10 Years of
Audiovisual Art

Since 2011 Kernel has been promoting technological experiments and artistic expressions that involve the public in new and immersive experiences capable of enhancing urban places of symbolic, artistic and cultural value.

Kernel creates opportunities for internationally known artists and young talents called to interact in the interpretation of the public space with their artistic visions.

In ten years of Kernel Festival more than 200 artists have exhibited their creations and productions … and we want to show more and more.


Monza, June – November 2021



AreaOdeon celebrates ten years of the Kernel with a new approach to the traditional formula of the event, in compliance with the safety regulations due to the Covid-19 emergency. A different setting, with a wider scope, which guarantees the public, the artists and all the bodies involved the opportunity to return to experience the city through art in the streets, with a series of free events spread throughout the territory, for a period which runs from June to November.

No crowd, no rush, there is space and time for everyone to enjoy!

Audiovisual Mapping

For Kernel, audiovisual mapping is an opportunity to involve artists in the interpretation of the same “canvas”, each developing their own work. The same architecture, the same facade, the same urban context are interpreted by the artists involved in a unique and personal way, through their language and style, to offer the public a different and innovative perception of reality.

In this edition the protagonists of the audiovisual creations will not only be known artists, but also students of art academies and children of elementary and middle schools. A chance to stimulate the new generations to interact with established and recognised personalities, to offer a look to the future full of expressive opportunities.

September 24th - October 3rd 2021 / DUOMO

AUDIOVISUAL MAPPING SHOW – continuously rotating
from 24 September to 3 October – from 8.30 pm

The facade of Duomo of Monza, recently restored to its extraordinary beauty, becomes the protagonist and inspiration for recognised artists and young talents selected by a committee of established professionals.

The artists involved offer the public their personal interpretation of the façade through the creation of a audiovisual 3D mapping short films which, highlighting the architectural elements of the building, animate the surface.

Artists involved:
– Playmodes Studio _ES
– Delumen _IT
– Luca Agnani _IT
– AreaOdeon _IT

June - July 2021 / PONTE DEI LEONI

AUDIOVISUAL MAPPING SHOW – continuously rotating

  • 04-13 June 2021, from 9.30 pm
    Technology and nature, cinema and actuality, the birth of the cosmos and the reflection on missing moments. These are the themes proposed in the 5 audiovisual mapping short films by the students of the second year of the Video Design course of IED Milano, tutored by Vincenzo Fabiano.
    – Meltdown [P. Basilico, A. Cattaneo, N. Gabbana, T. Licalzi, A. Pion, C. Piva, C. Salvietti, G. Sernicola]
    – Disinformationary [A. Barbui, R. Broto, I. Grafato, M. Malinconico, P. Ronzoni, L. Verzeri]
    – Virtual Reality [V. Amedeo, G. Cascella, F. Martina, J. Green, D. Misuraca, S. Parolini, M. Raco, I. Sabet, S. Sartore]
    – Digital Evolution [E. Castagna, T. Grani, K. Kapollari, E. Martinelli]
    – Contact [M. C. Manini, D. Marra, E. Miserendino, C. Novaga]


  • 02-11 July 2021, from 9.30 pm
    Young pupils of elementary and middle schools reinterpret the facade with their imagination. The contents they developed during a workshop become the protagonists of the projections in a dynamic show.
    The intervention involves the middle schools of the Raiberti plexus of Monza, the Baby College and Junior College Bilingual Schools of Monza and Seregno and some middle schools in New Mexico (USA) thanks to the collaboration with STEMarts Lab.

Sound Safari

City center locations
from June to November, 24 hours a day

An unprecedented exploration of the city of Monza thanks to an innovative technological platform for listening and contemplation. A sound experience to rediscover city places and spaces, where each site acquires a different meaning and atmosphere thanks to a dedicated musical and poetic project.

A Sound Safari to be experienced with the help of your smartphone and through your earphones, following the interactive map with the GPS activated, or by identifying the signposts while walking around the city; navigating it day and night to discover the works that each artist has linked to a specific place of historical and cultural value.

Soundscapes and electronic sound design projects, but also works by Dante Alighieri interpreted and set to music in a contemporary key, offer the public a new perception of the urban space.

SENSORY PATH – soundscapes and sound design
An immersion in the city where sights and sounds dialogue for a new perception of the urban space

VICINO LONTANO / Painé Cuadrelli / Piazza Trento e Trieste

A sound portal transports the audience to the Chatham Islands (New Zealand). Environments, sounds from the antipodes and musical fragments are re-imagined and distributed in order to be explored and recombined by the participants as they move around the square. On the other side of the planet, on the Chatham Island, a twin portal diffuses the sound of Monza creating a connection between the two places.

Concept, project and sound design: Painé Cuadrelli
Recordings, editing: Mattia Liciotti


CORO INASCOLTATO / Matteo Milani / Piazza Carrobiolo

A musical experience where the exploration of the human voice allows us to cross the darkest and most remote places of our memory. Composed exclusively for the Kernel Festival 2021, the female voice guides us on an unpredictable otherworldly journey full of harmonic nuances and extended vocal techniques, creating an invisible sound fabric that inhabits this enchanting corner of Monza. A virtual theatre that vibrates within a physical space.

Concept, project and composition: Matteo Milani – U.S.O.
Vocal Artist: Giovanna Ferrara


A selection of Dante’s canti and sonnets interpreted by poets of Mille Gru and set to music by the Istituto Europeo di Design of Milan


Piazza dell’Arengario
CANTO XXVI – Ottava Bolgia – Divina Commedia, Inferno
Interpretation: Dome Bulfaro

Casa della Luna, vicolo Lambro
CANTO XXVIII – Nona Bolgia – Divina Commedia, Inferno
Interpretation: Rosaria Lo Russo

Casa-Torre dei Gualtieri, Via P. Mantegazza
CANTO XXXIII – Divina Commedia, Inferno
Interpretation: Nicolas Cunial

Piazza San Pietro Martire
SONNET “Tanto Gentile e tanto onesta pare” – Vita Nova, XXVI chapter
Interpretation: Eugenia “Anti gone” Giancaspro

Ponte di San Gerardino
SONNET “Guido, i’ vorrei che tu e Lapo ed io” – Rime, Poesia LII
Interpretation: Eugenia “Anti gone” Giancaspro

Sound Safari is developed by AreaOdeon thanks to the contribution of Fondazione della Comunità Monza e Brianza. The section dedicated to Dante Alighieri is developed in collaboration with Mille Gru Associazione Culturale and Instituto Europeo di Design di Milano – Sound Design.

Interactive & Light Art

Kernel has always turned its attention to the most innovative artistic languages by promoting research and experimentation applied to digital, electronic, interactive, and light art. Visual installations that place the interaction with the public in relation to the surrounding space and the widest expressions of light at the center of the work itself.

September 10th - November 30th / MUSEI CIVICI - CASA DEGLI UMILIATI

POLYGONOMA by Vincio Siracusano
Site specific audio-light installation

from September 10th to Novembre 30th
visible both from the inside and the outside of the museum

A dynamic work in which light and sound give life to geometric compositions in continuous evolution.
With its 40 meters of RGB LED bars, for a total of 1200 individually controlled pixels, the installation represents the complexity generated by the repetition of simple geometries starting from the concept of “Genome”: the set of chromosomal information that defines DNA of a human being, in its uniqueness.
The work is suspended in the space of the external windows of the Museums and therefore visible from the inside and outside.
The acoustic component can be listened to through headphones or earphones via the Sound Safari platform.



Kernel has always created new opportunities for artists asking them to offer their artistic visions through international calls. The same happens on the occasion of the Festival that celebrates its 10th anniversary.
Join the platform with your projects by logging into your account or activating one: it is free and offers you the possibility that your work will be selected for this occasion or for future ones.
Be Kernel … STAY KERNEL !




conception and production: AreaOdeon
art and technical direction: Marcello Arosio
project management: Carlotta Fumagalli
external relations: Carlo Mondonico
web development: Davide Cappelletti
graphic production and video editing: Vincenzo Fabiano, Massimo Tantaro
graphic project: Marcello Arosio
fund raising: Affina•menti


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