Credit: Quayola Studio

Transient – Impermanent Paintings

Quayola (IT), Andrea Santicchia (IT)



Transient is an audiovisual concert for two motorized pianos and video projections by Quayola and Andrea Santicchia aka SETA. A real-time improvisation in which the artists collaborate with complex algorithms in order to generate compositions of a delicate anthropic and technological balance. The custom software simultaneously generates sound and images, creating perfectly synchronized synesthetic alliterations.

Credit: Quayola Studio

Transient refers to the heritage of classical music, here evoked by grand pianos, and the painting traditions, hypothesizing new sonic landscapes and visual polyphonies. Pianos and paintings are freed from hand gestures. Non human virtuosos composed through mathematical functions animate the keys and the canvas, exploring new parametric possibilities. Infinite notes and chromatic elements multiply and articulate themselves in unison. The artists attempt to penetrate deep computational logic to explore unusual expressive modalities. Transient combines the harmony and tensions between human and technological, generating pictorial and sonic compositions of an abstract naturalism.


Audiovisual concert performed by Quayola and Andrea Santicchia aka SETA
Produced by Quayola Studio
R&D: Andrea Santicchia
Production and logistics: Maria Elena Brugora

External Collaborators:
Software development: Nikolai Matviev, Kyle McLean, Natan Sinigaglia, Sebastiano Barbieri
Sound tools: Alessandro Petrone, Franz Rosati
Orchestrator: Tecla Zorzi
Sound engineer: Edoardo Pietrogrande

Developed with the support of Romaeuropa Festival and Ars Electronica


Quayola (IT) employs technology as a lens to explore the tensions and equilibriums between seemingly opposing forces: the real and artificial, figurative and abstract, old and new. Constructing immersive installations, he engages with and re-imagines canonical imagery through contemporary technology.

Andrea Santicchia (IT) aka SETA explores the contrasts between anthropic and synthetic, seeking one’s respective potential in the other. Through decodification, it advances a reverse inquiry that from the perceptive phenomena leads to the cognitive process. Using hybrid strategies he tends to generate geometries where the intangible becomes sculptural matter.