ò/~” – Matteo Nizzardo (Isthmaél)







Audio-visual, Digital



ò/~” is a 2:14-minute audio-visual piece focusing on the inbreaking of God, understood as a sudden and yet inescapable interruption of an otherwise immutable cycle. The piece is a montage of cuts from documentary footage about mentally ill people in Mental Health Institutes (Prelinger Archives, 1940). Their repetitive movements constitute a double metaphor of the inbreaking, for they are glitches of a reality that is wrongly perceived throughout a normative dichotomy. Mistakenly understood as cracks in the wall of a sacred edifice, they are instead the light that through those cracks penetrates into the darkness and there generates shadows.




Isthmaél is an artistic audio-visual project, centered on the production of abstract music (musique concrète / noise music / glitch music) and experimental montages. Although almost all the manipulation involved in Isthmaél’s projects is digital, great importance is given to non-digital sound and video sources, usually related to human activities and sampled/recorded within their own environment. Isthmaél’s first EP, Hiwo was released on February 2020 by Mossa Records (ITALY), and can be found here and on youtube.


  • Karen is finishing a PhD program in the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts after careers in corporate management, consulting, and pastoral and theatre ministry. She explores theological and theatrical contexts of ’empty space’ and general human disposition toward it, with emphasis on improvisation (specifically Playback Theatre) and Holy Saturday. Since 2017, Karen has led or advised ITIA’s Transept group, a postgraduate-led group of multidisciplinary practicing artists. Karen was an editor for Transpositions from 2017 to 2022. As Editor-in-Chief, she fostered a closer partnership between Transpositions and Transept, hosted the In/break exhibition on the Transpositions site, and introduced regular series into the publishing schedule.