Como Contemporary Festival reopens with the exhibition "Body without Organs" by Marco Frigerio and "Sound Fossils" by Alessandro Perini

Como Contemporary Festival reopens its doors after the summer break with the photography exhibition Corpo Senza Organi (Body Without Organs) by Marco Frigerio and the sound art works by Alessandro Perini ( Fossili Sonori, Sound Fossils )

he exhibition will be hosted by the Museo della Seta (Silk museum) in Como from December 1 till December 12 and will also welcome the finalists if the 5th edition of the International Composition Competition Appassionato Ensemble. The final concert and the award ceremony will take place on Sunday, December 12, at 5 p.m., with the presence of tbe jury chaired by Alessandro Solbiati.

During this final evening the art works on display will be accompanied by the sounds of a contemporary music concert , as it is an established tradition of this festival, whose aim is to be a place and time for socializing and sharing, when music blends with and contaminates other art forms.

During the exhibition it will be possible to view the works that represent the foundation of Frigerio's research in the last 15 years, therefore his works "informed" by the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze (1. Body without Organs - Probe Heads; Cartographies, Apparatus of Capture) , the works linked to that aspect of his research aimed at specifically redefining the limits of the photographic language (Unthinkable Ethnographies), his Crucifixions will also be exhibited, made with large-format Polaroids (20x25cm), in which the artist investigates that neutral, void and naked space in which life and death breathe together, and also will be exhibited the large-scale prints of the Working Class series, the artist's first work aimed at investigating the effects of capitalism in modern society...

The exhibition also includes works by the Como-born artist Alessandro Perini - who moved 12 years ago to Malmö, Sweden - whose works range from instrumental and electronic music to audiovisual and light-based works, net-art, land-art and vibration-based works, recently focusing on custom-built machines. For Como Contemporary Festival Perini will show two of his Sound Fossils, clay artifacts the shape of which is derived from sonic / geological phenomena.      

All of this is made possible thanks to the contributes of Regione Lombardia, of the PIC Piano Integrato della Cultura “Un Tesoro di Territorio” – a biennial program of the cultural district of Lake Como, funded by Regione Lombardia and coordinated and supported by Camera di Commercio di Como-Lecco -, of Comune di Como (Como Municipality) and of Cassa Rurale ed Artigiana di Cantù, our official sponsor for this year.

Opening time: every day from 2pm to 6pm (closed on Mondays)

Where: Como Silk Museum, Via Castelnuovo, 9

Vernissage December 1st, 5.00 pm - Opening of the exhibition (free entry) and conference with the artists

Finissage 12 December, 5.00 pm - Contemporary music concert with Appassionato Ensemble (by reservation) 

Body without Organs
mostra fotografica di Marco Frigerio

Marco Frigerio is a photographer who does not think that photography necessarily has a direct relationship with reality, what is evident from his research is that photography has a direct relationship with concepts instead, with an entirely mental reality for whose translation and construction, sometimes even artificial, Frigerio relies on the photographic image, and at this very moment worlds and visions appear and wedged between the folds of the physical, social and political world, the so-called reality, as if to trip it, as if to highlight its fundamental inauthenticity in the deep bond that we all have with its apparatus of capture, the striated spaces, identity, organism ... in this sense Frigerio's images are real detonations in everyday life, smooth space, lines of flight, gulfs in metastasis, rhizome, Body without Organs...

In front of Frigerio's photography there is a clear feeling that not only the foundations which the common conception of photographic language is based on, are eroded and tripped, but that in doing so there is also a direct attack on what we call life, world, mundane... because real life is absent and we are not in the world...


Sound Fossils
opere di sound art di Alessandro Perini

The forces that have shaped and continue to shape the earth, the landscape, the soil we tread, may be thought of as sound. In fact, seismography is analogous to sound waves: it also deals with the visualisation of vibrating phenomena.

Three “Sound Fossils”, created with machines built for the occasion, are clay artefacts that connect the forms modelled by geological activity to the latent sound of their origin.

A partial seismography representing the movement of the earth along the east-west axis, registered in 1887 in Moncalieri, was used to program a machine that shook for days a certain quantity of liquid clay. Subsequently, the clay dried, incorporating the 1887 earthquake to create the “Sound Fossil I: Plane”.

To create “Sound Fossil II: Spiral”, a groove was engraved into a clay disc, representing the vibration recorded in the soil (seismography) as the clay was extracted by hand. Man is thus a force that modifies the landscape, like any other other natural agent.

In “Sound Fossil III: Lines”, sixteen solenoid valves release drops of water on an inclined clay surface that is thus slowly eroded; their timing is linked to the 16 bits of a digital audio recording of the Banna stream, that still erodes the land of the Pianalto.


V International Composition Competition "Appassionato Ensemble" 2021

Il Concerto Finale del V Concorso Internazionale di Composizione “Appassionato Ensemble” 2021 prevede l’esecuzione dei cinque brani che hanno superato la fase eliminatoria del concorso, accedendo a quella finale.
La Giuria composta da Alessandro Solbiati (Italia, Presidente), Mehdi Khayami (Iran) e Umberto Pedraglio (Italia, Direttore artistico) ha potuto selezionare i brani tra una rosa di 96 partiture pervenute da 31 Paesi di tutto il Mondo.


  • Altri spettri” for violin, cello, clarinet and piano, by Stefano Bonilauri (Italy)
  • Pale flower IVb" for viola, by Zhuosheng Jin (China)
  • Photochoromosomes: Lines II" for bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano, by Emircan Pehlivan (Turckey)
  • Rapsodia Mechanica"for alto flute, clarinet, cello and piano, by Sungtae Paek (Korea)
  • Sinuosa… emergiò desde el violeta" for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano, by Agustin Felipe Ignacio Castellon Molina (Cile)

The Jury also assegned a special mention to the following scores:

  • B.cLoUd.E" for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano, by Iakovos Maimaris (Cypro)
  • Colorabilia" for clarinet, vello and piano, by Miguel Alejandro Mata Sanchez (Mexico)

The five finalist scores will be performed on 12 December 2021 at the Silk Museum in Como, during the final evening of the Como Contemporary Festival 2021. At the end of the concert, the Jury will meet to determine the winning score. The awards ceremony will take place immediately after the concert.


from 1 to 12 December 2021
Silk Museum - Como
Photographic exhibition "Body without Organs"
exhibition with the works by the artist Marco Frigerio

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SUNDAY 12 December 2021, 5.00 pm
Silk Museum - Como
Final Concert and Award Ceremony of the "V International Composition Competition Appassionato Ensemble 2021"
(finalist scores)
Jury Alessandro Solbiati (Italia, Presidente), Mehdi Khayami (Iran), Umberto Pedraglio (Italia)

Entrance (with reservation) 10€
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