Helicotrema is a non-profit festival initiated in 2012, that presents a program of recorded audio pieces. Inspired by the early decades of radio broadcasts, it investigates different forms of collective listening.
The festival proposes a series of sound paths comprising sound works, audio plays, audio documentaries, soundscapes, experimental poetry and various formats based on the acoustic component.
Helicotrema borrows the format of a film festival, replacing the film screening with a program of listening sessions. This program aims to create site-specific situations, experimenting how the listening experience can be enriched and influenced by different contexts.
Over the years the festival has travelled in several Italian cities, thanks to the collaboration with numerous institutions that deal with art, theater and contemporary music such as MACRO, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rai Radio3 (Rome, 2013); Viafarini / Careof / DOCVA, Fonderia Artistica Battaglia, Istituto dei Ciechi (Milan, 2014); Osservatorio di Arcetri, Museo Marino Marini (as part of Sonic Somatic festival in Florence, 2015); AtelierSi (Bologna, 2015); Centrale Fies (as part of World Breakers – XXXVI edition of Drodesera festival in Dro, 2015); CLOG, Progetto Diogene, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Laboratorio del Dubbio (Turin, 2016); Microclima, Eventi Arte Venezia, Palazzo Grassi – Punta della Dogana and Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Venice, 2012-2017).
The festival is curated by art collective Blauer Hase(Mario Ciaramitaro, Riccardo Giacconi, Daniele Zoico) and independent curator Giulia Morucchio.