and music works often become radio pieces or interactive sound/video installations and online projects.
In addition to customary venues (galleries, museums, theaters . . .), site-specific practices are one of the most important characteristics of his work: experiencing places to transform them, often with the people who live them (including ghosts in ghost towns). Relationship with people is therefore important to establish bonds that—though stemming from artistic practice—may also transcend by creating collaboration and participation on various levels. Among his geographic references, some areas of the world (and their cultures) such as Armenia and Georgia (Transcaucasia, in general), Mitteleuropa, North American deserts, Jerusalem. His systematic visits to sites of worship (in particular Armenian and Orthodox Christian churches, synagogues, and mosques) are part of his practice, while a particular relationship with the Jewish universe acts as a constant counterpoint to his oeuvre. In 1987 he created in Jerusalem the "Roberto Paci Dalò Klezmer Orchestra" devoted to the presentation of Jewish music with a special emphasis on the Chassidic one and its relationships with the contemporary scene.