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Frédéric Acquaviva, born in 1967, has been since 1990 a sound artist and experimental music composer, creating chronopolyphonic installations and CDs (published by Al Dante) and playing in art galleries (Galeria Peccolo, Incognito, Lara Vincy, Archives and others), in museums (Palais de Tokyo, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Tate Modern in London, Neues Museum in Weserburg, La Fenice in Venezia and others) or in underground venues, such as Les Voûtes, le Donjon de Maîtresse Cindy, Festival Indisciplinaire de l’Ile de Groix and others.
Staying away from traditional networks of musicians and composers, he meets and works with historical figures in art, poetry or video, sometimes a long time before their being discovered by the media. He has collaborated this way with Isidore Isou, Maurice Lemaître, Marcel Hanoun, Pierre Guyotat, Jean-Luc Parant, mezzo-soprano Loré Lixenberg, film maker F.J. Ossang and choreographer Maria Faustino, among others.
Acquaviva has become not only one of the essential protagonists of the rediscovery of historical avant-garde, more precisely of Lettrism (Isidore Isou, Gabriel Pomerand, Maurice Lemaître, Gil J Wolman, Jean-Louis Brau, Jacques Spacagna, François Dufrêne, Roland Sabatier, Alain Satié, Broutin), but of Sound Poetry (Henri Chopin, Bernard Heidsieck), and has worked with some unique and outstanding historical figures (Pierre Albert-Birot, Otto Muehl). He has done this through his knowledge of and interest in different disciplines: publishing books (Francesco Conz, Verona), curating art exhibitions (at MACBA, Barcelona; Serralves, Porto, CIPM, Marseille and other places), creating nine Radio/Phonics for France Culture or RadioWebMacba, being an art critic, a filmmaker, a Collections director at Editions Derrière la Salle de Bains or for his own Editions AcquAvivA, being an events creator, lecturing, establishing catalogue raisonnés and bibliographic databases, as well as being an Archives creator.