Emiliano Battistini

PhD Candidate




  • Presentation



Title of the doctoral thesis:  Listening to the taste and taste of the listening. Syncretism and intersemiotic translation between music and wine

Under the supervision of Gianfranco Marrone

Tutor at the CSI: Antoine Hennion

Emiliano Battistini is visiting the CSI for a four month period (April-July 2018).

Graduate in Semiotics from Bologna University, Emiliano Battistini is currently a PHD Candidate in European Cultural Studies at Palermo University. His research interests are in Semiotics, Sound Studies and polysensoriality. Specifically, his doctoral thesis focuses on contemporary cultural objects and practices that update the historical and even ancestral relationship between music and wine. At the crossroads of anthropology, aesthetics and pragmatist sociology, but always through the perspective and methodology of semiotics, different corpora (popular songs, classical compositions and contemporary sound installations about wine; audiovisuals promotion of wine regions and domains; wine tasting with music; “sound-sommelier” and pairing expertise of wine bottles and music long playing; etc.)  are analyzed so as to highlight the logics of sensoriality that underlies them. The focus on the “œno-musical” synesthesia – by studying how musical meanings are translated into oenological meanings and vice versa – provides insights into the forms and degrees of the contemporary sensibility to taste and listening, and their consequences not only aesthetical but also political.

The doctoral research is currently conducted within a three year timeframe that includes one year of visiting to foreign universities, divided into three different periods: June–August 2017 at the Atelier Son of the ECAV–Ecole Cantonale d’Art du Valais (Sierre, Switzerland), under the tutoring of Christophe Fellay; October 2017–May 2018 at the uB-Université de Bourgogne (Dijon, France), under the tutoring of Jean-Jacques Boutaud; April–July 2018 at the CSI-Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation Mines ParisTech (Paris, France), under the tutoring of Antoine Hennion.  

Emiliano Battistini is a musician, sound artist and researcher. Graduate in guitar and teaching of musical instruments at the Conservatories of Rimini and Bologna, he has been working since 2011 in the field of soundscape on solo and collective projects. He attended workshops with Bernard Fort (sound recording), Albert Mayr (sound walk) and Pierre Mariétan (listening). In 2013, he founded the Ground-to-Sea Sound Collective along with Fabio Mina and Luca Mina, with whom he explored the relationship between soundscape, music and video art, creating concerts and installations specific to each site. Since 2015, he has been the sound manager of the interdisciplinary collective Paesaggi Migranti, on the discovery of the landscape of the Marecchia Valley (Montefeltro). In 2015, he and his colleague Nathan Belval won the Giuseppe Englert Prize (Switzerland) for the Vin Voix Valais project, a two-year artistic and scientific research project on the sound identity of the canton of Valais (Switzerland) linked to the world of viticulture. Since 2016, he is curator of the exhibition Phonography 2.0., photography and sound photography, with the photographer Federica Landi, for the independent space of the RIU in Rimini. Since 2017, he has been a member of Tempo Reale‘s interest group on sound environment as part of the European project “The Soundscape in which We Live”.

Selected publications

Battistini, E., 2018, « “Sealfie”, “Phoque You” and “Animism”: the Canadian Inuit Answer to the United-States Anti-sealing Activism », International Journal for the Semiotics of Law – Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique, Semiotics and Animality.

Battistini, E., 2018, « Vocalisations animales : ré-articulation verbale et jeu d’énonciation », in Fabula / Les colloques, La parole aux animaux. Conditions d’extension de l’énonciation, Actes de la journée d’étude de Paris 8 (27 janvier 2017) organisée par le Groupe d’Activités Sémiotiques de Paris 8 (GASP8) sous la direction de Denis Bertrand et Michel Costantini assistés de Raphaël Horrein.

Battistini, E., 2018, « The Human-Animal Relationship and the Musical Metaphor in The Great Animal Orchestra by Bernie Krause », in Marrone G., Mangano D. (eds.), Semiotics of Animals in Culture. Zoosemiotics 2.0, Springer, pp. 209-221.

Battistini, E., Mondino, M., 2017, « For a semiotic multisensorial analysis of urban space. The case of Ballaro and Vucciria markets in Palermo », Punctum. International Journal of Semiotics, pp. 12-26.

Battistini, E., 2017, « Are cities losing their voice? Reflections on the concept of soundmark beginning with four cities », in Calanchi A., Michi F., (eds.), Soundscapes and sound indentities, Giulianova, Galaad edizioni, pp.27-44.

Battistini, E., 2015, « Changement de l’environnement, changement de l’écoute. Réflexions sémiotique introductives à une “écologie sensible” », Sonorités, 10 “Ecologie sensible, Oreille de l’écologie”, Nimes, Lucie éditions, pp.67-78.

Battistini, E., 2014, « Between Noise and Silence, between Meaning ad Non-Meaning: Ambient Music in the contemporary Italian Soundscape », Signs & Media, 9, pp. 154-171.