Riccardo Giacconi

2nd Prize


The project Monologo was born from the collaboration between the artist, an artificial neural network and the Marionette Company Carlo Colla & Figli, one of the oldest and most famous figure theatre companies in the world.

For three years the artist has been working on the theme of animation, then on the idea of giving life to objects and practices that imitate the human being (the word imitation is borrowed from the famous "Imitation game" theorized by Alan Turing). In this project, he works on two technologies of animation, one archaic and one contemporary, that are linked to the imitation of the anthropomorphic: the puppet theatre on one side, the artificial intelligence on the other.
The AI, starting from some texts written by the artist in these years, will draw in fact the costumes, the sets of the show and the puppets themselves that will be then made with ancient traditional techniques in the laboratories of the Compagnia Colla, thus combining contemporary technology with a traditional modus operandi.

Riccardo Giacconi has studied fine arts at the IUAV University of Venezia. His work has been exhibited in various institutions, such as Grazer Kunstverein (Graz), ar/ge kunst (Bolzano), MAC (Belfast), WUK Kunsthalle Exnergasse (Vienna), FRAC Champagne-Ardenne (Reims), tranzitdisplay (Prague), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin). He was artist-in-residence at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Lausanne, Switzerland), Centre international d'art et du paysage (Vassivière, France), lugar a dudas (Cali, Colombia), MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome and Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen (Innsbruck, Austria). He presented his films at several festivals, including the New York Film Festival, Venice International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Visions du Réel and FID Marseille, where he won the Grand Prix of the International Competition in 2015. He co-founded the collective listening festival ‘Helicotrema’ and the audio storytelling studio ‘Botafuego’. He is Professor of the Practice at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, Boston.

PHOTO CAPTION: Riccardo Giacconi, Sipario, installation view, Kunstraum Lakeside. Photo_ Johannes Puch Kunstraum Lakeside, Lakeside Park klagenfurt, Ausstellung Riccardo Giacconi "SPARIO"

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