In July 2014, the Sicilian island of Stromboli will host the fourth edition of Volcano Extravaganza, the yearly festival of contemporary art presented by the Fiorucci Art Trust. Entitled Forget Amnesia, this year’s programme will be curated by artist Haroon Mirza with Milovan Farronato, Artistic Director of the Fiorucci Art Trust. The natural acoustic qualities of the island of Stromboli — the ‘harmonic tremors’ of the volcano are similar to those produced by special subwoofer speakers used in nightclubs — provide a unique platform of experimentation for Mirza, whose practise combines video, light and sculpture to create audio compositions. Forget Amnesia looks to that very kind of ‘forgetfulness’, typical of small islands as well as clubs, as an inspiration to abandon one’s routines and access another world.
Volcano Extravaganza: a first name and a surname. It’s an open concept produced by the Fiorucci Art Trust that will entail a series of ephemeral and fortuitous events based on improvisation and chance to be staged on the volcanic island of Stromboli.
The intention is to investigate different forms of fusion and overlap, in relationship with the contemporary world. Above all Volcano Extravaganza explores the idea of experimentation and asks the participants to rethink the contents of their work. The hybrid set of personalities involved and the way in which they present their experience will explore, through breaks and discontinuities, a succession of exchanges between different poles of time and place.
DJ-set marathons, sounds and actions, performances and site-specific installations will alternate over the course of this long and endless summer. Screenings, temporary exhibitions and round-table discussions with architects, artists, writers, curators and thinkers will be held in the shadow of an active volcano, following a format that is devoid of structure. As Alighiero Boetti once said, ‘stravaganza is neither nomadism nor wandering, but brightness and a 360-degree horizon. And above all it invests in multiplicity and the unexpected nature of encounters’.
Volcano Extravaganza 2014. Mirza is a master of interference –his works that test the interplay between sound, light waves and sculptural installations in the sense of electromagnetic and radio disruption. The ‘harmonic tremors’ and seismic activity emitting from Stromboli’s volcano, which averages one eruption per hour, are the inspiration and complement for Forget Amnesia, a ten-day programme of events and performances spread over the island.
The regular waves of volcanic bass with frequencies under 20 Hz are similar to those produced by special subwoofer speakers used in nightclubs. At times, high-frequency tremors produce the so-called ‘roar of the volcano’, a rumble that fills the air. The natural acoustic qualities of the island provide a unique platform of experimentation for Mirza, whose practise combines video, light and sculpture to create audio compositions. Mirza has collaborated with a number of composers and musicians over the years, including Django Django, Factory Floor and James Lavelle.
Forget Amnesia also recalls the pioneering club of a different Mediterranean island: ‘Amnesia’, opened in Ibiza back in 1976. Originally called ‘The Workshop of Forgetfulness’, the club was founded by a man who had moved to Ibiza to start a whole new life. Forget Amnesia looks to that very kind of ‘forgetfulness’, typical of small islands as well as clubs, as an inspiration to abandon one’s routines and access another world. In a similar fashion to Lucy McKenzie’s 2013 edition Evil Under the Sun, this year’s Volcano Extravaganza will evoke the suggestion of another island within the island of Stromboli.
Participants include: Richard Sides, Trisha Baga, Factory Floor, Tommaso Garner, Lia Haraki, Prem Sahib with George Henry Longly and Eddie Peake, Django Django, Ed Atkins, Hassan Khan, James Lavelle, NTS Radio, Celia Hempton.
Volcano Extravaganza 2011+2012 + 2013 – Stromboli evokes both sensuality and malevolence to those who seek it. It is a place ideal for both total relaxation and intense social chemistry. Volcano Extravaganza 2013 took its inspiration from the 1982 film adaption of Agatha Christie’s novel Evil Under the Sun. In the film the formula of the whodunit ensemble involves a murderer, a victim and a detective, who gather on a private island in the Adriatic to enact the narrative. The setting of bourgeois interplay against a backdrop of exotic foliage is a familiar one, from the Gettys in Marrakesh, to the scenarios in the writings of JG Ballard or Margeurite Duras.and the character of Patricia Highsmith’s, Tom Ripley, art confidence trickster, social climber and murderer in this region of Italy.
Fiorucci Art Trust – founded in 2010 by Nicoletta Fiorucci to promote contemporary art in a conventional and unconventional way. It conceives and stages Volcano Extravaganza, the artist-run season of art on the island of Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy.
Stromboli is one of the eight Aeolian Islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea, north of Sicily, containing one of the three active volcanoes in Italy. Notable as the setting for the 1950 film Stromboli directed by Roberto Rossellini and featuring Ingrid Bergman.