Massimo MORI (Italy)
Massimo Mori (1944, Quistello, Mantova, Italy) – multimedia-poet, artist, performer. He started his creative literary and artistic activities in the midst 1960s. Among his first publications is “Giornale di bordo” (1965) – a lyric narration in the form of diary notes about the author’s long journey about the East, and “LUNE, fiori di carta” (1967). In the 1970s the range of his literary interests widened and from the linear forms Mori switched over to the experiments in the area of visual and sound poetry, poetic performance. He considers the following sound poetry productions of his to be the most significant ones – “Container,” “Futuro anteriore,” “KRA,” “Phonoclisi,” “Telephone dream,” in them through various formal means the author tried to express his understanding of the contemporary literature. His sound poetry productions were published in a number of special magazines, catalogues, literary miscellanies and anthological editions by the publishing houses “Baobab,” “3 ViTre,” “Soundtrack,” etc. In the late 1970s Mori started working as an action poet. With his performances and action poems (among the key ones are: “La misurazione della qualità,” “Terra di nessuno,” “Memento,” “Colonna continua” and others) he participated in a large number of international festivals of contemporary art and poetry both in Italy and abroad, including such cities as Milan, Rome, Parma, Napoli, Genova, and also in Mexico City, Paris, Barcelona, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Valencia, Quebec. For twenty five years he has been deeply involved in the area of visual and object poetry, book art and poetic installation. He has conducted a number of solo and numerous group international exhibitions, among them are the ones held in the 1990s: Codex (Florence, 1990), Apparenze (Celle Ligure, 1990), La poesia de la imagen en Italia (Rio de Janeiro, 1990), Manouvres (Quebec, 1991), Arthur Rimbaud’s Death (Limoges, 1991), IPPOCAMPO libro oggetto librante (Florence, 1992), La linea infinita di Piero Mandzoni (Milan, 1993), Trompette Trompe – L’oie (Paris, 1993), Madrecava (Mexico City, 1993), Alphabetica (Florence, 1994), AL MURO! (Florence, 1995), Yin-Yang (Verona, 1996), Poesia Totale (Mantova, 1998), VACARME VAC ARME (Aix, 1998) and others. In 1983 he initiated the foundation of the poetic group “Ottovolante” (Florence), being a member of which for more than ten years he arranged poetic colloquia and festivals, published literary miscellanies and anthologies. In 1997 Mori published a book “Il circuito della poesia” (Lecce: Piero Manni Ed., 1997, introduction and commentaries by R. Barilli, S. Lanucca, J. Panella) – a basic study representing a geo-poetic panorama of Italy of the late XXth century, a review of various trends and literary groups, poetic magazines and manifestos, and also the author’s view on the development of Italian poetry in the international context. Mori is head of the Center for Contemporary Art “Container” (Florence) and since 1989 he has been the leader of regular literary meetings in the historical club-cafe “Giubbe Rosse.” Massimo Mori lives and works in Florence (Italy).