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Biography

Adriano Abbado made his first experiments with photography and ambient sounds in 1972. In 1977 he got the degree of Electronic Music Composition at the Milan Conservatory. In 1981 he began working with digital images and sounds.

Between 1982 and 1986 he taught Computer Graphics at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan, while in 1985 he taught Electronic Music at the Turin Conservatory. In 1985 he co-authored the book Immagini con il computer, published by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore.

In 1986 his work Isomorfismi Suono Luce was shown at the Venice Biennale.

In the same year he received a Fulbright scholarship to study at the MIT Media Laboratory, where in 1988 got a M.S. degree with the thesis Perceptual Correspondences of Abstract Animation and Synthetic Sound.

Adriano lectured at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, DAMS, Domus Academy, Institut Universitari de l’Audiovisual, IRCAM, Italian Cultural Institute - New York, Rhode Island School of Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In spring 2007 he taught Audiovisual Art at Media Arts and Technology - University of California, Santa Barbara.

Over the years he has created several prints, objects, animations and interactive environments, which have been presented in several venues, among them Barcelona, Copenhagen, Melbourne, Milan, New York, Paris, Rome, Seoul and Shanghai. In 2013 his animation Kayuputih was shown at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

His interests span from traditional Asian music, to astrophotography and to online trading.

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Life

Born in Milan, March 16th, 1958, @ 05:55 am

Trips to Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brasil, Cambodia, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nederlands, Pakistan, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA.
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Education

1988
Received M.S., The Media Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. Thesis on Perceptual correspondences of abstract animation and synthetic sound
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1977
Received diploma of Electronic Music Composition, Conservatory “G. Verdi”, Milan
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Grants

1987
Grant from the Council for the Arts at MIT for the creation of Dynamics
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1986
Grant from the Fulbright Commission for studying at The Media Laboratory
Commission from Commodore Italiana for the creation of isomorfismi suono luce
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Awards

1992
First International QuickTime Film Festival, San Francisco
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Events

2016
E quando il sole cade, la città si accende, Ducal Palace, Mantua
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2013
Ciné-Concert: Abstract Animation Since 1970, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
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2011
Italian Experimental Cinema, Danish Film Institut, Copenhagen
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2009
Italian Experimental Cinema, Ancona
Digital Fringe, Melbourne
Seeing Sound, Bath Spa University, UK
Visual Music Marathon, New York
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2008
Italian Experimental Cinema V.1 ‘08, Nuovo Cinema Aquila, Rome
HERE COME THE ROLLING BONES, STUDIO MATTEO BOETTI, Rome
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2006
V-Art, Cagliari
Sapienza Cinema, Rome
The Jerusalem Music and Dance Academy
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2005
BizArt Gallery, Shanghai
Iannis Xenakis Festival, La Triennale, Milan
Festival International Cinéma Méditeranéen Montpellier
Goethe-Institut, Rome
Teatro Maddalene, Padua
NYU Frederick Loewe Theater, New York
Sarah Lawrence College, Boronxville, NY
Segnali Luminosi, Pesaro
Animaction2, Rome
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2004
Independent Film Show, Naples
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2003
Digitalyart, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington D.C.
Italian Cultural Institute, New York
Bridges, Merkin Concert Hall, New York
CREATE, University of California, Santa Barbara
MiArt, Milan
European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany
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2002
Villette Numérique, Paris
Italian Cultural Institute, Strasbourg
Not Still Art, New York
Creativity and Cognition 4, Loughborough University, United Kingdom
Synthetic Worlds (with Momi Fujiki), Mountain Box Gallery, Karuizawa
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2001
Visible Sound, University of California, Santa Barbara
Entre Imaginación y Utilidad, Barcelona
Brera Fine Arts Academy, Milan
DAMS, Bologna
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2000
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
CREATE, University of California, Santa Barbara
Galeria Zero, Barcelona
Esplorazioni digitali, Rimini
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1999
Audiovisual Art in the Year 2000, Institut Universitari de l’Audiovisual, Barcelona
Opera Totale 5, Venice
Eurographics’99, Milan
Color is Music, Atelier Mendini, Milan
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1998
Der Freischutz, Santa Cecilia, Rome
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1994
Milia, Cannes
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1993
Design Miroir du XIX Siècle, Grand Palais, Paris
La fabbrica estetica, Italian Technology and Design for quality of life, Seul
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1992
Domus Academy, Milan
First International QuickTime Film Festival, San Francisco
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1991
Domus Academy, Milan
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1990
Il ritmo colorato, Bergamo
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1989
Ircam, Paris
Video Biennale, Fukui
Nuove immagini e formazione, Venice
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1988
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
MIT Media Laboratory, Cambridge
First International Symposium on Electronic Art, Utrecht
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1987
Ericsson’s Galerie/Atelier, Zürich
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1986
La Biennale, Venice
Luciano Inga-Pin Contemporary Art Gallery, Milan
Teatro del Collegio San Giuseppe, Turin
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1985
Videoart Festival, Locarno
Digital Art, Maastricht
5 x 5 Gallery, Rome
Il Diagramma Gallery, Milan
Computer Style, Florence
Elettrica, Ferrara
Fine Arts Academy, Macerata
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1984
Palazzo Reale, Milan
Festival Arte Elettronica, Camerino
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1983
L’immagine Elettronica, Bologna
SICOF, Milan
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1982
Filmmaker, Milan
Italian Cultural Institute, Bogotà, Rio de Janeiro
Antidogma Musica, Turin
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1979
Italian Cultural Institute, Bogotà, Guatemala City, Guayaquil, Lima, Mexico City, Montevideo, Quito, Tegucigalpa
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