Helicotrema 2017

Venice, 20 – 25 November

With sound contributions by:

For its sixth edition, the festival returned to Venice, thanks to the collaboration and support of several institutions that invited to explore the city through listening occasions.

The program opened on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 November with a double event hosted by Palazzo Grassi – Punta della Dogana at the Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi, inspired by the themes of the exhibition “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” by Damien Hirst.

Helicotrema Foyer Teatrino Palazzo Grassi

The program of the opening day  focused on the themes of the marine worlds and of the submerged sounds and languages, investigated through two guided listening sessions, followed by a live performance by Canadian composer and sound ecologist Hildegard Westerkamp.


The second day explored the boundary between reality and fiction, featuring compositions and stories suspended between truth and deception, and a live set by South African artist James Webb.

James Webb - The War of The Worlds

On Wednesday, November 22, the festival took place inside the Sale Monumentali of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (National Library of St Mark’s).
On this occasion, Helicotrema collaborated with the Libro Parlato Service to present a listening session that combines contemporary sound compositions with extracts from the library’s audiobooks archive.


In order to continue the research on Italian musicians and sound theoreticians, on November 23, at the Iuav University library, the festival hosted the presentation of “Nuove geografie del suono” by Leandro Pisano, accompanied by sound interventions curated by Enrico Coniglio and Nicola Di Croce, and a conversation between sound artist Giulia Vismara and researcher Caroline Claus.

Leonardo Pisano - Nuove Geografie del suono

On Friday 24, Helicotrema returned at the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, and ended on Saturday, November 25, with a closing party in the location that hosted the first edition of the project, the Serra dei Giardini.