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Marc Fantini

Elsenstr. 52/
2.Hinterhaus Etage 2
12059 Berlin Neukölln
0049(0)1623795182
marcofthedevil@googlemail.com

Biography
Marc Fantini is a musician and experimental artist born on December 29th in Aubonne, Switzerland. He is
currently living in Berlin.

After studying percussions and drums at the Conservatoire de Lausanne and at the EJMA jazz and contem-
porary music school, he co-founded Monno in 1999, a band that has since then become a reference in the
experimental music scene.
He is now part of several solo and group projects that have lead him to play all around Europe in clubs and
Festivals.

Since his arrival in Berlin in 2004, and deeply influenced by the great cultural diversity of the city, he has
extended the field of his artistic activities, including video art, painting, sculpture and electronic music to his
drummer background. This new orientation has lead to numerous collaborative works, including all types of
artists, such as Japanese artist Soichiro Mitsuya or the Irish dance company Input/Output.

In 2008, he has created a solo project, « petitemusiqueapocaliptyque » conceived as a synthesis of all


these years of shared experimentations. Including abstract musical compositions and video art, his work
has been displayed in several galleries and venues throughout Europe.

Since 2009, Marc Fantini has been involved in the creation and development of NK, an artistic centre in
Berlin that organises workshops, lectures and shows for international artists. His involvement has lead to
new collaborations in 2009, including performances with Joke Lanz (Sudden Infant), algorithmic composi-
tions with Spanish artist Rubén Patiño and a promising collaboration with Egyptian new media Artist Heba
Amin.
Projects / selected works
PETITEMUSIQUEAPOCALIPTYQUE
www.myspace.com/petitemusiqueapocaliptyque

This project, in constant evolution, is mostly composed of abstract musical compositions (from wall of
sounds to refined audio textures), mixed with video projections. The pieces are conceived as audio-visual
transcriptions of social and anthropological parameters experimented by the artist.

Through abstract worrying sounds, the compositions tend to generate a slight feeling of anxiety for the
auditor. To release or sometimes accentuate this feeling, the sound is accompanied with videos conceived
as cyclical or repetitive meditations. Most of the times, these visual perambulations picture the world as a
strange abandoned place where buildings are endless and life is almost inexistent, apart from animals and
the artist who sometimes appears in his creations.
Reflecting the great curiosity of its creator, the project is constantly including new medias, such as painting,
sculpture, stop motion and more recently 3d animations.

GEMS
Audio + 3d animation + projection with Heba Amin and Minneapolis Art on Wheels, 2009
White desert, Egypt

The video is exploring the contrast between nature and the helpless feeling generated by the blind architecture that surrounds us. This work has
been projected on rock formations as part of the MAW white desert project, an event that has taken place in November 2009 and that has been
shown in the Townhouse gallery in Cairo.

RUE - TOUR - SON FROM CITY SATURATION TO DESERT EMPTY-


Audio - 3d animation NESS
2009 Audio - video
2009
A reflection on endless and evergrowing cities,
symbolized by brand new destroyed 3d towers, that Working on contrasts and forms of spacial anxiety,
grow and rotate in a continuous movement. through slightly modified images shot in Cairo.
FLYING FISHES 10
Audio – video - painting Audio – video
2009 2009

Animals, aliens, artists, modified images fom TV Animal field recordings from the Swiss Alps.
series, painting. An abstract self portrait.

CANDLES LIFE IS LIFE


Audio – video - candles, 2008 Audio – video, 2008

Stop-motion picture, cyclical compositions made A reflection on the blind power of the machine, in a
with candles. Questioning scale, light and interpre- short documentary shot in Geneva.
tation.

RUIN CASSETTES (series)


Audio - video Audio - drawings
2007 2006 - 2008

Images shot in ex-Yugoslavia, reflecting on the A series of sound compositions on used tapes.
beauty and horror of destruction.
STUPIDITY
www.myspace.com/stupidityforever

Collaboration between Marc Fantini and Japanese multimedia artist Soichiro Mitsuya, that has lead to
numerous performances in art galleries in Berlin between 2004 and 2007. Their artistic approach includes
sound installations, sculpture, video art and field recordings, as well as live electronic sound textures.

In 2007, The duo obtained a residency at the Parisian art centre « La Générale ». During this period, they
also played at « Les Instants Chavirés » in Montreuil. Hours of recorded performances and experiments
document their work.

The second piece of the P series is installed in the


unused staircase of the Residence, which used to be an
old ceramics factory in Paris. The installation, repeated in
various locations, is exploring the variation of resonance
of different spaces through the way they «vibrate».

どの空間にもその空間の音がある。大きさ、形、材質によって
音の響き方は違ってくる。Pシリーズの二つめのインスタはパ
リの古い陶器工場を使ったレジデンスのもう使われていない
エレベーターの吹き抜け部分に設置した。Place(場所)
の違
いによる音の響き方の違いをテーマとしています。

P IN PARIS (Resonance of Daily Capacity


Audio Visual Installation with Soichiro Mitsuya, 2008
La Generale en Manufacture, Paris

Performance that was part of a group exhibition taking


place in the House of the German Confederation of Trade
Unions. We played dance music, using sounds that were
associated to movements and communication, such as
airplane and a train, table tennis and a mobile telephone,
on a green tract in the middle of a street in front of the
House.

ドイツ労働組合連合会館で行われたグループ展でのパフォー
マンス。展覧会場前の道路の真ん中にある緑地地帯で飛行機
や電車、卓球や携帯電話といった移動と情報伝達から連想さ
れる音をつかったダンスミュージックを演奏。

PUBLIC NOISE
Open Air Performance with Soichiro Mitsuya, Rinus van Alebeek, 2006
DGB Haus, Berlin

A work that made a cynical remark on a random generator, in


minimal music and computer algorithm. The motors are set so
that the propeller beats the drum indefinitely. When a person en-
ters the Room, a passive infrared sensor operates, and turns on
the electricity. Suddenly, a light hits a solar panel, and the motor
touching colour tapes turns around, and opens a plastic flower.

モーターに付けられたプロペラがドラムセットをたたくという作品。ミ
ニマルミュージックやコンピュータアレゴリズムにおいてのランダムジ
ェネレーターを皮肉った作品。モーターが不確定的に太鼓をたたく
ようにモーターが動きやすく置かれている。人が入ってくると人感セ
ンサーが稼働して電気がつき,ライトの前に置かれたソーラーパネル
に光が当たり,色のついたテープを付けたモーターが回りプラスチッ
クの花が開く。

STUPIDITY(Society)
Installation and Performance with Soichiro Mitsuya, 2006
Factory Berlin, Berlin
A work that featured the themes of circles, cycles, and circulation
systems. The main purpose of the exhibition is a comparison
between the concrete wheel that loses it edges little by little with
friction with the floor, and an Animation film. The images are pho-
tograph of the wheel, turning endlessly. The variation appears from
feedback loops like howling of a sound and the light that keeps on
changing artificially.

輪や回転、循環機能をテーマとした作品。床との摩擦で少しずつ削れて
ゆく車輪と、その車輪の写真から作った変化せずに回り続けるアニメー
ションや音や光のハウリングのように擬似的に変化し続けるフィードバ
ックのバリエーションとの対比が展示の核となっています。

KREISLAUF
Installation and Performance with Soichiro Mitsuya, 2005
School of Art and Design Berlin Weissensee, Berlin

An expression of fluidity, cleanliness and zoom Effect of Water. A


performance involving lens-shaped containers, a sound perfor-
mance and cooking rice.

水の流動性と清潔性、 レンズ型の容器に入れたときの拡大作用などをイ
ンスタレーション、音、
ご飯を炊くというパフォーマンスで表現しました。

WATER SHOW
Performance with Soichiro Mitsuya, Taro Furukata, 2005
Lokale, Schwerin

MONNO
www.myspace.com/monnosound
www.soundimplant.com/monno

Monno was formed in 1999 in Lausanne where the original mem-


bers -Antoine Chessex, Gilles Aubry and Marc Fantini)- met in the
experimental music scene.

After working together in different projects and recording a demo


tape, they started to play live as a quartet. The music in that time
was a mix of heavy rock, free jazz & electronic textures. They played
their first concert as Monno in 2002 in Berlin, the city they relocated
to.

In 2003 Subdeviant Recordings (a subdivision of Conspiracy Records) picked them up and released their
debut CD Candlelight Technology. Joined by Canadian bass player Derek Shirley, Monno left on tour for the
first time, shattering audiences and sharing stages with Melt Banana and Suicide’s Martin Rev.

In 2004, the were invited by LIGHTNING BOLT to join them on tour throughout Europe. Monno starts to
write new material for ERROR and brings it on tour with ISIS and JESU, resulting in a live recording of a
memorable concert in Ljubljana - fists in the air - The shear inertia of these songs made most self-styled
hardcore kids recoil in terror, but the energy coming of that stage warned us Error was not gonna go unnoti-
ced.
ERROR marked a change towards a heavier sound in the music: the sax is played through two guitar amps
and fires heavy riffs which don’t sound like saxophone any more, the laptop provides dense walls of noise
while bass and drums keep massive beats.

In 2007, they did a three-weeks european tour with KNUT and developed new material. They went back in
the studio in april 2008 to record GHOSTS, their third full length.

GHOSTS feature ethereal drones, haunted doom-riffs and poisonous beats, creating a dark undertow
between nightmarish paranoia and mysterious transcendence.

MONNO´s music is in constant mutation, like a reflection of the times we live in.

TUPOLEW
www.myspace.com/tupolew

Tupolev is a rock band based in Berlin formed in 2006. It is com-


posed of four members coming from France (Laurent Lavolée),
Ireland (Keith O’Brien, Tom O’Doherty) and Switzerland (Marc
Fantini), who met through Berlin noise/improvisation/drone scene.
They have recorded a first album in 2007 and have given many
performances in Berlin and throughout Europe

ARBEITEN AM TX SYMBOL
www.myspace.com/txsymbol
www.grafenhorst.info/projekte/arbeiten_am_tx_symbol.html

A duo created in 2008 with German musician Willehad Grafen-


horst. Their compositions, including Drums, Laptop and electronic
music have been performed live, but also used in various videos,
including works for the transmedia project «Cri du Coeur».
They have recorded a CD in 2008 and play on a regular basis in
clubs and galleries around Berlin.

NK
www.nkprojekt.de

NK is a 500 square meter factory floor, dedicated to Sound Art


practices, situated at Elsenstr. 52 in the Neukolln area in Berlin. It
houses 7 Resident artist studios for International sound and me-
dia artists working in new technologies and unconventional forms
of musical expression.
Marc Fantini has been involved in the project since 2009, partici-
pating in the hosting of monthly experimental concerts, exhibitions
of sound installations, software and hardware hacking workshops,
artist presentations and talks, and a weekly supercollider meeting.
Awards
Created in 1999, MONNO has been supported financially several times by the Pro Helvetia Foundation, the
canton de Vaud, the city of Lausanne as well as Interpret Stiftung, the Suisa foundation and the canton du
Jura.

Teaching experience
Between 1998 and 2003, Marc Fantini has taught drums at the Syncope music school in Morges (CH). He
has also participated in a pedagogic program giving particular courses to disabled kids.

Releases
MONNO/GHOSTS / LP/ ARBEITEN AM TX
CD SYMBOL / CD
Released in 2008 marc fantini - willehad
Conspiracy records (an- grafenhorst
twerpen) Recorded in 2006

TUPOLEW / UNTITLED/ CD MONNO CANDLELIGHT TECH-


Recorded in 2007 NOLOGY / CD /
Released in 2004
Subdeviant records

MONNO ERROR / LP/


CD
Released in 2006
Conspiracyrecords
(antwerpen)
Concerts
PETITEMUSIQUEAPOCALIPTYQUE

12.01.09 Galerie Zeizone, berlin, de


14.12.09 Townhouse Gallery, cairo, egypt
20.08.09 Raum 18, berlin, de
15.10.08 Ballast der Republic, berlin, de
14.10.08 Brunnenstrasse 183, berlin, de
23.10.08 Patacafé, berlin, de
24.10.08 Tacheless, berlin, de
05.09.08 Local, berlin, de
30.05.08 Acud, berlin, de
31.05.08 Hammergalerie, berlin, de
08.03.08 MP#1, berlin, de
28.06.07 Raum, berlin, de
12.08.06 Brunnenstr.6 / basement, berlin, with soichiro mitsuya (vocals),keith o’brien (guitar), antoine
chessex(saxophone), ac (guitar , vocals).

STUPIDITY

2008
Madame Claude, ACUD, Das kleine Feeld Recording Festival, Mittenmang, Berlin
instants chavires, Paris

2007
ARD Hauptstadt Studio,Transit Lounge, Lichtblick Kino, Zentralrandrage, Raum( ) u,z,w.Berlin

2006
Stiftung Starke, DGB-Haus, Zentrale Randlage, ROSIS, KULE, Vorwien, Wendel, Lichtblick Kino, Tacheles, Scherer 8
u.z.w. Berlin

2005
Stralau 68, Zapp Live Galerie, Berlin

TUPOLEW

10.02.08 13 squat, gliwice, pl


09.02.08 Kawiarnia naukowa, krakow, pl
08.02.08 Liberte, cieszyn, pl
07.02.08 Primus pub, czechowice-dziedzice, pl
06.02.08 Fabryka, opole, pl
05.02.08 Qulturkombinat, piensk, pl
03.02.08 c.r.k. squat, wroclaw, pl
02.02.08 Rozbrat, poznan, pl
01.12.07 Scherer8, Berlin, de
21.09.07 Hammer, Berlin, de
27.04.07 Schokoladen, Berlin, de
18.02.07 Zentrale-Randlage, Berlin
26.11.06 Zentrale-Randlage, Berlin
25.12.09 Ak Kraak, Berlin

MONNO

2009
29.05.09 kilbi festival, düdingen + sunn o))), sonic youth, ligthning bolt, mogwai, etc...
26.05.09 le kab/usine, geneva, ch
25.05.09 le sonic, lyon, fr
24.05.09 raymondbar, clermont-ferrand, fr
23.05.09 peniche, le mans, fr
22.05.09 cabaret electric, le havre, fr
21.05.09 le rocher, malakoff, fr
20.05.09 mondo bizarro, rennes, fr
19.05.09 la malterie, lille, fr
18.05.09 molodoi, strasbourg, fr
16.05.09 la zone, liege, belgium
15.05.09 charlatan, gent, belgium
08.05.09 enka, berlin + kouhei matsunaga + idiot switch
19.04.09 AB club, brussels + ZENI GEVA
28.01.09 club transmediale festival, maria, berlin + asva, aethenor, attila csihar, lichens

2007
23.09.07 NL Tilburg @ ZXZW Festival
24.09.07 DE Koln @ Gebaude 9
25.09.07 DE Berlin @ Bastard Club
26.09.07 CZ Prague @ Klub 007
27.09.07 DE Munich @ Feierwerk
28.09.07 AT Linz @ Kapu
29.09.07 IT Padova @ Cso Pedro
30.09.07 SLO Ljubljana @ Menza Pri Koritu
01.10.07 AT Vienna @ Arena
02.10.07 CRO Zagreb @ Mochvara
03.10.07 SER Belgrade @ Living Room SKC
04.10.07 MK Skopje @ Castro Club
05.10.07 GR Thessaloniki @ Eightball Club
06.10.07 GR Athens @ An Club
09.10.07 IT Firenze @ Csa Ex-Emerson
10.10.07 IT Bolzano @ Bunker
11.10.07 IT Milano @ The Garage
12.10.07 CH Martigny @ Les Caves Du Manoir
13.10.07 CH Geneva @ L´Ecurie
14.10.07 CH Bern @ Dachstock + M.I.R
12.06.07 magasin 4 , bruxelles, belgium
13.06.07 liege, carlo levi, b
14.06.07 amiens, le grand wazoo, fr
15.06.07 instants chavirés, paris, fr + arnaud rivière/alex bellenger
16.06.07 tapette festival, mont bizot, france

2006
01.12.06 The Volk Tavern, Brighton, UK + moha
02.12.06 Corsica Studios, Elephant & Castle, London, UK + moha
03.12.06 The Grosvnor, London, UK + TODD & Hey Colossus
05.12.06 The Rose of England, Nottingham, UK
06.12.06 Plug n play , Reading, UK
03.11.06 acu, utrecht, holland
04.11.06 scheldapen, antwerpen, belgium + NOXAGT
16.11.06 overkill fest, icon, berlin
17.10.06 sonic, lyon, fr
18.10.06 l’embobineuse, marseille, fr
19.10.06 macdaids, le havre, fr
20.10.06 astrolabe, orléans, fr
21.10.06 new spirit, rouen, fr
22.10.06 la generale, paris, fr
06.09.06 ljud/musikkafeen, aarhus, dk + mats gustafson
07.09.06 copenhagen, spetakel14, dk + josh and toke
08.09.06 goteborg, pusterviksteatern, sweden + AGRARE
09.09.06 spasibar, oslo, norway
09.07.06 yoyooyoy festival, copenhagen, denmark
11.06.06 ruin festival, wien, austria w/ tony conrad
25.06.06 feuerwache festival, dresden, d
02.05.06 sunny red, münchen, d
03.05.06 mac daid's, le havre, f
04.05.06 sonic protest festival, paris, F w/ prurient, petrifié, hair police,etc..
05.05.06 scheldapen, antwerpen, b
17.02.06 TROMANALE FESTIVAL, TACHELESS, BERLIN error record release show
25.02.06 east club, hören mit schmerzen festival, bischofswerda
28.03.06 club metropolis, prague
02.03.06 club gromka, ljubljana, slovenia
03.03.06 padova, cpo gramigna, italy
04.03.06 milano, baraonda, italy
05.03.06 usine, geneva, ch
08.12.05 exiles festival, berlin
09.12.05 noise scape festival, denhaag, netherlands
10.12.05 occii, amsterdam, netherlands
11.12.05 magasin4, bruxelles, belgium

2005
20.10.05 SPAIN, SENSXPERIMENT FESTIVAL, LUCENA
21.10.05 PORTUGAL, LISBON, GALLERY Zé Dos BOis
22 .10.05 PORTUGAL, Porto, Teatro Passos Manuel
23.10.05 PORTUGAL, Vigo, Club Vademecum
25.10.05 SPAIN, Bilbao, Bullit
26.10.05 SPAIN, Madrid, GsshGssh / Sala Revolver
27.10.05 CSA Lacuesta, Rioja, Spain
28.10.05 SPAIN, LEM FESTIVAL, Barcelona
14.09.05 AUSTRIA , WIEN, RHIZ, + ULTRALYD
15.09.05 AUSTRIA, LINZ, KAPU + SABOT
16.09.05 MILANO, ITALY, TORKIERA festival
17.09.05 ZURICH, Rüdigerstrasse, CH
18.09.05 GERMANY, EASTCLUB, BISCHOFSWERDA, Morbide Festival
15.07.05 LJUD FRUIT FEST, AARHUS, Denmark
16.07.05 KOPENHAGEN, ungdomshuset, Denmark
14.06.05 CAVE 12, GENEVA
15.06.05 ZINEMA, LAUSANNE
16.06.05 WAGENMEISTER, BASEL
17.06.05 DACHSTOCK, BERN
18.06.05 KALKBREITE, ZüRICH
12.05.05 CZECH REPUBLIC, PRAGUE, CLUB HARFA, CZ + DAVE PHILLIPS' DEAD PENI
13.05.05 CZECH REPUBLIC, KVUR KRALOVE, CLUB BARAKUDA + DAVE PHILLIPS' DEAD PENI
14.05.05 GERMANY, LEIPZIG, CONNE ISLAND + ISIS & Justin Broadrick's JESU
15.05.05 CZECH REPUBLIC,PRAGUE, PALACE AKROPOLIS + ISIS & JESU
16.05.05 AUSTRIA, VIENNA,SZENE + ISIS & JESU
17.05.05 CROATIA, ZAGREB, KSET + ISIS & JESU
18.05.05 SLOVENIA, LJUBLIANA, MEDIA PARK + ISIS & JESU
20.05.05 AUSTRIA, BERG DRAUTAL, Q-bar. + DAVE PHILLIPS' DEAD PENI

2004
10.12.04 Club Gromka, Ljlubjlana, Slovenia/08.12.04 Grrnd Zero, Lyon, France W/ COSTES & DAVE
PHILLIPS/06.12.04 Boschbar, Zürich W/ DAVE PHILLIPS/05.12.04 Usine, Geneva, CH W/Martin Rev (suici-
de)/04.12.04 festival urbaines, Lausanne, CH/03.12.04 festival urbaines,Lausanne, CH/02.12.04 reithalle/dachstock,
Bern, CH/27.11.04 paris, Les Voutes, W/ JL COSTES/26.11.04 Magasin 4, Brussels, Belgium/25.11.04 Frontline,
Ghent, Belgium/24.11.04 De Onderbroek, Nijmegen, Holland/23.11.04 MS Stubnitz, Rostock, DE/05.10.04 Zentral,
Berlin +LIGHTNING BOLT/03.10.04 Spanien 19b (LJUD), Denmark +LIGHTNING BOLT/29.09.04 Vera, Groningen,
Holland +LIGHTNING BOLT/28.09.04 Nighttown (Worm), Rotterdam, Holland +LIGHTNING BOLT/27.09.04 AB club,
Brussels, Belgium +LIGHTNING BOLT/27.09.04 Juz, Saarlouis, Germany +LIGHTNING BOLT/29.05.04 reil78, Halle
+ ZU (it)/14.04.04 MS Stubnitz, Rostock, DE/05.03.04 Galerie WeissenseeFreitag, Berlin/20.02.04 reil78, Halle,
D/13.02.04 supamolly, berlin/11.02.04 project Giezer, Leipzig, D/10.02.04 Astra Stube,Hamburg, D

2003
02.10.03 Dachstock, Bern, CH/03.10.03 SAS, Delémont, CH/04.10.04 AMR, Genf, CH/05.10.03 BOA, Luzern,
CH/08.10.03 XXe, Fribourg, CH/10.10.03 LUFF, underground film festival, Lausanne, CH/11.10.03 Variobar, Ol-
ten, CH/22.10.03 Kulturbunker, Köln, D/23.10.03 Molotow, Hamburg W/ MELT BANANA/24.10.03 Ausland, Berlin,
D/25.10.03 Mozg, Bydgoscsz, Poland/30.10.03 OCCII, Amsterdam, NL/01.11.03 Extrapool, Nijmegen, NL/19.01.03
Beeflat, Bern, CH/17.01.03 VO, Lausanne, CH

2002
08.11.02 Casa Pasinetti, Gorduno, CH/01.11.02 Festival 11+, Lausanne, CH/31.10.02 Veaudoux, Monthey,
CH/25.10.02 SAS, Delémont, CH/30.06.02 festival des Cropette, Genève, CH/04.04.02 TempsModernes, Vevey,
CH/03.05.02 Tir Groupé, Lausanne/01.05.02 XX, Fribourg, CH/27.04.02 MDproject, feat. Steve Buchanan & Karl
June, Dolmen, Sion, CH/06.04.02 ACUD, BERLIN, D