ABOUT US

Numero Cromatico is a research centre established in Rome in 2011 by a group of researchers with a background in both visual arts and neuroscience. 
The centre designs and organises innovative activities and events on the scientific approach

to art research. On top of this, in the past nine years, the centre produced exhibitions, talks, seminars, publications and workshops. Since the very beginning, the research centre has been also a publishing house and has been producing Nodes Journal, the only publication on the relationship between art and neuroscience.


In 2016, the research centre decided to repurpose a large 200 sq. m. space in via Carlo Caneva,
Rome – a former vending machine warehouse which then became a cultural area open

to the public. In two years, the group organised many cultural activities to which participated more than 2000 people from all over the world: artists, curators, gallerists, journalists, students and citizens.
In 2018, the centre moved its headquarters to the Pastificio Cerere, in Via degli Ausoni 1, Rome, in the heart of the historical neighbourhood of San Lorenzo.

Dionigi Mattia Gagliardi

Artist and researcher, president of Numero Cromatico and editor-in-chief of Nodes Journal. His research focuses on the production of artworks deprived of the artist’s emotional contribution and uses neuroscience for the comprehension of art viewers’ psychological and rational response. Since 2015, he has been producing paintings using the scientific method. Some of his artworks have been used to develop a project in collaboration with the Università Sapienza di Roma presented at ArtVerona 2019. It was the first neuroaesthetic experiment held in an Italian art fair. He promotes the importance of art theories as the basis for art production. 

Since 2016 he has been teaching in academies and he is now Professor at the Quasar Institute for Advanced Design a Roma. He is also a member of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics and the scientific committee of the Rivista di Psicologia dell’Arte. 

Salvatore Gaetano Chiarella

Artist and researcher, member of Numero Cromatico and editor of Nodes Journal.

He works in cognitive psychology and experimental neuroaesthetics. His production focuses on the creation of works that investigate the mechanisms involved in conscious perception and in the representation of the self. Since 2016 with Numero Cromatico and the Sapienza University of Rome he has conducted experimental research on the relationship between selective attention and visual sensory memory. This research led to the production of Iconic Film 3:30 (2016) and Iconic Film (2020). Since 2018 he has been engaged in experimental studies of intersubjective experience. Currently he is a PhD student in Psychology and Cognitive Science at the “Consciousness and Cognition” laboratory of the Department of Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome. He collaborates with the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC) - CNR of Rome, University of Allahabad and KU Leuven.

Manuel Focareta

Artist and researcher, vice-president of Numero Cromatico and editor of Nodes Journal. His research focuses on poetry in relation to new communication technologies, visual communication and Artificial Intelligence. His practice focuses on the artist’s expressive abstinence, the use of generative processes in literary production and the study of the spatial and visual components of a text. From 2014 to 2017, he produced poetry using social media and dating apps, actively involving the users. In the last years, he started working with artificial neural networks with the aim of creating texts that are capable of evoking emotions in the viewers on crucial existential themes such as death, love, grief and loss. 

Marco Marini

Artist and researcher, secretary of Numero Cromatico and editor of Nodes Journal. Since 2010, he has been conducting studies on visual deprivation. His experiments target drawing, painting and performance acts that involve himself and the viewers, creating events that investigate spontaneity, the relationship between the Self and the Other and between architectural spaces and urban landscapes, in which visual deprivation functions as a working strategy for the avoidance of spontaneous and emotional contents. From 2010 to 2012 he has been the coordinator of teaching activities at the Musei Capitolini and of the courses Teoria della Percezione, Psicologia della Forma and Psicologia dell’Arte at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Rome.

Giulia Torromino

PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience since 2017, she is currently a post-doc at the Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (TIGEM) 

and the Istituto di Biologia Cellulare

e Neurobiologia of the CNR.
In 2017 she was a scholar at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies of the Columbia
University in New York. She undertook research periods in many research centres such

as the Zuckerman Mind Brain and Behavior Institute of New York, the Charles University in Pilsen, the Aix-Marseille University in Marsiglia, the Champalimaud Center for The Unknown 

in Lisboa and the DANDRITE center of the Aarhus University. 
She founded Nodes Journal, for which she published and translated many articles

on creativity and the relationship between

art and neuroscience.

Futura

She has been adopted from the ENPA Association of Crotone in December 2018. She immediately became part of the group – sweet and loving, caresses is all she wants.
Her name is a homage to the Futurist movement.

Luisa Amendola

After her degree in Law, in 2013 she obtained a PhD in Protection of Human Rights.

She then became a Subject expert of Penal Law at the faculty of Scienze Politiche of the Università degli Studi di Catania. In 2019, she obtained a degree in Decoration at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma. In the same year, she started collaborating with 

Numero Cromatico and she is currently working on her personal research.

Marianna Rossi

Art director and multidisciplinary designer with a background in humanities, she works with editorial design, illustration, branding and digital story-telling. She has worked in the USA and Italy. For Numero Cromatico she is in charge of the events’ visual identity.

Sara Cuono

Artist and researcher, member of Numero Cromatico and editor of Nodes Journal. She obtained a BA in Photographic Arts at the University of Westminster in London, city where she also worked in the field of art and photography. During that period, her practice mainly focused on the nature of photography as language. Currently, she studies the interaction between photographic images and how these work as a stimulus for the production of meaning in the mind of the viewers. 

Licia Masi

Industrial, textile and visual designer.

She studied Industrial Design at the Politecnico di Bari and then Design, Visual and Multimedia Communication at the Università Sapienza 

di Roma
She works with graphic and editorial design and illustration. With her thesis “3D Textile Surface” she won the ADI DESIGN INDEX Award “Targa Giovani 2016".

Samuel Desideri

He is studying Audiovisual’s theories and techniques at the Accademia di Belle Arti

di Roma.
His interests include cinema, audio-visuals, musical composition, sound and editorial design and digital drawing.

For Numero Cromatico he is in charge of the video documentation and he works as
a sound and light technician.

Valerio Pitorri

He is studying Audiovisual’s theories and techniques at the Accademia 

di Belle Arti di Roma.
His interests include cinema, screenplay writing and audio-visual production. For Numero Cromatico he is in charge of the audio-visual documentation.

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