Gianni Toti

Gianni Toti

Infobox Writer
name = Gianni Toti


caption = From left: Italian computer artists Gianni Toti, Caterina Davinio, Mario Sasso.
birthdate = June 24, 1924
birthplace = Rome, Italy
deathdate = death date|2007|January|8
deathplace = Rome, Italy
occupation = poet, writer, journalist, video artist, electronic art
movement = Video art, Video poetry
notableworks = Planetopolis, Tupac Amauta (electronic video poem opera)
influences = Russian Futurism
influenced = Video poetry

Gianni Toti (Rome, 24 June 1924 - Rome, 8 January 2007) was an Italian poet, writer, journalist, and cineaste. In the early 80s he created "Poetronica" (poetry and cinema elaborated with electronic art).

Biography

Graduated in Law, he published poetry books, articles and novels. He was partisan against Nazism and Fascism in the Italian Resistenza and, for many years, journalist and correspondent for the political newspaper "L’Unità”. Editor-in-chief of "La voce della Sicilia", "Lavoro", and of the cultural review "Carte segrete".

In the early 80s he began an experimentation where he mixed poetry, cinema and electronic art, creating a new language, which he defined "poetronica" (video poetry and electronic poetry). By realizing his works he collaborated with specialized cultural centers, such as CICV (Centre de Recherche Pierre Schaeffer, in Montbéliard-Belfort, France), that gave him the possibility to utilize technologies and equips of technicians for creating artistic projects.

In his works Toti mixes history, politics, legends, oral traditions, folk culture. His writing contains idiomatic expressions, neologisms, words taken from many languages.

Film and Video Poem Opera

Film

*Ciné-tracts, cortissimimetraggi, Parigi-Roma 1968-1969
*Chi ha paura della Cecoslovacchia, 1969, Unitelefilm, Roma
*Cinegiornaliberi, cortometraggi (con Cesare Zavattini), 1968-69
*Lenin vivo, mediometraggio, Unitelefilm, Roma 1970
*E di Shaùl e dei sicari sulle vie da Damasco, lungometraggio 35mm. 1973, 119', Italia-Siria
*Alice nel paese delle cartaviglie, mediometraggio, 1980

Video

*La vita quotidiana durante la seconda guerra mondiale, 1980 50', Rai-DSE
*Per una videopoesia, 1980, 80', Rai-Ricerca e sperimentazione programmi
*Tre videopoemetti, 1981, 33' Rai-Ricerca e sperimentazione programmi
*"Trilogia majakovskiana": Valeriascopia, 26';
*Incatenata alla pellicola, 60';
*Cuor di Tèlema, 83', 1982-83, Rai-Ricerca e sperimentazione programmi
*"L'immaginario scientifico": L'arnia cosmica, 9';
*Alla ricerca dell'anticoda, 14';
*I raggi cosmici e l'odoscopio, 4'45";
*Dialogo digitale del corpo umano, 27';
*L'ordine, il caos, il phaos, 24'30";
*La terra vista dal cielo, 5';
*Conversazione sulle grandi sintesi, 50', 1986,
*Cité de la Science et de l'Industrie, La Villette, Paris
*SqueeZangeZaùm, 1988, 100', Rai-Istituto Luce. Dedicated to Velimir Khlebnikov (Gold Laser Award, Locarno, 1988)
*Terminale Intelligenza, 1990, 60', Università degli Studi, Pisa
*Monteveritazione op. 000?, 1991, 17', Festival Videoart Locarno
*Tenez Tennis, 1992, 15', Rai Lombardia, Università degli Studi, Bologna, Etabeta, Roma. For Valeria Magli's ballet with music by John Cage
*Planetopolis, 1994, 126', CICV-Centre International de Création Vidéo Montbéliard-Belfort
*L'origInédite, 1994, 18', Atélier Brouillard Précis, Marseille
*Tupac Amauta-premier chant, 1997, 53', CICV Montbéliard-Belfort. Trilogy inspired to Tupac Amaru, Inca king murdered in 1572 by the conquistadores, and to Tupac Amaru II, who fought against the Conquer with his Quechua indios.
*Acà Nada, 1998, 27', PRIM, Montréal, Canada.
*Gramsciategui ou les poesimistes-deuxième cri, 1999, 55', CICV Montbéliard-Belfort
*Trionfo della morte et mort sans triomphe avec danses macabres, 2002, 23', CICV Montbéliard-Belfort

Other Works

Novels

* Gianni Toti, "L'altra fame", novel, Milano, Rizzoli, 1970
* Gianni Toti, "Il padrone assoluto", novel, Milano, Feltrinelli, 1977

Poetry books

Among his numerous poetry books we remember:
* Gianni Toti, "Che c'è di nuovo", Premio Rapallo 1962
* Gianni Toti, "L’uomo scritto", poems, Sciascia, 1961
* Gianni Toti, "La coscienza infelice", poems, Guanda, 1966
* Gianni Toti, "Penultime dall’al di qua", poems, Sciascia, 1969
* Gianni Toti, "Per il paroletariato o della poesicipazione", Umbria Editrice, 1977
* Gianni Toti, "Tre ucronie", 1970
* Gianni Toti, "Chiamiamola poemetànoia", 1974
* Gianni Toti, "Il leggibile figlio di Jakob", poems, Il Bagatto, 1984
* Gianni Toti, "Strani attrattori", poems, Empiria, 1986
* Gianni Toti, "La bellezza dell'enigma", Carlo Mancosu Publisher, collection of books + sound cassette, Roma 1992

Prose

* Gianni Toti, "Tredici irracconti dell’anagnoste", prose, Artificina, 1981
* Gianni Toti, "Racconti di palpebra", prose, Empiria, 1989

Theater

* "Poesia e no" (Piccolo Teatro di Livorno, 1965)
* "La penultima caccia allo snualo" (Pestival Santa Croce sull’Arno, 1985) Essays:
* Gianni Toti, "Il tempo libero", Editori Riuniti, 1961,
* Gianni Toti, "Erotismo, eversione, merce", Cappelli, 1974
* Gianni Toti, "Mostri al microscopio", Marsilio, 1980

Collections

Director of poetry collections:
*"Sintagma", Sciascia Publisher
*"Officina di poesia", Edizioni dell'Ateneo

References

*"Immagine & Pubblico. Video", numero speciale dedicato alla Videoarte, a cura di Marco Maria Gazzano e Gianni Toti, suppl. n. 2/3, aprile - settembre, Ente Autonomo Gestione Cinema, Roma (I) 1990
*"Immagine & Pubblico. Arti elettroniche", numero monografico, a cura di Marco Maria Gazzano e Gianni Toti, a.IX, n.1, gennaio-marzo, Ente Autonomo Gestione Cinema, Roma 1991
*"Tendenze. Videoarte e cinema elettronico", in "Cinema d'Oggi", quindicinale di informazioni cinematografiche, audiovisive, tecniche e multimediali dell'ANICA, Roma (1997-1999)
*"Gianni Toti. Il tempo del senso", in "Internet Catalogue", XVIII VideoArt Festival, Locarno (CH) 1997
*"Poietica cinematografica e cinegrafia elettronica in Gianni Toti", in Catalogo de "L'immagine leggera. Videoart + Film + Media Festival", Comune di Palermo, Palermo 1997
*Caterina Davinio, Tecno-Poesia e realtà virtuali (Techno-Poetry and Virtual Realities), Mantova (I), Sometti, 2002
*Sandra Lischi, "Gli ottantaToti. Piccolissimo viaggio a ritroso negli ottanta(mila) universi del "poetronico" Gianni Toti" in Stati Liquidi. Invideo, video d'arte e cinema oltre, pp. 27-32, Simonetta Cargioli e Sandra Lischi, 2004
*Sandra Lischi, "Elettronica, videoarte e poetronica" in Storia del cinema italiano, 1977-1985, pp. 457-471, Vito Zagarrio, 2005

External links

* [http://xoomer.alice.it/cprezi/toti.html Gianni Toti's text] (1993)
* [http://www.cinemavvenire.it/articoli.asp?IDartic=5516] it
* [http://web.tiscali.it/aclabor/monogra/gtoti.htm] it
* [http://www.adolgiso.it/enterprise/gianni_toti.asp interview] it

See also

* Electronic art
* Digital Poetry
* Video art
* Computer art
* Futurism
* Russian Futurism

Persondata
NAME=Toti, Gianni
ALTERNATIVE NAMES=
SHORT DESCRIPTION=Italian poet
DATE OF BIRTH=1924-06-24
PLACE OF BIRTH=Rome, Italy
DATE OF DEATH=2007-01-08
PLACE OF DEATH=Rome, Italy


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