23August 2019  
Performance at 20:00h

Voodoo Child (Eternal Return), curated by Mike Watson.

Kulttuuritalo Valve, Hallituskatu 7, PL 42, 90015 Oulu, Finland.

Voodoo Child (Eternal Return) revisits the empty stage of the Woodstock Festival of 1969 via an audio, visual and physical performance retracing the generational cycle of hope, excess, and subsequent failure that accompanies the festival, the rave, the carnival. The movement of the performers and accompanying electronic/vj set signals resistance in the face of the inevitability of failure as each night, each party and each generational epoch must deal with the demands of everyday life and realpolitik.

The performance focuses on the sense of hope and the subsequent sense of failure that accompanies the festival, the rave, the carnival. This sense of hope passes with each grand event and again in a bigger sense with the passing of each generation.

We can see a similar process of hope fading in the dream of the internet as a medium that we once felt would foster worldwide democracy, and in its later appropriation as a space of self promotion, obscure creativity and criminal organisation.

Artists: Robert Pettena (visual artist) presents the 3rd collaboration with Ignazio Giordano (live VJ set), Francesca Sandroni Francesca Sandroni (live electronic music), Valeria Rugi (performer) to be curated by Mike Watson. Previous collaborations have taken place at Manifesta12 in Palermo and the MACRO museum in Rome.

18 August 2019
Performance at 20:30h 

After the Night of the Arts: No Compulsion, curated by Mike Watson.

Galleria Rankka, Eerikinkatu 3, 2nd floor, 00180 Helsinki, Finland.

Galleria Rankka proudly presents
After the Night of the Arts 2019

No Compulsion

Performance and Live Electronics/VJ set
Sun 18.08.2019 at 19
Performance at 20.30
Followed by Electronic Music Set from 21.00 to 22.00
Galleria Rankka, Eerikinkatu 36, Helsinki

Performance by
Robert Pettena
Ignazio Giordano
Valeria Rugi
Francesca Sandroni

1-31 March 2019  

So Close So Far by Robert Pettena, curated by Suburbia Contempary Art.


So close so far "Memory is not in the present, but in the past; or we could think of it as being in the future, as a proaction of data that we have collected. In this sense, what we experience is just one perception of reality."

5-6 November 2018

Antoni Muntadas Workshop, curated by Robert Pettena.

Manifattura Tabacchi, Via delle Cascine 35, Firenze.

27 October 2018
Performance at 19:30h

We Have Nearly Lost Control, curated by Mike Watson and the assistant curator Emanuele Riccomi.

Macro Asilo, Via Nazionale 194, Roma.

With Amos Cappuccio, Robert Pettena, Francesca Sandroni, Valeria Rugi, Ignazio Giordano, Antti Tenetz, Simone Bertugno (LOAL-League Of Art Legends) and Karima 2G. The foyer will become a dj set, vj set with electronic music, noise and performance that will transport visitors beyond the here and now, into the dissonance of loss of control that we are all experiencing in the current political chaos.

Thanks to the performers Vanessa Aguirre - Gaia Altucci - Ludovica Cadeddu - Giancarlo Chiancone - Silvia Cogotzi - Matteo Coluccia - Alice Consigli - Simone De Renzo - Cosimo Desii - Dalila Doro Mulargia - Isabella Pieroni - Priscilla Terenzi - Greta Tossani - Zoya Shokoohi

6-9 July 2018

Politics of Dissonance, curated by Mike Watson.

Via Del Pallone 4, 90133 Palermo.

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Politics of Dissonance is a festival of sound, noise, political video, and VJ performance to take place on 6,7,8,9 July bringing artists from across the world to collaborate in a performative investigation into the discord that defines our times. Drawing on dissonance both as a musical term and as a term used to describe social rupture, Politics of Dissonance invites practitioners to engage in performances and talks that focus on the role of dissonance in giving form to our times.

Opening 4  July 2018


Via Pisana 77, Firenze.

The artists Fabrizio Ajello and Professor Robert Pettena developed the Zona/Zone project, a laboratory of public art and intervention in the city of Florence, in the Photography Department of the Florence Academy of Art. The participants chose places with particular urban characteristics, but also social-aesthetic, economic and emotional significance within the Tuscan capital. Starting off with well recognised places in the historic centre of Florence (Zone) they then reflected on the complexity of the city as an organism (Area). Moving through these places one comes to understand the fragmentariness of the city, the centre now relegated to tourism with no real social life, while the locals have been forced to move out to the edges of the city, places without character or identity. The participants thought about the way the space has been divided, historic and current events, discordant notes, urban structures in relation to individuals and the community and carried out their artistic interventions both in the centre and in the outskirts of the city.

 23 June 2018

Manifattura Tabacchi Open Day

Via delle Cascine 35, 50144 Firenze.

The Tobacco Factory opens its doors to the public on the 23rd June!

There will be guided tours inside the ex-industrial complex, which explained and demonstrate the urban architectural and re-qualification project that will transform the area over the next few years.

During Open Day the public will be also told about the cultural activities that will take place over the summer: music, performances, workshops, food and drink, new work by artisans and artistic residencies.

The public can also visit the studios of the six artists in  residence who will be working in the tobacco factory from September. The project is curated by Sergio Risaliti (director of the Museo Novecento in Florence) with Robert Pettena and Paolo Parisi as tutors.

12 May 2018

Under the Stars, curated by Francesco Ozzola.

Museo Unicaja de Artes y Costumbres Populares, Malaga.

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“Under the Stars” es un programa de tres video de artista: Stars & Stripes, Redouble de Stefano Cagol, Skin life de Rita Casdia y Crawling on the surface de Robert Pettena. Los tres artistas proporcionarán al espectador una panorámica hacía temáticas que incluyen el hombre y su esencias, bajo las estrellas de la Noche en Blanco de Malaga 2018. Desde el desafío a los miedos con el video de Robert Pettena, pasando por la vídeo animación íntima e introspectiva de Rita Casdia, hasta llegar a Stefano Cagol que con su video reinterpreta icónicamente uno de los símbolos más potentes de nuestra era.

Los vídeos se proyectarán en bucle en el marco extraordinario que es la fachada del Museo Unicaja de Artes y Costumbres Populares, situado en la Plaza Enrique Herrera, número 1, a partir de las 20.00 horas y hasta las 02.00 horas de la madrugada.

20-25 February 2018

JustMAD 2018 Edition - Emerging Art Fair.


Suburbia presents in JustMad, stand number 39, the artwork of José Medina Galeote, Giovanni Ozzola and Robert Pettena.
You will meet the artists that will be present at the stand during the week end.

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Opening 18 March 2017
20:00h, Performance 20:30h

Hunting the Baron, Personal Exhibition.

Suburbia, Granada.

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El día 18 de marzo, Suburbia, nuevo espacio expositivo en Granada, abrirá sus puertas al público a las 20:00 h, con la exposición de arte contemporáneo del artista Robert Pettena: "Hunting the Baron", a las 20:30 tendrá lugar la performance "Eroberung des Nutzlosen".

26 November 2016

Art Class War, curated by Mike Watson.

Pastificio Cerere, Roma.

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Fondazione Pastificio Cerere presents, on Saturday 26th of November at 8 pm, Art. Class. War, an event curated by Mike Watson. The event will bring together VJ’s, performers and DJ’s to present audio, visual and performance works which address issues about social class and war in the context of art. The event is organised in collaboration with The Rome Process, a new platform created by Mike Watson which sets out to explore, through a program of events, performances and shows, the possibilities of education through art in cultural and public spaces with particular attention paid towards the city of Rome and its specific cultural traits.

23-27 May 2016

Industrial Archeology Lost and Found - Workshop con Robert Pettena.


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Il Workshop, a metà tra esperimento d’arte relazionale, intervento urbano e opera video-fotografica, è caratterizzato dal coinvolgimento diretto degli studenti in un’esperienza in situ e si propone di sollecitare il dialogo interdisciplinare tra teoria della percezione, forme e linguaggi dell’arte contemporanea.

Condotto dall’artista Robert Pettena, sarà orientato ai temi del rapporto tra percezione e fruizione dei luoghi attraverso un’indagine sul territorio palermitano che individui alcuni nodi urbani dove intercettare e riattivare tracce/voci di un passato – remoto o prossimo – in grado di riportare in superficie storie ed esperienze ormai obliate e agire così sulla psicologia collettiva e individuale.

Lunedì 23 maggio alle ore 15:00, nella Sala Blu Cobalto dei Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa,
avrà luogo un incontro pubblico con Robert Pettena che presenterà il tema del workshop.

Opening 17 September 2015

Florenz Contemporary, curated by Angelika Stepken.

Italian Ambassy, Berlin.

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February 2015

The photographs by robert pettena will then be added to the collection.

The 49 photographs by Robert Pettena (Pembury, 1970) which make up the exhibition Noble Explosion, on show at the Palazzina dei Giardini until 1st March 2015, will then be added to the Collection of the Galleria civica di Modena.

Printed in 2014, these photographs are the result of a research project made up of explorations, excursions and photocampaigns carried out in the sites of ex SIPE-Nobel factories throughout Italy, such as the production plants of Avigliana, Signa, Orbetello, Ferrania, Gallicano and in particular Spilamberto (province of Modena), to which more than 10 shots are devoted.

Opening 6 December 2014

Robert Pettena. Noble Explosion, Personal Exhibition.

Galleria Civica di Modena, Palazzina dei Giardini.

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On Saturday 6 December at 6pm at the Palazzina dei Giardini, the Galleria Civica di Modena will open the exhibition ‘Robert Pettena. Noble Explosion’, curated by Marco Pierini, co-produced together with the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena with support from the Town Council of Spilamberto (province of Modena).

For the first time in Italy, the exhibition presents a wide-ranging photo survey carried out on the SIPE-Nobel sites on Italian territory by Robert Pettena.

Opening 26 November 2011

Voglio Soltanto Essere Amato, project by MAP, curated by Gabi Sgardi, Ruth Cats.

MAGA, Gallarate VA.

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Voglio soltanto essere amato è la mostra che costituisce il secondo appuntamento espositivo del progetto MAP, Multimedia Art Platform, una piattaforma virtuale di dialogo che attraverso le voci di un nucleo di professionisti dalle competenze trasversali­ si pone l’obiettivo di aprire una riflessione sullo stato dell'arte e della cultura contemporanea.­ “Voglio solo essere amato” è il tema dell’edizione 2011 proposto da Gabi Scardi e Ruth Cats che apre il dibattito sull’importanza che l’amore riveste nella società attuale.
Il percorso è articolato in due direzioni: la mostra, che raccoglie i lavori di 37 artisti, e un tabloid contenente testi e articoli del board, i racconti degli autori selezionati e le immagini dei lavori proposti dagli artisti direttamente per l’edizione.

Opening 19-20 August 2011
Performance 20:00h

Zabriskie Point Reloaded, Personal Exhibition, curated by  Emily Barsi.

Rhizomatic,  Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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25 May 2011

Il Teatro dell'Opera, Lezioni Sceniche di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea,  curated by  Sergio Risaliti.

Teatro Studio, Scandicci.

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Si chiude venerdì 25 maggio alle ore 21 al Teatro Studio di Scandicci il fortunato ciclo Il Teatro dell’Opera, ideato da Sergio Risaliti, con la regia e drammaturgia di Giancarlo Cauteruccio, con la lezione scenica dedicata a Robert Pettena. L’artista, di stanza a Firenze, crea per questo appuntamento un’installazione site specific in cui brandelli di una roulotte demolita vengono sospesi alla graticcia in una prospettiva esplosa. In scena Fulvio Cauteruccio e il musicista rap Millelemmi leggono testi selezionati da Pettena, accompagnato dalla musica ritmata di un batterista. Mentre sui fondali scorrono immagini fotografiche e opere video dell’artista, Sergio Risaliti intervista Pettena, svelando una parte finora ignota della sua biografia. La serata si chiude con un dj che invita il pubblico a fruire dello spazio secondo una sequenza di disturbi e accadimenti sonori.

Opening 12 September 2008

Robert Pettena#Second Escape, Personal Exhibtion, curated by Pier Luigi Tazzi.

Dryphoto, Prato.

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Opening 16 February 2008

Italiani in Vacanza, curated by Pier Luigi Tazzi.

Casa Masaccio, San Giovanni Valdarno.

Opening 16 September 2001

Videonight, curated by Daria Filardo.

Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena.

© Robert Pettena 2019