The exhibition Directing The Real. Films and videos of artists in 2010, in the magnificent frame of the Galleria delle Carrozze di Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence
The exhibition Directing The Real. Films and videos of artists in 2010, in the magnificent frame of the Galleria delle Carrozze di Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence, until December 10th, shows the works of international artists participating in Lo Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival, an international project exploring relations between contemporary art and cinema with movie and video installations. Directing The Real. Films and videos of artists in 2010 was born to celebrate the decade of Lo Schermo dell’Arte and brings together the works of emerging artists working with moving images and this exhibition offers the audience a personal look on the changes that the video language is going through, due to the overwhelming advancement of technology and the speed with which information moves. The boundaries between the real world and the virtual world are becoming more and more lively, as our privacy is actually threatened, as we can see in Secret words and related stories, by Jonna Kina’s work, in which a series of passwords and narrator voices question the state of insecurity of contemporary society, through the reading of serious and touching stories (see image of the little girl on a red background).
Technology does not invade only the personal sphere, but also the environment, as in the case of the Janis Rafa’s film Winter came early, where the violent impact of a machine against an almond tree causes premature fall of leaves, interrupting its life cycle. Terrestrial ground is filling with toxic materials and Louis Henderson, through the video All That Is Solid, shows electronic waste released periodically in the Agbogbloshie landfill in Accra and in the illegal gold mines in Ghana. Our landscape is not the only one to be struck by the technological revolution we are witnessing. In the course of history, there has been a progressive changing between man and the production process: the machines have occupied more and more space in industrial cycles and Danilo Correale’s video Equivalent Units shows the revolution of workers in the harbour of Genoa due to the recent automation.
The injustices in this area are told by Alessandra Ferrini in Radio Ghetto Relay that, combining sounds, texts and images, gives voice to the residents of the Gran Ghetto of Rignano (Puglia), a slum that recently hosted thousands of migrants from Western Africa intensely exploited in the fields. Collective memory is slowly disintegrating, as claimed in Orientation Sirah Foighel Brutmann and Eitan Efrat, who examine the uncertain destiny of the Salami sanctuary, once situated in an old Palestinian village occupied in 1948 by the Israeli army, whose property is still today subjected to fierce disputes among peoples. In other cases, however, the boundaries between states are disappearing into a sort of “virtual alliance”: Patrick Thomas’s road movie Hotel Desterro hopes the birth of a transcultural bridge that can go beyond national states and the border concept, starting with the colonial relationship that Portugal had with West Africa.
One of the major background themes, could only be the transition from analogue to digital and the impact that technology has and will have on our way of life. New technologies will soon reach levels of perfection and innovation hardly imaginable just a few decades ago.
We are forced to confront us with new and ever-evolving artificial intelligence: Justine Emard in Co(Al)xistence video plays on this, imagining the interaction between an actor / dancer and a robot capable of learning and improving from its experience with humans and to elaborate autonomous reactions, thanks to a deep learning system. Are we close to what science fiction had imagined for our future?