Giovanni Fontana (Italy)


Giovanni Fontana (born 1946, Frosinone, Italy) is an artist of many talents. He works in the field of visual arts, architecture, theater, literature and music, but his main activity is intermedia writing. For 40 years he has been working with multi-code languages. By exploring the affinities of various arts, he comes to the creation of a new concept of the text and incorporates it in his theory of "epigenetic poetry". His visual compositions appear as scores, pre-texts used to achieve the performance dimension.

Works as a writer and occasionally director; in the theater he was also a stage designer and musician. His works include the plays Tutuomini (1972), Sturtizia (1972), Ticoshow-Tacoshow (1973), Radio / Dramma (1977), visual poetry Le lamie del labirinto (1981) and L'uomo delle pulizie (1984), collections poetic Scritture lineari (1986), La discarica fluente (1997), sound novellas by Tarocco Meccanico (1990) and Chorus (from CD, 2000), "pre-textual" poem Frammenti d'ombre e penombre (2005), La voce critical essay in movimento (from CD, 2003), Poesia della voce e del gesto (2004) and also Verbivocovisual in (CD in “Il Verri” n ° 25, 2004).

His poetry was presented on state television stations RAI, BBC, BRT, RNE and other private ones. Over the past 30 years, he has presented his performance actions in many countries in Europe as well as in China, the United States, Japan and Mexico.

In 1959, he began taking part in painting exhibitions. In 1963 he has his first solo exhibition ("La Saletta" Gallery, Frosinone). His first visual writing works are created in 1966-68 and develop in parallel with the sound experiments on magnetic tape, which he later used on stage (1967-1972). His visual poetry has been presented at over 600 exhibitions in Europe, America, Japan and Australia. The last monographic exhibition by Fontana that broadly presented his artistic career was Testi e pre-testi (Fondazione Berardelli, Brescia) in 2010.

He wrote lyrics to the music of such composers as Ennio Morricone, Roman Vlad, Antonio D'Antò, Luca Salvadori. He is currently a member of the group "Hermes Intermedia" with composers Antonio Poce, Giampiero Gemini and Valerio Murat.

He is the founder of the magazine La Taverna di Auerbach, devoted to intermedia poetry, and the magazine Momo, devoted to sound poetry; is a member of the editorial board of Baobab, Le arti del suono, Inter, Doc (k) s, and editor of Territori, an architecture magazine and other languages.


In the pre-textual dimension, the poly artist is the creator and actor of "Hyperpoetry". Its gestures, energy and unrelenting pressure result in the process of reorganization of the poetic body, which is the object of progressive plastic modeling. Relating this action to the "genotypic" structure of the result and the evolutionary phases of living poetry, one can speak of epigenetic poetry. In this dimension, my voice in motion, evoked and made available thanks to modern technologies (with the possibility of emphasizing the impossible to organoleptic perception of body voices, enhancing the voice of the deepest digestive gases, and even creating new vocal universes, using increasingly complex software, up to the complete initial devastation. of acoustic diagrams), he creates sounds and draws spaces, becoming text, hypertext, body and over-body, anima and animus, becoming true and appropriate "Hypervoice". One can therefore speak of an "electrophonic mask (and / or" digital form ") behind which the voice is articulated as one of the fundamental aspects of language, which appears as the original form of hyper-poetry: epigenetic poetry.



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May 13, 2011