1 — Terraforming is the theoretical process in which life on a planet becomes possible through the creation of an atmosphere. Terraforma is the manifest of our belief that new dimensions can now be terraformed. A three days festival where music is the catalyst: a timeless centre of gravity for energies, with a breaking point from which sounds and images create a sense of suspension capable of pointing us towards new perceptions.
2 — Terraforma innovates the concept of musical experience by emphasizing the relationship between event and impact, incubating moods and forms of sensibility durable in time. We want to breed a new concept of listening, to encompass everything that music expresses and reveals; let it be inside, around or outside us, our society and the world.
3 — Terraforma takes place in the woods of Villa Arconati just outside Milan and involves artists who experiment new ways to reduce the distance between art and life. Music and its listening take man back to his natural frequencies where sense of rhythm is once again bound with the environment. Terraforma is organized according to sustainable practices, integrating aspects from production to consumption of resources.
4 — An organic structure where the musical aspect is integrated with installations crafted by artists and artisans, and where gatherings and workshops will provide opportunities for meditation, actively involving the public. The interlace of musical, artistic and environmental dimensions will form an atmosphere capable of stimulating the listener’s sensibility to think about the present and the future in a new way, a cultural innovation sprouting from respect of the other and of the environment.
We’re happy to announce the second issue of Terraforma Journal, our biannual publication exploring the intersection of sound, art, ecology and contemporary culture. Titled “SUB”, this publication stretches the possibilities of the prefix out of the purely lexical landscape to assume unexpected connotations through in-depth features, interviews, special portfolios, essays, and more. SUB connotes a semantic condition of underneathness—something that’s submerged, subconscious, beneath the surface, yet to unveil. The issue features Suzanne Ciani, Black Med, RP Boo, Drexciya, Merzbow, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Arpanet, Ocean Space and many others to explore the subject.
Terraforma is back at Villa Arconati on July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. After two years of covering and spirling new orbits, Terraforma will land again on the dusty soil of Villa Arconati , releasing rhythm and frequencies, one step back and two steps forward. The seventh edition of the experimental and sustainable music festival will focus on its most radical and original essence: the experience of being together through music and dance. New horizons will be terraformed: temporary autonomous zones and organic environments where music, nature, and people can come together as a whole, where the sense of rhythm can once again be bound with the natural frequencies of the environment.
*FOR ONCE, WE JUST DANCE.
Following the restoration of the Labyrinth, Terraforma, in collaboration with Fondazione Augusto Rancilio and supported by Borotalco and Fondazione Comunitaria Nord Milano, launches a biennial project of reforestation of the land hosting its campsite, situated within Parco delle Groane, one of the most important moorlands of the region. Around hundred trees such as lime trees, ash trees and oaks will be planted in the camping area of Terraforma. The project designed by Space Caviar, is inspired by the schemes of the architect Cesare Leonardi, author of “The Architecture of Trees”, in which he examines trees configurations in relation to their shade. More than 100 trees will be planted, taking a cue from the iconic performance by Joseph Beuys, whom in 1982 planted 7000 oaks with the community of Kassel in Germany. The planting intervention – which aims to be a moment of sharing and active involvement of the territory, the team and partners – is also part of a wider project of CO2 emissions neutralisation of the festival’s future editions.
Terraforma, like so many festivals, did not happen in 2020. However, this forced hiatus pushed its organizers to reflect on both their core disciplines and the future of live music, themes they have explored with every iteration of their event since 2014. – Resident Advisor.