The BAU Cultural Association of Viareggio assembles, produces and distributes since 2004 an annual magazine, BAU Container of Contemporary Culture, which collects in a cardboard box numbered and signed artworks of several international artists. Copies of BAU are housed in important libraries, museums, archives and collections, from the Mart of Rovereto to London's Tate Modern. In 14 years of activity, BAU has involved more than 800 authors from all corners of the planet, consolidating a network of contacts that is increasingly becoming a true "global participation system". The theme of issue 14 of the magazine, released in July 2017, is in fact “GPS - Global Participation System”: as a GPS system, BAU takes over the various "position signals" sent by creative satellites in its orbit, then suggests favorable trajectories and useful goals. Among the 70 authors of BAU 14, which has the peculiar shape of a cylindrical box (12 cm in height for 40 cm in diameter), there are historical figures such as Enrico Baj, Giulia Niccolai, Mario Mulas and Gillo Dorfles, young New Media authors like Lino Strangis and Max Serradifalco, starred chefs like Gualtiero Marchesi and Vito Mollica, sound experimenters such as My Cat Is An Alien, Paolo Tarsi, Fauve! Gegen A Rhino and Le Forbici di Manitù (see www.bauprogettop.net).
For BAU 14, Le Forbici di Manitù (Manitù Rossi, Vittore Baroni and Gabriella Marconi) recorded an album with two extensive "audio journeys", GPS - Gigantic Paradigm Shift and GaPS - Global Art Participation Systems, traveling in the direction of utopian goals and revisiting a synoptic history of the international underground art networks of the last century, from Pataphysics to Fluxus, from Mail Art to the Luther Blissett Project. The 12" clear vinyl disc is applied to an original circular cover (diameter 35 cm) by Emanuela Biancuzzi (www.biancuzzi.com), with graphic layout by Elisa Landini and Virna Zampolini. The disc was produced in a limited edition of 300 copies, 180 of which included in BAU 14, the remaining 120 available separately.
Since 1983, the enigmatic Manitù Rossi heads one of the most singular and eclectic ensembles of the Italian music underground. Le Forbici di Manitù recorded a dozen albums for esteemed international labels and are at ease in the most diverse sound idioms, from post-industrial noise to cover versions of pop-rock classics, from electronic minimalism to lounge jazz. Their most recent project is Tinnitus Tales (Sussidiaria, 2016), a triple themed album with the collaboration of some fifty musicians and visual artists. In the GPS and GaPS suites, Le Forbici di Manitù operate a singular mix of post-cageian serialism a la Reich / Glass / Riley and eclectic citationism, from Tomorrow's Sixties psychedelia to the New Wave of the B Sides, from Fluxus conceptualism to Situationist cut-up.
The disc can be purchased, either physically or digitally, via the Bandcamp page of the Sussidiaria label: https://sussidiaria.bandcamp.com/. Alternatively, the 12" clear vinyl album, provided with digital download code, may be requested to Vittore Baroni, paying € 35 (€ 25 + 10 for postal charges) at the PayPal account of email@example.com.
Le Forbici di Manitù
GPS / GaPS
Side A /
GPS journey 14 A
Destination: a Gigantic Paradigm Shift
GPS journey 14 B
Destination: GaPS - Global art Participation Systems
Arrival: BAU Contenitore di Cultura Contemporanea
With quotes from :
Pataphysical Colleges Area: Pataphysical Introduction (Pt. 1) (Robert Wyatt, 1969) / A Concise British Alphabet (Pt. 1) (Hugh Hopper, 1969).
Beat Culture Circuits: The Beat Generation (Rod McKuen, 1959).
Fluxus Constellation: In Memoriam To Adriano Olivetti (George Maciunas, 1962) / Paper Piece (Ben Patterson, 1960).
Situationist Spot: La Société du spectacle (film) (Guy Debord, 1973).
Provos District: My White Bicycle (Keith Hopkins / Ken Burgess, 1967).
New York Correspondance School: Hey Ray (John Cale, 2011).
Mail Art Land: Mail Art Dada Skank (Rod Summers, 1983), Mailbox Friends (Keith Bates, 1984).
Neoist Nation: Catastronics (Monty Cantsin /Istvan Kantor, 1983).
TRAX Modular System: Combination (B Sides / Spirocheta Pergoli / Piermario Ciani, 1982).
Decentralized WorldWide Congress Zone: Let’s Network Together (Baroni-Rossi, 1992), Incongruous Rendez-vous (Keith Bates, 1998).
Luther Blissett Colonies: Mind Invaders (Luther Blissett / Klasse Kriminale, 1998).
Vittore Baroni: texts, psychogeographical researches
Gabriella Marconi: flute, glockenspiel
Manitù Rossi: Elka Synthex, voice, bass, etc.
GPS voices: Alice (I), Alex (GB), Claire (NL), Monica (E), Markus (D), Audrey (F)
Emanuela Biancuzzi: illustrations
Elisa Landini, Virna Zampolini: graphic lay-out
Produced by Le Forbici di Manitù at Occam’s Razor, December 2016-February 2017
Mixed by Manitù Rossi and Vittore Baroni at E.O.N. Archive, February 2017
Mastered by Andrea Suriani at Alpha Dept. Studio, Bologna, February 2017
Printed by Handle With Care in Berlin, May 2017
WORK IN PROGRESS - GAC IN SIRMIONE
You can see photos of the open air installation “Work in Progress” at the Parco Callas in Sirmione, Italy, with works dedicated to Cavellini by various international mail artists, selected by Lillo Marciano and Vittore Baroni, in the Facebook page of Art No Limits - Progetto Utopia - Towards 2014: www.facebook.com/artesenzalimiti?fref=ts . The project will continue throughout 2014, with more works added to the panels and special GAC installations in various locations in Sirmione. A documentation will be later produced and circulated.
MAIL ART INVITE:
Take part in the G.A.Cavellini 1914-2014 Centennial Artistamps portfolio!
To participate in one of the collective G.A.Cavellini Centennial artistamps sheets that will be issued by E.O.N. Post in 2014, simply send one original square postage stamp design in tribute to Cavellini to the address below. The unpublished work in color must be cm. 15 x 15 in size (7 x 7 inches) and will be reduced for printing to cm. 5 x 5 (2 x 2 inches).
A first collective sheet of stamps will be issued in January 2014 and other sheets will follow whenever enough works are collected. First edition deadline: December 15th , 2013. Last edition deadline, August 15th , 2014. All the participants will receive a free copy of the complete, perforated giant color stampsheet inside an original GAC portfolio.
Please no digital contributions via e-mail, send only works on paper. These works will be also exhibited at GAC events in 2014.
Mail to: Vittore Baroni, Via C. Battisti 339, 55049 Viareggio, Italy.