Casula/Ferrazza/Zanata – Cortronics

Tonino Casula, Marco Ferrazza, Roberto Zanata

1. Coraggio, il meglio è passato
2. Elogio della supercazzola
3. Spesso le foglie sono verdi
4. Un’onda gravitazionale presa a caso

5. Brillante soluzione di un problema da creare
6. Crema idratante per giovanilisti d’assalto
7. È mia ferma convinzione di non essere immortale
8. La Sardegna è un’isola, ci sono le prove

Filmy wideo w formacie 2D oraz 3D (4:3)

The short films are presented in “mono” version
and in “side by side” version, the latter visible in a 3D TV

Cortronics to abstrakcyjne filmy krótkometrażowe stworzone przez włoskiego artystę wideo Tonino Casula (historycznego założyciela Op Art), we współpracy z dwoma kompozytorami muzyki akusmatycznej: Marco Ferrazza i Roberto Zanata.

Filmy wideo zostały zatytułowane przez autorów „Cortronici” (Cortronics). Tonino Casula wyjaśniał etymologię tytułu jako połączenie terminów „cortometraggi” (filmy krótkometrażowe) i „elettronici” (elektronika).

“Cortronics” są rezultatem procesu rozwijanego paręnaście lat wcześniej na bazie koncepcji wynikających z doświadczeń artysty sztuk wizualnych, a także na bazie struktur akustycznych muzyki elektroakustycznej. Rezultat końcowy powstał przy użyciu programów narratywnych, w których abstrakcyjne odniesienia zanikają, na rzecz komunikatywnych funkcji językowych. W ten sposób nowe relacje mas dźwiękowych i struktur wizualnych stają się oczywiste i ściśle ze sobą powiązane.

The Cortronics are abstract short films made by the italian videoartist Tonino Casula, already historical exponent of the Op Art, in collaboration with two composers of acousmatic music: Marco Ferrazza and Roberto Zanata.

The videos of this selection are called by their author “Cortronici” (Cortronics). Tonino Casula, in fact, explains that the term is a compound word derived from “cortometraggi” (short films) and “elettronici” (electronics).

The “cortronics” are the result of a relationship that developed over more than a decade, and are based on the proposals of a visual artist with proven experience and the acoustic structures of the electroacoustic music. This result is expressed in real narrative programs in which the abstract concrete referents disappear to leave room for the communicative power of language functions. By thus born complex devices in which the relations between sound masses and visual solutions are obvious and intimately connected.


Tonino Casula
Casula’s biography is really wide. Among its most significant stages we mention the following:
1948/90: he works as a painter; in the Sixities he was an important figure of Op Art.
1964/97: publications of the books Impara l’arte (Einaudi), Il libro dei segni (Einaudi), Tra vedere e non vedere (Einaudi), Vedere e sapere (Einaudi), I testi iconici (Mondadori). All these books are about perception and semiotic.
1990/93: Casula creates the abstract works ”diafanie” which are used, in Italy and
abroad, in performing arts like dance, theater, music performances.
1993/2011: he creates the abstract short movies “cortronici” (cortronics).
1991/2016: participation in various festivals, including Midnight movie festival –
Salerno; La macchina del senso – Marostica; Mutations de l’image – Astarti – Paris;
Simultan Festival – Timisoara (Romania); Optica Festival – Gijon (Spain); Abstracta-Rome – Quadrivium Multimedia – Bourges; Emufest – Rome; etc..

Marco Ferrazza
Electroacoustic music composer and multimedia performer, Marco Ferrazza studied contemporary art and electronic music. His work, performed in several competitions and festivals, constantly looks into relationships between concrète sounds and computer music, electronic arts and field recording, improvisation and new technologies.

Roberto Zanata
Roberto Zanata born in Cagliari, Italy where he also graduated in Philosophy. A composer, musician and musicologist in electronic music, he studied and graduated in composition and electronic music at the Conservatory of Cagliari. In the middle of nineties Roberto became active in Italy and abroad. He wrote chamber music, music for theatre, computer music, electroacoustic and acousmatic music as well as multimedia works. His music is published by Audiomat, Taukay and Vacuamoenia.
In International competitions his works have been awarded Grands Prix Internationaux de Musique Electroacoustique (Bourges), Interference Festival (Poland), Sonom Festival (Mexico) and more.
He actually teaches Electronic Music at the Conservatory of Bolzano (Italy).