On Digital Creativity. The Mask of Time

Video still from The Mask of Time
Performance at the Teatro Verde © Fondazione Giorgio Cini
The Teatro Verde © Fondazione Giorgio Cini
Video still from The Mask of Time
Video still from The Mask of Time

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29 September 2022
Onsite at Fondazione Giorgio Cini
4pm — 6pm (CET) 



“The Mask of Time” (La Maschera del Tempo) is the first digital artwork commissioned by Fondazione Giorgio Cini and elaborated from the data of the three-dimensional digitisations of the Teatro Verde (Island of San Giorgio Maggiore) and the documents of the Iconographic Archive made available by the Institute for Theatre and Melodrama. Experimental technologies were used to create this film, such as Midjourney, an image-to-text generator derived from Open AI’s DALL-E and Unreal Engine 5.

Maria Ida Biggi, Director of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini’s Institute for Theatre and Opera, gives us an overview of the history of the Teatro Verde and its artistic events over time.
Mattia Casalegno and Maurizio Martusciello also known as Martux_m, authors of The Mask of Time, dialogue with curator Ennio Bianco about the creative process of their digital artwork, following the preview screening.


Mattia Casalegno

He is an Italian multimedia artist, based in Naples and New York. Since 1999 he has exhibited his work in several solo and group shows and in galleries and festivals, such as MACRO, Netmage Festival, Sant’Arcangelo dei Teatri and the Romaeuropa Festival in Italy, the Mutek Festival in Canada, the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts in Taiwan, the International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA) in Gwangju, the Chronus Art Center in Shanghai, the Cimatics Festival, Nuit Blanche and Update Biennial in Belgium, Le Cube Contemporary Art Museum in France, OFFF in Spain, ARTES in Portugal, and LACMA and Untitled Art Fair in the USA.


Maurizio Martusciello aka Martux_m is an Italian composer and producer of electronic music. He has performed and collaborated with many national and international musicians and groups. He has played at the Villette Numérique, Paris (2004) and the Venice Music Biennale and has participated in the MUTEK Festival, the Sonar Festival, the Romaeuropa Festival and the AltaRoma Festival. From 2003 to 2005, he was curator and artistic director of Sensoralia, an audiovisual electronic art exhibition staged at the Teatro Palladium, Rome, as part of the Romaeuropa Festival.

Ennio Bianco

He is an eclectic figure in the field of contemporary art. He has alternated his work as an entrepreneur in the ICT sector with his roles as an artist — he was part of Renato Barilli’s Generazione Elettronica as Bianco & Niero in the 1980s — and later as a curator. He has presented among others: an exhibition of the Korean video artist Nam June Paik (1993), the first internet and social media exhibition held in Italy “Atelier d’Artista n. 22” (1996) by Franco Vaccari, a series of conferences on digital art “Digital Dreamers” (2017) at the PUK Gallery in Castelfranco Veneto and “Intersezioni digitali” (2018) as part of the “Alta Percezione” event in San Martino di Lupari.

Maria Ida Biggi

Associate professor at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice and director of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini’s Institute for Theatre and Opera. She is curator of exhibitions and author of numerous books, essays and articles on the history of theatre and set design, theatre architecture, directing and the history of the actor. Her research deals with the history of stage design and theatre architecture and is an expert of prominent personalities such as Eleonora Duse and the theatre actresses of the 19th and 20th centuries.