Ale Guzzetti - Smiles - Affective Robots #1, #2

2006 - 2013



Born in 1953 (Milan, Italy) he studied at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milan, and he took some University courses
in electronic and computer music at the Polytechnic University of Milan and at the Calculate Sonology Center
of the University of Padova. He was Ph.D Researcher
at the M-Node inside the Planetary Collegium, University
of Plymouth, UK, at the Contemporary Research Center
of Brera, Milan and at the CE.R.CO (Center for Research on the Anthropology and Epistemology of Complexity) University of Bergamo and at EUROA European Robotics Academy, Milan.


At this moment he is Professor in New Media at the Visual Art Faculty in the Decoration School and one of the coordinators of the CRAB the new Research Center Of Visual Culture Studies at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milan. He is one of the first artists in Italy to begin research into interactive art.


Since 1983 he has been working on the shape
and electronic circuits of sound-emitting sculptures.

These sculptures are composed of torch blown glass
and various everyday plastic objects  assembled together according to their  shape and nest electronic circuits built by the artist. Such circuits can emit sounds, noises, voices and are subsequently able to generate brief sound sequences or recite fragments of poetic verses.

By manipulating parts of the sculptures or by proximity
to them, the observer can interact with the sculptures modifying the volume, the timbre, the loudness and
the repetition cycles and the pauses in between sounds.

Thus, the observer, participates in the audiovisual structure of the works he/she is presented with, which are always created as an “ensemble” of sculptures emitting simultaneous sounds that have been sampled to act
as if they were parts of an orchestra.


The sound sculptures have been shown in Italy, France, Germany, Holland, Finland, UK, Albania, Lebanon, Hong Kong, Canada, USA and Austria (Linz), where they were among the prize-distinguished (honorary mention)
in the Interaktive Kunst section of the Prix Ars Electronica in 1991.

In Italy they were among the prize-winners in the Digital Art section of the Prix Museum of Modern Art – Gallarate
in 1997 and in Aperto Vetro in the Venice Biennale of Art
at the Palazzo Fortuny, in 1998.

He was among the 100 artists invited by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London to represent “The Museum
in the New Millennium” in 1999, he also did  exibitions
with Nam June Paik in Milan in 2000 and in Vicenza in 2003. The National Gallery in Prague acquired four
of his works to destine to the new permanent collection
of Modern and Contemporary Art in 2002.

Treasure Museum of S.Grato Cathedral, Aosta (Italy); Museen im Antonierhaus, Memmingen (Germany) in 2006; Jazz Festival, Ascona(Switzerland); Museum
fur Sepulkralkultur, Kassel (Germany) in 2007 acquired some his works of sacral art.






Director: Liliana Carugati, Lorenzo Baldi

Photography: Liliana Carugati, Lorenzo Baldi

Editing: Lorenzo Baldi

Music: Anthony Michael Kerr, Mike Trim -
Dark Marimba - Sonoton



Production Standard: shot UHD 25p / 50p,
edited HD 25p

Camera: Panasonic GH5

Lenses: Sigma 16-35 mm f.1,8, Panasonic 14-140 mm

Supports: iFootage Shark Slider Mini Complete

Codec: .mov H264 150 Mbps

Postproduction: Davinci Resolve 15