Steve Piccolo


On the international scene since the mid-1970s, during his career Steve Piccolo has worked on music (co-founder of the Lounge Lizards), theater, performance art, sound installations, film soundtracks and fiction. He has shown works and/or done performances in many museums, galleries and international art events.

He has contributed curated sound projects at ArtVerona in 2008, and for the exhibition "Club 21" during Frieze 2010 in London. Collaborations on video art, performance and installations include works with Adrian Paci, Luca Pancrazzi (including the sound art of the group DE-ABC with Gak Sato), Gabriele Di Matteo (including the artists’ magazine E IL TOPO), A Constructed World and many others.

He presently works with the project agency Art Apart of Zurich, including productions of artists’ apps and books (including BLKNZM for the city of Venice during the 55th Biennale, BLKNZM St. Petersburg as part of the official parallel program of Manifesta 2014, Hermitage, St. Petersburg, and the Milangrad app for the Russian participation at Expo 2015 Milano). He has worked for many years with Isola Art Center in Milan, an experience documented in the book (2013) “Fight-Specific Isola”. He has published many records, and taught Sound Studies courses at Academia Carrara in Bergamo (2002-13) and NABA in Milan (2005-14).

His theoretical and fictional writings have appeared in many magazines and journals, including four years of a monthly column for the magazine InSound. He curated the Sound of Art project for the website Undo.Net. Recent projects include a week-long sound workshop at the Vienna Secession on the theme of Utopia, and a performance at MAXXI Rome, a large multimedia work for Expo Milano 2015, produced by Fondazione Feltrinelli, and two performances at the Venice Biennale 2015 (Belgian and Greek pavilions).