10.05.2023, h 7.30
Curated by Miriam De Rosa
"Desktop Cinema” is a selection of short films curated by Miriam De Rosa, who proposes an in depth study on what it is affirmed as the new audiovisual and artistic genre.
With different variations and renderings for the screen, the works of Iris Blauensteiner, Chloé Galibert-Laîné, Basim Magdy, Corinne Mazzoli, Laure Prouvost, Suneil Sanzgiri and Matteo Stocco, collected in this programme, are all united by the familiar surface of the screen, which no longer becomes merely an image laboratory for the digital age, but a true image.
The artists taking part in this project aestheticise the desktop and its interfaces, making them both a place and an object of display, initiating an artistic reflection on performance, performativity, unveiling, spontaneity and artifice.
“Desktop Cinema” is realised in partnership with Ca' Foscari University of Venice
Image: Suneil Sanzgiri, "at home but not at home“, 2019, still from video, © the artist.
MIRIAM DE ROSA - BIOGRAPHY
Miriam De Rosa deals with research in different fields: visual cultures, artists films and media archaeology. She teaches these subjects at Ca' Foscari University of Venice, where she is associate professor in films and media. Author of "Cinema e postmedia” and a lot of other text essays, she is also an independent curator.
IRIS BLAUENSTEINER - "THE_OTHER_IMAGES“
Iris Blauensteiner, "the_other_images“
The author gets back to Hard Drive where she filed her first film materials, shot in 2008. It is waste material, organised for a possible future use, but due to the passage of time is inaccessible and modified: old formats, which are obsolescent and incompatible, are now useless. The images fade away and the aesthetic they bring to the screen, which corresponds to the author's desktop, powers up processes of distortion, reconfiguration and glitch. The past is not visible anymore and it cannot be used neither to activate the memory nor to build the future; what is left is a present of digital sublime.
Iris Blauensteiner is a filmmaker and fiction author who studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and at the University of Vienna, where she lives. Her last film “The world is blue at its edges”, together with “the_other_images”, “Rest and Sweat” have been shown at many film festivals. Her fiction debut was in 2016 with "Kopfzecke", while her second book, "Atemhaut", came out in 2022 and various short texts are published in anthologies and literary magazines. Since 2010 she has been a member of Golden Pixel Cooperative, an association that promotes moving images, visual arts and media creation.
CHLOÉ GALIBET-LAÎNÉ - "THE EYE WAS IN THE TOMB AND STARED AT DANEY“
Chloé Galibert -Laîné, “The eye was in the tomb and stared ad Daney”
Inspired by a text of Serge Daney dedicated to the film “Eyes Without a Face” by Georges Franju (1960), the author presents a reflection that enhances the sound element by means of a research work on the film, all the steps of which are revealed to us.
After many teaching experiences in various European universities, Chloé Galibert-Laîné, video essayist and filmmaker, is now Senior Researcher at the Lucerne School of Art and Design. Her job finds its place at the intersection between online cinema and media: her attention focuses particularly on the types of spectatorship, gestures of approval of contemporary audiovisual techniques, production processes of meanings and memory through the media. Many of her works are realised in the desktop environment.
BASIM MAGDY - "THE NEW ACID“
Basim Magdy, "The new acid“
A surreal dialog between animals born in captivity and their exchange of text messages about life. The author’s reflection is based on ironic tones and embraces the harmony of fluorescent colours to highlight the contemporary forms of communication with their limitations and potentials.
Basim Magdy was born in Assiut (Egypt) and is currently living and working between Basel and Cairo. As a multidisciplinary artist, he started his research in the painting and drawing field and then he turned to animation, experimentations with analogue films, installation, and sculpture. His works focus especially on the space between reality and illusion, with peculiar interest on the representation of media power and through global culture. His style is based on a clear irony which combines substantial topics with a humoristic and occasionally pop approach.
CORINNE MAZZOLI - “TUTORIAL#1: HOW TO GET A THIGH GAP”
Corinne Mazzoli, “TUTORIAL#1: How to get a Thigh Gap”
This work mimics the popular genre of video tutorials, using rhetorical and aesthetic tones between irony and glam. Mazzoli invented an instrument designed to modify the form of the superior part of the legs, obtaining the so-called “thigh gap”. It is a revisiting of “Leg Straightener” by Daniel Gottlieb Moritz Schreber (1808-1861), which reintroduces remarks on the appearance in the contemporary era and on the communication forms spreading them. The video shows the typical scrolling effect on the internet.
Corinne Mazzoli is a visual artist, performer and video maker who lives and works in Venice. Her work investigates production and postproduction mechanisms, online community forms, and expressive forms for the network.
She is interested in the DIY aesthetic and its political potential: among the objects of her latest artistic research, there are video and counter tutorials, to which she has dedicated a project awarded by the Italian Council.
Some of her main exhibitions are NITJA Centre for Contemporary Art in Oslo and the 19th Biennale del Mediterraneo in San Marino, Academy Young: “Tutorial non-convenzionali” at MA*GA in Gallarate.
LAURE PROUVOST - "WE KNOW WE ARE JUST PIXELS“
Laure Prouvost, "We Know We Are Just Pixels“
Prouvost lets the images talk, giving them human characteristics and faculties. We are witnesses of a conversation between these pictures, worried about their existence, vulnerability, and the relationship with their observers. Images wish to be more than just pixels, they go beyond the device's horizon which has created them and allows their projection. The result is a juxtaposition of the pressing rhythm, dazzling and fast, enough to challenge the human eye's ability to catch them.
Prouvost was born in France, and she lives in Antwerp. She studied in London, where she took part in the LUX Associate programme of the important audiovisual distribution association which represents her. Provoust has a leading role in many national and international art exhibitions, allowing her to be awarded the Turner Prize 2013 and to represent her country at the Venice Biennale of 2019.
SUNEIL SANZGIRI - "AT HOME BUT NOT AT HOME“
Suneil Sanzgiri, "at home but not at home“
The film combines 16 mm, drone directed air sequences, materials of the Indian cinema movement “Parallel Cinema”, video-interviews hosted on Skype with screen captures on desktop. The variety of materials investigates the ways of processing the matter of the far-away diaspora, stressing the inter-generational conversation about the identity, memory, and artifice construction through the image.
Suneil Sanzgiri is an artist, researcher and filmmaker: his work includes the experimental video, the film, the animation, the essay-writing, and the installation. The pivotal themes are the research of identity, the cultural heritage, and the diaspora, especially the structural violence. His works were exhibited in many art institutions. He studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and now teaches and works on his first personal full-length film at the same time. The Brooklyn Museum announced his first personal art exhibition that will take place fall 2023.
MATTEO STOCCO - "THE BELT“
Matteo Stocco, "The belt“
This work is a journey that begins as an interactive film for the web. Nocturnal and physical, taking place on a road seen from the car window, and virtual, happening on the surface of a screen whose windows we recognise. The choreography of the machine movement is combined with those of the web applications without interruption.
Matteo Stocco, freelance video maker and motion designer, is an artist who lives and works in Venice. In 2012, he graduated in Multimedia and Visual Communication at IUAV University of Venice, with an interactive video-web prototype. In 2014, he founded a collective called Kinonauts with Matteo Primiterra. His artistic interests range from the construction of audiovisual products with cross-media connotations to the production of documentaries.