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MY CAT IS AN ALIEN (MCIAA) is the duo of radical instantaneous composition and audiovisual art formed by brothers Maurizio and Roberto Opalio in late 1997. They started their activity in Torino, Italy, before moving in a remote region of the Western Alps. Multi-instrumentalists, they primarily play electric and acoustic guitars, self-made string instruments, various toy instruments (so-called 'space toys'), modified electronics ('alientronics') and a wide set of percussion. Roberto Opalio's personal use of wordless vocalizations adds human voice as a further instrument in the list.

MCIAA's work range over many artistic activities: musical performance, films and videos, audiovisual installations, photography, poetry, drawings and paintings.

The visual aspect in MCIAA's esthetics is of primary importance; all record artworks are curated by Roberto Opalio whose distinctive artistic stamp gives a strong style to all their works.

MCIAA have set up multimedia collaborations with vanguards such as Sonic Youth, Christian Marclay, Thurston Moore, Keiji Haino, Lee Ranaldo, Jim O'Rourke, Michael Morley (Dead C), Loren Connors, Jackie-O Motherfucker, Nels Cline, Text of Light, Steve Roden, Mats Gustafsson and many more.

MCIAA have licensed more than 100 records to prestigious international labels such as Thurston Moore's (Sonic Youth) Ecstatic Peace!, as well as to Atavistic Worldwide (USA), Important Records (USA), Les Disques VICTO (CAN), Very Friendly/ Cargo (UK), PSF (Japan), Staalplaat/ Mort Aux Vaches (NL), Eclipse Records (USA), Starlight Furniture Co./ Revolver (USA), Last Visible Dog (USA), Time-Lag Records (USA), PseudoArcana (NZ), Sloow Tapes (B), Ikuisuus (FIN), Digitalis (USA), Elliptical Noise (CAN) among others.
Since the beginning the duo also dedicated to several private and ultra-limited art editions.

Since MCIAA formed, they toured several times in Europe with Sonic Youth, and have performed at many events and international festivals of experimental music and multimedia arts: ATP Nightmare Before Christmas 2006 curated by Thurston Moore, UK / State-X festival, Den Haag /
K-raa-k Festival
, Hasselt / Music Lovers' Field Companion festival c/o The Sage Gateshead, Newcastle / Instants Chavirés, Paris / Cafe Oto, London / La Batie festival - Victoria Hall, Geneve / CCA Center of Contemporary Arts, Glasgow / Feedback Festival, Dijon / Theater Coliseum, Porto / Razzmatazz, Barcelona / Ancien Belgique, Brussel / 013, Tilburg / Stimul Festival, Prague / Fondazione Mazzotta, Milano / Kulturbunker Mulheim, Cologne / VPRO radio tv session, Amsterdam / ZDB, Lisbon / Netmage Festival, Bologna / Extra Festival, Torino / Festival Sotto Le Stelle, Ferrara / La Casa Encendida, Madrid / Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, Canada.

In 2005 Roberto Opalio has been commissioned to design a t-shirt for The Wire magazine.

'Different Shades Of Blue' has been awarded album of 2005 in the Top chart "THE BEST OF AMBIENT WORKS 1969-2009" by Studio Voice magazine and book publications in Japan.

Roberto Opalio and My Cat Is An Alien has taken part to "Sonic Youth etc.: Sensational Fix" touring exhibition, scheduled in big European museums of contemporary arts between 2008 and 2010. At the opening at LiFE museum (F) in June 2008, MCIAA set up a live performance collaboration with Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) and Micheal Morley (Dead C), published by Starlight Furniture Co. USA in September 2009.
A new album of this collaborative project with Lee Ranaldo was published in November 2010 by Atavistic.

Other than the official exhibition catalog published by Walter Koenig (which was awarded in 2008 by L'Arbre à Lettres, Paris), curator Roland Groenenboom presented a spin-off limited zine at Malmo Konsthall, featuring exclusive artworks by Roberto Opalio and MCIAA.

MCIAA's articles, interviews and extended reviews are featured on the most important international music magazines like The Wire (UK), The Sound Projector (UK), Dream Magazine (USA), Arthur Magazine (USA), The Ptolemaic Terrascope (UK), Brokenface (SWE), Dusted Magazine (USA), Foxy Digitalis (USA), Stylus Magazine (USA), Noiseweek (USA), Brainwashed (USA), Kwadratuur (BE), Blow Up (ITA), Gaz-Eta (PL), His Voice (CZ), and many more.

In 2011, Elliptical Noise records (CAN) published 'ALIENOLOGY: Selected Works 1998-2008', a ten disc box retrospective of MCIAA's first thirteen years of activity.

In September 2011, My Cat Is An Alien are the cover stars of The Wire magazine.