Fabrizio Tassinari

Fabrizio Tassinari

2023 Berggruen Europe Fellow; 2020-2021 Berggruen Fellow


Fabrizio Tassinari is the founding Executive Director of the School of Transnational Governance at the European University Institute, in Florence, Italy, a flagship initiative of the European Union.

Prior to that, Tassinari served as Head of Foreign Policy Studies at the Danish Institute for International Studies, the Danish government’s independent research institution on foreign affairs. A recipient of a German government’s Alexander von Humboldt career award, he is an Adjunct Professor of comparative politics at Humboldt University in Berlin.

Tassinari has researched and published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes on issues of international security and foreign policy analysis, with an empirical focus on the wider Europe and its surrounding regions. He is the author of Why Europe Fears its Neighbors (Praeger) and a regular columnist and commentator in international media, including such as the Financial Times, the Washington Post, Le Figaro and Die Welt.

Tassinari was a BI fellow already in 2020/2021 during which time he contributed to Noema and published his new book: The Pursuit of Governance: Nordic Dispatches on a New Middle Way (in English by CUP/Agenda and in Italian by Rubbettino)He is also a Council member of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and a board member of the Italian Institute of International Affairs (IAI). During his present BI fellowship, he will work out of the institute’s new outpost in Venice to help shape BI Europe’s engagement with European and Italian institutions.

composed by Arswain
machine learning consultation by Anna Tskhovrebov
commissioned by the Berggruen Institute
premiered at the Bradbury Building
downtown Los Angeles
april 22, 2022

Human perception of what sounds “beautiful” is necessarily biased and exclusive. If we are to truly expand our hearing apparatus, and thus our notion of beauty, we must not only shed preconceived sonic associations but also invite creative participation from beings non-human and non-living. We must also begin to cede creative control away from ourselves and toward such beings by encouraging them to exercise their own standards of beauty and collaborate with each other.

Movement I: Alarm Call
‘Alarm Call’ is a long-form composition and sound collage that juxtaposes, combines, and manipulates alarm calls from various human, non-human, and non-living beings. Evolutionary biologists understand the alarm call to be an altruistic behavior between species, who, by warning others of danger, place themselves by instinct in a broader system of belonging. The piece poses the question: how might we hear better to broaden and enhance our sense of belonging in the universe? Might we behave more altruistically if we better heed the calls of – and call out to – non-human beings?

Using granular synthesis, biofeedback, and algorithmic modulation, I fold the human alarm call – the siren – into non-human alarm calls, generating novel “inter-being” sonic collaborations with increasing sophistication and complexity. 

Movement II: A.I.-Truism
A synthesizer piece co-written with an AI in the style of Vangelis’s Blade Runner score, to pay homage to the space of the Bradbury Building.

Movement III: Alarmism
A machine learning model “learns” A.I.Truism and recreates Alarm Call, generating an original fusion of the two.

Movement IV: A.I. Call
A machine learning model “learns” Alarm Call and recreates A.I.Truism, generating an original fusion of the two.

RAVE (IRCAM 2021) https://github.com/acids-ircam/RAVE