What is art? This was the question posed by the father of conceptualism, Marcel Duchamp, when he put a urinal in an art show in 1917. Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Possible unpacks the paradigm shift of art in the 20th century by Duchamp’s radical and enigmatic works that challenged the status quo and unlocked unlimited potential for the generations that followed him. Thanks to Duchamp, art would never again be the same.
The film highlights the singular impact of Duchamp’s philosophy and art, and, more importantly, examines how Duchamp’s revolutionary ideas from the early 20th century are still shaping art and culture in the 21st century.
Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Possible is directed by Matthew Taylor, an artist, and award-winning filmmaker, and features interviews with some of the most prominent Duchamp experts and artists, including Marina Abramović, Joseph Kosuth, Ed Ruscha, Michel Gondry and Jeff Koons.
The film takes the spectator into the heart of Aterballetto, the most important Italian company of contemporary dance, in that creative forge from it’s emblematic name
Foundry39, it’s created from the remarkable architectural recovery of a foundry, located on the edge of Reggio Emilia’s historical city centre in italy.
The film goes into the creative process, how it takes shape, the colour and sound that is the basis of any artwork. In the case of dance, this work is made up of bodies which, from an initial state of disrupted chaos, informal matter, that evolve to become organized according to a very precise order. Elaborated by the choreographer and of which each dancer becomes a sign, a colour, a line.
The Aterballetto company today, is an example of an international ensemble, formed by dancers from all over the world. It’s also the company’s vocation, they are often engaged in trips abroad.
La Potière is a documentary about the French ceramist Catherine Vanier and how, early in her life, she was inspired by ancient Islamic Ceramics to pursue her unique style of decoration. Through her work we get to know Catherine, her reveries, her connection with nature and we also take a trip back in time when the Jewish Sephardi ancestors of Catherine used to live in the Arab kingdom of al-Andalus
The key figure of the Great October Socialist Revolution of 1917 in Russia was Lenin. After his death in 1924 Lenin’s image was immortalized in countless numbers of monuments in the Soviet Union and in the Soviet bloc’s countries. In her video, the artist refers to depicted in stone image of the Revolution leader based on archival materials and found footage. There is neither living nor dead Lenin in the film; only “the stone guest” become ingrained in Soviet people lives after his death. The “birth” of each new stone Lenin is accompanied by a special ritual with speeches and festivities before a vast assembly. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the life cycle of the “stone guest” is coming to the end.
Mekon had been making music as long as he could think. But in 2014, he has to flee Nigeria after his parents were murdered. He starts to work in Libya. But instead of making music, Mekon has to fight for his survival. In summer 2018, he decides to flee to Europe. He is saved from a rubber boat by a German NGO. Living in Malta now, he is singing again
Auricular Confession is essentially a one person show and actor, Esteban Licht, is the perfect solo performer. He effortlessly transitions between the eerie shots of him as the Plague Doctor to him in a contemporary dance piece. This is complemented by Del Carpio’s adept directorial hand and musical talents. The music and sound design is spine-tingling and create an ambiance that deepens the sense of uneasiness and dread, similar to a horror film. Although the film takes place entirely in one or two rooms, the way Del Carpio distorts, darkens and uses sound design is purposeful, complementing the fantastic central performance.
The central theme here is religion and spirituality… with a hint of Middle Age history. Licht dons a Plague Doctor mask for a good portion of the film and while the symbolism around the mask is typically centered around death in the Black Plague, it is contrasted with strong Christian imagery. This correlates with several visually stunning overlaying, double exposure shots of Licht which can be interpreted as the duality between death and life (through Jesus) given this context.
Auricular Confession engages its audience by allowing us some insight into the vulnerable mind of Del Carpio. Off the bat you can tell that this is a personal project for him as the film opens with a dedication to his father. It’s uncertain whether or not we are seeing a snapshot of a personal confession from Del Carpio but what is certain is that whatever inspired this project left us with a work of art that demands multiple watches.
Inspiration for the film came to me from the plant Angel’s Trumpet (Brugmansia). One of its many breeds can be pollinated solely by a very long billed hummingbird. Only this bird is able to reach the core of the blossom and drink the flower’s nectar. It took millions of years of evolution to develop such cooperation between the bird and the plant. I was amazed by this interesting synergy and I played with the idea of imagining what could be the next step in the evolution of hummingbirds.
ArchiPaper is a non-commercial, experimental, short animation that tells a story about architecture in an unconventional way. Physical model of a house has been transformed into an image that teems with life, creating a leisurely-paced, surrealist story immersed in a world built solely out of paper elements.
People come, people go – Yet everyone is moving in the same direction. We all are sharing something that we are unaware of, creating one big picture we are unable to see.
The film explores the idea of how everyone is connected in a way we may not realise. By sharing time, space and movement, we overlap and create a bigger picture.
A young musician, having lost faith in her calling, battles through an overbearing mother, a relentless friend and a bizarre encounter in the park in order to reconnect with her most precious possession: her late father’s red guitar.
Why show a protest artist’s 1990s radical murals? Are they still relevant today? Mary Perry Stone, a former WPA sculptor, didn’t drink, smoke or lead a wild life. Her passion was being a social protest artist; it remained so throughout her life. When she was in her eighties and early nineties, Mary painted many murals depicting what she deemed the horrors of Capitalism. Her art was her own, expressive and powerful.