Domenico Mennillo, born in Naples in 1974, is graduated in aesthetics at the University of Naples Federico II with a dissertation on the relationship between Antonin Artaud and Gilles Deleuze, which contains a chapter dedicated to the Neapolitan art of the new avant-garde of the second half of the 20th century.
In 1999 he has founded lunGrabbe (www.lungrabbe.it), a multidisciplinary experiment merging together experimental theater, architecture, poetical speech and environmental arts, in the frame of which there have been favored public actions, art performances and installations, poems-concerts, art-exhibitions, films, shows, as well as academic publications. His works have beenhosted in variousfestivals and exhibitionssuchas La Biennale di Venezia, the 10th International Architecture Exhibition, Fresco Bosco (curated by Achille Bonito Oliva), La Triennale di Milano, Benevento Città Spettacolo, Primavera dei Teatri, Progetto XXI / Fondazione Donnaregina per le Arti Contemporanee.
From January 2011 to May 2017 he has carried out a multiannual project in the city of Naples entitled Abrégéd’Histoire Figurative, in the frame of which there have been created art installations, expos and site-specific performances, wit the goal to identify 3 concepts/figures related to the Western modern philosophy and culture upon which to create a compendium on visual figuration divided into 3 sections: Pierrot oud’AutomateSpirituel (Museo Nitsch 2011-2013 and Museo MADRE 2011-2012); Atlante della Fertilità (Palazzo Bagnara-Fondazione Morra, 2011-2012 and Villa Pignatelli-Casa della Fotografia 2014); WLK Wunder_Litterature_Kammer (Library of the Museo Nitsch , 2015-2016 and Villa Pignatelli, 2016 and 2017).
He has also published several works in the field of theatre and performance arts, among which: Partiture Visive. Teatro d’Architettura ("Visual Score. Theatre of Architecture", E-M Arts/Fondazione Morra, Naples 2004), Alcune Architetture di Caivano 2002-2006. Il teatro di lunGrabbe nelle architetture caivanesi ("Some Architectures in Caivano 2002-2006. The lunGrabbe theater in the architectures of Caivano", IL LABORATORIO/le edizioni, Nola 2006), Andromaca. Opera neoplatonica in IV stanze ricreative ("Andromaque. A neoplatonic play in IV recreation rooms", with an essay by Lorenzo Mango, Edizioni Morra, Naples 2007); Alcune Architetture di Napoli 2003-2013. Il teatro di lunGrabbe nelle architetture napoletane ("Some Architectures of Naples 2003-2013. The theatre of lunGrabbe in the Neapolitan architecture", Edizioni Morra, Naples 2014), a work containing the theatrical texts of the ten years experience of the lunGrabbe project devoted to the architecture of the city of Naples.
In the field of poetry, instead, he has published: LA#MONT(E)YOUNG Composizione 3 (lunGrabbe, Naples 2001), the prose-poem Foglio di Giostre e Film nella città ("Leaf of rides and films in the city", with Perino&Vele, Marco Di Palo and Paolo Renza) a slip-case book-audio CD (IL LABORATORIO/le edizioni, Nola 2007), in 2 different versions in limited edition; OPUS INFECTUM poemi 1998-2008 (“OPUS INFECTUM poems 1999-2008" (Bibliopolis, Naples 2010); CITYSCAPE (IL LABORATORIO/le edizioni, Naples-Nola 2012), a bookwork published in limited edition containing 15 poems and 5 audio recordings and 1 silk-screen printing of Christian Leperino; I ponti della merlagrigia ("The bridges of the graymerl", containing one of his poems in both Italian and English and one photography by Raffaela Mariniello, (Edizioni del Merlo, Nola 2016), which has been published in 99 numbered and signed copies.
In France in 2015 he cooperated to the no 2 of Celebrity Cafè, a literary journal on the avant-gardes (edited in Paris by Les Presses du Réel), with a contribution on the verbo-visual compositions of the Neapolitan Neo-Avant-gardes of the second half of the 20th century.
In Ireland in 2016, he participated with a contribution to the nr. 1 of 591, magazine of the redfoxpress art editions, edited by Jean-Francois Bory. Alongside Bory, since 2017 he is also been the editor of the series festinalente of the Posillipo&Seine Edition, dedicated to the Avant-gardes of the late 20th century in the cities of Naples and Paris.
As a curator he has given life to various projects and events merging and alternating theater, philosophy, environmental and visual arts, among which: Alcune Architetture di Caivano, a five years project (2002-2006) focusing on the architecture of the city of Caivano blending theater with architecture, which was supported by the Campania Region, the province of Naples and the Caivano municipality; Speculum Celestiale (in cooperation with Maurizio Elettrico and Raffaella Morra) a 2 years project of Bio Art for the vineyard of San Martino in Naples, supported by Fondazione Morra and by E-M arts, that has lead to the publication of the 3 already mentioned catalogues in Italian and English version (edizioni E-M Arts , Naples 2007, 2009 and 2011); La ScritturaVisuale/La ParolaTotale (bibliographic session), a project supported by the Museo MADRE/Fondazione Donnaregina per le Arti Contemporanee, conceived in 2014 and 2015 by Peppe Morra including 4 exhibitions devoted to the Italian verbo-visual writing (Naples, Genoa, Milan, Rome, Florence) and to the international one (Duchamp, Cage, Chopin, Ruhm, Gappmayr, Kolar). In the frame of his project on philosophy and performance arts Naturate Rivolte#2, he presented in Naples (in a national preview) the film O Somma Luce written and directed by Jean-Marie Straub, based on the final stanzas of Il Paradiso of Dante’s “Divine Comedy” with Giorgio Passerone.
For what concerns teaching and scientific dissemination, he has designed and conducted various workshops, conferences, seminars and training courses on performing arts and environmental arts, which have been supported and financed by several donors such as the Second University of Naples (SUN), the University of Naples Federico II, the Center for Post-colonial and gender studies of the University of Naples l’Orientale, Suor Orsola Benincasa University of Naples, MIBACT, Teatro Nuovo, the Academy of fine arts of Naples, the Academy of fine arts of Rome, INDA (National Institute of Hancent Drama), CRIE (Center for Research on European Institutions), Villa Pignatelli-Casa della Fotografia, Museo MADRE, Castel Sant'Elmo/Museo Napoli '900, Museo Nitsch, PAN (Palazzo delle Arti Napoli), Goethe Institut, Banco di Napoli Foundation for child assistance, Massone Cerza Foundation, APOREMA onlus, Coop EVA onlus.
2011 L’automa spirituale. Tre declinazioni | 2011 | Museo Nitsch | Napoli
#1 PIERROT ou d'Automate spirituel
2011-2013 Museo Nitsch
2011-2012 Museo MADRE
PIERROT is a project in the field of philosophy and performance arts that takes inspiration from a fundamental concept of the philosophical idea of Gilles Deleuze, l’automatespirituel (the spiritual automaton); which, in turn, arises from Deleuze’s interpretation of the work of Baruch Spinoza and Antonin Artaud.
2011 Naturate rivolte #2| Museo Nitsch | Napoli
2011 Atlante della Fertilità | Palazzo Ruffo di Bagnara | Fondazione Morra | Napoli
#2 Atlante della Fertilità
2011-2012 Palazzo Bagnara-Fondazione Morra
2014 Villa Pignatelli-Casa della Fotografia
In 2008, in Naples, I started writing a poem about the memory of visive flashes that have been recurring throughout my lifetime, whose value, in the process of the first drafting, was consonant with the story of a city bound up with fragmentary and incongruous but necessary and natural acts and actions for its daily subsistence.
2013 Naturate rivolte # 2 | Museo Nitsch | Napoli
2014 Poema Visivo 1976 | ideato da Domenico Mennillo (LunGrabbe) | Museo Nitsch | Napoli
2015 Wunder_Litterature_Kammer | Museo Nitsch | Napoli
#3 WLK Wunder_Litterature_Kammer
2015-2016 Museo Nitsch
2016 Villa Pignatelli-Casa della Fotografia
WLK Wunder_Literature_Kammer, revolves around the Wunderkammer, a phenomenon developed in Europe during the Renaissance and afterward transformed and remodelled according to different needs and impetus, up until the avant-garde art of the twentieth century and to the latest philosophical and artistic research.