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November 3, 2018 - November 4, 2018

Liminaria is an ongoing field research project which aims to create sustainable cultural, social and economic networks in rural areas of Southern Italy through art and sound. In Sicily, it extends into the urban realm, focusing on the Southern periphery of Palermo in relation to the porous threshold of the Mediterranean Sea. Connecting three different concepts of the South: European, American and the Global South, Liminaria analyses the space in which languages and cultures critically interact.

Presented by the Interferenze new arts festival. Curated by Leandro Pisano and Beatrice Ferrara.


Transitions / Transiciones / Transitions

Palermo, 28 October – 4 November 2018

calendar of public events


Thursday 1 November 2018

4.30 pm, Garibaldi Theater

Five years of Liminaria: from Fortore to Palermo

Public Presentation of the Sicilian session of Liminaria 2018, collateral event of Manifesta 12

with Leandro Pisano, Beatrice Ferrara, Andrea Kantos, Yukiko Shikata and artists in residence: Alessandra Eramo, Fernando Godoy, Vacuamoenia (Fabio R. Lattuca and Pietro Bonanno) and David Vélez.


Saturday 3 November 2018

10.30 am

Looking for ‘abbanniata’

Sound walk through the historical markets of Palermo to hear the transformations of the city.

Curated by Nicola Di Croce, in collaboration with Sguardi Urbani

Departure: Porta Sant’Agata, Tukory course

Max 25 participants

Free participation upon reservation: urbanisguardi@gmail.com

5.30 pm, KaOZ

opening Liminaria 2018

with the editors and the board of the project: Leandro Pisano, Beatrice Ferrara, Andrea Kantos, Lori Adragna

to follow: opening exhibition: “Interferences 2003-2018: sound, art, rurality in Southern Italy”

6.00 pm, KaOZ

opening lecture / keynote

Yukiko Shikata: Connecting Liminarias – Possible Landscapes

7.00 pm, KaOZ

Nicola Di Croce presents: “Sounds on the sidelines. The territoriality of policies in the practice of listening ”

in conversation with the author: Luisa Tuttolomondo, Emiliano Battistini

in collaboration with Sguardi Urbani

8.30 pm, KaOZ

Angus Carlyle presents “Zawawa: the Sound of Sugar Dog in the Wind”

in conversation with the author: Leandro Pisano and Beatrice Ferrara

to follow, public screening of the film *


Sunday 4 November 2018

10:15 am, KaOZ, session opening

10.30 am, KaOZ, panel

Sound as a flow: between ethnomusicology, sound art, soundscape


Alessandra Ciucci (Columbia University, New York): Music, sound, and rurality in Moroccan migration in Umbria

Andrea Laquidara (University of Urbino): Next to the image. The indecipherable noise of the Real

Anna Cestelli Guidi (Auditorium – Music Foundation for Rome): The spaces of sound – Sound experiences at the Auditorium of Rome

moderate: Beatrice Ferrara and Leandro Pisano

4.30 pm, KaOZ, panel

Acoustic archipelago: crossings and sound practices in Sicily

Emiliano Battistini (University of Palermo): Urban looks: a sound project on the Arab-Norman monuments of Palermo

Francesco Lucifora (Modica Art System), Aesthetic and sound practices in the South-East: from the CoCA to the M.A.S. Modica Art System

Giusi Diana (art critic and curator) and Alessandro Librio (sound artist, musician): Temporal installation and the memory of sound in ‘The Sound of the rivers’ and ‘Birdsquartet’

Fabio R. Lattuca and Pietro Bonanno (Vacuamoenia, sound artist): presentation and discussion of the works of Liminaria 2018

moderate: Leandro Pisano and Andrea Kantos

6.30 pm, KaOZ, panel

Southern Acustemology: sound art in the Mediterranean and in Latin America

presentation and discussion of the works of Liminaria 2018


Alessandra Eramo

Fernando Godoy

David Vélez

moderate: Beatrice Ferrara

at 20:00, KaOZ

session conclusion: final collective roundtable


* movie description:

Zawawa: the Sound of Sugar Cane in the Wind


50 min

Rupert Cox and Angus Carlyle

Kozo Hiramatsu (Co-Producer with Cox and Carlyle) and Atsushi Nishimura (Assistant Editor)

Japan & UK

It is a strange and bitter irony that the US naval bombardment which launched the Battle of Okinawa in 1945 was called the ‘typhoon of steel’, invoking the turbulent winds that annually buffet this small island. Okinawans sought shelter from the battle in natural features of the environment such as caves and within sugar cane fields, creating memories that reside in the sounds of these places today. Zawawa: the Sound of Sugar Cane in the Wind is the result of a ten-year collaboration between a landscape artist, an acoustic scientist and an anthropologist attempts to listen in on and make sense of these sounds through the stories of individuals and the recordings of these sounds. Their words, solidified as text and witness to the history of the US occupation of the island and expressed through the mixing of images and sounds of natural elements, military machinery and ritual practices convey the experience of many Okinawan lives, suspended between the American wars of the past, present and future.



November 3, 2018
November 4, 2018
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Interferenze new arts festival