Daniela Cascella is a London-based Italian writer. Her work 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, translating, recording and in the contingent conversations, questions, frictions, kinships that these fields generate, host or complicate.
As a writer who has chosen to write in a language that is not her mother tongue, she is interested in a form of writing-as-sounding that performs instabilities and oscillations.
She is the author of F.M.R.L. Footnotes, Mirages, Refrains and Leftovers of Writing Sound (Zer0 Books, 2015) and En Abîme: Listening, Reading, Writing. An Archival Fiction (Zer0 Books, 2012).
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.
En Abîme 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 adopts listening an expansive approach across poetry, visual art and literature.
Her writing has been published in books and and exhibition catalogues internationally, on Koenig Books, Errant Bodies Press, Cura Books, raster-noton among the others; and in art, music and literary journals such as Gorse, 3:AM Magazine, Music & Literature, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Scofield, The Wire, frieze.com, Organised Sound, MusicWorks, The Journal of Sonic Studies, Wolf Notes.
Daniela is currently Guest Curator (2015/16) at Lydgalleriet Bergen, Norway, where she is developing the LYD Writing Research Residencies in collaboration with Dominique Hurth and Natasha Soobramanien.
She is Contributing Editor at minor literature[s] where she initiated a new section called Untranslated, publishing reviews of books not translated in English.
She is Assistant Professor in Writing in the MA Fine Art, Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Bergen, Norway, and Associate Lecturer in the MA Sound Arts and in the MA Photography at LCC / University of the Arts London.
She was a Research Fellow in the School of Arts at Oxford Brookes University (2013-2015) and has taught a workshop on Sound, Listening and Language in the MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths University of London (2014-2016). She has taken part in conferences and forums, and has presented readings internationally, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam, University of Oxford, University of Copenhagen, University of Cambridge, Royal Conservatoire The Hague, Tate Britain, Arnolfini among the others.
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.