Monthly Archives: August 2013

filando biella…

…but enough about Edinburgh and that festival (see last few posts)…i am back in Biella and the UNIDEE artist’s residence and things are happening…

2 of this years residents are working on this…please spread the word and/or submit…

(Short Film Festival developed by UNIDEE 2013 residents Illaria Biotti and Richard Legaspi)

About the Festival

FILANDO BIELLA International 120” Film Festival 2013 is the first edition of a non –
competitive and non – commercial digital film festival dedicated to 120 second films
from all over the world. The festival is presented by UNIFILBI120, in the context of
Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto which aims to encourage the unique cinematic
creativity of the short film genre through 120 second-long moving images.

FILANDO BIELLA International film festival wants to introduce a wide range of 120”
films, namely live-action, animation, documentary and video art to international
audiences. The festival also aims to screen the films in different satellite venues in
Italy and abroad.

The first FILANDO BIELLA International 120 Film Festival will take place between
October 6 and 8 2013, with a Preview opening Gala on the 5th, in different venues in
Biella, Piedmont Region, Italy. The term filando – which is one “M” away from
filmando the italian word for filming, playing on its double meaning – stands for ‘to
spin’ in the sense of forming a thread or yarn, which connects with the historical
heydays of textile industry in the city, as much as it addresses its more colloquial
meaning, hence, flirting and falling in love.

The 2013 edition will be divided into three categories and a parallel program.
The whole program is intended to reflect on relationships between the space
dedicated to artistic research, Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto, and the contextual
territory, the city of Biella.

Categories and programme

Filmmakers of any nationality can submit up to three (3) films in the following

120‘‘ Tessuto Biellese – section dedicated to Biella, its people, culture, stories and

120‘‘ International Melange Stories – section dedicated to Short Films from all over
the world about happy dreams

120“ Ancora un‘idea (manyidee) – section dedicated to UNIDEE alumni and 2013
residents film production.

Parallel Program

Rispecchiando – Program dedicated to Pistoletto’s Film Archive.

Weavers of tomorrow – Opening film. The festival will nominate one internationally
acclaimed short film.

Year of production

120‘‘ Tessuto Biellese, and 120“ Ancora un‘idea (manyidee) categories – any year of
production is eligible. 120‘‘ International Melange Stories – Short Films – must have
been produced in 2010 or later.

Running time

For all categories the running time must not exceed 120 seconds including opening
and end titles.
Free of charge
The participation to the Festival is free of charge.

Application form

The entry form with all the required information can be downloaded at

• Each submitted film should have an individual entry form to be sent to
the festival email:
• Vimeo is preferable.
• Please indicate link and password.
• Do not send DVD-screener
• The preview copy must be subtitled in English, in case the original
language is neither Italian nor English.
• The rights for any kind of used music in the film must be cleared by the
submitter and belong to the responsibility of the submitter.


Application by September 10th 2013 midnight european time.
Selected Films will be posted on the Festival’s Blog by September, 23rd 2013 –
through email they will be asked to send the screening copy via in
Mov, MPEG- 4 or H.264 screening format.




P1180981Richard, Tea, Ilaria

michael nyman, man with a movie camera…

…again at Summerhall…i think my favourite venue this year at the Edinburgh Festival at the Michael Nyman installation.


A 66 minute installation where ten projections of the artist’s remakes of the film Man with a Movie Camera (made in 1929 by Dziga Vertov) are shown simultaneously and in synchronisation alongside the original version. Of course the film is accompanied by Nyman’s score composed for the work. It’s free by the way…which is truly a great thing and not to go unappreciated…so go and see it, it’s on till the 31st of August…so (if you are anywhere near Edinburgh) there is no excuse!

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hair hut sir?…

In the courtyard at Summerhall, Edinburgh: Visual artist Stuart McCaffer reconstructs his barber shop (Saki and Flynn) from 20 or more years ago…he is collecting the hair to cover the shed with some and model “something else” (thanks for being precise stuart) with the rest…get there fast if you want a haircut or to be a part of some art…


The hut is inspired by Victorian glass cabinets, collections, dioramas…


on spoilers and giving away secrets…

jumping back Edinburgh for a week..with the festival in full swing and all…

SPOILER ALERT: if you are in Edinburgh for the 2013 International Arts Festival and you are thinking of going to see the work by Gregor Schneider at Summerhall…DO NOT read this post as it will spoil the work for you…the work relies on you not knowing what you are going into…YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!!

So…all we are told is that this work was specially created by Gregor Schneider for the basement galleries in Summerhall, that you must go into the space alone (you queue up) and that you can spend a maximum of 5 minutes there and that there is absolutely no photography or recording allowed…

It’s my turn, i go through the door and there is a long white corridor with a door at the end and a door to my left (i have been instructed to try all the doors), i go into this nearest door and am in a smaller white, windowless room with some vents…it’s very, very bright, even feels a bit misty but i can’t tell if it’s a trick of my eyes because of all that bright whiteness, it smells a little of dry ice. I stand there for a minute blinking in the whiteness and then go back into the corridor…only 1 other door option…at the end of the corridor.


Am aware of loud voices coming from nearby, but this place is a warren and there are lots of other plays and performances going on, i wonder if this is what i am hearing…i can’t tell the language, maybe it’s English but i don’t think so…i open the door and the voices cease immediately…OK…so now i am in a very dark room, black with very low level lighting…but i am not alone. At first i think they are mannequins or statues as their bodies are classical and smooth like marble. But they are men…maybe 20 or more of them, naked, black, sitting and standing around the perimeter of the room…muscular like classical statues, glowing slightly yellow in the dim light, and looking at me the audience…i think. There is silence…


Wow…what to do…i can’t believe some people spend 5 minutes here…i spent less than a minute and that felt like a LONG time…Am not sure what to do so i find a gap among the bodies and stand like them for a few seconds, in a kind of clothed solidarity…then i see the green exit sign above another door and leave…once the door is closed, i start to laugh (quite a lot), that is my immediate reaction…at my own discomfort, at the tension of the situation… and the invigilator radios that i have left and that the next person can enter. I ask him how people react when they come out…he says a few laugh, a few are bit disturbed, some are unperturbed, all manner of reactions…

I immediately think I’d like t go through again, try to remain a little longer in the space, see what happens but then realise i don’t want to go through in this new fully informed state, it changes everything.

the archive of forgotten ideas…

I made a small contribution to a publication that is now published in limited numbers, the project was conceived and developed by Cecilia Guida, read about it below:

3. the archive of forgotten ideas

Sometimes we have ideas that we like but for rational, emotional or practical reasons we think they won’t work out or we aren’t able to develop them at that moment. Consequently we keep them apart, “hide” them somewhere in a peripheral and little attended side of the memory. We use some of them while, through the passage of time, we forget others.

Cecilia Guida asked artists, intellectuals, writers, scientists, economists, etc. to remember an (apparently) forgotten idea and transferred the intuitions and incomplete ideas told to her, into this book.

The ideas are presented in chronological order – relative to the day when they were remembered – and a classifying principle. The archive is both the support and the place that marks the passage of ideas from private to public, from the sphere of the secret to the non-secret. Thus, alongside each idea the e-mail contact of its author is specified, so that every time the archive is shown or exhibited, exchanges of opinions can happen and new collaborations to turn un-used ideas into real projects can be created.

Cecilia Guida (ed. by):
“the archive of forgotten ideas.”
including contributions by 42 authors
42 pages, 14.8×21 cm
b/w digital, colour cover
English/Italian with some Spanish

First edition, August 2013:
140 copies, unnumbered.

available (5€ + shipping) at ///

Texts by Armona Pistoletto, Diego Del Pozo Barriuso, Natalia Gil Medina, Francesco Bernabei, Cesare Pietroiusti, Anne Calas, Alain Lafuente, Davide Borrelli, Emilia Telese, Giancarlo Norese, Mikolaj Lozinski, Jakub Wrzesniewski, Asiya Wadud, Annunziata Sgura, Giuseppe Semeraro, Bona Park, Jacopo Miliani, Steve Piccolo, Margarita Vasquez Ponte, Charlotte Cole, Wu Ming 1, David Behar Perahia, Marcela Ceballos Gonzalez, Saioa Olmo Alonso, Julia Staniszewska, Daria Filardo, Dark0, Diego Bonetto, Beatrice Catanzaro, Viviana Gravano, Anteo Radovan, Roberta Mosca, Antonio Rafele, Stefano Cristante, Kruder&Pardeller, Ermanno Cristini, Andrea Lanza, Anna Franceschini, Silvia Bottiroli, Cesare Viel, Luca Scarabelli, Alberto Abruzzese.