The projection at the cinema Lumière of Umano non umano, directed by Mario Schifano in 1969 as a part of the trilogy Trilogia per un massacro, marks the beginning of a new series of film reviews promoted and realized in collaboration by the Cineteca di Bologna and Galleria de’ Foscherari, entirely dedicated to Avant-garde cinema. This new season of events, significantly named Il cinema d’artista italiano dalla Avanguardia alla Videoarte (1969-89) – Italian art cinema, from Avant-garde to video art (1969-89) – was made possible through the support of different organizations: ASAC (Archivio Storico della Biennale di Venezia), Cavallino (historical art gallery in Venice), Centro Videoarte di Ferrara, founded by Lola Bonora who is actively taking part in the realization of the events together with her associate Carlo Ansaloni, and the historical archive Casa Totiana in Rome dedicated to the memory of the versatile artist Gianni Toti.
After the showing on May 6th of Umano non umano – one of the most representative films of italian art cinema – the new season of film reviews will carries on with the exploration of the genesis and the first experiments of Videoarte in the 70s and 80s. Galleria de’Foscherari will feature a video art movie every Wednesday from May 13th to June 10th. The whole series of projections is based on the idea that the Avant-garde cinema, as all Avant-garde movements, after the spreading of the countercultural revolt at the end of the 60s, reached its conclusion and had to find new expressive means, beyond art house movies, to pursue its opposition to the mainstream economy and its quest for new languages. In this context the video, ultimate rediscovery of the technique, seems to be the answer and becomes the privileged form of artistic experimentation. This is an international phenomenon and included personalties such as Jean-Luc Godard who, during the venture of his Video years, found in Italy a responsive and fertile land that would generate remarkable results. Those results are the actual motive of this documentary project to keep the historical memory alive and contrast its dispersion that is a concrete threat in our fiercely revisionist era. The film exhibition features the work of famous filmmakers such as Angela Ricci Lucchi or Yervant Gianikian, of well known artists such as Boetti, Calzolari, Cintoli, De Dominicis or Merz and of video and video sculpture specialists such as Aggetti, Chiari, Giumen, Plessi, Sartorelli or Viola and will be extensively presented on wednesday May 13th at 6 pm at the Galleria de’ Foscherari.
On the occasion of the event Maurizio Camerani 1979-89: un video due sculture e quattro disegni, two video installations of the artist from Ferrara - Segnale (1979) and Vista dal basso (1989) - will be presented for the first time as they constitute a significant contribution to the evolution of tridimensional articulation of Video art.