Passo a due

Presentation of the collaboration bewtween Elena Bellantoni e Mariana Farratto after a period of artistic residency.

From 19.01.2015 to 21.01.2015

19.01.2015 - meeting Il potere della musica, la musica del potere curated by Massimiliano Viel

Passo a due is the result of a research about the concept of power. It is born from the collaboration between Elena Bellantoni and Mariana Ferratto and it’s presented today in the spaces of FDV Residency, the venue in which the project was born and developed.

The project is divided in the video installations Il capo sono io by Mariana Ferratto and The Struggle for Power, the Fox and the Wolf by Elena Bellantoni, accompanied by the materials produced during the studio time in Milan. Starting from the analysis of the “coupleìs relationship” concept, the two artists have produced two different artworks, joined by the same sound carpet. In each work, a voice accompanies, describes and anticipates images, making the performer couple the main protagonists of the two researches, symbols and visual encyclopedias of the human and animal behaviour into the relation of power in two.
During their permanence here, Bellantoni and Ferratto have deepened their own study course based on a theorical plan, using materials by the DOCVA Archive. Sharing day by day spaces and habits, the artists have reflected on power as a main theme, in its most usual forms, through the application of rules and the unaware generation of domain forms.

The Archive, as a tool of power able to create hierarchies and connections, has also been the main conceptual reference, essential for the reading and the organization of the collected materials. It will also be presented Archivio del Potere , consisting of a fanzine that gathers a questionnaire addressed to curators and critics with which the artists were interfacing.
The presentation is anticipated by an in-depth meeting called Il potere della musica, la musica del potere focused on the relation between sound and power, curated by Massimiliano Viel , musicologist and composer.
At the end of the meeting, Viel will introduce Bellantoni's and Ferratto's works.

The artworks will be displayed until the 21st of January at the spaces of FDV Residency, by Palazzina Liberty in Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan.


Elena Bellantoni (Vibo Valentia, 1975) is living and working between Berlin and Italy. After graduating in Contemporary Art at University of La Sapienza in Rome, she has studied in Paris and London where, in 2007, she obtained an MA in Visual Arts at WCA University of Arts London. In 2007 she established the Platform Translation Group and in 2008 co-founded the no-profit 91mQ Art Project Space in Berlin.
Selection of solo exhibition: 2013: My name is… elena bellantoni [. BOX] videoart project space, Milano. 2012: Looking for E.B., Galleria Muratcentoventidue, Bari. 2007: Transparen, Weisser Elephant Galerie, Berlino.

Selection of collective exhibitions: 2014: Spazi di percezione tra intangibile e tangibile, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Roma. 2013: Ikono Video Festival in streaming: Visioni Domestiche, Collegium Hungaricum, Berlino; Archive tellers, MAXXI B.A.S.E., Roma; Visioni d’artepresso, Galleria A+A, Venezia; C'è una piccola radice che, se la masticate, vi spuntano le ali immediatamente, MAC Museo, Lissone; Exodus Italia, MUMI Museo de las Migraciones, Montevideo Uruguay. 2012: Re-Generation, Museo Macro, Roma; 2012: Regeln für die Revolution sul 'Fatzer' di Brecht, Volksbühne Fatzer Kurzfilmkino, Berlino e Cinema Massimo, Torino. 2010:Europe as a Space of Translation, Biennale della Traduzione PAN Palazzo delle Arti di Napoli. 2009: BAC Festival Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo de Barcelona, CCB Museum, Barcellona.
Prize and Residencies selection: 2014: she wins African Fabbers and partecipates to an exhibition and a workshop at the Marrakech Biennale. 2013 First Prize at the FestArte/Factory videoart section for the I colori del Mondo contest, Macro la Pelanda, Roma; Residencia Expacio Versus, Santiago del Cile. 2012: bando NGBK - Neu Gesllschaft für Bildende Kunst – with the project In Other Words, produced at Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien and NGBK di Berlino. Selected for the project ITaliens - junge Kunst in der Botschaft, Ambasciata Italiana, Berlino. 2009 Movin'up G.A.I., Torino with a project and an exhibition in Santiago, Chile; residency in Progetto Isole, Palermo. 2008 residency with the artist Francis Alys 98weeks project space, Beirut. 2006: prize Temphelhof-Shoneberg Kunstpreis Zum Ball-Spiel, Berlin.

Mariana Ferratto (Roma, 1979) graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome and has completed her training with dance and theater studies.

Selection of solo exhibition: 2011: Ciao, The Gallery Apart, Roma. 2009: I pesci rossi crescono in base alla dimensione del loro acquario, Fondazione Adriano Olivetti, Roma; Inside #4, The Gallery Apart, Roma; 2005:Why?, Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, Roma. Selezione di mostre collettive: 2013: Exodus Italia, MUMI Museo de las Migraciones, Montevideo Uruguay. 2012: Omaggio a Graziella Lonardi Buontempo, PAN – Palazzo delle Arti, Napoli; Progetto delle Accademie di Belle Arti (2000 - 2010), 54a Biennale di Venezia, Tese delle Vergini dell’Arsenale, Venezia; Rumors sobre una exposició, Espai Zer01, Olot. 2010: Monnaie de Paris, Paris;Videoprogetto Birmingham; Platform Translation_Interface, MLAC, Roma. 2009: EXTRACONTEMPORANEA, Nuovo Cinema Aquila, Roma; 2 VIDEO 2008 - N.EST 2.0, Museo MADRE, Napoli; All day video & sound Art. Works selected, par des commissaries indépendans, St. Louis, Missouri; Videoteque in Calypso, Sala Rekalde, Bilbao; XIII Biennale dei Giovani Artisti dell'Europa e del Mediterraneo, Bari; HELP YOURSELF become an ego lover, Londra; UP Itinerant Visions, Zurigo. 2007: V Festival Internacional del Cine Pobre, Cuba; Isola Video, Studio Stefania Miscetti, Roma; Attori/ Spettatori, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Fondazione Alda Fendi, Roma; 2006: Almadromestica, Drome megazine. 2005: Play ’04, Neon-Campobase, Bologna, C/O Careof Milano.
Prize and Residencies selection: 2012: premio Arte, Patrimonio e Diritti Umani. 2011 e 2010 residency at Cité Internationale des Arts, Parigi. 2008 first prize for Intercorto contest, percorsi audiovisivi interculturali, Comune di Arezzo e Ministero del lavoro, della Salute e delle Politiche Sociali. She has been selected for the workshop Officine dell’arte, Careof, Milano.

Massimiliano Viel is a composer, musician, researcher and teacher. His multiple activities as a composer, keyboard player and sound designer brought him to collaborate with many ensenble and orchestras all over Europe with composers such as K. Stockhausen, L. Berio and F. Romitelli.
In the meantime, he has developed his aesthetic and technical research in musical writing, producing scores for acoustic and electronic instruments, from the solo instrument to the big orchestras. He is salso interested in the relation between music and other expressive forms, making performances and installations in direct contact with teathre, videoart and dance.
In 2001 he started his collaboration with Otolab, an important and international italian collective of audiovideo practices, with whom Massimiliano has developed countless projects displayed all over the world.
In 2002 he founded Sincronie, an association aimed at connecting the western musical writing tradition with the instances of culture and contemporary society through the production of events and educational programs.
He is also author of books and articles in the musicological and didactic field. Professor at the Conservatorio di Bolzano. Currently PhD researcher at the Planetary Collegium T-Node in the University of Plymouth, England.


Elena Bellantoni, Mariana Ferratto

05.05 > 11.06.2014

Passo a due is born by the collaboration between Elena Bellantoni and Mariana Ferratto. Its objective is the analysis of the concept of power, starting from couples' relationships, in order to produce two distinct videoart works still united by the same sound carpet.

During the residency at FDV Residency Program the artists have deepened their research path both on theoretical plane, using materials preserved at DOCVA, and on the practical plane sharing day by day spaces and habits.

From this experience were born areas of research around which the two artists concentrated their own attention in order to produce works displayed at FDV Residency Program: Il capo sono io by Mariana Ferratto and The Struggle for Power, the Fox and the Wolf by Elena Bellantoni.