Double Feature # 9 brings together the works of Italian artist Gabriele Rendina Cattani and Albanian artist Ilir Lluka. The exhibition focuses on the audio-visual practice of the both artists, who can primarily be considered composers of contemporary electronic music. For them dealing with sound is a way to explore the limits of music in connections with image, language, space and perception. Experimental and at times abstract their audio-visual works are created using field records and reality-based elements and aim at challenging and changing the viewers’ reality perception and comprehension.
Gabriele Rendina Cattani (born 1990 in Roma) is an Italian artist who predominately makes soundtracks: immersive computer generated compositions focused on limits and boundaries of a digital sound environment, and how it could influence our memory and our surrounding comprehension. Cattani, studied from 2011 to 2016 Music Composition at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia Rome and at Institute for Music Research, Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado Milano, Italy. He holds a double Master in Fine Arts and Music Theory from Ecole National des Arts Decoratifs and E.H.E.S.S. Paris, France. His compositions and site specific audio-visual installations have been showed among others in institutions and culture spaces in such as: Musée National des Arts Asiatiques Guimet Paris, France; Musée de Minéralogie de l’École des Mines Paris, France; Carreau du Temple Paris, France; Dôme FesAval #2, Montbazon, France; Auditorium Lattuada Milan, Italy; ART OR SOUND, Ca’ Corner della Regina, commissioned by Fondazione Prada, Venice, Italy; MACRO – Museum of Contemporary Art Rome, Italy; Auditorium Parco della Musica Rome, Italy. Gabriel Rendina Cattani is part of the non-profit organization RepertorioZero.
Ilir Lluka (born 1984 in Tirana) is an audiovisual artist and electronic music composer from Tirana, Albania, active in the field of drone, experimental music. While his academic studies were developed outside of arts (majored in political sciences and international relations at University “Nostra Signora Del Buon Consiglio” in Tirana), Lluka studied on his own the techniques of sound design and synthesis in their academic and practical level. He is also author of several software synthesizers, some of which are available for public use. Besides the albums/EPs, Ilir has also composed music for installations and experimental cinema and performed live in cultural spaces in such as: The National History Museum in Tirana, Albania; International Sound Art Festivals Poesia Carnosa Rome, Italy; MainOFF Festival Palermo, Italy; Kinisi Festival Santorini, Greece, etc. His audiovisual works have been presented in international exhibitions such as “Remembering in Form”, Galerie Heike Strelow Frankfurt/Main, Germany; “Muslim Mulliqi Prize 2016” National Gallery of Kosovo; “Onufri XXII“, National Gallery of Arts of Albania; “Mediterranea 18: Young Artists Biennale“, Tirana, Albania. Ilir Lluka was the winner of “Onufri XXII” International Prize for Contemporary Art in 2016.
Double Feature # 9 is supported by the Italian Culture Institute in Tirana.