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Bergamo Film Meeting is a cultural association that, since 1983, organizes the eponymous event: a film festival during which films of national and international cinema are shown, a competition of featured films is organized as well as retrospectives, premieres, tributes to great authors, documentaries, recent works, unpublished works by emerging authors, masterpieces of the history of cinema, exhibitions, installations, showings for schools, animated films, workshops, master classes and meetings with authors.
Bergamo Film Meeting promotes the distribution of films and documentaries of national and international production within the Italian cultural circuit. It supports the diffusion of restored copies of classics of film history and organizes film festivals, events, courses, workshops and publications throughout the year.
The Blank, during Bergamo Film Meeting 2016, presents:
Books on Shelves and Without Letters – Deimantas Narkevičius | 4th – 31th March 2016
Presentation of the environmental video installation Books on Shelves and Without Letters, by the Lithuanian artist Deimantas Narkevičius.
The concert of the young band Without Letters in a second hand book shop in Vilnius blends the mythical reality of music with different stories that live in the books on shelves.
Retrospective- Keren Cytter | 5th – 31th March 2016
Keren Cytter’s films destroy modern principles of cinema, searching for a balance between performance and theater. The artist plays with real notions and fiction, involving non-professional actors and cameramen. Her filmic representation adds a surrealist touch to existential concerns such as love, hatred and the human condition giving both a dark and comic reflection of the contemporary society.
Israeli artist’s retrospective is projected in the Auditorium of Piazza della Libertà.
Les ruissellements du diable
Noesis is a cultural non-profit organization committed to promote the knowledge of philosophic disciples. For the past twenty-three years, it has promoted some of the most significant cultural events occurred in Bergamo. Over time conferences had been organized with prominent names of the Italian and European cultural landscape, such as Massimo Cacciari, Emanuele Severino, Carlo Sini, Giovanni Reale and Vito Mancuso.
Every year it schedules a series of meetings between November and March, for a total of about twenty events aimed to promote philosophical debate and cultural enrichment.
There shall be an annual theme, around which the invited speakers develop their interventions.
The philosophy is treated in all its aspects, touching social, aesthetic, theoretical, psychological, artistic, medical and biological, of communication and language themes.
The conferences, organized in the city key cultural places, such as Social Theatre, John XXIII Congress Centre, Auditorium L. Mascheroni, Auditorium Modernissimo Nembro, record a total of about five thousand visitors, bringing together fans of Philosophy, people of all ages curious to deepen this extraordinary material, creating a unique circuit around the discipline that, in the etymology, “loves the wisdom.”
On the occasion of the 35th edition of Bergamo Film Meeting, inaugurated the second retrospective of ENCOUNTERS: CINEMA AND CONTEMPORARY ART, two events dedicated to the relationship between art and film, organized thanks to the collaboration between The Blank and Bergamo Film Meeting.
The leading figure is Franco Vaccari (Modena, 1936), one of the most significant and important interpreters of the languages of contemporary art. During his career Franco Vaccari has pursued with great consistency, a work that is now extraordinarily relevant and inspiring for new generations, who recognize the value of his contribution and influence of his research.
The artist paied homage to the city of Bergamo with the unreleased video environmental installation Esposizione in tempo reale N.45 at the Sala alla Porta Sant’Agostino and placing outside Il Mendicante Elettronico.
On Saturday, 11 March, at the Cinema San Marco, over forty years of research were examined through the projection of a selection of videos.
ESPOSIZIONE IN TEMPO REALE N.45
In Esposizione in tempo reale N.45 the video Buona Notte, showing a hearth with a fire, as it is consumed and crackles, is overlaid on the image of Alessandro Magnasco’s painting Lo scaldatoio di una frateria, dated 1725/1730. The projection of the fire enters into the pictorial composition, breathing life into it.
For Esposizione in tempo reale N.45, continuing research based on involvement and sharing, Vaccari invited several Bergamo artists to create beds in front of the projection, shelters in which to rest and dream, developed according to the artists’ respective languages and poetics.
The artists made ten new sculptures/beds, specifically designed to dialogue with the video Buona Notte. These dream-like installations will fit into the setting of Porta Sant’Agostino, built between 1561 and 1575, and the historic road leading to Bergamo’s Upper City.
The artists involved in creating the beds are Davide Allieri, Cinzia Benigni, Filippo Berta, DZT collective, Oscar Giaconia, Daniele Maffeis, Andrea Mastrovito, Giovanni Oberti, Francesco Pedrini, Maria Francesca Tassi.
Outside Porta Sant’Agostino there is Il Mendicante Elettronico, a video installation from 1973. On a cathode ray tube the words “Der blinde kommtgleich” (the blind man will be right back) appears on the screen, overlaying the image of a hamster in a hat. With the operation of replacing the flesh-and-blood beggar with a television set, Vaccari disorients the spectator and highlights the power of the media and the artistic gesture.
1966–67, Nei Sotterranei, 8 mm transferred to 16 mm and digital format, b/w, 6’56’’
1971, Cani lenti, 8 mm transferred to 16mm and digital format, b/w and colour, soundtrack by Pink Floyd, 8’38’’
2000, La via Emilia è un aeroporto, VHS, colour, soundtrack, 14’30’’
2003, Provvista di ricordi per il tempo dell’Alzheimer, video from photographic material, 21’57’’
The collaboration with Franco Vaccari has been possible thanks to the fundamental support of Galleria P420 in Bologna.