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TOPOGRAPHIXX: Trans in the landscape

An international program of video art concerned with landscape, border, zone and territory, in a transgender spectrum
Curated by Tobaron Waxman. Introduction by Francesco Macarone Palmieri aka Warbear

1.Chris Vargas (USA)
Have you ever seen a transsexual before? _ 2010 (04 min)
“The first half of the video records a guerilla performance, and through repetition, becomes a declaration and a campaign for Female-To-Male (FTM) transsexual visibility. When the campaign proves futile I enter a magical animated world where I observe and am greeted by colorful and flamboyant wildlife. Dedicated to friend Sam Lopes.” – Chris Vargas

2. Barbara de Genevieve (Chicago)
Out of the Woods _ (08 min)
Una scena di sesso nel bosco tra FTM (Female-To-Male) e MTF (Male To Female), girato durante il Camp Trans.
Vincitore del Paris Post Porn Film Festival Award 2010.

3. Del LaGrace Volcano (London/Stockhölm)
The Passionate Spectator
 _ 2004 (10 min)
An elegantly costumed genderqueer apparition traverses a European urban landscape. Inspired by Baudelaire and the late Brixton Brady, 
this short embodies the magic of the flaneur who
sees but does not buy, who is in constant movement across borders which s/he refuses to recognize. 
(note: both the late BriXton Brady and Del are ‘herm’ identified. This film may be the first non-narrative example of an ‘intersex cinema’.)

4. Raafat Hattab (Jaffa)
Bidun Unwaan _ (06 min)
In much of his work, Raafat performs in a non-traditional drag as ‘Arouse Falastin’ (The Bride of Palestine) عروس فلسطين. The Bride of Palestine is a traditional Palestinian reference to the ancient port city of Jaffa. In ‘Bidun Unwaan’ (untitled) the refrain of the soundtrack is “I leave the place”, and in Arabic the title also means ‘without mailing address’. As the loving caregiver to the tree, both Raafat and the olive tree as symbol for the Palestinian village are two figures who have never left the place. When the camera zooms out, the context for this nurturing is revealed to actually be in the middle of Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, and the source of the water is the fountain pool by City Hall, at the centre of Zionism’s largest city.
Raafat Hattab: “For me, the tree that represents my Palestinian identity, is planted in a place that, on one hand, it was Palestine, the original land of it. And now it’s planted in a place that is framed, so its not its natural place, its not an olive grove and it’s lonely. It represents me, that’s how I feel.”

5. Mirha Soleil Ross (Quebec) _ 2002 (13 min)

Allo performance _ 2002 (13 min)

From May 2001 to February 2002, artist Mirha-Soleil Ross, who is a trans woman, appeared pregnant every time she was in public as part of her 9 month long performance art cycle “The Pregnancy Project”. Ross’ seemingly innocuous dress is inspired by Shulamit Firestone, in this carefully layered performance video. “My mother never used spiritual terms related to Christianity. In this video she uses words that to me, go across culture and are related to Aborginal Culture, and come from 500 years of old, converted Anusian religion (Anushim are crypto-Jews forced to convert in Portugal and Spain who escaped to be early settlers of New France.) Her spirituality is in terms of ‘destiny’ and that is very Aboriginal. Those are things that most people wouldn’t understand, but we didn’t care. So much of the content is to render and recodify a sense of who the woman is. At the end of the video I fall in the water, I collapse, I fail in the water, to be a woman who can reproduce, can reproduce either Jewishness or Aboriginalness, on foreign territory.” – Mirha Soleil Ross

6. Raafat Hattab (Jaffa)

Houria _ (07 min)

In “Houria” (Mermaid/Freedom), Hattab interviews Yousra, his aunt, who tells him generations of stories she has inherited, about where they lived, and where parts of the family dispersed to in 1948. The image of her storytelling is interwoven with imagery of Hattab dressed as a mermaid on the shore of Al-Manshiyeh, the northern Palestinian neighbourhood that borders the sea and Tel Aviv. Hattab, who ID’s as (what is in English codified as) genderqueer, is perpetually between contexts, not unlike the beached mermaid.

7. Rémy Huberdeau (Canada)
Au pays des esprits (Home of the Buffalo) _ 2009 
(04:26 min)

Constructed from Canadian prairie archival images taken between 1920 and 1940, this film lyrically explores a son/daughter’s relationship with his/her father and the family’s relationship to their land.

8. Yossi Yacov (Berlin/Tel Aviv)
The National Erection _ 2007 (04 min)

Referencing a historic cannon-monument from 1948, Queer activists create a giant pink cannon-cock, to squirt giant cumshots on Tel Aviv’s military and Zionist monuments as a protest gesture, thus ‘dragging’ the national ethos as a squirting pink satin penis. Locals report that the police felt compelled? justified? jealous? enough to destroy the ‘national erection’ with clubs, castrating the queer phallus, in response to the activists perversion of the landscape of national myth.

9. Jacolby Satterwhite (USA)
Reifying Desire _ 2011 (7min)

3D animation / Digital Video. A Queer Creation Myth Story based on the artist’s mother’s drawings and vocals. Jacolby described “Reifying Desire” to me as a “queer, non sensical, psychosexual landscape….built from drawings made by a schizophrenic, and her son vogues around the material culture she drew.” He went on to define ‘Queer’ as “queer in the definition of outside of normativity”.

BaBeL2 – WorkshopBaBeL2 – Workshop

SCIATTO produzie workshop

Three days design workshop with SCIATTO produzie. The workshop will produce conceptual design for socializing and meeting intended to be realized in the squatted centre ‘Metropoliz’, via Prenestina. The workshop will focus on the disused area of purifiers to suggest self- construction and increase spatial re-appropriation practices. It’s definitely an intentions project: the ludic production of a thematic map that will spread conceptual TAGS towards the inception of a processual transformation of outer spaces of Metropoliz.
The workshop is meant for architecture students.

Workshop in Metropoliz 15-17 maggio from 11 to 16

to partecipate write at:

BaBeL2 movie – Mare chiuso / Andrea SegreBaBel2 movie – Closed sea / Andrea Segre

Mare chiuso / Andrea Segre

Thursday 17 H22

Since March 2011, after the outbreak of the Libyan War, many African migrants and refugees escaped from the country. While a part of this flow has found shelter in refugee camps at the border with Tunisia, others managed to reach Italian coasts by boat. Many of them had been previously pushed back by Italy as a result of an agreement signed by Berlusconi and Gaddafi in 2008. Since the signature of this deal, all migrants intercepted at sea by the Italian navy were forcibly returned to Libya, where they were exposed to any kind of abuses by local police.
Our documentary aims to tell what actually happened to African refugees on the Italian ships during these “push back operations” and in Libyan prisons after their deportation. We met our witnesses in Shousha refugee camp, at the border between Libya and Tunisia, and in two reception camps for asylum seekers (C.A.R.A.) in southern Italy. Their interviews constitute the main part of the documentary, along with a session of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, where one of our witnesses sued Italy. The Court has recently condemned Italy for violation of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Presentation also with Fernando Chironda _ Amnesty International and ZaLab.

amnesty international

Closed sea


Casino Royale

They born as a group strongly influenced by Specials and Clash. In ’88 and in ’90 record the first three discs, SOUL OF SKA, and TEN GOLDEN JUBILEE JUNGLEGUNS. The early nineties saw some changes in the sound of the band begins to sing in Italian giving the text the same importance of sound. In 1993 DAINAMAITA is the first album recorded for a major, a mixture of very different sounds: rock, soul, reggae, hiphop, dub, funk. At the end of 1995, Casino Royale moved to London where he started composing songs for a new album with Tim Holmes  later component of Death in Vegas .The result is CRX, a record made by melodic parts, a solid and powerful sound, the groove of hip hop and typical experiments influenced by drum’n’bass. Giuliano Palma,vocal interpreter of many of the songs (the other is Alyosha), choose the road solo project and Casino Royale is  for a long period. In 2004 (except Palma) return to play live. Nel 2006, the new, highly anticipated album, Casino Royale, a work in which the samples disappear and appear atmosphere between soul and trip-hop sung by the voice of Alyosha. We have to wait another three years to see the new solo album IO E LA MIA OMBRA.

BaBeL2 – ProgrammaBaBeL2 – Program

right to the city
Right to the city

FRIDAY 18 MAY – H 20_Outdoor
Massimo Ilardi
Massimo Ilardi, sociologist, editor of Gomorra magazine.
Francesco Macarone Palmieri (aka WARBEAR) (Germany)
Warbear aka Francesco Macarone Palmieri is a hectic character swinging across such fields as theorical research, music, cinema, contemporary art and cultural production.
Nadia Len (Romania/USA)
Nadia Len is a politically active researcher and at times maker of films and other creative projects. She still wants to change the world.
Emil Jurcan (Pulska Grupa) (Croatia)
Pulska Grupa is a collective of architects that imagine city is a collective space which belongs to all those who live in it.
SATURDAY 19 MAY – H 20_Outdoor
Diego Peris e Massimiliano Casu (Todo por la praxis) (Spin)
It’s defined as a laboratory of aesthetic projects of cultural resistance, a laboratory that develops strategies for intervention in public space.
Teddy Cruz (USA)
Professor, Guatemalan architect of international notoriety. For years the study of the border between Tijuana and San Diego is his priority.
Thomas Laureyssens (MAP-it) (Belgium)
Thomas Laureyssens is artist, researcher and interaction-designer. His work, inspired on cartography and human interactions in cities.
Francesca Iovino (Sciatto Produzie) (Italy)
Francesca Iovino is independent researcher with specific interests in projects of developing system for residential purposes.


GIOVEDI’ 17 MAGGIO – H 19.00_Underground
Critical Chill Out
round table with all participants
DOMENICA 20 MAGGIO – H 17.00_Underground
Urban tea talk
Plenary among participants in the festival


GIOVEDI’ 17 MAGGIO – H 18.00_underground
Public space / Orizzontale (Ita)
lessons and insights about the nature and use of public space
Cova de Moura (Lisbona) / Alessandro Colombo and Ugo Lorenzi (Prt)
research and experience in community Cova de Moura
VENERDI’ 18 MAGGIO – H – 18.00_underground
Temporiuso / Matteo Persichini (Ita)
presentation of
SABATO 19 MAGGIO – H – 18.00_underground
Pulska Grupa / Emil Jurcan (Hrv)
Croatian architects in the post-capitalist city
Jolanta Brzeska / BaBeL
Newspaper Presentation of Jolanta activist killed for defending tenants rights
Right to the city / BaBeL
book presentation
DOMENICA 20 MAGGIO – H – 17.30_underground
Central Unit Design (Ita)
Expanded Shelter – self construction project for mobile gardens
Il potere delle minoranze / Francesco Macarone Palmieri e Massimo Ilardi (Ita)
book presentation


FROM 15 TO 20 MAY – H 11/19_Outdoor

Planning & self construction workshop with Reworkshow e Superfluo (Italy)
Reworkshow, group of architects, investigate and intervene in urban forgotten contests. Superfluo, group of students oriented towards sustainable design and reuse of materials. Two young Roman collective meet: the experiences of participatory Reworkshow join the creative craftsmanship of
FROM 15 TO 20 MAY – H 11/19_Outdoor
Self construction workshop with Orizzontale e Todo por la praxis (Italy///Spain)
Orizzontale is a collective of architects based in Rome. Their main object of interest is formed by the process of reactivation of municipal waste. Horizontal intervene with “anomalous objects” at the Forte Prenestino.
FROM 15 TO 17 MAY – H 11/16_Metropoliz
Planning workshop with SCIATTO produzie (Italy)
The workshop will include conceptual design for an intervention in outside places of socializing and meeting at Metropoliz. In particular the workshop will focus on the disused area of purifiers.
FROM 18 TO 20 MAY – H 11/19_Outdoor
Urban Hacking workshop with Thomas Laureyssens/MAP-it (Belgium)
Build interactive urban hacks that augment public spaces (bus/tram stops, benches,…) with simple interactions and sounds.
FROM 18 TO 20 MAY – H 11/19_Outdoor
Marking borders workshop with Thomas Laureyssens/MAP-it (Belgio)
A workshop in which you walk around the city and look for all kinds of ‘borders’ which you mark with tape and pen and thereby identifying and visualizing them.
FRIDAY 18 MAY – H 11.00_Metropoliz

MAP-it / participatory mapping workshop at Metropoliz
Thomas Laureyssens/MAP-it (Belgio)
After a first experience of participatory map in the previous edition of Babel Thomas will lead the Metropoliz residents to explore the space of the squat.
SUNDAY 20 MAY – H15.00/ 18.00_Outdoor
Artistic children workshop with Cantieri Comuni (Italy)
Cantieri Comuni is an association that sees the city as a place of dialogue and thought by organising laboratories and public


THURSDAY 17 MAY – H 24.00_Underground
Warbear dj set// GEGEN live on four decks (Germany)
Warbear, techno becomes the main pattern in which to seed incredibly strange music, voice samples, tools, white noises and spoken words.
Live set
FRIDAY 18 MAGGIO – H 23.00_Outdoor
Legendary english duo with techno sounds and bass lines out.
Miss Loony (MissAnthroPeak) (Italy)
Direct and clean mix of techno sounds.
Viper (Italy)
Tekno, break, electro, jungle, experimental.
Dep (Italy)
Hardtech sounds
Madcap djset (Italy)
Tajeria crew
SATURDAY 19 MAGGIO – H 23.30_Outdoor
Live CASINO ROYALE  (Italia)
Eclectic, experimenters in styles ranging from soul to trip-hop, from reggae to funk.
RWM djset (USA)
pushing boundaries in sound by vinyl and new digital micro technologies
Krio djset (Italy)
SUNDAY 20 MAY – H 20.00_Outdoor
polG – Assalti Frontali (Ita) Djset
pol G dj set (Assalti Frontali) (Italy)
Assalti Frontali and Primati voice.


Tutti i giorni dalle 17.00

Interazioni Urbane / S(C)ISMA. Exploded L’Aquila: fragments of critical housing (Italy) (Italy)
Interazioni Urbane is an association of architects which is involved in social promotion. Interazioni Urbane compares the first istitutional interventions with some indipendent micro-reality in L’Aquila, after three years the sisma.
Globster_A / Mold project (Italia)
Globster_A, visionary collective of designers proposes alienating architecture models with rotting organic materials.
Building Trust International / School for Burma (UK)
BTI is an international organisation currently working in Asia, Europe, South, Central and North America that work into advocating and educating on the principles of socially aware design. BTI, londoner association, participates  with an exhibition on the projects mentioned in the competition Burma for School.
Alessandro Colombo e Ugo Lorenzi / Cova de Moura (Lisbona)
Urbanists, researchers at Lisbon University of Architecture, tell us Cova de Moura, slum of Lisbon, and their urban actions with inhabitants.
Temporiuso (Italy)
Association that takes care of mapping  derelict or disused spaces/buildings in the town of Milan.


THURSDAY 17 MAY – H 22.00_Underground
Mare chiuso / Andrea Segre (Italy)
Documentary on illegal expulsions in the Mediterranean of African migrants between May 2009 and September 2010.
Prsentation with Fernando Chironda di Amnesty International e ZaLab Mare chiuso.
FRIDAY 18 MAY – H 19.30_Underground
Stolen land / Emilio Suraci (Italy)

The video shows, with evocative style, the building frenzy, the existing built space and farmland threatened by land use.

Stolen land
Comando e controllo / Alberto Puliafito (Italy)
It is a choral, lucid and exact narrative of the authoritarian management of power in Italy by emergencies.
Comando e controllo
SATURDAY 19 MAY – H 19.30_Underground

Nadia Len / Reconstruction: Anti-NATO Days / filmed with Joanne Richardson (RO_USA)
She is a politically active researcher and at times maker of films, Nadia Len will show us her Brechtian documentary about the brutal repression of the anti-NATO events in Bucharest in 2008.
SUNDAY 20 MAY – h18.30_Underground
Abbiamo Un Problema / Cane Capovolto (Italy)
Experimental film about the construction of homosexual enemy in Catania.

TOPOGRAPHIXX: Trans in the landscape (Canada)
An international program of video art concerned with landscape, border, zone and territory, in a transgender spectrum
Curated by Tobaron Waxman. Introduction by Francesco Macarone Palmieri aka Warbear


THURSDAY 17 MAY – H 20.30_Outdoor
FRIDAY 18 MAY – H 19 e H 22.00_Outdoor
SATURDAY 19 MAY – H 19 e H 22.00_Outdoor

Mecanics for dreamers / SOUND MACHANICAL INSTALLATIONS (Italy)
It is a way of construction of mechanical analog machines that produce sounds and awaken wonder.
SATURDAY 19 MAY – H 22.00_Outdoor
Vjit / Resiliens (Italy)
Italian collective of video performance live that experiments alienating perceptions.
MP5 (Italy)
She is a stage designer, muralist, illustrator and cartoonist of alternative comics.


GLUCK Channel TV (Italy)
Web TV will take care of audio-visual documentation of the festival, filming the salient activities, interviewing guests and participants.
DYM 0.0.1 (Italia)
Through video mapping stations DYM proposes an informative system for Babel festival.

BaBeL2 music – PLAIDBaBeL2 music – PLAID

PLAID LIVE 18.05.2012

The members of Plaid, mythical British duo, Ed Handley and Andy Turner, housed by the Warp label since the creation of the group in 1991, are coming back on stage! Original members of the Black Dogs, they collaborated with major artists of the electro scene, such as Leila. The two musicians also were members of the team of Björk, with who they still work occasionally. Their tracks are representative of the IDM style, part of the electronic music who doesn’t aim at exciting the masses, but that you can also listen at home or in “chill-out”. Acclaimed by the critics, their seventh album Scintilli, released in 2011, is a real acoustic journey, dazzling by his melodic subtlety. The aerial voices transcend the techno beats and the basslines stress out a multitude of enlightened and violent sonorities. A hypnotic live to look forward to!

BaBeL 2 – MP5BaBeL 2 – MP5



Is a scenographer, muralist, illustrator and cartoonist of alternative comic books. She studied set design for theatre in Bologna, Italy, and stop-motion animation at the Wimbledon School of Art in London. In 2003 she began working with public art. For this purpose she moved to France where she made her first installation for the european project artist in context organized by Pèpiniéres Européennes pour Jeunes Artistes. Following this experience she began travelling and making wall paintings in Italy and Europe. She also began publishing illustrations and comics for several magazine and editors in Italy, Canada, Sweden, France and Portugal, including: Blue, Il Male, Animals, Il Mucchio, Galago, Mamma, Le Dernier Cri, X comics, Liberazione, Schizzo, Chili com Carne, Lamette, Spaghetti, Blog & Nuvole, Dtm, Meridiano Zero, Nda press, Tufo press, La Boute à Bulles, Collane di ruggine, Laterza. In 2004 she made her first shot ‘Alice’, a 2 minute and half stop motion film. The film was shown at the Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and Mediterranean 05, it played over several days in one Bologna cinema (Lumiere) and won the Iceberg-biennal prize of young artists in Bologna. In the same year she was called to create the set design for the teatre piece ‘Psicosi 4.48’, written by Sarah Kane and directed by Davide Iodice. There she created a performance drawing with a light box and an empty white scene. The piece played in several theatres throughout Italy over 2 years. She then moved to her current base in Rome. Here she took part in the International comic art festival “Crack” and where she made illustrations for several magazines, rock concerts, t-shirt labels and theatre posters. Her artworks were exposed in several public and private galleries and festivals in Italy and Europe such as Patricia Armocida (Milan), Bedeteca de Lisboa (Lisbon), Napoli Comicon (Naples), Rdce Zore (Lubiana), Vox Feminae (Croazia), Crack festival (Rome), Neon Gallery (Bologna), Lumen festival (Salerno), Arte fiera off (Bologna). She won several prizes, such as the Andrea Pazienza prize for illustration (01), the Bilbolbul prize (02), the Iceberg prize (03), and the Lucca comics prize (09) for comics, the Artists in Context prize (03) for Art and the Iceberg prize (05) for animation. In 2011 she won the Micheluzzi prize at Napoli Comicon as the best drawer for the graphic novel “Acqua Storta” (Meridiano zero editions). Her latest book is “Palindromi” (Grrrzetic editions). She currently lives and works in Rome making illustrations, wall painting and comics.

BaBeL2 music – RWMBaBeL2 music – RWM


RWM DJset 19.05.2012

Beginning in 1980’s urban hip-hop/b-boy culture centered around the activities of break dancing Evolved from there into a more eclectic and experimental style as a DJ, with a strong focus on early Industrial and Electronic Music. During his time there he was also exposed to information about the underground warehouse party scenes in Chicago and The U.K. and already frequenting clubs and alternative concerts in NYC. By 1989, RWM was already familiar with and DJ’ing the sounds of Acid House from Chicago and the U.K. and early Detroit Techno heavily influenced by the Storm Rave / Sonic Groove Records collective, Frankie Bones, Adam X, Jimmy Crash and Heather Heart, from Brooklyn, NYC. An immediate connection to the music, the artists and the culture was established and he attended more than 150 events during that period, from East Coast to West Coast America and Canada and also began to organize and DJ Underground Techno parties by 1993 under the concept which became known as, and still today is, Shadowcast.Organization. By 1997 he was employed by Satellite Records in New York City where he was the buyer for the IDM, Techno ( Hardcore ) and Experimental Electronic Music. Today, DJ RWM resides in Berlin, Germany and frequents Paris, France where he is active as the Creative Director for Shadowcast.Organization and after many years remaining in obscurity as a DJ. Will do a world tour in the beginning of 2012, with the aim to expose people to a different approach to the art of DJ’ing and pushing boundries in sound, a DJ set that is predominantly all vinyl and also intergrating new digital micro technologies and not restricted to one style or genre of music . The tour is also a ” Network Mission ” for the Shadowcast.Organization, with the intent to promote the idea of going back to the roots of the underground philosophy that surrounded Electronic Music in the D.I.Y and early Rave scenes worldwide, in order to go on to the next step into the future of and creation of new concepts in sub cultural events.


BaBel2 – pol GBaBel2 – pol G

pol G
pol G
polG djset 20.05.2012

Voice of the Assassin. The Roman underground hip hop group formed to Radio Onda Rossa (a free radio and militant of Rome) in 1988, when hip-hop transmissions that Militant was A DJ with his posse then called “Onda Rossa Posse.” The following year, 1989, began the concert in social centers in Rome and throughout Italy suffered in the network of places occupied.

BaBeL 2 – Miss Loony BaBeL 2 – Miss Loony

Miss Looney
Miss Loony
Miss Looney (MissAnthroPeak) djset 18.05.2012

Miss Loony Dj aka Jordi has a strong passion for music and she decided to share it being always active in organizing music events. She born and grew up as a DJ in the second half of the nineties in the Forte Prenestino, where she has been Resident DJ for over a decade. In 1999 she founded “Eva Kant dj project”, an all-female project, that marks a milestone and represents a truly significant movement in the Roman underground techno scene. Over the years Eva Kant Dj Pj split into different projects and in 2006 Miss Loony Dj and KillingZoe Dj created MissAnthroPeak Pj. The new project inspired many interesting and incisive events where the scene is only managed by women involving many different audiences: Shake The Disease and TechnoMantika just to mention some of the most important events organized by MAP PJ. Miss Loony music is a mix of techno performed in a very direct and
clean style. Over the years she shared the stage with the likes of Ellen Allien, Vitalic, Ivan Smagghe, Motor, Extrawelt, Anthony Rother, Xenia Beliayeva, Max Durante, Franz & Shape ….. and more ….. and she brought her music in many European cities until arriving in Japan. Miss Loony is one of the creators and organizers of “ELECTRODE” Independent Electronic Music Festival, taking place in Rome at Forte Prenestino.

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