What we do Evento 2016

Ten Years 2004-2014 & Io vedo, io guardo

Dino Ferruzzi

Annalisa Cattani

StudioMDT and Artforms - Prato


TEACH BACK is a sound and visual performance that needs the active partecipation of the public.
The idea is to activate a place in which experiment a dialogic form, a multi-item “composition”. Starting from the basic inhomogeneity of its partecipants, they will cause creative interferences made on the threshold of immediate events, like jazz music improvisation.

About two years after the forced closure of the CRAC by the Bruno Munari Artistic High School in Cremona, the Public Center in the Editions Postmedia Books publishes the book TEN YEARS 2004 – 2014 Arte, educazione, formazione, lavoro, spazio pubblico of Dino Ferruzzi, a book that documents ten years of research / action in the field of contemporary art and teaching.
The rich photographic apparatus and the texts that compose the book have been conceived as a set of thoughts collected over time, a multi-handed narration, an accumulation of readings, suggestions, meetings, which attempt to reveal and identify, in a transversal way, the contours of a biopolitical dimension of art, education, training, work and public space.

In addition to the texts by Dino Ferruzzi e Gianna Paola Machiavelli, CRAC founders, the book is enriched by the testimonies of Marcella Anglani, Katia Baraldi, Fabrizio Basso, Silvia Cini, Maurizio Coccia, Emilio Fantin, Mario Gorni, Pablo Helguera, Giancarlo Norese, OsservatorioinOpera (Piero Almeoni e Paola Sabatti Bassini), Luisa Perlo a.titolo, Paolo Perticari, Mara Predicatori, Mili Romano, and with an interview with Micol Costantini, a student at DAMS in Bologna, friends and artists, curators and scholars with whom moments of study, sociability and operability were shared more closely.
The printing of the book was possible thanks to the activation of a fundraiser from below, and a series of events that favored the direct involvement of many people, with whom we shared virtuous collaborations and common interests.

Everything began in 2014 with the project Io vedo, io guardo curated by Annalisa Cattani, presented for the first time at Novella Guerra in Imola, during the Re-birth day, part of the “Il Terzo Paradiso” by Michelangelo Pistoletto and then hosted by Artforms and StudioMDT studios with venue in Prato, thanks to the collaboration of the couple Simoncini-Tangi, with the aim of reinforcing the concept of solidarity, relation and dialogue.
Io vedo, io guardo is an exhibition event conceived as a stand-up and meeting moment about themes like resistance, rebirth and civil commitment in favor of CRAC in Cremona founded by Dino Ferruzzi and Gianna Paola Machiavelli that in 2014 was forced to interrupt its ten-year activity of exhibition, workshop and training courses for young people in contemporary times through art.
The main reason of this third meeting hosted by Careof, is the presentation of the publication of CRAC ten-years, strongly wanted and promoted by the stand up on its own, who from a driving force has become a towed event.
The process of mutual protection creates a space of continuity through experimentation paths and esteemed relationships.
Io vedo, io guardo underlines the limited margin of action that often every form of resistance has (...) the will to highlight that even though we always have our hands tied, we continue to watch and see without being overwhelmed by the indifference that grinds everything, continuing to implement a creative civil commitment. With the materials of the artists you don't want to build an exhibition, but an event with active presence that will interact with the public and the sound space.

The place of the action is circular, musicians and spectators will live in the same space. The artists' materials will cut the circular space by occupying it diagonally. The materials will be placed on the wall or laid on various flat supports, and they may be: used, touched, exhibited, relocated, adopted.
The Babylon Club Orchestra conducted by Massimo Milesi will interact in real time with the audience and video installations: Ruins of Dino Ferruzzi and fragments of documentaries from the Eichmann Trial in Israel, interviews with Ivan Illich, Don Lorenzo Milani and Paulo Freire.

The need for this type of communication is part of a working methodology that has always characterized the CRAC, a "praxis" that prefers the unexpected forms of improvisation, just as it is used to do with Jazz. The book is also written using this method.
In the apparent precariousness of the configurations of communication, we find all the processuality of the existing as a creative act.

Produzione: CRAC Centro Ricerca Arte Contemporanea – Cremona
Azione performativa e video: Dino Ferruzzi
Composizione sonora per il video Rovine: Angelo Petronella
Produzione sonora: Babylon Club Orchestra
Curatela progetto Io vedo, io guardo: Annalisa Cattani – Novella Guerra - Imola


The CRAC Contemporary Art Research Center was born in 2004 at the "Bruno Munari" State Art High School in Cremona by Dino Ferruzzi and Gianna Paola Machiavelli, both artists and teachers. Since 2007 the CRAC has formed a non-profit association.
The Center operated in the school until 2014, taking the form of a project that attempted to combine and weld the teaching practice with the research of visual arts, with the aim of creating an experimental school-space, in which to exercise alternative educational models in an atmosphere of active and shared participation.
Exhibition events, conferences, workshops, courses dedicated to updating and training were considered forms of reflection and action around education and the making of art.
The Center has been a point of reference, which has favored socialization practices through moments of meeting-training for young students and teachers who collaborate with artists, curators and cultural operators who are experts in contemporary art, in order to create common moments of study, comparison and dialogue.
In 2014, the CRAC ceased its activity in the high school, continuing to operate on the outside.

CRAC Centro Ricerca Arte Contemporanea
Via Carlo Vittori 8 – 26100 Cremona
+39 3477798839


Babylon Club is a project born from Mapacanto - Popular Music School of the Circolo Arcipelago of Cremona.
The group consists of Giulio Gianì / soprano sax, Georgia Panelli / alto sax, Luca Guidarini / guitar, Alessandro Tossani / guitar, Sisto Palombella / accordion, Giancarlo Tossani / piano, Loeiz Honoré / bass, Massimo Compiani / drums. Conduction: Massimo Milesi


StudioMDT & Artforms(Prato)

Simone Azzurrini, Emanuela Baldi, Claudio Beorchia, Enrico Bertelli, Chiara Bettazzi, Nebojša Bogdanović, Andrea Buttazzo, Francesca Catastini, Federico Cavallini, Lorenzo Cianchi, Carlo Colli, Leone Contini, Amedeo Desideri, Daniela Di Maro, Raffaele Di Vaia, Elena El Asmar, Barbara Simone Christine Fässler, Serena Fineschi, Simonetta Fratini, Lek M. Gejloshi, Yuki Ichihashi, Kinkaleri, Valentina Lapolla, Andrea Lunardi, Luca Lupi, Manuela Mancioppi, Marco Mazzoni, Franco Menicagli, Paolo Meoni, Marina Menti, Moallaseconda, Rachel Morellet, Silvia Noferi, Manuel Perna, Cecco Ragni, Simoncini-Tangi, Stefano Tondo, Bärbel Reinhard, Eva Sauer, Caterina Sbrana, Senza Cornice (Caterina Toschi, Alessandra Acocella), stART_art projects (Spela Zidar, Tijana Stankovic), Justin Randolph Thompson in collaborazione con Dre Love, Patrizio Travagli, Massimiliano Turco, Tatiana Villani, Virginia Zanetti.

Novella Guerra (Imola)

Actully inhabited house and a residence center since 2011 in Imola, in connection with the network for contemporary art and Radio Città del Capo of Bologna. The name is that of the mother of the founding artist Annalisa Cattani, to whose memory it is dedicated, but also a metaphorical declaration of intent. Here permanent or temporary site-specific projects are created, but above all moments of real life united by the desire to create a place of residence to promote independent forms of art and sustainability. It lives through a dense network of collaborations of artists and curators who actively and continuously participate in the programming.

Involved artists: Lelio Aiello, Alessandro Ambrosini, Karin Andersen, Luciana Andreani, Emanuela Ascari, a.titolo, Elisa Baldini, Maura Banfo, Katia Baraldi, Fabrizio Basso, Lisa Mara Batacchi, Serra Bernhardt, Alessio Bertini, Francesca Bertazzoni, Bianco Valente, Pea Brain, Marina Bolmini, Alessandro Broggi, Giulia Caira, Chiara Camoni, Zefferina Castoldi, Umberto Cavenago, Federica Cimatti, Valentina D’Accardi, Silvia Cini, Gianluca Codeghini, Mario Consiglio, Cane Cotto, Ermanno Cristini, Giuseppe Dall’Osso, Valentina D’Accardi, Piero Degiovanni, Paola Di Bello, Elisa Del Prete (Nosadelladue), Ettore Favini, Emilio Fantin, Arianna Fantin, Irene Fenara, Franca Ferri, Pierluca Freschi, Giovanni Gaggia (Casa Sponge), Paola Gaggiotti, Stefania Galegati Shines, Pietro Gaglianò, Angel Moya Garcia, Marina Gasparini, Mario Gorni, Meri Gori, Valentina Greco, Elena Grossi, Francesca Guerisoli, Cecilia Guida, Marianne Heier, Andrea Inglese, Matteo Innocenti, Lucia Leuci, Claudia Losi, Daniela Manzolli, Massimo Marchetti, Michele Mariano, Ferdinando Mazzitelli, Ottonella Mocellin – Nicola Pellegrini, Alessandro Moreschini, Carmine Mario Muliere (EQUIPèCO), Museo Microcollection, Giancarlo Norese, Concetta Modica, Francesca Moretti, Chiara Mu, Sabrina Muzi, Arabella Natalini, Cristina Pancini, Stefano W. Pasquini, Alberta Pellacani, Chiara Pergola, Cesare Pietroiusti, Alessandra Pioselli, Max Ponte, Anteo Radovan, Marco Rambaldi, Gedske Ramlov, Letizia Renzini, Davide Rivalta, Fabrizio Rivola, Mili Romano, Dragoni Russo, Paola Sabatti Bassini – Piero Almeoni (OsservatorioinOpera), Penzo-Fiore, Petri Paselli, Marco Samorè, Gabi Scardi, Giovanni Luca Sciové, Petar Stanovic, Annamaria Tina, Monalisa Tina, Adriana Torregrossa, Silvia Urbini, Paola Vacchi, Marco Vaglieri, Cosimo Veneziano, Enrico Vezzi, Elisa Vladilo, Uliana Zanetti.


"La Conduction è un vocabolario di segni ideografici e gesti usati per modificare o costruire arrangiamenti o composizioni in tempo reale. Non è un genere musicale nè è limitata entro i confini di una specifica cultura o abilità musicale. È un sistema simbolico adatto a qualsiasi musicista lo voglia accogliere, […] capace di rispondere a esigenze personali costruendo e decostruendo in tempo reale".
(Lawrence D. Butch Morris)

The work is based on the research of Lawrence D. Butch Morris, African-American composer, conductor and musician who in 1985 codified and later developed a guided improvisation technique called CONDUCTION®.

CONDUCTION® ("conduct" improvisation-interpretation) is a vocabulary of signs / gestures used to construct a musical arrangement in real time or a composition. Each sign and gesture, open to interpretation by the members of the ensemble, contributes to build a specific harmony, melody, rhythm, articulation, phrasing or form, which therefore proposes a performance of guided improvisation without preconceived scores or structures.

This aims to educate the improviser to build relationships with other improvisers, to think about improvisation as a choral event, not a simple solo performance. The latter is, in fact, only one of the many aspects that constitute the art of improvising.
Through improvisation and conduction we work together to create musical structures, first of all learning to listen to what is happening around us and then to free our creativity.


Massimiliano Milesi
Saxophonist. He is one of the founders of the Collective "Res" (Heuristic Sound Research), a group of musicians from the provinces of Bergamo, Brescia, Milan, dedicated to the research and development of improvisational forms of jazz and contemporary music. He is part of the Contemporary Orchestra of composer and trumpeter Giovanni Falzone. He recently created Double Cut, an original quartet with Tino Tracanna. He is the leader of the Petra quartet and is a member of the Wayne Horvitz European Orchestra; an ensemble that brings together some of the most important improvisers in Europe. It has played and recorded with important international musicians such as Markus Stockhausen, Ralph Alessi, Dave Liebman and Garrison Fewell

Giancarlo Tossani
Pianist and composer. His main project is the Synapser group with Achille Succi, Tito Mangialajo and Cristiano Calcagnile. He received several awards in the Top Jazz announced by the magazine Musica Jazz, including in January 2007 that of "Best New Talent of Italian Jazz". From 2011, is Opus Soup, a hybrid training, freely distributed between jazz, electronics and pop-rock. He has played in several clubs in New York, including the Blue Note where he was invited for the Spontaneous Construction project. He recently released his third CD as Synapser leader with guest American trumpeter Ralph Alessi.