MONDAY 11 April 2022
LitoScape is a generative electroacoustic sound experience that invites the viewer to enter the vertical and suspended space-time of craftsmanship. The various stages of the Bulla workshop's printing work generate an intricate soundscape thanks to a modular synthesis system that, starting from the materiality of the stone, creates textures, stamps and atmospheres that evolve organically over time. The composition urges you to slow down, listen actively and marvel at the creative process. The work is enriched by the use of low-frequency sound waves specifically designed to stimulate neurotransmitters such as serotonin, DHEA, endorphins and GABA that produce a state of deep relaxation and well-being.
The Lithography Bulla is the oldest lithographic laboratory still in business. Founded in 1818 in Paris at 18 Rue Saint Jaques, thanks to the foresight of Francesco Bulla, then naturalized Francois. The laboratory then found its permanent home in 1840 in Rome, soon becoming an important point of reference for the artistic community of the city.
Located in via del Vantaggio 2, the business is now carried out by the brothers Rosalba and Romolo together with the daughters of Romolo, Beatrice and Flaminia, respectively sixth and seventh generation of printers.
Lithography, since its inception at the end of the eighteenth century, is immediately placed at the service of art, science and costume, in fact, in the catalogs of prints produced by the first French branch of
Bulla, reproductions of paintings, maps, city views, menus, postcards can be found alongside works by artists such as Adam, Grandville and Maurin.
Starting from the 1940s, Lithography Bulla begins to devote itself to art, a path that can be traced in the work of the many artists who worked here including Fontana, Rotella, Scialoja, Schifano, De Chirico, Capogrossi, Dorazio, Twombly ...
With the sons of Roberto Bulla, Romolo and Rosalba, this fruitful partnership is brought forward in a definitive way, the technique is pushed towards new experiments and other investigated techniques, such as the xylographic one, side by side with artists such as Kounellis, Cucchi, Dessì, Paladino , Nunzio, Accardi, Tirelli, Ontani, Bianchi, Ceccobelli, Jim Dine, Carl Andre, Ana Mendieta ...
Today, alongside Romolo and Rosalba, Flaminia and Beatrice continue to keep the technique alive by experimenting with contemporary artists such as, among others, Gianni Politi, Alessandro Piangiamore, Delfina Scarpa, Guglielmo Maggini, Louis Fratino, Antonio Finelli, the Canemorto trio and artists coming from some collective spaces in the city of Rome, also carrying on the interest in art publishing that already distinguished the last generation, producing artist's books. For the last generation, the keystone is respect for traditional techniques, which have rules
very precise, and the fun, an indispensable mood of experimentation itself, of wanting to positively stress those same techniques by placing them in fruitful dialogue with the most contemporary visions and materials. This work takes place in the Studio, also hosting artists in residence for the time necessary for their experimentation.
Furthermore, in 2020, Litografia Bulla presented Passaggi, a project that literally sees the Studio open through a large window on the street and that arises from the desire to tell the essential relationship of communication and comparison that is naturally established between artist and craftsman and which becomes visible in the works that will be presented. At the same time, this need for communication seems all the more important today given the complicated historical moment we are experiencing.
Passages are those that wind between the awareness of traditional craftsmanship and the need for contemporary visions and the window overlooking one of the rooms of the Stamperia is like a small stage suspended and open in the contemporary world̀, which will alternately host archive works, new editions and other projects.
is a multi-instrumentalist, record producer, sound designer and lecturer in audio production in BA / BSc courses at the School of Sound Engineering and Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London.
Over the years he has collaborated with directors, musicians and artists ranging from electronic productions, to sound design, to acoustic recordings. Donato dedicates himself to sound art, digital and multimedia art, performances and audio-video installations, with a strong passion for experimental and avant-garde music, a characteristic that he implements in his productions.
Researcher and practitioner for more than ten years in the main schools of oriental philosophy (mainly Tibetan, Indian and Chinese), in 2016 he becomes a meditation teacher after being qualified by his main teacher and works with both people and companies using music and sounds in coaching area to guide them on a path of growth and fulfillment. In addition, Donato is operator of Vibrational Retraining, a cutting-edge sound therapy that helps people to harmonize the complex mind-body-emotions system and to regain well-being through personalized sound frequencies.