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Aldo Tambellini was born in Syracuse, New York in 1930, his father was from Sao Paolo, Brazil, his mother was from Italy. He was taken to Italy at the age of eighteen months where he lived in Lucca (Tuscany). At the age of ten, he was enrolled in the Scuola D'Arte, Augusto Passaglia and studied there until he was sixteen. His neighborhood was bombed during World War II, 21 of his friends and neighbors died and he miraculously survived. In 1946, Aldo returned to the United States. He was awarded a full scholarship to study Art at Syracuse University where he earned his B.FA in Painting in 1954. Subsequently, Aldo was awarded a Teaching Fellowship at the University of Oregon, School of Architecture and Allied Art and, later, at the University of Notre Darne studying underworld-renowned sculptor, Ivan Mastrovic graduating in 1959 with a Master Degree in Sculpture.
Aldo moved to New York City at the end of 1959. He was the founder of the artistic underground, counter-culture group called "Group Center" which connected painters, sculptors, poets, photographers, musicians and dancers active outside of the "establishment." "Group Center" organized new ways to bring the work of these artists directly to the larger public in what today would be considered "alternative" spaces. While interacting with other artists, Aldo continued to exhibit as a painter and a sculptor. In 1965, he began painting directly on film beginning his "Black Film Series." Later, he bought a second-hand Bolex camera shot film which included "Black TV" winner of the International Grand Prix, Oberhausen Film Festival, 1969.
Simultaneously, Aldo began a series of "Electromedia Performances" which involved the fusion of various arts and media breaking media away form its traditional role and bringing it into a new definition. It brought the other arts; poetry, sound, light, painting and dance into a time and space reorientation toward media. The Performances transformed both the art and the media, later called by the Herald Tribune, "Tambellini's Rebellion in Art Form." The last performance, "Black Zero," part of "Intermedia 68" was held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY. In 1966, Aldo and Elsa Tambellini founded the Gate Theatre, in New York's East Village, the only daily public theatre showing avant-garde independent filmmakers and the first films of others who later on, as Brian De Palma, became Hollywood filmmakers. In 1967, Aldo co-founded with Otto Piene the Black Gate, a second theatre, which held live multi-media (Electromedia) performances and installations. In the late 60's, Aldo was a pioneer in the video art movement. His first video-tape was broadcast on ABC TV News, New York in 1967.
With Otto Piene, Aldo Tambellini created the first ever National Television Broadcast by Artists in 1968 at WDR, Cologne, Germany, "Black Gate Cologne." Aldo was part of the first broadcast by artists, "Medium is the Medium," on WBGH, Boston. For his media work, he was awarded several grants from the New York State Council of the Arts. He participated in E.A.T. (Experiments in Arts and Technology), "Some More Beginnings" in 1968 at the Brooklyn Museum, New York in which he exhibited a video sculpture. He participated with a video sculpture, at the "Light as Art," Howard Wise Gallery, New York. At the First Video Art Gallery Show in America, "TV as a Creative Medium", 1969, at Howard Wise Gallery, NYC, he exhibited his video sculpture, "Black Spiral," a modified television set realized with Bell Laboratory engineer, Tracy Kinsel. In 1970, Aldo was in the "Vision & Television Show" at the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Massachusetts, the first museum show of television as an art form in America, He exhibited works about television and his "videograms", prints made by printing the image directly from the video screen without the use of a camera. He had a one-man video show, "Atlantic in Brooklyn" in 1971 at "The Kitchen", New York. Also in 1971, he was in "Cineprobe" at the Museum of Modem Art, NYC, with a One-Man film show. He was part of the Whitney Museum, "A Special Video Show," first video art show in New York in 1971. His film, "Black TV," is in the collection of the Museum of Modem Art. In 1977, he had One-Man show at the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY, "Photography and Video Work." In 1975, Aldo was asked by Otto Piene, Director of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, MIT to participate in the "ARTTRANSITION, "which resulted in Aldo's being invited to become a Fellow at CAVS (1976-84). There, he worked with Arts, Media and Communication conducting courses and workshops. He participated in "Arts Electronica" in Vienna, Austria and lectured on Aesthetics and Technology at the Institute of Design, Offenbach am Main, Germany. Through CAVS and collaborating with members of other departments, and his group, "Communicationsphere," he created intercontinental, interactive transmissions via slow scan events in the United States, Europe, Japan and Canada. In 1981, Aldo, with Otto Piene and CAVS members went to Paris to the American Center for Student and Artists. There, Aldo's concept of "INTERFACE" was the opening event of CENTERVIDEO (CAVS). The interactive event created two large ten feet by fourteen feet murals, one at each site, in Paris and at MIT by transmitting pictures via slow scan and reconstructing the pictures. The murals were recreated in sections via the photographic process by Polaroid and in front of a live audience. The pictures transmitted were of the "Heads of State", President Reagan of the United States and French President, Giscard d'Estaing. Aldo participated in the Sky Art Conference in 1981 with "TELESKY," an interactive transmission and performance with Sarah Dickenson with Sydney, Australia. His work was exhibited at the International Biennial Exhibition of Graphics and Visual Arts (CAVS Documentation Room), Vienna, Austria, 79 and Biennale '83, Sao Paolo, Brazil. Sponsored by CenterScreen, he presented an "Electromedia" Performance, "MoonBIack" 1977 at the Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
Since 1984, his activities have concentrated on writing and performing poetry in many venues in Massachusetts and Connecticut In 1998 he founded and hosted a venue "The People's Poetry" in Cambridge, MA. He has performed his poetry with music; video projection; participated in many radio shows and countless poetry venues. He has also exhibited his visual poetry. He has been published in "Centerpoems," CAVS, MIT, "Spare Change Newspaper," "Ibbetson Street Press," the most recent book City of Poets. 18 Boston Voices, in the Spring Issue 2002 of "Voices of Italian Americana" (VIA) and other publications.
In 2003 he was invited to participate in the first "HOWL" Festival, East Village, NYC, as a leading force of the 60's counter-culture movement. Among his participating activities were a retrospective of his films, the premier of his 2002 video and poetry tribute to Balla and Charlie Parker, his showing of his early video "6673" and his exhibition from his 60's achieves, "A Syracuse Rebel in New York" at the Outlaw Museum, NYC
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