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La Solitudine Delle Moltitudini
(The Solitude of the Multitudes)

immersive audio-visual installation for the
Currents 2024 New Media Arts festival in Santa Fe, NM, 
June 14-23, 2024

by Marco Buongiorno Nardelli, Alice Grishchenko, Gabor Kitzinger and A.-Laszlo Barabási

Soprano and lyrics: Júlia Coelho

“La Solitudine delle Moltitudini” (Immersive video installation and electroacoustic cantata for 16 female voices on fixed media (2023-24) - soprano and lyrics: Júlia Coelho) is an immersive room audio-visual installation (three channel video, binaural audio on headphones) binaural audio on headphones to create an immersive and emotional space for the visitors in a closed room. “La Solitudine delle Moltitudini” is a metaphor of our increasingly interconnected world, where data and information shape our perception of self. This ecosystem is represented both graphically and musically, by graphs and networks, that provide the main visual material and are at the foundation of the generative musical score.

Networks are generated using real data and are the results of scientific investigations in the BarabasiLab:

The Hungarian Artist Network
BarabasiLab (Alice Grishchenko, A.-L. Barabási, Cs. Both), and Data collection and curation: M Janosov L. Bérczi,   I. Részegh,  A. Olajos, A. Zalavari. Data sources: IKON, ArtNet, ArtFacts.

Fake News Apostles
BarabasiLab (Gabor Klitzinger, A.-L. Barabasi, Csaba Both, David Lazer, Dakota Murray, Stefan McCabe, Ben Piazza)

Hot Network
BarabasiLab (A.-L. Barabási, N. Dehmami, and Y. Liu). Data based on “Isotopy and Energy of Physical Networks,” in Nature Physics (2020).

You can listen to a concert stereo version on my SoundCloud

Read an interview on my work on the MEET website here

The installation was originally conceived for the exhibition
The Art of Connection” at the MEET Digital Culture Center in Milan, Italy 
February - April 2023.

This electroacoustic musical composition follows a strict electronic score, produced by generative composition software that mixes the sound material into an infinite combination of possibilities. The score is composed of graphs formed by a set of nodes connected by directional paths. Each node contains specific information about the type of gesture the system will perform and is made in response to the images in the immersive video. Once a single graph is executed, a new one is generated, making the performance virtually infinite without presenting the same material more than once. Graphs are constructed using various mathematical models along a path that culminates in the model for generating scale-free networks discovered by Barabasi in 1999: the model incorporates two important general concepts, growth and preferential attachment: growth means that the number of nodes in the network increases over time; preferential attachment means that the more connected a node is (the higher its “degree” is), the more likely it is to receive new connections. Nodes with a higher degree have a greater ability to increase the number of their connections with new nodes added to the network. The resulting topology is fundamental in the analysis of many real-world networks, including networks that represent the evolution of musical compositions, a concept that underlies Marco Buongiorno Nardelli’s compositional practice.

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