Nanni Balestrini Study Day


June 12, 2024, 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM

General admission: $15. Members and Students: Free


Keynote speaker: Prof. Gian Maria Annovi, University of Southern California.

The exhibition Nanni Balestrini: Art as Political Action – One Thousand and One Voices, curated by Marco Scotini and on view in New York at the Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) through June 22, 2024, is dedicated to Nanni Balestrini (1935-2019), an Italian experimental visual artist, poet, and novelist known for his revolutionary artistic practice and passionate involvement in the social-political movements of the 1960s and 1970s.

With this Nanni Balestrini Study Day, CIMA’s Research Fellows join prominent and emerging scholars to investigate the themes at the center of the exhibition within and outside of established critical frameworks.

The conference will take place in person at the Center for Italian Modern Art, and will include a keynote address followed by scholarly panels.


9:30AM — Coffee and Registration

10:00-11:00AM — Keynote Address

Gian Maria Annovi (University of Southern California), Lyric Machines: Genealogy and Afterlife of Nanni Balestrini’s Avant-Garde Poetry


11:00AM-11:30AM — Coffee Break


11:30AM-1:00PM — PANEL 1Spaces of Sounds of the Long 1968

Emanuela Garrone (National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rome), The Gruppo 63 and the GNAM

Federica Parodi (Yale University), Translating Walls, Locating Bodies: Nanni Balestrini’s I muri della Sorbona

Sara Colantuono (Brown University), Tam Tam to Autoritratto: Truth and Resonance in the Sonic Experiences of the Years of Lead [ZOOM]

– Andrea Capriolo (University of Udine), ‘MaconDolore MaconDolcezza: Hopes and Illusions of the Youth of the Movement at the End of 1977 [ZOOM]


1:00PM-2:00PM — Lunch Break


2:00PM-3:30PM — PANEL 2Cutting-up Reality: Interpretations and Legacies of the Collage Technique

Nora Siena (Cornell University), Rethinking Positionality to Neutralize Posture: Nanni Balestrini and the Cut-Up Technique Before, During, and After 1969

Marica Antonucci (New York University in Paris), Nanni Balestrini, Collage, and the Aesthetics of Operaismo

Meriel Tulante (Thomas Jefferson University), Sebastiano Vassalli: Legacies of the Gruppo 63 and the Neoavanguardia

Anna Szirmai (CIMA Fellow, Central European Research Institute, Budapest), Parallel Approaches: Collage as Visual Poetry in Eastern Europe


3:30PM-4:00PM — Coffee Break


4:00PM-5:30PM— PANEL 3Muses Remixed: Nanni Balestrini across Media

Nicola Cipani (New York University), Balestrini’s Musa Obliqua: Reading Tape Mark I

– Alessandro Giammei (Yale University), Close Reading Distant Writing

Julia Okołowicz-Szumowska (University of Warsaw), Una mille centomila voci per comunicare. A Subversive Counterpoint of Nanni Balestrini and Luigi Nono

Francesca Zambon (CIMA Fellow, Brown University), On Blackouts as Repression and Resistance: From Balestrini’s Blackout to Contemporary Territories of Struggle