Category Archives: film

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.

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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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vampires of poverty

Last weekend a screening and performance was organised and performed at Cittadellarte by Resò artist Luisa Ungar and UNIDEE resident Carolina Rito.

They screened the extraordinary Colombian (mock or not) documentary Agarrando Pueblo (english title: The Vampires of Poverty) by Carlos Mayolo and Luis Ospina which investigates the themes of “vampire” like film crews that descend into poor areas in order to film the misery…misery porn in other words…anyway the film was made in 1977 but feels extremely current especially in the light of the social media documentation we all have at our disposal that constantly throws up moral dilemas over what one should or should not document…this film is really worth a view so watch it if you have the time, it lasts about half an hour…here it is:

Agarrando Pueblo from Big Sur® on Vimeo.

red man in tree…

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Was hanging my washing on the roof which gave me a great vantage point to film this incredible man who happened to be pruning the palm trees round the orphanage. He is dressed all in red as he is a Bhavani Deeksha (see previous post). An incredible athlete he shimmied up tree after tree with apparent ease even though it obviously takes incredible strength and fitness to do what he does and all in the humid heat of south India. Every now and then the school tannoy system from across the road can be heard urging the kids to get into their classrooms…just another day…

clinging on for dear life…

It’s a short train journey from vigliano-candelo to biella but i guess it felt like a long one for this grasshopper which clung on for dear life to the outside of the train window…

Actually it’s not really clinging on that much, in the end my new green friend is so damn casual it even takes the time to nibble on its own insecty feet…When i filmed it, it made me think of the dodgy special effect from some japanese si-fi monster movie from the ’50’s…giant and flying through the countryside…terrorising the locals…!

la pigna mon amour…

the church top centre denotes the highest point of La Pigna…

So like i was saying, i was in Sanremo for a quick location scout. Why? Because the art residence i currently wor for, UNIDEE has been invited by the local residents association La Pigna Mon Amour for the 3rd year running to come and stay with them for a week and do some art/interventions/interactions regarding this problematic and compelling area. Here is a glimpse of our first 2 day stopover:

La Pigna by night

So La Pigna is the somewhat forgotten medieval centre of the glitzy seaside resort of Sanremo. Down in the modern quarter it’s all tacky seaside Italian style with beach umbrellas, fun fairs and one of only 4 casinos that exist in Italy. Here, the bourgeoisie and über kitsch live side by side. While only a few minutes away in a parallel universe up a hill we have La Pigna. It is achingly beautiful with narrow winding streets designed specifically to lose the invading hordes over the centuries. It is built on  steep inclined steps (no cars can fit there) with ancient medieval gates, the smell of urine, drug dealers, normal folks, a few yuppies…all going about their business…It has a bad reputation and the Sanremese population don’t tend to go there, they say its dangerous, dark, smelly..inconvenient. The big question is  what to do here for a week that engages, does not exclude, is not patronising, has some kind of resonance…it’s not easy…we will be back in August and i will keep you posted…