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DIGIMAG 63 - APRIL 2011
AUDIOVISUALS FROM A DARKROOM
Txt: Marco Mancuso
Let's start from an assumption: I am not a film critic and more in general I do not work exclusively on experimental cinema. This analysis of the avant guard director Peter Tscherkassky, born in Wien in 1958 and winner at the 67th Venice Film Festival in the "Nuovi Orizzonti" section with the film Coming Attractions, will probably lack those lexical elements and elements of analysis used by the most orthodox film criticism, and will inesorably be exposed to a radical reading of the following text. In spite of that, my intention is to highlight the austrian director's work, in terms of the importance that I think it has not only as far as cinema is concerned, but also and especially towards the production and the audiovisual research taken as an aesthetic-expressive possibility of the sound-image relationship.
MORE PERFECT UNION
THE EMOTIONAL CARTOGRAPHY BY LUKE DUBOIS
Txt: Pasquale Napolitano
More Perfect Union, the last work by Luke Dubois (United States, 1975), artist, scholar, musician, represeted by the Bitforms Gallery in New York (directed by Steve Sacks e Laura Blereau), one of the most influential exhibition centers in the digital art scenario, places itself as an interesting attempt to investigate the sentimental life of americans,
through the digital visualization potential. The work is about a mapping of the american identity through an analysis of the 21 main online meeting websites. A sort of media coverage and aestheticization of the most important experiences of investigating interpersonal relationships - like Comizi d'amore by Pier Paolo Pasolini or by Alfred Kisey if you want, who with his relationships defied the conventions taking care of issues until then considered a taboo.
WHEN STEALING BECOMES ART
Txt: Tatiana Bazzichelli
In the essay The author as a producer (1934), Walter Benjamin describes the author's role through the figure of the engineer. Instead of reproducing the production apparatuses, the author/engineer is able to intervene within them, transforming the cultural production function itself and opening it up to the collective intervention. The engineer figure described by Walter Benjamin reminds the "tactical" art by Paolo Cirio, who contributes to transform the meaning of the artistic practice from within, by unveiling the unsolved knots in the art field. Through his artworks, Paolo Cirio intervenes tactically locating some plugs of a puzzle which can be finished only by directly involving its referents, being them either corporations, media apparatuses, or the so-called network "users".
THE DIGITAL GREGOR SAMSA
INTERVIEW WITH PIERRICK SORIN
Txt: Alexandra Purcaru
Paris is proving increasingly active on the artistic innovations of the
digital scene. New centers dedicated to Digital Arts have been flourishing in the last decade. The Cube was born in 2001 in Issy, the CentQuatre 104 was born in 2008, and the Gaîté Lyrique just opened in 2011. The three of them are platforms for creativity and avant-gardist sound, open to installations, exhibitions, performance, dance, rhythm and noise. Pierrick Sorin, a multimedia artist which expresses himself through various means such as sound and video installations, presented the project entitled: 22:13 (this title is likely to be changed at any moment) at CentQuatre.