Enzo MINARELLI (Italy)
Enzo Minarelli (1951, Venice, Italy) – poet, artist, performer, video-artist, publisher. After graduating from the Venice University (where he majored in Psycholinguistics) in the early 1970s he started working in the area of video, experimental literature and sound. He is the author of a number of poetry books, including such as: Obscuritas Obscenitas (Mulino di Bazano, 1979), Multipoesie Melogrammatiche (Mulino di Bazano, 1981), Commediarcom (Naples, 1983), El Poemméxico (Mexico City, 1988), Poemi Cognomi (Rome, 1988), Meccanografie (Udine, 1991) and others. In 1983 he initiated regular publishing of the “3ViTre dischi di polipoesia” (record, 45 tours), dedicated to the history and development of the world sound poetry. Within this series the following topical issues were published: Poesia Sonora Storica, Poesia Sonora Italiana, Poesia Sonora Americana, Poesia Sonora Francese and others. At the same time Minarelli arranged production of the series “3 ViTre PAIR dischi di polipoesia” (LP-format), within which he presented a number of anthologies of sound poetry, including the following ones: Voooxing Poooêtre (1982), Italia – Canada (1987), Spagna – Messico – Italia (1988), Italia – Ungheria (1992) and others. In 1987 Minarelli wrote a Manifesto of Polypoetry, in which he attempted to comprehend the present state and prospects for development of the international sound poetry. In his further perform-programs in Europe, Canada, USA, Mexico, Cuba, Brazil and others he implemented his ideas (series “Polypoetry 1, 2, 3, 4...”). He is the author of a great number of performances conducted on the radio and TV in Italy, Holland, Germany, Spain, USA, etc., he conducted more than twenty solo exhibitions of audio, and video poetry in various countries (since 1982, in collaboration with the Video-Art Center, Ferrara). With his video-programs and video-installations Minarelli participated in festivals of video art in Bologna, Turin, Amadora, Locarno, Linz, Copenhagen, Salonicco, Budapest, Genova, he also conducted shows at the George Pompidou Center (1982), Universities of New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, at the Museums of Contemporary Art in Cologne and Belgrade, at the XVIII International Biennial in São Paulo (1985). He is the organiser and curator of a large number of group exhibitions of video poetry, among them are the following ones: Videolento (Rome – Milan – Ferrara, 1988), Videopoesia Internazionale (Cologne, 1989), Video writing (Alexandria, 1990), 1 Festival di Polipoesia (Bologna, 1993), Strumenti a Voce (Bologna, 1995), VideoSoundPoetry Festival (Bologna, 1998) etc, he also prepared topical sections on the Italian visual poetry in the magazines “Dimensão” (Brazil), “Visible Language” (USA). His works are kept in various public and private collections, including such as: Museu da Imagem e do Som (São Paulo), ICC Intercommunication Center (Tokyo), The Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry (Miami Beach), Getty Center for History and Art (Santa Monica), National Sound Archive British Library (London), Artpool (Budapest) and many others. Enzo Minarelli lives and works in Cento (Italy).