Franz Rosati – musician, digital artist and interactive technologies expert – presented Hyletics at Digitalive19. This work further develops Rosati’s interest in an aesthetic mode that represents the discontinuity and organic nature of non-linear, random processes.
The live audiovisual set, hosted in the spaces of the Mattatoio, encouraged the audience to reflect on how matter is formed and altered. The continuous flow of sound distortions and chromatic contrasts evoked continuously changing mental landscapes, unified by a single beating sound pattern generated by mathematical formulas.
The primordial nature of these landscapes is a reference to the birth and destruction of matter through sound, leaving no room for doubt: if the primary substance of the universe, the hyle (matter in Aristotelianism), is the result of the collision of the four elements, these then interact in the live performance to become a tangible multisensory reality, simultaneously visual and sound-based.
images (all): Franz Rosati, «Hyletics», REF19, photos: Cosimo Trimboli
The article is part of the special section that Arshake dedicates to BACKSTAGE / ONSTAGE, the project that took, for two consecutive years, students from the Rome Fine Arts Academy backstage during Digitalive – a new format dedicated to digital art, curated by Federica Patti and part of the Romaeuropa Festival. Moving from backstage to front stage, in a Festival edition completely dedicated to performance and live events, students were involved in all the preparatory stages, from which they obtained material to be reassembled for this editorial project. The articles, published weekly, build a memory of the works and artists present at the event, capturing highlights from the ‘energetic’ performance works and also their protagonists through a muldimedia documentation. The content structure has been inspired by Antoni Muntadas’ Methodology of The Project, as suggested by Valeriana Berchicci. Credits
Franz Rosati is a musician, digital artist and interactive technologies expert who lives in Rome. Interested in aesthetic modes that represent the discontinuity and organic nature of non-linear, random processes, Rosati develops the software needed for his own musical and visual production. His artistic production ranges from concerts and live audiovisual sets to installations. His music can be, on the one hand, deeply emotional and, on the other, characterised by digital sounds that are aseptic, high-pitched and created using unorthodox techniques of synthesis. Over the last ten years Franz Rosati has composed music for plays and visual art works, created interactive software art and taught interactive systems, new media art and sound design in various universities.