About

Alessandro Canova released his first self-produced record in 1999 under the alias Mugen (夢幻), an homage to Zeami Motokiyo’s theoretical work Fūshi Kaden. The initial project evolved into a personal study on the aesthetics of post modern minimalism, media corruption and glitch. During his early experimentations Canova worked exclusively with silence, sine waves and white noise as his only sources, developing a keen interest in a zen-like aesthetic. Influenced by his study on oriental philosophy he aims to create a meditative dimension: a contemplation of the physical nature of sound and its frequencies, rhythm and structures.
Canova has performed live during experimental music and media festivals, presenting his works in Italy, France, UK and Japan. He currently resides in London.

Alessandro Canova explores the phenomenological dimension that lies between minimalism and glitch.

2002 The New Italian Futurists – 291 Gallery (London) / live set
2002 IT2JP – Boldù Cultural Center (Venice) / dj set
2002 A-Sincroni – CSA Sisma (Macerata) / live set
2002 Batofar Cherche l’Italie – Batofar (Paris) / live set
2003 Le Placard #6 – Tsukiji Manson (Tokyo) / live set
2003 Mugen Live in Himeji – King Bee (Himeji) / live set
2003 Unbeva Vol.9 – Loft Plus One (Tokyo) / live set
2003 Ultra Minimal Night – Loop Line (Tokyo) / live set
2003 Brushless! – Villa Franchin (Mestre – Venice) / live set
2003 Italian Live Media – EX Bologna Motori (Bologna) / live set
2004 Netmage 04 – Sala Borsa (Bologna) / live set
2004 Low4mat – Villa Serena (Bologna) / live set
2004 Mugen DJ set – Big Club (Padova) / dj set
2004 Videominuto Festival – Museo Pecci (Prato) / group exhibition
2004 Q13 – Galleria Contemporaneo (Mestre) / group exhibition
2005 Mugen Live on Mars – Venice Biennale (Venice) / live set
2005 Live at Soniclab – Villa Franchin (Mestre) / live set
2006 Open DJ Set – Stalker Reloaded (Padova) / dj set
2006 Architetture Urbane Live (Padua) / live set
2006 Architetture Urbane Workshop (Padua) / lecture
2006 Venetian Industries – CSO Rivolta (Marghera – Venice) / dj set
2006 Digital Media Workshop – Villa Franchin (Mestre) / lecture
2009 Glasstress – Berengo Studio & Gallery (Murano – Venice) / live set
2010 Concrete Landscapes – A+A Gallery (Venice) / live set
2012 Concrete Landscapes – A+A Gallery (Venice) / live set
2013 SETUP Contemporary Art Fair – Autostazione (Bologna) / live set
2014 Message (NOT) Received – UT Dallas Visual Arts Building (Dallas) / group exhibition
2014 All Glitched Up / BP Loud Tate: Code – Tate Britain (London) / group exhibition