• “Interfaces to reality: the re-appropriation of the self through art in the age of digital media”
Irene Cassarini (b. 1995) is a composer, sound designer, DJ and visual artist from Bologna (Italy), now based in The Netherlands. She graduated in Electroacoustic Music Composition and Sound Design in April 2018, parallel to attending a one-year course in Sound Design for cinema, videogame and virtual reality.
She did an exchange year at Kungliga Musikhögskolan in Stockholm, taking the chance to explore fields such as multichannel spatialization, audiovisual/algorithmic composition and analyzing relations between electroacoustic and experimental club music. She has been working and recording at EMS Studios in Stockholm, as visibile under the EMS’s projects of 2017.
At the moment she is attending a master in Music Technology at HKU, University of the Arts in Utrecht, focusing on music production, digital art and researching queer culture related to artistic practice. She is influenced in her artistic view by cyber-culture, post digital aesthetic and net-art,merging her interest for internet-based art, interfaces and activism expressed through multimedia formats.
With her music project Guenter Råler she does live performances (both audiovisual and not) and she has participated in various festivals in Italy and Europe, opening concerts for international artists like How To Dress Well and Kedr Livanskiy. She is also a resident DJ at Stranded FM radio, where she hosts a show called Sound Extremism, focusing on experimental club music from LGBTQIA+ artists/womxn in order to address the issue of inclusion and representation of underrepresented groups and gender non-confirming people.
Together with Anne Chris Van Doesburg, she founded in September 2019 Queer In Wonderland, a queer collective that organizes inclusive club nights and aim to create a diverse, safe space for queer expression. Queer In Wonderland is happening in EKKO, Utrecht (NL).
She is the founder of Art Extremism, a web platform that collects manifestos, artistic material, music, videos and texts that explore the concepts of body, virtual, authenticity and identity.
Photo from the interview and photoshooting with Noisey Italy