CARLO IVO ALIMO BIANCHI
Storm in a Teacup, like the song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. A storm in a teacup, a tempest as potent as it is tiny. Partly because video games just aren't usually produced in Italy, and partly because Carlo Ivo Alimo Bianchi (Ceo and Creative Director) is not quite what you would expect. Carlo never says the word 'game' but rather speaks of a narrative, of a story, of an experience. This is how NERO, Storm in a Teacup's first creation, came about. A man and a child wrapped in cloaks move through a blue night sparkling with lights and reflections. “You play in order to understand the story. With NERO I was interested in giving a meaning to death. And therefore to life”.
Carlo's games are the ultimate in entertainment because of their interactive nature and because you feel part of something. And it is interesting to offer an experience which is not simply playful but also rich with meaning and emotion. The aim is to create a product that generates questions, like the involved narrative of a novel. That is how ENKI came about - a game about fear, where the books that speak of the incredible generosity and strength of Enki (the god of Sumerian mythology, of whom many images have been destroyed by the Islamic State) play a key role. What you read is an analysis, but you also can choose your paths, and, just like in real life, they can lead to different endings.
If he has to think about the future, Carlo has in mind two projects: a trilogy inspired by Coleridge and Plato and something simpler - a love story narrated by the wind. Whatever the idea, though, he knows that he always wants to follow the rule of simplicity: everything must contribute to the experience that he wishes to convey, with the aim of creating something unique and different. And anyway, “competition only produces clones”, when in fact there's room in the video game market for everyone. And for everyone, the opportunity to recount something really new.
The story has been written by Gaia Manzini, writer.
Carlo Ivo Alimo Bianchi is CEO & Creative Director of Storm in a Teacup, which in 2014 presented NERO at the Venice Biennale.