MiniDv - HDV, color/sound
Courtesy the artist and Spinola Banna Foundation
Residenti is a film realized with the video-archive materials documenting the courses organized by the Spinola Banna Foundation for Contemporary Art from 2005 to 2010.
The work focuses on the specific process characterizing the residence's experience and emphasizes how any creative process can be compromised by the influence an already given context can have on participants: this specific context can undermine the perception of the experience at the residence itself. Residenti doesn’t arise from a predetermined history; rather, it consists of a narration based on already existing video and audio materials. Materials were assembled during the editing and the connections of different scenes were determined through the selection of repeated events, defining a hidden plot passing through residences and putting process of creation and thinking as central discussion.
A careful selection of fragments has been done to point out repetitions of speeches, words, silences, thoughts, doubts, requests and actions by different participants over subsequent editions of the residency.
Dejà-vu is the film’s narrative device; its common thread is the Foundation, seen as a set, and artists and collaborators as actors. Working with the history of the Foundation has revealed how repetitions of the same actions and questions nonetheless allows for significant differences to emerge over the years.