CAVS Fellow, Aldo Tambellini, is featured in this month’s issue of Mousse Magazine. The article, “Dark Matter: The Cosmic World of Aldo Tambellini,” authored by ACT Founding Director, Ute Meta Bauer, (NTU CCA Singapore), is available in print and online exclusively here at ACT.


Tambellini first came to the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) in 1975 through an invitation to participate in ARTTRANSITION, a conference, event + exhibition, generated and designed by CAVS, for a dialogue between art, science, and society.

In 1976, Tambellini became a CAVS Fellow, leading courses and workshops that employed broadcast technologies such as slow-scan and television. One such course, “Interactive Visual Telecommunication,” allowed students to actively “collaborate in organizing an interactive media event in March during which points on the M.I.T. campus and in Vancouver, B.C. and Japan will be linked by slow scan video and satellite.” While at MIT, Tambellini also founded the group “COMMUNICATIONSPERE” to explore global electronic transmissions and networks as an artistic medium.

A true pioneer of his time, Tambellini pursued the impact of interactive telecommunications and media on art and science. His visionary work is recounted in the Mousse Magazine article “Dark Matter: The Cosmic World of Aldo Tambellini,” by Ute Meta Bauer and is currently exhibited at the Venice Biennale.


In the Italian Pavilion in the Arsenale at this year’s 56th edition of the Venice Biennale of Art, “All the World’s Futures,” Tambellini’s exhibition, Study of Internal Shapes & Outward Manifestations, re-envisions and extends his early works. It is produced by James Cohan Gallery (New York/Shanghai), ZKM Museum (Karlsruhe, Germany) and AS Art Consultant (USA), and curated by Pia Bolognesi and Giulio Bursi.

The show consists of projections of Tambellini’s hand-painted slides, or “lumagrams” (a term coined by Tambellini), and his 1960’s film, Round Black, which was produced entirely without the use of a camera. An experimental soundtrack by Italian musicians mixed with Tambellini’s early audio recordings unifies the installation space.

>>>Read the full article here: Bauer, Ute Meta. “Dark Matter: The Cosmic World of Aldo Tambellini.” Mousse Magazine 49. June 2015: 260-9.

Aldo Tambellini was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies from 1976-1984. ACT manages the CAVS Special Collection (CAVSSC), which includes archival materials, including projects by Aldo Tambellini and other artists who have been involved with the Center. Access to the materials for research, publication and/or exhibition purposes is welcome and available remotely or in person with advance notice.  For more information or reference requests, please see the CAVSSC website.