A pioneer in electromedia, Tambellini will be featured alongside fifteen other artists, whose work relates to three key themes of the Italian exhibition: genetic code, style and memory. For Tambellini’s section of the Pavilion, the artist worked with curators Pia Bolognesi and Giulio Bursi to develop an immersive environment, composed of archival materials. Through projections of painting on glass slides, or “lumagrams” — film and sound references to Tambellini’s earlier works — the exhibition plays with the psychological and physiological effects of immersive environments on the senses.
Born in Syracuse, New York, in 1930, Tambellini moved with his family to Lucca at the age of 18 months. In 1946, the artist returned to the United States, settling in New York City’s Lower East Side, where he founded Group Center and was among the pioneers of the video art movement in the late ’60s. Between 1976 and 1984, Tambellini was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT.