Long Night Talks. For Robert Adrian

Roberto Paci Dalò (IT)

POSTCITY, Roof Top, Ars On Wire 40 Years Ars Electronica

TONSPUR 75_lost

Long Night Talks. For Robert Adrian is an 8-channel sound work. The piece is dedicated to Robert Adrian X (1935-2015), a pioneer in art and telecommunications. The Canadian artist lived in Vienna since 1972, and for more than two decades, Adrian and Paci Dalò shared a close friendship while working together on several projects; among them, a film Paci Dalò created especially for Adrian’s major retrospective at Kunsthalle Wien. The two used to sit in Adrian’s studio in the Wiedner Hauptstrasse and share long night talks in which they passionately discussed art, radio, transmission, technologies, the web, surveillance, sound, warfare, and conflict. In Long Night Talks. For Robert Adrian, Roberto Paci Dalò worked with Adrian’s voice, using it as main material for the installation, which also includes field recordings, instrumental and electronics sounds. This work was created in 2017, during a residency at TONSPUR – Q21/ MQ MuseumsQuartier Wien.


Project Credits:

  • Idea, composition, images: Roberto Paci Dalò
  • Voice: Robert Adrian
  • Bass clarinet, clarinet, electronics: Roberto Paci Dalò
  • Contra-alto clarinet: Susanna Gartmayer
  • Guitar, electronics: Fennesz
  • Piano, electronics: Robert Lippok
  • Installation set up: Peter Szely
  • Technical collaboration: Stefano Spada, Andrea Felli
  • Text: Lucas Gehrmann (Kunsthalle Wien)
  • Recorded by Robert Lippok at Farmhouse Studio Rimini 
  • Production: TONSPUR Kunstverein Wien, for the series TONSPUR für einen öffentlichen raum
  • Artistic director: Georg Weckwerth
  • In collaboration with: Ö1 Kunstradio, Giardini Pensili, Usmaradio 
  • TONSPUR-Artist-in-Residence at Q21/MQ in 2017 



Roberto Paci Dalò is a sound and visual artist, author, director, composer and musician. His work has been presented worldwide and earned him the admiration of Aleksandr Sokurov and John Cage, among others. He leads the group Giardini Pensili. Mr. Palci Dalò is a professor of Interaction Design at UNIRSM in the Republic of San Marino, where he is the founder and director of Usmaradio.