Boston, MA- Aldo Tambellini is premiering a new video artwork, The Circle in the Square, for the fifteenth round of “Art on the Marquee.” Tambellini, one of the seminal pioneers of video art, has work currently on exhibit at the Venice Biennale and has recent performances and screenings at the Tate Modern, the Pompidou Centre, and the Museum of Modern Art. In 1967, he co-founded, with Otto Piene, Black Gate, an influential New York center for multi-media, video and sound performances and installations. In 1968, he and Piene went to Germany where they created Black Gate Köln; the very first time artists commandeered a television studio and broadcast to the public. Returning to the United States, Tambellini created a new work, entitled Black, for The Medium is the Medium. Produced at WGBH Boston in 1969 and directed by Fred Barzyk, this first American experience of video artists in a broadcast studio also included Nam June Paik, Allan Kaprow, Thomas Tadlock, James Seawright as well as Otto Piene. In addition to having a significant international career, Tambellini has been a prominent and important figure in Boston. From 1976 to 1984, Aldo was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There he conducted workshops and organized with “communicationsphere”, a series of international interactive Media Communication Projects. Presently he lives and works in Cambridge. He is represented by James Cohan Gallery, New York.
The Circle in the Square will be presented along with nine other works created by twelve talented Massachusetts residents on the 80-foot-tall multi-screen LED marquee outside the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) in South Boston. Each of the artists have created unique digital pieces specifically for the Marquee. An opening will be held on Wednesday, October 14 at the BCEC, 415 Summer St., Boston, MA, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Aldo Tambellini was born in Syracuse, New York in 1930. He was raised in Italy, returning to the US after WWII. In 1959, Aldo moved to New York City’s Lower East Side. He founded the underground, “counter-culture” group, “Group Center,” which organized alternative ways and non-traditional presentation of the artists’ work to the public. He pioneered in the video art movement in the late 60’s. In 1965, he began painting directly on film beginning his “Black Film Series” of which, “Black TV,” (made using both film and video) was the winner of the International Grand Prix, Oberhausen Film Festival, 1969. In 2012, Tambellini was awarded the Avant-Garde Masters Grant from The National Film Preservation Foundation and The Film Foundation, the latter created by Martin Scorsese. The grant allowed for the Harvard Film Archive to restore and preserve the entire Black Films Series.
Simultaneously, Aldo began a series of “Electromedia Performances” which organically brought together projected paintings, film, video, poetry, light, dance, sound and live musicians. He founded the Gate Theatre, the only daily public theatre showing avant-garde independent filmmakers and in 1967, he co-founded with Otto Piene, the Black Gate, a second theatre, which presented live multi-media (Electromedia) performances and installations. Since ’84, he has concentrated on poetry and performing his poetry with music and video projection.
In 2005 Aldo produced a digital film, “Listen” which incorporates his anti-war and political poetry, animation/video and film clips. This film won First Place in the “Short Experimental Film by an Independent Filmmaker” category at the New England Film Festival in October 2005 and at the Syracuse International Film Festival in 2006. In 2007 Aldo was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from Syracuse University at the 2007 Syracuse International Film Festival. The same year he received the Keys to the City of Cambridge from Mayor Ken Reeves in recognition of his contribution to the cultural environment of Cambridge.
In 2010 Aldo was awarded a Gold medal from the Italian Government, Lucchesi Nel Mondo Organization, in recognition of his lifetime achievement in the Arts. Next year, he will be the subject of a large exhibition at the ZKM – Centre for New Media Art in Karlsruhe, Germany.