Rossella Biscotti, The Journey's Sonic Diary, 2020–2021
The Current III: Mediterraneans

Photo: Alexandra Pace

The Journey’s Sonic Diary, 2020–2021

The Journey's Sonic Diary is composed of fourteen tracks recorded between August 2020 and March 2022 by Rossella Biscotti and Attila Faravelli on the mountains near Carrara, Italy, on the coastline of Malta, onboard the merchant vessel Diligence while navigating for the performance The Journey (May 21–23, 2021), and on the shores of Tunisia.
Rossella Biscotti, The Journey's Sonic Diary, 2020-2022 is commissioned by TBA21–Academy as part of Biscottis larger project The Journey.

The Journey is a long-term project produced by Rossella Biscotti in collaboration with Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels and the 8th edition of Dream City Festival Tunis within the framework of the project Between Land and Sea, and Blitz Valletta. The performance at sea took place on May 20–23, 2021. The sound performance The Journey was presented at Kunstenfestivaldesarts at Bozar in Brussels on May 20-23, 2022 and at DreamCity Festival in Tunis on September 30-October 2, 2022.

The project has been developed with: Blitz’s curator Sara Dolfi Agostini; project manager in Malta: Kristina Borg; GIS maps: Catalogtree; DOP: Cristian Manzutto; research in Tunisia: Emna Lakhoua; and in collaboration with Timmy Gambin (associate professor of maritime archaeology, University of Malta), Anthony Gruppetta (veterinary surgeon), and Nature Trust Malta, Aaron Micallef (associate professor of geosciences, University of Malta), Alarmphone, Lewis Baldacchino (operations manager, Port Logistics Operations Ltd), Elman Srl (Pomezia), Studi d’Arte Cave Michelangelo Carrara.

Special thanks to: Daniel Blanga Gubbay and KFDA team; Jan Goossens, Dream City Festival and l’Art Rue team; Blitz’s curator Sara Dolfi Agostini; Youssef Ettourjoumene for the project production in Tunisia; sound engineer Hubert Monroy; David Chaloiti for Tunisian-English translation; Emna Lakhoua  and Kristina Borg for research in Malta and Tunisia; Catalogtree for the GIS route; PLO operations' manager Lewis Baldacchino; marine geologist Aaron Micallef; Anthony Gruppetta and Nature Trust Malta; Alarm Phone's activist Simeon Leisch; master mariner Ramon Espiritusanto, mate Vladimir Daniel Dalit, and mariners Javy Jones Torilla, Rico Gerez, Rene Bilal, Dennis Alcances, and Cesar Tayo; TBA21–Academy's curator Barbara Casavecchia; Studi d’Arte Cave Michelangelo Carrara.

Supported by Mondriaan Fonds.
About the Artist

Rossella Biscotti
’s (b. 1978, Italy/Netherlands/Belgium) cross-media practice cuts across sculpture, performance, sound works, and filmmaking. Stemming from extended research processes, conceptual excavations, personal encounters, interdisciplinary collaborations, and the subtle interrogation of sites and stories, her works encapsulate meticulous stratifications of materials and meanings. She has taken part in major international exhibitions such as the Dhaka Art Summit (2020) Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sonsbeek 23th (2016) in Arnhem, The Netherlands, 55th Venice Biennale, Italy (2013); 13th Istanbul Biennale, Turkey (2013); dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel, Germany (2012), and Manifesta 9, Belgium (2012). Recent solo exhibitions were held at Mor Charpentier, Paris (2022); Kunstinstitut Melly, Rotterdam (2019); Fondazione Ratti, Como (2019); daadgalerie, Berlin (2019); Kunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz, Switzerland (2018), and V–A–C Foundation, Moscow, Russia (2016). Biscotti has received several international awards.
The Current III: Mediterraneans

With the working title "Mediterraneans: ‘Thus waves come in pairs’ (after Etel Adnan),” the first stream of The Current III cycle is led by Barbara Casavecchia as a transdisciplinary and transregional exercise in sensing and learning with by supporting situated projects, collective pedagogies, and voices along the Mediterranean shores across art, culture, science, conservation, and activism.