Alex Braga

Alex Braga is a multifaceted and original artist, who wanders from performance art to conceptual art. Born in Novara in 1976, he has lived in many cities in Italy and in the UnitedStates. His work on the audiovisual scene began in1995, focusing on Music, Radio andTelevision. Since 2009, his main objective has become conceptual art with the creation of NIGHTGEOSESSIONS, a multimedia show of art and sustainability. With the support of MIBAC, the Italian Ministry of Culture, Braga has performed his show in some of the most prestigious art institutes in Italy, such as the National Gallery of Modern Art (GNAM) and the MAXXI, the new Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome. In 2010, he created the first tree-generated music show, with the artists Claudio Coccoluto and Diego Stocco. In2011, his Sound Of Beauty, presented in Paris and Madrid, allowed him to explore the relationship between sound and beauty. In 2012, Braga focused his attention on noise pollution, concrete music and the relationship between noise and sound. His new studies led him to create SOUNDPRINT #2. The show, consisting of a car, a violin, a viola, an oboe and a flute, was the opening performance of the Festival del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. The event, followed by a camera crew, spread throughout the city center, with every musician inside a car whose sounds and noises were manipulated in real time by Braga, who was himself positioned on a large stage in PiazzaleMichelangelo. 2012 was also very important because it marked the first international collaboration with two contemporary art superstars: Mike and DougStarn. The BigBambùBreathe performance, based on the Starn twins’ famous masterpiece BigBambù, tookplace at the Macro Museum inRome. In 2013, with PLUGGER, he was the only Italian artist to be invited to one of the most important medial art festivals, Sonar, and published a book with the Macro museum with AddEditore. PLUGGER is a mixture of video installations and experimental music, and a real collage that brought Braga to perform in very prestigious locations such as the Macro, the MADRE museum in Naples and the Museo della Permanente in Milan, as well as abroad, from Beirut to Berlin, in clubs, museums and cultural centers, with the support of the Italian Cultural Institute. Braga’s conceptual revolution has touched the likes of Ennio Morricone who, after listening to a PLUGGER dedicated to his work said: “Plugger is the new thing that will rock Rock.” 2015 was indeed a golden year for Braga who saw the re-launch of PLUGGER, also known as the RE_ CYCLE # 1 EP, with Davide Squillace and his label ThisAndThat based inBarcelona. The EP contains the single Waxoline, said by DJ John Digweed to be one of the best songs of 2015. Digweed brought Braga and PLUGGER to the BedRockRecords family, a London-based label considered to be one of the most important poles of electronic music in the world where the selection of songs for the new compilation “LIVE iN SOUTHBEACH” began. PLUGGER is defined by roughtrade.com as one on of the “leading lights in the electronic musicworld”. This success will make the remix of the new single SPUTNIK possible. The song and PLUGGER have been released all over the world inside the PSB, even bringing the artist into TestCardRecordings. In 2015, Braga also began a new project for the sustainability of water, promoted by the EULABOR Institute with the support of the Ministry of the Environment, IUCN, WCPA, National Geographic, and the Pelagos Sanctuary. On this occasion, the artist produced a techno track composed only of thesounds of mammals, all thanks to the permission of the Tethys Research Institute to access their archives. In the same year, Braga visualized the video installation INTERFERENCE (feat.Quietensemble.) at the Civic Aquarium in Milan: a hydrophone is inserted into the fish tank and the audio and video interact with the human presence to symbolically recreate the human impact on the environment. In 2015, Braga had his first collective exhibition at GNAM entitled “CorporateArt”. In the same year, Braga started a new project as a mentor and judge for conceptual art and electronic music in the AMICI program, the most famous talent show in Italy, broadcasted byCanale5. In January 2017, he presented his new installation, INTANGIBLE, which he toured in major Italian cities such as Milan, Rome, and Turin. In 2017, he embarked on his most ambitious project: the creation of the first artificial intelligence capable of dueting in real time with any musician on stage. After developing the unique software, together with the engineering department of the Faculty of Roma Tre University, Braga created the performance“Cracking Danilo Rea”, where he performs on stage along withone of the most famous piano improvisers, jazz musician DaniloRea. After presenting the project at the National Geographic Festival of Sciences at the Rome Auditorium, the two debuted with a sold out show at the Palazzo Delle Esposizioni in Rome, as the final event of the prestigious RomaEuropaFestival. In December 2017, Braga returned as a guest at the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art with the performance CONTROL by the New York artist Paco Cao (promoted by Google Arts), for which Braga wrote the music, collaborated with the lyrics and played live doing the voiceover. Braga is also known in Italy for his work as an author, screenwriter and producer for TV and Radio. He is a professor of conceptual art and a judge in the afternoon talent show AMICI for Canale5 as well as author and conductor for 13 years of the historic 610 cultbroadcast on Radio2, with which he won the 2015 Cuffie d’Oro, the Oscars of Italian radio.


Speeches di Alex Braga

AM I? Artificial Music Intelligence” – AMI VS DANILO REA

La performance mette in scena il processo di decodifica - del codice di improvvisazione di danilo rea - generato da una intelligenza artificiale e risposta in tempo reale sul palco. Rea suona il pianoforte, mentre la macchina analizza in tempo reale il suono, e quando il sistema riesce a “crackare” il codice umano di improvvisazione di Rea, invia un impulso a un sintetizzatore che emette suoni elettronici interpretati da alex braga che creano un duetto uomo-macchina. Quanto più sarà abile Rea, tanto meno il computer riuscirà a decodificare. Ma l'intelligenza artificiale impara: performance dopo performance, incrociando milioni di dati raccolti su Rea, sarà sempre più in grado di conoscerlo ed elaborare previsioni. D’altro canto però l’uomo è scaltro: anche Rea inizierà a conoscere le modalità di reazione della macchina e quindi sarà in grado di agire di conseguenza e piegarla ai suoi scopi di musicista. Questo botta e risposta creerà l’equilibrio che cerchiamo di rappresentare e che è la nostra risposta artistica al dibattito concettuale: Rea non sarà più solo un improvvisatore sublime, ma sarà coadiuvato da una macchina che genera suoni elettronici seguendo il “codice umano”. E il risultato dell’interazione uomo-macchina sarà migliore sia dell’uomo da solo, che della sola macchina. La performance sarà strutturata come un grande crescendo wagneriano, con Rea che inizia il suo assolo e la macchina che pian piano decodifica ed entra in punta di piedi nella musica di Rea fino a esserne sostegno fondamentale e controparte caratteriale nel gran finale di botta e risposta. La perfomance ha anche un grande impatto visivo, con un uso intensivo di visual art, che da un lato renderà l’opera fruibile al pubblico e dall’altro la rendera' unica e spettacolare la sua fruizione.

Lingua speech: Italian

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