Marinella Senatore: Cold Spring Soundtrack

September 9 - November 7, 2020
Magazzino Da Casa

In cities and communities across the world, Marinella Senatore has listened intently to the stories, sounds, and songs of individuals. Throughout her career, the artist has provided platforms, from radio stations to large scale parades and processions, that both amplify and weave together the voices and talents of individuals of diverse backgrounds. Focusing on the unique gifts and perspectives brought forth by community members, Senatore’s projects both celebrate coming together and highlight the aspects of contemporary life that threaten disintegration. 

In the spirit of finding a collective community voice and building on her 2019 processional performance in the Village of Cold Spring, Marinella Senatore and The School of Narrative Dance, Magazzino Italian Art and artist Marinella Senatore will collaborate this fall to launch Cold Spring Soundtrack. Initiated through an open call starting on September 9, 2020, Senatore will invite volunteers to share short sound recordings of any moment that feels reflective of their current one. Volunteers can participate by calling in and leaving a voicemail or sharing an audio recording via email or text message to the points of contact listed below through November 7, 2020. At the end of the period of open submissions, Senatore and composer Emiliano Branda will compose an original score that interweaves every contribution received, creating a symphonic soundscape made up of individual voices. 

Call and leave a voicemail or text your sound recording to +1 (845) 476-8409 or email your sound recording to

Senatore has put forth key words and examples of sounds for community members to respond and refer to in creating their own. Contributions should be between a minimum of 3 seconds and a maximum of 5 minutes. Every contribution shared will be included in the final piece. 

Examples of possible contributions include: Ambient noises from the outdoors, your home, your workplace, your school. Your voice. A voice. A conversation you had. A conversation you overheard. A banging noise. A song you wrote. A song you like. You singing a song you like. A protest. A recording of practicing your instrument. Choir practice. Band practice. Vocal chanting. A recording of the sounds you make while doing chores, while you’re cooking, while you’re drawing, while you’re writing, while you’re reading, while you’re running. Your cat. Your dog. Silence. Any noise that feels reflective of where you are and who you are today is welcome. If you can’t record what you’d like to share, verbal descriptions of the sound are welcome.

Key Words:

  • Alliance
  • Participation
  • Coexistence 
  • Cohabitation
  • Collective Voice 
  • Inclusivity 
  • Identity
  • Invisibility
  • Self-portrait
  • The Other
  • Coalition
  • “We, The People”
  • Memory
  • Empowering
  • Emancipation
  • Politics
  • Freedom of Assembly
  • The Right to Appear

At the heart of this project is the desire to find a cohesive, empowered voice and explore how individual contributions can lead to meaningful, collective action. The project can be completed entirely through remote participation, meeting the current moment when the pandemic still looms, practices of isolation and social distancing are still in effect, yet collaboration across communities is most needed. Across the world, we have come to understand in real time how acting together is a pivotal, fertile source of power, this project contends that without one another, without working in coalition, our actions lose impact. 

In tandem, this project encourages the practice of close listening. A sound can only happen in the moment it did. A recording allows us to capture and preserve sonic content, but we understand sounds as inseparable from their sources, uniquely tethered to the political and historical circumstances in which they were produced.

Soundtrack to the City is an ongoing project for Senatore and collaborating composer Emiliano Branda. The project has taken root in cities across the world, including Zürich, Switzerland; Queens, New York; Lyon, France; Modica, Sicily; Naples, Italy. Examples of past soundtracks are available at the links below. 

About Marinella Senatore

Marinella Senatore (b. 1977) is a multimedia artist currently based in Rome and Paris who creates projects with a strong collective and participatory dimension. Inspired by protest, public ceremonies, civic rituals, and mass public events, Senatore focuses on collective activities and the public forum. Trained in music, fine arts, and film, Senatore uses a broad spectrum of media to encourage exchange of individual stories and cultures across social divides.

In 2013, she founded The School of Narrative Dance, a nomadic, free school focused on non-hierarchical learning. The multidisciplinary school, conceived of as an alternative training ground, offers free workshops engaging local groups and public activations, where the artist and participants together orchestrate narratives, tracing new connections between contemporary relations. In November 2019, Senatore collaborated with Magazzino to bring The School of Narrative Dance to the streets of Cold Spring, engaging nearly 100 professional and amateur performers from throughout the Hudson Valley in a monumental procession and perfromative celebration of community.

Her work has been exhibited widely throughout Italy and abroad, including MANIFESTA 12, Palermo; Centre Pompidou, Paris; MAXXI Museum, Rome; Queens Museum, New York; Kunsthaus Zurich; Castello di Rivoli, Turin; Kunsthalle, Sankt Gallen; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; High Line, New York; Madre Museum, Naples; Les Laboratories d’Aubervilliers, Paris; Faena Art Forum, Miami; Serpentine Gallery, London; Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA; Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid; Palazzo Grassi, Venice; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; amongst others. Senatore has received numerous awards, including the 4th edition of Italian Council (2018) of the Directorate-General for Contemporary Art and Architecture and Urban Peripheries (DGAAP), International Art Grant in Dresden (2017), the MAXXI Prize (2014), and The New York Prize (2010).