Listening is opening up to someone or something, listening means being present, it is the necessary condition for being human. For too long our Western culture has accustomed us to look at the world, looking for and finding an explanation for everything, but we have not yet understood that the world is not looked at, but heard, not read, but listened to. In the sound live the present and past words, the music, the stories, the landscapes we live or have lived, it is part of our collective memory, it is our heritage that must be made known and protected every day.
The Officina Sonora association was born from this reflection and from the awareness that for us a project, a shared heritage, a vision, a sense of community must necessarily consider the sound aspect and its sharing. Art is a perfect tool to be able to share our message. The sound sculptures create a dialogue between matter and sound and reproduced a live experience. The sound sculptures aim to stop and manifest our sound and material time, to make it public, experimental and conscious.
Our job is therefore to conceive and implement national and international artistic and ethnographic research projects, which include the universe of sound in its entirety. Since our establishment, in just two years we have already collaborated and carried out works within schools dedicated to visually impaired children using our sound chair and stimulating the synesthetic and multisensory aspect. We have created a project promoted by the German Embassy on the preservation of the cultural and sound heritage of the Saxon communities present in Transylvania and again, we are carrying out the Romania Sonora project, with the desire to create a shareable archive of the material and sound memory of Romania.
There is so much to do, but above all, to listen.
/// Officina Sonora promotes the sound culture and its awareness through art, games and learning
/// Officina Sonora promovează cultura sunetului și conștientizarea acestuia prin artă, jocuri și învățare.
Riccardo Toccacielo was born in 1979, is a sound lover, sculptor, theater and movie actor as well as a record vinyl collector. He studied computer science and immediately developed a passion for electronics applied to different forms of art. An enthusiast for German Krautrock composition and italian avant-garde music. Began to play cello in 2010, the same year, he begins his theatre training with different masters. During this period, he carried out extensive studies of John Cage and Erik Satie. For the centenary of John Cage, in 2012, he staged a theatre show built on the ideas of sound and silence in Cage’s works and began to create different artworks as a tribute to Erik Satie. Listening to Demetrio Stratos, Riccardo discovered his passion for a particular instrument: the voice. He began studying overtone singing and, in 2014, he presented “The Cruelty of Sound”, a performance in which he was able to combine the artistic figures Antonin Artaud, Vladimir Majakovskij and Carmelo Bene. In 2015, he began to compose a study of the Italian actor Gian Maria Volonté and continued his acting training with the movie director Mirko Locatelli in Milan with whom he will shoot two films in 2016 and 2017 as an actor. The ten-year interest and the deep study in Erik Satie coinverged in an exhibition that took place from December 2016 until January 2017 in Perugia, Trieste and in Tuscany. In 2018 the work “Cadeau” was chosen to be permanently exhibited inside the spaces of the contemporary art museum of Perugia. In 2018 he continued his research on “material sharing of memory” applied to sounds, which led him to discover new forms of awareness applied to everyday life.
In 2019, he creates the Association Officina Sonora, with a view to promote the study of sound and its interaction with the environment (soundscape).
Adriana Spătaru was born in 1988. She is interested, among others, in semiotics, etymology and mythology, mainly as manifest in the Romanian folklore. She studied media and cultural analysis in Stockholm, where she conceived and implemented a project based on role playing relying on the recreation of ancient myths. She is also a lawyer specialized in intellectual property, that she studied extensively during a master’s programme in Stockholm. Inspired by the strong IT start-up community in Stockholm, she directed her intellectual property studies on the interaction between technological developments and legal regulations. She returned to Bucharest, where she is a lawyer, she is part of the Association Officina Sonora, she studies foreign languages and she dances.
Ida Libera Valicenti is a researcher in History of Eastern Europe at the Institute for Research in the Humanities of the University of Bucharest, previously Research fellow at the New Europe College in Bucharest and at the Comenius University of Bratislava. She is vice-president of AISSEE (Italian Association of South-Eastern European Studies) and member of AIR (Italian Association of Romanian Language and Literature Scholars).
She is tranlsator from Romanian into Italian for Orizzonti culturali review, and author of four volumes and several academic essays on the history and culture of South-Eastern Europe.