Alberto VITACCHIO (Italy)
Alberto Vitacchio (1942, Turin, Italy) – poet, performer, publisher, translator. He has a doctorate degree in Philology. He specializes in translating American literature. He is the editor and publisher (jointly with C. Bertola) of the magazine of visual and experimental literature “Offerta Speciale” (Offerta Speciale International Poetry Recipe-Books, 1978; since 1989 each edition is accompanied by ten issues, supplemented by the originals of works by various poets). Since 1980 as a sound poet and performer Vitacchio has collaborated in the implementation of C. Bertola’s original concept of Stage-poetry, that was widely presented by them in various perform-programs in Belgium, France, Ireland, Holland, Germany, Canada, Mexico, and Cuba. He is the editor and publisher (jointly with C. Bertola) of a series of sound poetry miscellanies “Pate De Voix” (since 1985), where he also acts as a technical director. Vitacchio’s sound poetry productions were repeatedly broadcast on various radio stations in Italy, on the Radio Sonar (France), Bayerischer Rundfunk (Germany), Radio Nacional De Espana (Spain) and others. The action poetry productions were presented by him at the Birganart Gallery (Toronto, 1991), Triskel Art Centre (Cork, 1987, 1992), Studio Bildende Kunst (Berlin, 1993), and also at the: III Biennial of Visual and Alternative Poetry (Mexico City, 1990), In Forma Di Rivista (Rome, 1991, along with the retrospective presentation of the magazines “Offerta Speciale”), Perfomedia (Ponte Nossa, 1992), at the festivals in Torre Pelice and Senegallia. Since 1992 Vitacchio has realised a conceptual project “Trail,” that implies tackling the environment by means of added to one another strips of fabric. The project is implemented in a number of “works in progress” – actions “Carnabane West” and “Cairn,” comparing the categories of state and space (light and shade of ancient boulders, silence, echo and so on) and held in various mythologised places in England, Ireland and Wales. He conducted twelve solo exhibitions in Italy, since 1981 he has participated in numerous group exhibitions of visual and experimental poetry both in Italy and abroad. Among the exhibitions held in the 1990s are the following ones: International Visual Poetry (Berlin, 1990), Omaggio ad Adriano Spatola (Celle Ligure, 1990), Libri d’Artista (Pavone, 1992), Think Europe (Berlin, 1992), 3rd Visual Poetry Exhibition (Melbourne, 1993), Contemporaneamente (Milan, 1995), Quinta Biennale di Poesia Visuale (Mexico City, 1996). In 1988 he was invited to Brazil to the Congresso International de Poesia (Bento-Gonçalves, section of criticism, performance and visual arts), he also participated in the Colloque International de Poésie Sonore / Poésie Action (Cerisy-la Salle, 1999), V International Meeting of Poetry and Arts (Havana, 2000). He has contributed a great number of publications to various magazines, collections and international anthologies, including the ones of the recent years: Poesia Totale 1897-1997 (Mantova, 1998), Point of view. Visual poetry: 90s (Kaliningrad, 1998). Alberto Vitacchio lives and works in Turin (Italy).