Giada Dalla Bontà

PhD researcher Sound Studies Lab
Research Focus
  • Sound as interdisciplinary methodology
  • Sonic agency and the political impact of sound
  • Sound anthropology and sensory research methodologies
  • (Post-)Soviet artistic and sound practices
  • Institutional critique, non-official & underground cultures
  • Sonic fictions & participatory practices in ideologised spaces
  • Hypernormalisation, Capitalist Realism, Acid Communism
Curriculum Vitae

Giada Dalla Bontà is a researcher, curator, and writer focusing on non-official Soviet and post-Soviet art and music; art and politics; underground cultures and experimental music. Postgraduate in Ca’Foscari University of Venice in Russian Cultural Studies, she has won various scholarships and grants from the Moscow NCCA, V-A-C Foundation, Valand Academy - University of Göteborg, and the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Throughout her career, she has worked with Lisson Gallery, Mondrian Foundation, HNI Rotterdam, Venice Biennale, and collaborated with independent art projects and experimental music labels. She is currently based in Berlin and in Copenhagen, where she started a PhD fellowship at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies of Copenhagen University in association with the Sound Studies Lab.

Selected Publications
  • “Бестиарий: неоварварская энциклопедия стратегий”. Сибирский филологический форум. No. 3, 2020. Красноярск: Издательство Красноярского государственного университета им. В.П. Астафьева ["A neo-barbaric encyclopedia of strategies". Siberian Philological Forum. No. 3, 2020. Krasnoyarsk: Publishing house of V.P. Astafyev Krasnoyarsk State University]
  • Bestiaries and stikhogrammy as the core of D.A.P. Project. In Staging the image: Dmitry Prigov as Artist and Writer (ed.Gerald Janecek). Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2018
  • Playground. In Designing Playful Cities! (catalogue curated by Janelle Minite). Atlanta: MODA Museum of Design, 2019
  • Lebensmüde. Exhibition catalogue. Cologne: CityLeaks Art Festival, 2019
  • L’albero Sibilante. In L’Albero della Cuccagna (catalogue curated by Achille Bonito Oliva). Milan: Skira, 2017
  • “What if.” In What is an exhibition? With: Paul O’Neil, various authors. Moscow: V-A-C Foundation, 2015
  • “Open.” In School. With: Binna Choi, Marina Grzinic, Sven Lütticken, Mick Wilson, Paul O’Neill. Moscow: V-A-C Foundation, 2015
  • [Co-author: Sona Stepanyan] “Mapping curatorial spaces in Moscow.” In What is a turn? With: Anton Vidokle, Felicity Allen, Janna Graham, Olga Jitlina, Marion von Osten, Mick Wilson, Tirdad Zolghadr, various authors. Moscow: V-A-C Foundation, 2015