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Alessandro De Francesco (1981) is an artist, poet, essayist and the founder of the Language Art Studio. He lives and works in Basel and Brussels.


Presented and exhibited in multiple international contexts, his work is focused on innovatory forms of manipulation of verbal materials. Since 2008 Alessandro is an artist-in-residence at the European Graduate School. Alessandro De Francesco’s current main artistic project is the Augmented Writing, a visual and spatial text-expansion and text-exhibition device that is printed and framed. His work also regularly features what he calls Reading Environments, i.e. poetry readings realized as performances and installations with spoken voice digital processing. 


Alessandro De Francesco is an artist who bases all his work on the elaboration of language. He creates volumes of phrases, architectures with words on paper, construction of virtual writing resonating in space through voice processing. His research on writing and voice spans from the 3rd to the 4th dimension in order to find the 5th element: poetry. Alessandro’s oeuvre is radical because the text, written or spoken, is the sole medium. His research on poetry and the arts takes those who experience it towards its most unexpected possibilities. His work is often based on repetitions and on poetical forms that he processes in multiple languages, exploring the inscription of the work of art in culture, time and space, thus reacting against the hyper-presence of the image in contemporary societies.


In his works, Alessandro De Francesco uses only language as the plastic, visual and sonic matter of his oeuvre, while several other artists in the wake of which one can nonetheless situate Alessandro’s work, such as Joseph Kosuth, Vito Acconci, Tracey Emin, Vittorio Santoro, Bernar Venet (earliest works) and Robert Barry, have employed language as a material among others or have created with language some of their significant works. Alessandro De Francesco is an artist whose education comes mainly from literature and music composition. His poetry, after having reached an international recognition, becomes today a part of a wider artistic practice that remains at the same time entirely based on writing.


Alessandro has been an artist-in-residence at the STEIM (Amsterdam, 2007 and 2009), at the Mulhouse Centre for Contemporary Art (2012) and at the programme BeHave in Belval, Luxembourg (2015-16). 


Alessandro founded and directed the poetry writing atelier at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris and he collaborated with the Centre d’études poétiques at the ENS Lyon and the Centre Georges Pompidou. He holds a PhD summa cum laude from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. He is currently artistic research fellow at the Research Centre for Visual Poetics at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. 


Among his books: Remote Vision (New York: Punctum Books, to be published in 2016), La vision à distance (Paris: MIX., funded by the “bourse de création” of the French Centre National du Livre, to be published in 2016), Augmented Writing (Rome: La Camera Verde, 2013), Ridefinizione (La Camera Verde, 2011), Lo spostamento degli oggetti (Cierre Grafica, 2008). 


Alessandro participated in several group shows including Regionale 16, Kunst Raum Riehen, Switzerland, 2015-16 (curator: Kiki Seiler); Cairo Off Biennale, Egypt (curators: Elena Abbiatici and Simon Njami); Indent, The Société, Brussels, 2015 (curators: Labau), TU35, Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art, Prato, 2015 (curator: Chiara Ruberti); Art by Telephone…Recalled, curated by Sébastien Pluot and Fabien Vallos (CAPC, Bordeaux, CNEAI, Chatou, Art Institute, San Francisco, Emily Harvey Foundation, New York in 2013 and La Panacée - centre de création contemporaine, Montpellier in 2014); Chrématistique, curated by Fabien Vallos et Jérémie Gaulin at the CNEAI - Centre national de l’estampe et de l’art imprimé, Chatou (2014).


Alessandro performed all over Europe and North America, a.o. at The Berlin University of the Arts (2006, 2007), Ausland (Berlin, 2007), the E-Media Centre (Tallinn, 2007), The European Graduate School (2008, 2012-2015), La poésie/nuit (Lyon, 2008), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, 2009, 2010), Poetry Center at San Francisco State University (2009), Casa delle Letterature (Rome, 2008), Outpost for Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, 2009), La scène poétique (Lyon, 2009), Foundry (London, 2009), Galerie Martine Aboucaya (Paris, 2012), The Kelly Writers House at U-Penn (Philadelphia, 2013), CUNY Graduate College (New York, 2013), Gaîté Lyrique (Paris, 2013), La Panacée (Montpellier, 2013), Actoral (Marseille, 2014), Fondation Louis Vuitton (Paris, 2014), Strasbourg Museum of Modern Art (2015), Personal Structures - Venice Biennale (2015), etc.

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