Daniela Cascella is a London-based Italian writer. Her research is focused on sound and literature across a range of publications and projects, driven by a longstanding interest in the relationship between listening, reading, writing and in the contingent conversations, questions, frictions, kinships that the three practices generate, host or complicate.
Over the last few years she has practised and theorised Writing Sound in connection to reading, memory, personal/collective histories, and the interplay between fiction and criticism. At the core of her current research is a book, F.M.R.L. Footnotes, Mirages, Refrains and Leftovers of Writing Sound, that will be published by Zer0 Books in 2015: a recording of a three-year long improvisation in writing, F.M.R.L. is a collection of short texts, fragments and 'deranged essays'. It claims the complexity and intermittent incoherence in listening and reading, and works with their residual aspects addressing canons, issues of authenticity and fabulation, degrees of opacity and transparency across languages and cultures.
Daniela's previous book En Abîme: Listening, Reading, Writing. An Archival Fiction was published by Zer0 Books in 2012. The book explores listening and reading as creative and critical activities driven by memory and return, reshaped into the present. It introduces an idea of aural landscape as a historically defined cultural experience and contributes to the emerging area of listening as artistic practice, adopting an expansive approach across poetry, visual art and literature.
She is Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Arts at Oxford Brookes University, Writing Tutor in Writing, MA Fine Art, Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Associate Lecturer in Sound Arts at LCC / University of the Arts London. She holds an MFA in Art Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London and has taken part in conferences and symposia internationally, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Oxford, University of Copenhagen, Tate Britain, Arnolfini among the others.
In recent years Daniela has been increasingly drawn to and experimenting with the performative dimension of reading aloud, at events and series such as Sculpture 1 and Sculpture 2 curated by David Toop and Rie Nakajima at Café Oto, Points of Listening curated by Mark Peter Wright and Salomè Voegelin at London College of Communication, Beyond the Object curated by D. Toop at Central St. Martins.
Her essays have been published in books and exhibition catalogues internationally, on Koenig Books, Errant Bodies Press, Cura Books and raster-noton among the others. Her articles and reviews have appeared in The Wire, The Los Angeles Review of Books, frieze.com, Organised Sound, MusicWorks, The Journal of Sonic Studies, Wolf Notes.
Prior to her move to London in 2009 Daniela worked in Rome, Italy as a journalist and curator specialising in Sound Art, producing and curating projects for museums and public institutions such as the National Gallery of Modern Art, Rome and the British School at Rome. Between 1999 and 2008 she was contributing editor of Blow Up music magazine, for which she wrote a monthly column on sound and the arts as well as articles and reviews on experimental music.