QUINTA DEL SORDO. 07.09.2017. 20.30h

ARTISTAS
Francesca Fini (ita), Félix Fernández (esp), Gabrielle Stellbaum (ale), Shahar Marcus (isr), Jordi Bernardó (esp), Carlos Llavata (esp) y Rallito-X (esp) + Pavel Buchler (che)

> FRANCESCA FINI (ita)
Fair and lost 5:24 2012

I'm wearing electrodes and I try to wear makeup. Involuntary muscle contractions caused by electric shock are very strong so that I cannot control the hands and the makeup spreads all over my face. We hear the chorus of Nabucodonosor by Giuseppe Verdi, which has a very strong symbolic value in the history of my country, bringing along the ghosts of old struggles for freedom that no one remembers anymore. "My country, fair and lost". The hysterical, uncontrollable, movement of the hand represents the disease of social habit, which reveals its fragility when the system appears on the point of collapsing: the deep conflict between a conscious behaviour and external social conditioning. Even crying is involuntary, caused by the black pencil and mascara entering my eyes since I cannot calibrate the movement of the hand. A mechanical cry that is automatically transmitted to the audience, in a sort of empathic conditioned connection, unconscious and therefore completely useless. The performance is part of a larger project: withanhelmet.blogspot.it Performed at: Mondrian Suite Art Space (Rome), Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival 2013 (Chicago), Bologna Fine Arts Academy (Bologna), Samples Mexico, Videoplay Celebration (Worldwide), Fonlad Digital Art Festival (Coimbra), Circle1 Gallery (Berlin), Public Art Screens Festival Norway 2013, Modern Panic IV Festival 2013 (London), Dimanche Rouge Festival (Helsinki), Illy Red Night Triennale di Milano 2014, Watermill Center NY summer residency program 2014, Roodkapje Radicals Rotterdam 2014, MAD Brussels 2015.

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OASIS IN THE DESERT
5:10
2010

"Oasis in the desert" is a project of videoperformative raids around the city. The project, by Francesca Fini is inspired by the philosophy of urban writing, with the substantial difference that in this case the "scratch" that marks the territory is temporary, being videoperformative, although is experienced with the same excitement of an illegal raid. What remains is video documentation of what happened, often in the absolute solitude and gloomy silence that characterizes most desolate areas of our cities. The first "raid" was performed late at night, in Tor Bella Monaca, a very depressed neighborhood in Rome, Italy. In all that desolation and dirt, I'm a crazy lady trying to reach my little spot of peace and warmt. And even if I'm finally resting under the orange lights of an artificial sun, I'm still all alone in the dark. Because in every desert there is a little oasis and in every oasis a little desert.



> Félix Fernández (esp) Materialización para la eternidad
6:00
2013

Guión, edición, producción y dirección: Félix Fernández Fotografía e iluminación: Rubén Panete, Félix Fernández Música y sonido: Rubeck Voz en off: Scott A. Singer (versión inglesa), Carlos Sante (versión española), Stephan Weitzel (versión alemana) Efectos digitales: Marcos González Maquillaje y peluquería: María Ramírez Aldariz Ayudantes de producción: Pili Fernández, Vanesa Maseda, Luis Nieto
"Materialización para la eternidad" aborda la construcción intencionada y artificial de un icono vivo donde su protagonista nos remite directamente a las características comunes de otros personajes icónicos como son: la documentación exacerbada de su imagen y su permanencia en el tiempo, la motivación de trascender más allá de su vida y la necesidad de dar un sentido elevado a su existencia a través de su imagen y sus actos, todo ello como un documento de vídeo con la apariencia de una narración retro-futurista.
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Conversaciones con una puerta 8:43 2012
"Conversaciones con una puerta" es una fábula contemporánea en la que se aborda la soledad del individuo desde un punto de vista narrativo. El humor es fundamental a la hora de desarrollar los ocho capítulos de los que está compuesta esta pieza de vídeo, donde el personaje protagonista, una especie de antihéroe encerrado en su burbuja de seguridad, interactúa con una puerta que sirve como elemento simbólico de estar o no abierto a nuevas experiencias vitales.

"Conversations with a door" is a contemporary fable that addresses the loneliness of the individual from a narrative standpoint. Humor is essential when developing the eight chapters that comprises this video piece, where the main character, a sort of antihero locked in his security bubble, interacts with a door that serves as a symbol of being or not open to new life experiences


> GABRIELLE STELLBAUM (ale)

Bartleby
17:30

2009

For her video installation piece "Bartleby", Gabriele Stellbaum re-figured a gallery space 2009 into a film set. Cigar-brown wooden panels covered the walls, while two office desks with swivel chairs invited the visitor to sit down and watch a video projection that filled the space.

Stellbaum's piece draws from American author Herman Melville's 1853 story Bartleby the Scrivener -A Tale of Wall Street.
In Stellbaum's version of this famous work, the protagonist Bartleby is cast as a female office worker: pallid, neat, pitiably respectable, incurably forlorn–an ever-present clerk, an insignificant figure who drives her employer into frustration and capitulation with her calm but resolute refusal to comply. The story is presented from the perspective of Bartleby's employer, a figure never shown in the video.
Whenever Bartleby is asked to do anything, she simply and politely replies "I would prefer not to" and then continues with the work she is doing. This behavior continues until the day Bartleby finally quits doing any work at all and just remains sitting at her desk. This policy of refusal drives her employer out of the premises while Bartleby prefers not to quit her job.

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The Flight of a Humming Bird

4:52

"The Flight of a Humming Bird" creates a metaphoric journey into the life of a middle aged female activist. From her first political aspirations to prepare for an upcoming revolution to radical thoughts she struggles in the search for meaning in activism. She seems finally lost in hiding while she seeks shelter in other countries.

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Blue Moon
The expression "Once in a blue moon" refers to an event that almost never happens.The scientific term "Blue Moon" is used to describe to a rare occurrence in the lunar calendar when two full moons appear in the same month.


Gabriele Stellbaum's film "Blue Moon" begins with the view of an autumn tree which is seen through an open kitchen window on an upper-floor apartment. Small birds flit here and there outside. Inside the kitchen, in front of the window, a woman sits at a table with a cup of tea. She appears withdrawn and occupied by her thoughts. The sudden ringing of a telephone off-camera interrupts her solitude but she doesn´t react to the call.
Next the film cuts to an outdoor shot of leaves tumbling onto an old, deserted, slow-moving children´s playground roundabout. As the roundabout slowly spins round, we listen to an answerphone message left for a "Mrs. Griffin."


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shahar marcus (isr)
The Curator
4:292011

The video work "The curator" offers a glimpse into "behind the scenes" of the art world which characterize mainly biennials and large festivals. The work is using comic effects and describe the art scene as a detached, elitist bubble. The video is built as a trailer like in the Hollywood film industry. The quick short scenes tells the story The revelation and the rise of the curator in the art world. Accompanied by a Hollywood style voice over narrator and a fast rhythm editing the work suggests a wider look on issues of our contemporary culture like idolizing celebrities and the instant superstars that are being born every new day.

Shahar Marcus
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Homecoming artist 3:58
2011


In the video work home coming artist you can see the artist Shahar Marcus driving with his parents in his hometown Petah Tikva which is a small city near Tel Aviv. During the ride the people of the town are being asked do they know or heard about the artist. None of the people know and most of them don't care about art at all. The drive implicates the gap between the art scene and the common citizen in small towns such as the artist hometown.
> JORDI BERNARDÓ (esp)
Hello Mr Hock
13:47


The architect of the Casa de la Cultura in Lloret de Mar commissions a work to the world famous painter Ms. Hock. This video reproduces part of the interview to Ms. Hock and shows some preliminary moments of the working sessions.
El arquitecto de la Casa de la Cultura de Lloret de Mar hace un encargo a la pintora mundialmente conocida Ms. Hock. Este video recrea parte de la entrevista a Ms. Hock y muestra unos momentos previos a una de las sesiones de trabajo.  Directed by Jordi Bernadó.  Produced by 15-L. Films and Daniel Mòdol  Shot in Casa de la Cultura de Lloret de Mar.

> CARLOS LLAVATA (esp) Bruming my house (2088)
1:03
> RALLITO X (esp) Deconstructing my mind 7:55

Rallito-X no podemos decir que es un graffitero pues mi experiencia con él, de días documentando sus pintadas por Jaén para la edición ARTJaén2012, me demostró que el gusta de los grandes botes de pintura, de los rodillos, las brochas XXL. Pero no sólo eso, él no pinta por hacer su tag y decir llevo 5 millones de estos por todo el mundo, no él es diferente, es de la clase de personas, artistas o no que tienen un mundo detrás de de él, creado por él que podrá entusiasmas y asustar a más de uno. Sus teorías de caos, sus referencias extraterrestres y penes son constantes. Sería un persona para una doctoramiento freudiano. Pero este personaje, alienado, lo mismo pinta como hace anti-conferencias, como regala dinero en espacios públicos, es impredecible, pero eso si muy comprometido y multicreador. Sólo si consigues introducirte en esa mente perversa, viciada conseguirás conocer esa dicotomía y quizás sólo para entrar en su estado, en su mundo tienen que destrozarte la cabeza.
Hoy presentamos una de las formas de destrozarte, de borrar tu hasta ahora, vida cotidiana y mundo semi-normal, con "Deconstructing my mind" el artista nos invita masturbarnos observando fotografías de grandes anti-héroes de la historia, dictadores, políticos, personajes de la nobleza y hasta papas.
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