Nanni Balestrini (Milan, IT, 1935 – Rome, IT, 2019)
Nanni Balestrini was an experimental poet, author and visual artist of the Neoavanguardia Movement. In the early 1960s he was part of the Novissimi and Gruppo 63, which grouped together the writers of the Neo-Avante-Guarde. He played a decisive role in the birth of the culture magazines “Il Verri”, “Fifteen” and “Zoooom”. In addition to novels, poems, and collages, he engaged in audiovisual work, as in Tristanoil (2012), a 2,400-hour video adaptation of his influential algorithmic novel Tristano (1966) that was first displayed in Documenta 13.