What is you project and your work about?
Mainly, being a psychologist in my background, my work and research are oriented at exploring the human mind.Practically, I do this by conceiving new forms and mean of communication with a special eye on aesthetic and arts.
On a personal level, why do you make this work?
Honestly, on a deep personal level, only my unconscious brain knows why I do it. On much more superficial and rational level, I do it because it makes me feel alive, I guess.
Would you like to tell us how you made the piece?
"Life Grabber" has a very special human story behind it. I'm Art Director of a Cafe, Ecoteca, in Pescara (Italy) where I often invite artists for workshops and exhibition. At the beginning of 2003, I invited Jaromil, a quite famous artist which deals with video art and similar. At the very same time, I was in contact with the Mou, lips! an excellent electronic music band and Bianco-Valente, great video artists. Well, the Mou, lips! asked me to work out together some VJ software, Jaromil gave me inspiration on how beautiful it is to work with run-time videos and the Bianco-Valente team, inspired part of it thorugh some conversation we had in the early past. And, there you are, I've produced this run-time video and music analyser which
can also be self-referent ... I like this work a lot because it has the conceptualisation I've been chasing for a long time: it is alive and ever changing; it is self-referent and observe itself while changing and changes because of that; has a life while looking at the life around; it is very
independent from the author and users, by selecting sound and video environments, have the biggest part in it.
How do you define "soundtoys" ?
A think that soundtoys is a great places! It is very important to have such places where to collect information about electronic based arts and where to get artists show their work and meet each other.
How long have you been working in this area?
Ten years, as an electronic artist.
Were you an artist/ musician first who got into using computers/the net, or did you respond to the net as a medium in an artistic way?
I've been a musician when young ... long time ago.
What/ who has influenced you in your work? (themes, other artists etc)
Basically, many, too many people "are" in my brain and my art pieces. Well, to say it all, I think that a good artist has to listen the voices from the world.
Are there any other artists covering the same field as you?
There are many, if talking about electronic or computer art, but very few, when considering robotics art.
Do you see this work as art?
I could hardly see it as something else.
With regard to 'soundtoys' especially, why do you think the audio visual
form is so key to the net?
More in general, I think that this is what the net is about, by now.
What defines the aesthetics of new interactive art?
This would require a very deep answer. Please, find out the way I think
about it in here: http://www.artificialia.com/AliveArt
How important is the visual aspect in the 'new' relationship of the audio
In my opinion is not crucial, even though this is what most of the people care about. The real art, under any form and shape, concentrates much more on the meanings, which then we call beautiful.
Does the net promote visual awareness that is unique to it?
I don't think is the net producing it. Computers do it. Probably, the net speeds up the process.
How novel do you feel generative music and interactivity is?
Not novel at all. There are example of this art forms since Egyptian and earlier societies, as far as I know.
Do you think there is a history to audio visual work?
In some way there is and Nam June Paik, for example, is part of it.
Would you describe yourself as a multimedia artist, a net.artist, programmer, or none of the above?
I would describe myself as an artist, which is the thing! Then, if I have to force this definition to something more specific, than I would call myself an electronic artist.
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