“Schermo dell’arte” has formed a partnership with MYmovies and, with the added collaboration of the authors who have granted the rights, is streaming artists’ films from its archive.
From 12 March to 3 April 2020, some films from the Lo schermo dell’arte archive can be streamed for free on the MYmovies platform. So far the following artists have joined the initiative: Phil Collins, Jordi Colomer, Jeremy Deller, Rä di Martino, Rebecca Digne, Omer Fast, Flatform, Alfredo Jaar, Adrian Paci, Martina Melilli and Luca Trevisani.
Phil Collins, marxism today (prologue), 2010, 35’
Made for the Berlin Biennale 2010, marxism today (prologue) tells the story of three former teachers of Marxist-Leninist philosophy in the aftermath of the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany.
Jordi Colomer, New Palermo Felicissima,Italy, 2018, 21’
The Spanish artist imagines a procession of boats going from the cove of Sant’Erasmo in Palermo along the southern coast. On board there are representatives of the city’s different communities accompanied by a foreign guide, the actress Laura Weissmahr, who recites texts by the Palermitan writer Roberto Alaimo.
Jeremy Deller, Everybody In The Place: An Incomplete History of Britain 1984-1992, United Kingdom 2018, 61’
The acid house myth as a niche music genre, the exclusive preserve of a small avant-garde of fashionable London DJs, has been completely superseded and proved false. In this film, Jeremy Deller explains, in a lecture given to some high school students in London, the birth and development of a music genre, a culture and lifestyle that changed the face of Britain forever, and places acid house at the centre of the great social transformation that took place in the country from the 80s to the early 90s.
Rä di Martino, The Show MAS Go on, Italy, 2014, 30’
This film, with a pun in the title derived from the famous song by Queen, captures the artist’s ironic intent to tell the curious story of the huge Roman warehouse MAS, an acronym for Magazzini allo Statuto, on hearing the news of its imminent closure.
Rebecca Digne, SEL, France, 2016, 4’
Filmed on Le Havre beach in a single day, when the sun rises and the sea comes in, the film is the result of a performance in which 5 actors (artists who, along with Digne, took part in the VISIO 2015 programme) carry blocks of salt, which are normally used in agriculture to prevent sodium deficiency in animals grazing on the land, to the shoreline.
Omer Fast, Continuity,<98> Germany 2016, 85’
Made for dOCUMENTA (13) in 2012, this new Continuity montage, to which 30 minutes of footage have been added, narrates the return home from Afghanistan of a young German soldier called Daniel.
Flatform, Quantum, Italy 2015, 8’
This short film, directed by Flatform, an Italian collective working between Milan and Berlin, frames a typical Italian landscape on a mountain top and shows it as a miniature.
Alfredo Jaar, Pasolini’s Ashes, 2009 38’
Pasolini’s life and his tragic death are narrated in a documentary by the Chilean artist where passages shot by Jaar alternate with sequences taken from Pasolini’s films, archive materials and interviews.
Adrian Paci, The Column, Italy, 2013, 26’
A block of marble extracted from a quarry in China is transported across the sea on a ship. During this journey, apparently without destination, the block is transformed into an elegant classical column; this is done by Chinese craftsmen, who operate with purposefulness and skill without making any mistakes, while the white dust from the working process covers their faces and the entire deck.
Martina Melilli (1987, Italy) Mum, I am sorry 2017, 16’56’’. Courtesy of the artist
The project arises from a dialogue between the artist and several migrants who survived long dangerous journeys to Europe and is the result of a collaboration with Dr. Cristina Cattaneo, an anatomopathologist and forensic anthropologist.
Luca Trevisani, Sudan, Italy, 2016, 15’
For years white rhinos have been killed by poachers because it is believed that their valuable horns have aphrodisiac benefits. Trevisan films Sudan, a rhinoceros that died in March 2018 at the age of 45 and lived for many years in Dvůr Králové Zoo, in the Czech Republic, losing its reproductive ability to continue the species due to the cold, and then later was kept in a nature reserve in Nanyuki, Kenya, protected by armed guards.
12 March – 3 April 2020
images: (cover 1) Rebecca Digne, «Sel», 2016, still da video (2) Jordi Colomer, «New Palermo Felicissima», 2018, still from video (3) Jeremy Deller, «Everybody In the Place: An Incomplete History of Britain 1984-1992, 2018, still from video (4) Rä Di Martino, The Show MAS Go On, 2014,Credit Courtesy SVEVA BELLUCCI, still from video (5) Omer Fast, «Continuity», 2016, lukas-steltner @ Filmgalerie 451, still from video (6) Alfredo Jaar, «Le ceneri di Pasolini», 2009, still from video (7) Adrian Paci, «The Column», Italia, 2013, still from video (8) Martina Melilli, «Mum, I am sorry», 2017, still from video (9) Luca Trevisani, «Sudan», 2016, Courtesy the Artist and Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, still from video