Paola Lopreiato NOYSS Italy

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Year of Residency: 2019

Education

  • Ph.D. part-time student, New media art -University of Plymouth, Expected February 2019
    Dissertation: Developing a technology-mediated installation as a tool for people to practice exploration of consciousness.
    Topic: Virtual reality, music mediation, new media, memory, perception, interaction.
  • RDC2 (MPhil) Feb 2017, New media art, University of Plymouth
    Dissertation: portfolio of multimedia interactive installation
    Topic: Virtual reality, music mediation, new media, consciousness, memory, perception, interaction.
  •  MPhil, Music composition – University of Sheffield, March 2012
    Dissertation: portfolio of multimedia interactive installation
    Topic: music mediation, electroacoustic composition, new media, memory, perception, video art, interaction.
  •  MA, Music composition – Conservatory of Florence, February 2009
    Dissertation: portfolio of multimedia interactive installation
    Topic: electroacoustic composition, new media, informatics, electroacoustic, e-learning, video art, acoustic, psychoacoustics.
  •  BA, Mass Media and Painting – academy of fine art of Florence, February 2006
    Dissertation: Mass Media: “Food in south American literature (Jorge Amado) and Movies” (in addition to a portfolio of paintings)
    Topic: Mass media, food, literature, perception, interaction, sense – painting (non-figurative)
  •  MA, Organization and management of music industry and cultural events – University of Parma, June 2006
    Dissertation: management and design a contemporary music festival
    Topic: management, marketing, press office, editing.
  •  BA, Piano Performance – Conservatory of Florence, September 2004
    Dissertation: Performance, piano solo

Artistic Residencies

  • 1ST-30th OCTOBER 2018, Nordanbal – old school, Iceland – Hrisey
  • 26th August – 12th September 2015 – Obras foundation Portugal, Design and creation of the performance “Pieces and Parts”
  • 12th – 31st October 2014 – Istanbul-Halka Art Project, Istanbul, Design and creation of the interactive installation “Pieces and Parts”

Exhibitions

  • 20th-22nd June 2018 – Festival “Il corpo, la luce, il suono”
    Conservatory of Florence, Le Murate – Florence, Italy
    Interactive installation “sounding out”
    VR installation “Seams”
  • 9th April 2018 conservatory of Cesena – Cesena Italy
    Interactive VR installation “sounding out”
  • 14th June / 18th June 2017 – Festival “Il corpo, la luce, il suono”
    Conservatory of Florence, Le Murate – Florence, Italy
    Title of the interactive installation exhibited: Non mi bastava il ricordo
  • 15th -20th March 2016 – Festival “Il corpo, la luce, il suono”
    Teatro dell ‘affratellamento – Florence, Italy
    Title of the interactive installation exhibited Pieces and parts
  • 12th April 2015, festival “leggere la città “-
    Chiostro di San Lorenzo, Pistoia, Italy
    Title of audio-visual work exhibited: Lo spazio in mezzo

Solo Performance

  • 11th September 2015 – Obras foundation – Estermoz, Portugal
    Title of the multimedia performance: “Pieces and parts”, for voice, video and electronic score
  • 11th Aprile 2015, festival “leggere la città “- Palazzo del Comune, Pistoia, Italia
    Title of the multimedia performance: “il giardino della mente”, for voice, video and electronic score

Concerts

  • August 30th – “Did” Gallery – Tehran, Iran – International electronic music festival
    Theatre House, Jajanmehr Street, Fatemi Square, Tehran, Iran
    Title of the composition: Inner voices
  • 24th Nov 2016 – Festival “Diffrazioni” – Palazzina reale – Florence, Italy
    Title: “A soul admitted to itself” – for tarogato, video and electronic score, improvisation Live by E. Lamneck
  • 30th November 2015- Molloy College – Rockville Centre, NY, US
    Title: “Inner Life”, per tarogato, video and electronic score, improvisation Live by E. Lamneck
  • 30th March 2015, Festival “Il corpo, la Luce, il suono”
    Teatro dell ‘affratellamento – Florence, Italy
    Title: “I was following echoes”

Invited Persentations

  • 19-29 November 2017/November 2017 – Beijing China
    Presentation at the conference
    Paper Title: Consciousness, synchronicity and art
  • 23rd June 2016 / 3rd July 2016 – Plymouth UK
    “Transimage” conference University of Plymouth
    Paper Presentation: Consciousness, synchronicity and art
  • 18th May / 22nd May 2016 – ISEA conference-HONG KONG
    Poster: title: “Q – quanta of sound”
  • 1st/12nd May 2016 – Cairo Egypt
    Conference CAIROTRONICA (American University of Cairo)
    Paper Presentation: Consciousness, synchronicity and art – Implications in creative thinking and direction of the art in relation
    to the concept of universe and reality in quantum mechanics.
  • 19th July 2015 – Plymouth UK
    Undivided Mind conference – University of Plymouth
    Paper Presentation: Analysis of noise as a way of understanding emotion and making an installation. Reflection on
    phenomenological, parametric, inner and outer world meeting and becoming audible.

Artist statement

In my artistic and creative experience I used different media such as music, video, installation, digital photography, drawing and painting, literature and storytelling, combining them through manipulation and interaction. The central theme of my artistic research is the desire to create deep sensory experiences. In my work, I try to involve sensations, feelings and thoughts and I wish that my art was a personal and inner experience. I would like to be able to bring out my creative interpretation of the present, trying to give more room for content than for the popular aesthetic or spectacular interfaces and trying to identify the right balance between artistic expression and expressive vehicle.

Project

I study distribution of energy in sound (voice) as a marker of emotions, focusing on the nonverbal features of speech. The basic idea is that distribution of sound energy in speech reflects the emotional state that a person is undergoing (or communicating). My current study seeks to investigate emotions and their correlation with sound. I am in the process of finalizing an immersive emotionally responsive art installation “sounding out”, incorporating a tool that analyses emotions in people speeches, detecting inner states by how they influence the distribution of energy in the audio signal. I also designed a second installation “seams” to exemplify each emotion and its analysis and detection process. Addressing the physical world and taking a phenomenological approach in my artistic research is significant, because what we experience through our body is the substrate for the appearance of our feelings, emotions and thoughts.

I designed an algorithm implemented in a Max/MSP patch the “energy band analyser”, to evaluate the distribution of energy in audio samples by dividing the spectrum of the voice samples in critical bands that is also how the basilar membrane works. I create this patch because a standard spectrum analyser would provide only a flow of instantaneous data. The standard analysers make impossible to compare sample to each other in the frequency and time domain at the same time, furthermore being in real time they don’t allow the collection of data for a subsequent comparison.

Within this patch I don’t have to choose which part of the sound to analyse, but I study it in its integrity. My research’s ontology is material and social, focused on three stages: first there is collecting recording of speeches conveying emotional states (the audio sample are collected from the web and from volunteers) the second stage is the analysis of the energy in these recordings, finally, I propose an artwork (installation) that gives a visual/audible form to the data extrapolated from the acoustic spectrum: an objectification, something new that re-works or transforms the original recording and energy in a different form. The investigation that I carried out until now is based on Italian and English speaker, my aim is to include in this project speeches in other languages in order to compare emotional marker in different languages and cultures. Collecting stories from many places around the world in order to detect similarities and differences.

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