Museion Art Club

Life Chronicles of Dorothea Ïesj S.P.U.


23.02.2024   19:00—00:00

Museion -1


On the occasion of the finissage of the group exhibition HOPE, Museion Art Club presents the film Life Chronicles of Dorothea Ïesj S.P.U. The screening will be introduced by a talk with ALMARE and Radio Papesse. The evening continues with a live set by Rian Treanor/UK and a DJ set by Vibrisse/IT.



TALK with ALMARE and Radio Papesse


Life Chronicles of Dorothea Ïesj S.P.U.
written and directed by ALMARE


LIVE ACT Rian Treanor/UK
DJ SET Vibrisse/IT

In conjunction with the finissage of the HOPE exhibition, Museion presents a full-length version of the video work entitled Life Chronicles of Dorothea Ïesj S.P.U. by the ALMARE collective. The film, which is already part of the exhibition and can be seen in a cut version at Museion Passage, is a three-chapter sci-fi audio-story with video subtitles, filmed using movable character typographic prints. These recount the adventures of researcher Dorothea Ïesj and her experiences of extracting (and reselling) sounds from the past.

The evening will also feature a talk introducing the film with guests from ALMARE and Radio Papesse, followed by a live set by the British artist and producer Rian Treanor and a DJ set by Turin-based duo VIBRISSE. 

Written and directed by ALMARE, the audio-story is curated by Radio Papesse, promoted in collaboration with Timespan and produced thanks to the support of Italian Council (2022)–a program to promote contemporary Italian art by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Culture. At the end of the HOPE exhibition, the work will be acquired by Museion, the first museum to present its full-length version. 

Set in a fictional society, the Life Chronicles of Dorothea Ïesj S.P.U. follows the adventures of researcher Dorothea Ïesj as she extracts (and resells) sounds from the past. Thanks to a technology called ECHO, she can analyse the sound waves that have been engraved on surfaces over the centuries. ECHO reveals the audio tracks imprinted in matter, allowing any sound to be recovered. Dorothea Ïesj receives a scholarship financed by the war industry and the powerful university association “Societas Paleoacusticæ Universalis”, better known as S.P.U., to analyse sound artefacts related to military actions, which she then smuggles out with a group of colleagues. 

The work is inspired by pseudo-scientific theories developed in the 19th century, at the same time as the development of early recording technologies. These include archaeoacoustics, which speculates that acoustic phenomena from the past can be traced as they have been “engraved” in matter. Life Chronicles of Dorothea Ïesj S.P.U. investigates the link between data capitalism, technology and value creation, prompting reflection on the use of archaeological artefacts, archives and memory as instruments of power and control. Written in a retro-futuristic language that mixes ancient and contemporary Italian, Life Chronicles of Dorothea Ïesj S.P.U. stands at the frontier of radio, film and literature formats, in a hybrid genre that has a long tradition in the world of art and cinema.  

In the HOPE exhibition, at the ground floor, three excerpts from the work are on display as well as the poster for the project, created together with the graphic designer Giordano Cruciani. 

Museion Art Club is the main activity of Museion Art Club Forum and is dedicated to the acceleration of urban culture in the South Tyrol. Museion Art Club is an incubator and amplifier that stimulates fundamental and independent interaction between the museum and those responsible for urban change by offering space, visibility and networking.  


Founded in Turin in 2017 by Amos Cappuccio, Giulia Mengozzi, Luca Morino and Gabbi Cattani, ALMARE is a collective dedicated to contemporary practices that use sound as an expressive medium. ALMARE works between artistic and curatorial practices, through writing, research, sound and music production, concert organisation, performance lectures, talks and exhibitions. In 2020, ALMARE inaugurated the production of the audio-story Life Chronicles of Dorothea Ïesj S.P.U. In 2021, it contributed to founding the network project The Listeners, of which it is a member, along with Metamorfosi Notturne and Cripta 747. 

Radio Papesse 

Radio Papesse is a web radio and online audio archive devoted to contemporary art. Founded in 2006 and curated by Ilaria Gadenz and Carola Haupt, it produces and distributes documentaries and interviews. Using radio as an artistic tool and language, Radio Papesse works with museums and cultural institutions to talk about contemporary art processes and practices. It hosts and commissions experimental sound and radio works, inviting artists and audio makers to renew the rules of broadcasting and audio storytelling. Between 2018 and 2020, it was an associate researcher at Pratiques d’Hospitalité - Platform for critical research and political imagination, and it is also a member of the scientific committee of the Interdepartmental Research Centre in Radiophony at UNIRSM - University of San Marino. 

Rian Treanor 

Rian Treanor re-imagines the intersection of club culture, experimental art and computer music to create an insightful and compelling musical world of fractured and interlocking components. Having issued a string of releases on The Death of Rave & Warp sub-label Arcola, his debut album ‘ATAXIA’ for Planet Mu (2019) established him as one of the most relevant voices in British underground club music. His latest album ‘File Under UK Metaplasm’ takes its inspiration from his residency at the Nyege Nyege collective’s Boutique Studio in Kampala in 2018. Treanor’s music combines the high-def bass weight of his hometown Sheffield with the enigmatic energy of Tanzanian Singeli and Footwork.  


VIBRISSE is a two-person project based in Turin. Making frenetic and unpredictable selections that demolish any kind of separation between music genres, people and emotions, the duo focuses on high BPM hardcore while simultaneously incorporating influences from the contemporary digital club scene. On the dancefloor, the duo creates euphoric experiences where sounds from across the hardcore spectrum (uptempo, frenchcore, j-core, gabber and makina) meet unexpected hits from other, equally dynamic styles (slowstyle, EDM, 160 club and donk). 

The event is organised with the support of the Museion Private Founders and the sponsorship of the Municipality of Bolzano. The film Life Chronicles of Dorothea Ïesj S.P.U. is an ALMARE project, promoted and curated by Radio Papesse, in collaboration with Timespan. This project has been produced thanks to the support of Italian Council (2022)–a program to promote contemporary Italian art by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Culture. 


Life Chronicles of Dorothea Ïesj S.P.U.

Film Screening , Clubbing

23.02.2024, 19:00—00:00

Location: Museion -1

The film is realised with the support of
Italian Council Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Culture Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo Fondazione CRT Fondazione CR Firenze Film Commission Torino Piemonte
With the support of
Museion Private Founders City of Bozen - Bolzano

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