International Audio Arts Festival

April 4th-7th 2019

Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, Ireland



Susanna Caprara is a sound artist and field recordist originally from the south of Italy and based in Dublin, Ireland. The pseudonym La Cosa Preziosa (‘the precious thing’) refers to the beauty and fragility of the natural sounds that regularly feature in her soundscapes. These have been performed both nationally and internationally, in solo and group shows.  

Primarily interested in exploring the narrative potential of concrete sounds through the composition of creative soundscapes, utilising exclusively her own field recorded material.

Recently curated the ‘Sound Devices: explorations in sound and literature’ series for Rathmines Public Library/ UNESCO Dublin City of Literature, and completed a large scale Public Art Commission on the subject of the Irish Grand Canal (Offaly County Council/ Dept. of the Environment and Local Government), developed over the course of a six-month engagement field recording, composing and working with the local community.

Recipient of the ‘Europe: A Sound Panorama‘ juried prize for soundscape art (Goethe Institut Belgrade, Deutschland Radio Kultur, ZKM Institut for Music and Acoustics Karlsruhe, Radio Belgrad, European Broadcasting Union Ars Acoustica Group), of a Culture Ireland Travel Award (2011), a Migrant Artists on Ireland Bursary (2012) and of a Dublin City Council Artist Bursary for Music (2012).  In addition to her sound art work, Susanna is the founder and curator of the first Artists' Residency to open in her native Basilicata,Palazzo Rinaldi.

La Cosa Preziosa

RS -Susanna