Francesco Bertocco

Video Letter: When The Video Becomes Conscience

There is a story which is divided into two parts like two consciences which interlace with each other, fading into each other and embracing each other. Shuji Terayana, a person with close connections to the theatre, a poet and a person involved in the avant-garde film industry on the one hand; Shuntaro Tanikawa, a poet on the other.... READ MORE...

Kenneth Anger And The New American Cinema

The New American Cinema - NAC, represents one of the most meaningful artistic experience within the indipendent cinematography of the 60s, free from Hollywoodian empires and a mythopoetic all-engaging Star System. A group of directors - whose patroness and inspirer was Maya Deren - which included i.a. Jonas Mekas, Stan Brakhage and Michael Snow - began to meet at the margins of the official cinematography, deteriorating the visual monopoly of great producers. Through poor means which seemed to be a stylistic manifesto, they created a series of experimental films on the wave of the first vanguards, by then still half-asleep in the story of the audiovisual world.... READ MORE...

Voom, By Robert Wilson:the Surface Of A Myth

There is a figure which seems to stop the time, move with care along its borders, fly above it, go through it but then sit outside it. It is a man who wears only his slips and stand in front of us, fixing us. Above us the rain begins to fall. The light is steered by a blinding intense blue which looks like a chemical color lent by Klein's imagination or by the fluorescent lamp of a sleazy club.... READ MORE...

Derek Jarman’s Visual Painting

The incredibile influence of Derek Jarman's cinema is considered as an unavoidable background for every research on the new visual languages from the end of the '70s. His ability to survive and fall always on his feet in a vogue of indipendent cinematographers, outside the main channels of cinematographic production made him a kind of living god (Holy Derek). He is a survivor in a generation which spent all its energies and attention in the visual research and representation methods.... READ MORE...

Douglas Gordon: The Time Of Narration

In the works of video artist Douglas Gordon - one of the most important visual artists of his generation, awarded with the prestigious Turner Prize in 1996 when he was just 30 years old - the timing of movie narration gets twisted by a new device, that modifies its extension, its message, and the perception of the action it encloses.... READ MORE...

Time And Identity In The Work Of Tacita Dean

Let me begin this text with an hypothesis, and join two elements that will help us fathom some important works of the British video artist Tacita Dean, born in Canterbury in 1965, always so balanced between representation and documentation, between contemplation and the action of seeing.... READ MORE...

Philippe Parreno: No Ghost Just A Shell

I would like to begin this presentation of the work of a great French video artist and experimental filmmaker Philippe Parreno, with two specific terms: 'acquisition' and 'definition'. These are living a new semantic splendour inside the vocabulary of new technologies, mainly connected to the world of images, or the properties of images in function to their relationship as objects, even if virtual objects... READ MORE...

Matthew Barney: Contemporary Mythologies

In Turin, at the Fondazione Mario Merz, a retrospective of one of the most visionary and discussed contemporary artists, Matthew Barney, has just ended. In a site-specific set, composed by 5 screens arranged in a circle and others following the site's perimeter, Barney's work was exhibited in all its spectacular mood and in its entirety, together with sculptures and drawings which guided the visitor to a better comprehension.... READ MORE...