Francesco Cavaliere | XYLEM of lymphatic sands inseminate eidetic vitreous creatures

21 january
sound performance

sound performance

XILEMA of lymphatic sands inseminate eidetic glass creatures is a sound performance by Francesco Cavaliere with his blown glass instruments/sculptures, voice and electronics. Horns and transparent bells are sound bodies that can generate sounds that animate them like a lymph. An occasion to look out onto his own ethereal and fluctuating universe, suspended between alchemy and science-fiction, which resets knowledge about matter and nature -from botany to crystallography- in a poetic dimension, which goes beyond measured thought.

"XILEMA is a vascular system that feeds intangible creatures. Pulverized, for now. Waves laid on XY axes capable of blooding substance with sound. To make it live, I mean. Live and crumble, self-hiving. Xylems of hurricanes inside fake statues, bipeds, tripeds. My glass horns drip the sounds of these figures, for now, pulverized. From now on.."


Francesco Cavaliere is a visual artist, writer and sound producer born in Tuscany, Italy, in 1980. He lives and works between Berlin and Turin. His works are capable of enlivening his listeners' inner states through a polymorphic activity that combines writing, sound, voice, drawing, sculpture, which together stimulate the imagination, undertaking long journeys crossed by ephemeral presences. He writes sound stories and music based on particles of sound, noise and language, often integrated with installation and scenographic elements or live performance, showing a particular taste for the most diverse forms of exoticism. Over the years he has developed a veritable dictionary to catalogue the metamorphic beings that inhabit his own abstract fantasy universe: hybrids of objects, animals, plants, planets, trails, cosmic objects and physical and perceptual phenomena generated by glass, minerals and voices, recorded and performed with analog technologies.

"I am a talking scribe ... my voice is a cloud, my pen hisses."

From 2011 to today Francesco Cavaliere has produced series of performances, light and sound actions, concerts, radio and audio-visual works, audio stories, readings in the visual and musical field, Augmented Reality stories, including: Flygo! (2021), Glass Music (2020), Il Cavaliere Leonardo (2019), Imitatori del tempo (2019), DNA CLEPSYDRA (2019), Fiumi di Balsamo (2019), Weather Imitators (2018), Murales del paesaggio (2018), Green Music (2017-19), Gancio Cielo I-II (2016- 2020), Squame Mosaico (2015), Guanto Parabola (2015), Capogiro degli Dei (2015), Set Mosaic (2013), Musica Galvanica (2013), Guam! Alabaster Abacus (2014), Volta di Lame di Lune (2012), Mirror Trance Theatre (2011). He is preparing the new project Corpi abissali (2021-22), based on sculpture, performance and sound.

His work has been shown in museums, art centers and international festivals including::Triennale Teatro, FOG, Milano (IT), LUFF Festival, Lausanne (CH), Ambient Festival, Cologne (DE), Live Arts Week, Xing, Bologna (IT), GLUCK 50, Milano (IT), Terraforma, Villa Arconati, Milano (IT), RIBOCA1 Riga International Biennial, Riga (LVL), Issue Project Room, New York (USA), Cafè Oto, Londra (UK), Helicotrema Recorded Audio Festival, RAI radio 3, Milano, INFRA FESTIVAL, Tokyo (JP), BOZAR, Bruxelles (BE), 3HD Fest, HAU Habbel am Ufer, Berlin (DE), Empty Gallery, Honk Kong (HK), 7a Berlin Biennale (DE), Les Urbaines Festival, Lausanne (CH), Museum of Contemporary Art di Tokyo, Museo di Arte Contemporanea di Roskilde (No), Grimmuseum Berlin (DE), CTM festival Berlin (DE), Museo di Arte Contemporanea di Varsavia (P), QO2, Bruxelles (BE), Kraak Ghent (BE), ART Bruxelles (BE).

Personal exhibitions in the visual field: Anubis vs Baboon (2019) Gluck 50, Milan (IT), Soffio Che Scotta (2015),  Marsèlleria, Milan (IT), Lancio Meta Meteo (2014) Grimmuseum, Berlin (DE), Volta di Lame di Lune (2012), Kinderhook and Caracas, Berlin (DE).

Collective exhibitions: Raymond et des Palmes (2018), part of Manifesta 12, Palermo (IT), Green Music (2017) Yamamoto Gendai Gallery, Tokyo (JP), The Glowing Glove (2014) Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde (DK), Volta di Lame di Lune (2012), Liverpool Biennale (UK).

Francesco Cavaliere, also known as Francis Knight, has released the double LP Gancio Cielo (Hundebiss records), for which he also curated the on-line project Musica Virtuale, the Etrusca 3D album (Discrepant), and on cassette and digital the sound works ENERGIA NUVOLA (Troglosound), Xylomania (CN), Doro Bengala (Presto!?), Alata Onda (Not On Label. And in duo with Sea Urchin the albums Yaqaza (Kraak rec), Tahtib (Bokeh versions), Natal Uranus (Commend see, RVNG). Forecoming releases in 2021: LP Zoomachia 1 (Fantom Dischi and Sussurra Luce), Popoli di Vetro (Xing >< Xong Collection), Viridescence (Marionette), Sijuaq il Chiurlo veggente (Poole music).

Forecoming publications in 2021: the books Gancio Cielo DNA CLEPSYDRA (NERO editions) and Anubis vs Baboon (Lombardelli Ed, Gluck 50).

He has collaborated with visual artists, musicians and choreographers: Leila Hassan with the duo Sea Urchin, Marcel Türkowsky, Elisabeth Kirche, Ignaz Schick, Ghédalia Tazartès, Invernomuto, Lievens Martens Moana/Dolphins Into The Future, Ruben Spini, Annamaria Ajmone, Spencer Clark, Tomoko Sauvage, Leonardo Pivi, Christopher Kline.


photo Francesco Cavaliere XILEMA, Inceneritori Sottili, 2021, courtesy the artist


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