26-27 June 2019

Cinema dei Piccoli, Rome

Chris Marker
La Jetée
1962, 29'
Courtesy Argos / Tamasa

Constructed almost entirely from still images, La Jetée tells the story of a post-nuclear war experiment in time travel, in which a man is forced to explore his memories in the wake of the war’s devastation. Travelling back and forth, in and out of time, the man must find a solution to the world’s fate. Yet, while doing so, he lives in the perpetual memory of a lone female, of life, death, and past events.
Larissa Sansour
A Space Exodus
2009, 5’ 24”
Courtesy of the artist and Montoro12 Gallery Brussels/Rome

A Space Exodus quirkily parodies Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, situated within a Middle Eastern political context. Echoing Kubrick's thematic concerns for human evolution, progress and technology, Sansour posits the idea of a first Palestinian in space and, referencing Neil Armstrong's moon landing, interprets this theoretical gesture as "a small step for a Palestinian, a giant leap for mankind".
Neil Beloufa
Kempinski
2007, 13' 58"
Courtesy of the artist

Shot in Mali, Kempinski is a science fiction documentary featuring interviews with local inhabitants as they imagine their visions of the future. Through a series of striking tableaux, Beloufa captures a sense of vertigo and unease by interweaving fantasy with reality. The scenario of Kempinski is defined by specific rules: interviewed people imagine the future and speak about it in the present tense.
Yuri Ancarani
Piattaforma Luna
2011, 25'
still from video
Courtesy Yuri Ancarani

In Piattaforma Luna, reality and dreamlike dimensions continuously overlap and intersect, creating a science fiction film that developed out of a real life, shared experience, created by the artist with a group of six scuba divers specialised in deep sea operations. In an offshore operation conducted on the Luna platform, underwater technical operators live for weeks on end between the bottom of the sea and a diving chamber.
Nathaniel Mellors
The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview
2013-2014, 22'
33mm & digital-8 HD Transfer

In an interview between a naïve contemporary young man and an apparently real Neanderthal, the Neanderthal turns out to be more intelligent and cunning than the young man. In this lesson in Humanism, halfway between a hallucinatory trip and brainwashing, we are brought to understand that a man wanting to control reality, people, and the past quickly becomes possessed by himself.
Carola Bonfili
3412 Kafka - First Chapter
2018, 8' 25"
CGI, VR (HTC Vice Pro), progetto audio di Francesco Fonassi, progetto grafico di Imago Team

3412 Kafka – First Chapter is an interactive video based on a montage of a number of virtual landscapes. The work acts as a mnemonic trace that undergoes temporal variations, thereby bridging the gap between the event as it actually occurs, and the image it forms when reaching the surface.
Larissa Sansour
Nation Estate
2012, 9'
Courtesy of the artist and Montoro12 Gallery Brussels/Rome

Nation Estate offers a clinically dystopian, yet humorous approach to the deadlock in the Middle East. The film explores a vertical solution to Palestinian statehood. Palestinians have their state in the form of a single skyscraper: the Nation Estate. One colossal high-rise houses the entire Palestinian population - now finally living the high life.
George Kuchar
Planet of the Vamps
2000, 24'
Image copyright of the artist, courtesy of Video Data Bank, www.vdb.org, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

This sci-fi adventure centres on the interaction between a crew of Earthmen and their seduction by the love-hungry Amazons of the red planet, Mars. The ambitions were high and the necklines low in this effects-laden tribute to pulp fiction fantasy and intergalactic intercourse.
Rosa Barba
Somnium
2011, 18' 20"
16mm film transferred to video, color, sound
Courtesy of the artist and Vistamare / Vistamarestudio, Pescara / Milano

Somnium is based on recordings made by the artist in Rotterdam at a site planned as a future harbour, to become operational in 2030. The landscape is surreal, strange, uninhabited, and captures the science fiction tone of the 1634 novel by German astronomer Johannes Kepler, a novel considered today as a pioneer of the sci-fi genre.
Jeremy Shaw
Quickeners
2014, 36' 12"
Courtesy the artist and König Galerie Berlin

Quickeners is a kind of sci-fi pseudo-documentary, taking its source material from the 1967 cinema verité film, “Holy Ghost People”, that depicts the worship service of a Pentecostal church in a small American town. Shaw’s re-worked video is presented by a BBC-like narrator who details the story of the Quickeners in a deadpan tone.
John Akomfrah
The Last Angel of History
1995, 45' 7"
single channel colour video, sound
© Smoking Dogs Films; Courtesy Smoking Dogs Films and Lisson Gallery.

Creating connections between black unpopular culture, outer space and the limits of the human condition, this cinematic essay - one of the most influential video-essays of the 1990s - posits science fiction as a metaphor for the Pan-African experience of forced displacement, cultural alienation, and otherness.
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17 December 2018

CASTRO, Rome

Christmas Special

PAD - Piccolo Artigianato Digitale
Pattini d'argento
2007, 37’
video, MiniDV, colour, sound
Courtesy the artists:
Federico Chiari, Anna Franceschini, Diego Marcon
PAD - Piccolo Artigianato Digitale
Pattini d'argento
2007, 37’
video, MiniDV, colour, sound
Courtesy the artists:
Federico Chiari, Anna Franceschini, Diego Marcon
PAD - Piccolo Artigianato Digitale
Pattini d'argento
2007, 37’
video, MiniDV, colour, sound
Courtesy the artists:
Federico Chiari, Anna Franceschini, Diego Marcon
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26 October 2018

Ex Planetarium of the Diocletian Baths, Rome

Ready, Steady, Play

Luigi Ontani
Ciao
1985
video, colour, sound, 14”
from Art Break at MTV Networks
Courtesy the artist and GAM – Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin
Martin Creed
Work No. 1454 1-100
2012
digital film, 1' 44"
Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth
Carsten Nicolai
future past perfect pt. 3 (u_08_01)
2009
HD short movie on blu ray disc, 3’ 43”
Courtesy by Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin and Pace Gallery VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Bruce Conner
Mea Culpa by Brian Eno & David Byrne
1981, 5’ 13”
Derek Jarman
Ask by The Smiths
1986, 3' 14"
William Wegman & Robert Breer
Blue Monday '88 by New Order
1983, 4' 23"
Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.
Ron Hays
Let's Groove by Earth, Wind & Fire
1981, 3' 56"
Bruce Conner
Breakaway by Toni Basil
1966, 5'
Derek Jarman
Dance Hall Days by Wang Chung
1983
video, 3' 59"
Marie Losier
Papal Broken Dance by PTV3- Genesis P-Orridge
2008, 6'
© Marie Losier. Distributed by Collectif Jeune Cinéma
Martin Creed
Work No. 1701
2013
digital film, 4’ 36”
Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth
Eddie Peake - Gwilym Gold
Flex
2015, 4’ 03”
Produced by The Vinyl Factory ℗ 2015 Gwilym Gold under license to HYMN. © 2015 Gwilym Gold
Roger Ballen
I Fink U Freeky by Die Antwoord
2012, 3’ 55”
Courtesy the artist
Will Benedict
I AM A PROBLEM (Enemy Ladder) by Wolf Eyes
2017, 3' 30"
Courtesy Galerie Balice Hertling, Paris & Giò Marconi, Milan
Derek Jarman
Rent by Pet Shop Boys
1987, 3' 35"
Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard
More News From Nowhere by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
2008, 7' 56"
Rä di Martino
Porcelain Raft by The Poets Were Right
2013/2017, 2’ 38”
Courtesy Ra di Martino / Porcelain Raft
Eddie Peake – Gwilym Gold
Muscle
2015, 4’ 43”
Produced by The Vinyl Factory ℗ 2015 Gwilym Gold under license to HYMN. © 2015 Gwilym Gold
Johanna Billing
You Don’t Love Me Yet
2003
HD, 7’ 43”
Original song by Roky Erickson, published by R. Erickson 1984. Musical arrangements by Ida Lundén, recorded and mixed by Pontus Olsson in Atlantis Studio, Stockholm June 2003.
Produced by Index – the Swedish contemporary art foundation in collaboration with Nifca, Helsinki
Marie Losier
Cet Air La by April March & Julien Gasc
2010, 3’
© Marie Losier. Distributed by Collectif Jeune Cinéma
Mathew Sawyer & The Ghosts
Love is a Place
2005, 2’ 29”
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21-22-23 May 2018

Cinema dei Piccoli, Rome

Derek Jarman
The Queen is Dead by The Smiths
1986
Super 8 transferred to Single Channel video, 13’
Laurie Simmons
The Music of Regret
2006
35mm film transferred to HD Single Channel video, 40’
Courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, New York

The Music of Regret is a 35mm film that grew out of the artist's photographic work and is structured as a mini-musical in three acts. A surrealistic world inhabited by vintage child-craft puppets becomes the perfect backdrop for contemporary dramas, where dummies sing about pains and failures of attachment and communication.
Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard
More News From Nowhere by Nick Cave
2008
video, 7’ 56”
Pipilotti Rist
I'm a victim of this song
1995
video, colour, sound, 5’ 06”
© 2018 Pipilotti Rist Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York

For I'm a Victim of This Song, artist Pipilotti Rist used Chris Isaak's song 'Wicked Game' to give a rare personal interpretation using her own voice. Rist starts to sing this extremely sentimental song with a soft voice and gradually abandons herself to a dramatic and pathetic interpretation where the whispers turn into a hoarse and desperate cry.
Derek Jarman
Rent by Pet Shop Boys
1987
video, 5’
Mark Oates, Tom Rubnitz
Psykho III The Musical
1985
video, 23’ 46”
Courtesy of Video Data Bank at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Psykho III The Musical was a stage musical parody following the release of Psycho II in 1983, written, directed, and produced by Mark Oates. Performed at the East Village’s most notorious nightspot, The Pyramid Club, the video adaptation of the stage musical was directed by artist Tom Rubnitz.
Carles Congost
Wonders
2016
HD video, 15’
Courtesy the artist & Galeria Joan Prats

Wonders uses resources close to the musical biopic and performance to analyze the figure of the "one-hit wonder". The expression "one-hit wonder" is used, in the record industry, for those singers who have attained massive recognition thanks to a single successful song.
Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Búrca
Estás vendo coisas (You are seeing things)
2017
4K, colour, sound 5.1, 16’
Courtesy the artists and Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

The video analyzes the Brega phenomenon, a genre of popular music in Brazil, and is performed by actual members of its cultural and artistic scene.
Deimantas Narkevicius
Ausgeträumt
2010
HD video, 5’ 35”
Courtesy the artist and gb agency, Paris

Addressing his fascination with naiveté, understood by the artist as “an initial state to be creative for any beginner in any field of arts”, Narkevicius documents a small group of young Lithuanian boys who have just started a band, interspersing shots of their wintertime surroundings in Vilnius.
Mark Leckey
Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore
1999
DVD, TRT: 15’
Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/Rome
©Mark Leckey, 2018

The film remixes fragments of found video footages from British nightclubs with an amalgamation of sounds and images in slow motion, to examine thirty years of countercultural nightlife, and is probably the finest portrayal of the British club life ever captured.
Andy Warhol
Hello Again by The Cars
1984
video, 4’ 32”
Derek Jarman
Dance Hall Days by Wang Chung
1983
video, 3’ 58”
Rä Di Martino
The Show Mas Go On 2014
HD video, 30’
Courtesy Copperfield, London

The title of the film is a word play on the acronym MAS, an Italian fashion store. MAS opened in Rome at the beginning of the last century as a luxury store and slowly turned into a popular discount store frequented by people looking for fabulous prices. Now that the store is definitively closed, the artist transformed this cult place into a "stage".
Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard
Higgs Boson Blues by Nick Cave
2013
video, 9’ 14”
Nathan Carter
The DRAMASTICS are Loud
2016
MP4 video, 29’
Courtesy the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York

The video chronicles the adventures of the punk rock band The DRAMASTICS. The characters in the all-female band, inspired by real-life groups like The Slits, Blondie and Bikini Kill, are 10 inch tall paper, glue, paint and wire cut-out figures set in dioramas.
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26-27-28 September 2017

Ryan Gander
Imagineering
2013, 1’ 08”
© Ryan Gander. Courtesy the artist.

Imagineering is a short television commercial developed by an existing advertising agency working to the artist’s brief. The fictitious commercial promotes a return to childlike imagination among the British public, as though commissioned by the British government’s Department for Business, Innovation & Skills. What exactly happens when one sets in motion this chain of events? Bubbles happen. Lots of them.
Marco Raparelli
Muscles
2011, 1’ 30”
Courtesy of Umberto di Marino, Naples

An animated cartoon that underpins with playful irony the daily paradoxes of contemporary life and its oddball characters.
Rachel Maclean
Over the Rainbow
2013, 42’
Commissioned by Collective Gallery and The Banff Centre, Canada, as part of a 6-month Scottish Arts Council Residency.

Inspired by the Technicolor utopias of children’s television, Over The Rainbow invites the viewer into a shape-shifting world inhabited by cuddly monsters, faceless clones and gruesome pop divas.
John Baldessari
Three Feathers and Other Fairy Tales
1973, 31’ 15”
Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.

In Three Feathers and Other Fairy Tales Baldessari reads six fairy tales, each of which expresses primal fears and subconscious desires.
Marco Raparelli
Fly mc Fly
2008, 1' 02"
Courtesy the artist.

An animated cartoon that underpins with playful irony the daily paradoxes of contemporary life and its oddball characters.
Andy Holden
Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape
2011-2016, 57’
© Andy Holden. Courtesy the artist.

Part lecture, part conspiracy theory, Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape examines the formation of ‘laws’ within cartoons as a way of making sense of the world we live in. It humorously focuses on the physics of the cartoon world, which defy the normal conditions of gravity, force, and velocity.
Marco Raparelli
Elephant and man
2006, 52”
Courtesy the artist.

An animated cartoon that underpins with playful irony the daily paradoxes of contemporary life and its oddball characters.
Quay Brothers
Street of Crocodiles
1986, 20’
Courtesy of the BFI.

Based on a collection of short stories by Bruno Schulz, Street of Crocodiles takes place in a nightmarish netherworld populated by strange and sinister puppets, in which a museum keeper spits into the eyepiece of an ancient peep-show and sets the musty machine going. Inside, the puppets partake of a series of bizarre rituals amongst the dirt and the grime.
Marvin Gaye Chetwynd
Vision Verticale
2014, 31’ 10”
© Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, courtesy of Sadie Coles HQ, London.

While on board a space station, the daily routine of Centre National des Etudes Spatiales (CNES) scientists, portrayed with hilarious parody, is destabilized by the apparition of a strange and mysterious presence.
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21-22-23 March 2017

Rossella Biscotti
The Undercover Man
2008, 30’
Italy
Courtesy of the artist and Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam.

Joseph D. Pistone, a former FBI agent, worked undercover for six years as jewel-thief Donnie Brasco in order to infiltrate the Bonanno crime family, one of the most powerful Mafia clans in New York. The film explores the memories and identity of a man who lived a fictional persona and must now live in the shadows to protect himself.
Jeremy Deller & Nicholas Abrahams
The Bruce Lacey Experience
2012, 67’
UK
Courtesy of the artist and art: concept, Paris; Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow.

"When we met Bruce Lacey we were entranced – a modern day magus in brightly coloured clothes, he combines a very British interest in art and science, bringing them together in a way unlike anyone else either of us had encountered."
Elisabeth Subrin
Shulie
1997, 36'
United States
Copyright of Elisabeth Subrin, courtesy of Video Data Bank at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Shulie was inspired by Subrin’s rediscovery of a little-known 1967 documentary profiling a young Chicago art student, Shulamith Firestone. The original film documents Firestone three years before she published The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution and became recognized as a key figure in the development of radical feminism.
Arvo Leo
Fish Plane, Heart Clock
2014, 60’
Canada/Switzerland
Courtesy of the artist.

Fish Plane, Heart Clock celebrates and responds to the work of the Inuit hunter-turned-artist Pudlo Pudlat. Twenty-two years after Pudlo’s death, Arvo Leo travelled to Kinngait, Canada to spend the spring living where Pudlo made his work. The film is a lyrical celebration of Pudlo’s work but also a realistic and magical realistic document of contemporary life in Kinngait.
Dani Gal
As From Afar (Wie aus der Ferne)
2013, 26'
Germany/Austria
Courtesy of the artist.

After serving 20 years in prison, Albert Speer, the Third Reich’s chief architect and one of Hitler’s closest friends, made efforts to clear his name and became a public persona with the help of his autobiography. He made contact with Simon Wiesenthal, a former concentration camp prisoner who dedicated his life to locating and bringing Nazi criminals to justice.
Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard
20,000 Days on Earth
2014, 97’
UK
Courtesy Nexo Digital.

20,000 Days on Earth depicts a fictitious 24-hour period in the life of Australian musician, songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and actor Nick Cave, prior to and during the recording of his 2013 album Push the Sky Away. This study of Cave playfully disguises itself as fiction while fulfilling the requirements of a biographical documentary.
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26-27-28 October 2016

Jesus Rinzoli
Theatrical trailer for Hiker Meat
1982, 1’ 52’’
Italy

A real trailer for a fictional film, Hiker Meat explores the tension between fact and fiction in the narratives we use to define our identities and share our stories. A new type of storytelling is proposed, which includes unreliable narration, multiple realities and meta-commentary.
Cindy Sherman
Office Killer
1997, 82’
USA
Miramax/Park Circus.

When Dorine Douglas' job at Constant Consumer Magazine is turned into an at-home position during a downsizing, she doesn't know how to cope, but after accidentally killing one of her co-workers, she discovers that murder can quench the loneliness of her home life, as a macabre office place forms in her basement, populated by dead co-workers.
Loris Greaud
Theatrical trailer for Sculpt
2016, 2’ 28’’
USA

Sculpt follows the thoughts of a man whom we don’t know much about; he seems to be constantly developing the very concept of what experiencing beauty, thought, or obsession can be, despite the risks that the subjects are exposed to in the long term.
Fischli & Weiss
The Point of Least Resistance
1980-81, 30’
Switzerland
Copyright: Peter Fischli David Weiss Zürich / Courtesy Sprüth Magers Berlin London; Matthew Marks Gallery New York and Los Angeles; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich.

Set against a noir-style Los Angeles background, two artists in rat and bear costumes become embroiled in a murder mystery that raises questions and observations on the nature of art and crime before spiralling into sublime flights of fancy.
Fischli & Weiss
The Right Way
1983, 55’
Switzerland
Copyright: Peter Fischli David Weiss Zürich / Courtesy Sprüth Magers Berlin London; Matthew Marks Gallery New York and Los Angeles; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich

Friendship is once again put to the test as rat and bear go hiking in the open, unspoiled countryside, at the mercy of the elements and all kinds of miracles - and, above all, at the mercy of themselves.
Omer Fast
Theatrical trailer for Remainder
2015, 1’ 50"
UK/Germany

A London man who loses his memory when he's struck by a falling object develops a way to reconstruct his past. His obsessive efforts are funded by a large financial settlement for an accident he cannot remember.
Kathrin Sonntag
Dracula’s Ghost
2009, 21’ 22’’
Germany
Courtesy Kadel Willborn, Düsseldorf and the artist.

Dracula’s Ghost describes the bizarre mutations of meaning undergone by the Dracula myth in Romania, and explains how the vampire Dracula was actually an imported concept, appearing in Romania only after the opening of the borders for tourism in the 1960s.
Diego Marcon
Storie di fantasmi per adulti
2010, 16' 22"
Italy
Courtesy of the artist.

Composed of a sequence of still images of paintings, photographs, small sculptures, trinkets, Storie di fantasmi per adulti activates the gaze and imagination of the viewer on what would appear to be a series of still lifes and revealing the true – and surprising – nature of the objects.
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