Vincenzo Agnetti

Neg: suonare le pause

Padiglione de l'Esprit Nouveau, Bologna

Videography, Interview, Documentation
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Direction: Matteo Frittelli
Sound: Attila Faravelli
Year: 2021

About the exhibition

The Vincenzo Agnetti exhibition NEG: playing the pauses is built around the rediscovery of an opera that has long disappeared and was presented to the public for the first time ever on this occasion.

The NEG, conceived and patented by Agnetti (Milan, 1926-1981) and then built in collaboration with the well-known electronics company Brionvega in 1970, was used for the realization of a single work (Vobulation and Bieloquenza NEG, 1970, in collaboration with Gianni Colombo), and was soon lost. Only in 2019 did the Vincenzo Agnetti Archive, in collaboration with the company in Milan, rebuild the NEG faithfully adhering to the original patent and using period components.

Agnetti had thought of the NEG as a translator of silence, a generative machine capable of working even without him.Following this suggestion, the Vincenzo Agnetti Archive decided that it was important to further explore the creative potential of the NEG, taking it into the contemporary world and letting it play the pauses of today’s music.