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Ibrida, an intermedia arts festival, was born in 2015 with the aim to promote the culture of intermedia arts, bringing to the Italian public the most recent productions in the field of experimental audiovisuals (video art, found footage, meta-cinema, 2D and 3D animation, etc.), performance art and electronic music. Four days of events with a large selection of videos from all around the world and selected from an international open call, six live performances and concerts, meeting with artists, art journalists and curators and a space dedicated to interactive installations. The festival opens every year to important collaborations with Italian and international festivals in order to create an important exchange of artists’ works and knowledge. Ibrida festival is curated by Vertov Project, with the artistic direction of Francesca Leoni and Davide Mastrangelo, both artists and filmmakers, and is held in the city of Forlì in Italy in September.
Video artist and video journalist. She graduated in “Communication Studies” at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington (USA). During her university years, she began to study theater, working mainly on the body and emotions through “the method”. Back in Italy, she embarked on a path between video and cinema, studying with various national and international masters. Her research focuses on the body as a resonant box of emotions, highlighting the relationship between the human being and contemporary life through performance, video art and experimental cinema. In June 2011, she created an artistic duo with Davide Mastrangelo, with whom she produced works of video art and performances distributed internationally through festivals.
Co-artistic director of Ibrida Festival of intermedia arts of since 2016.
Presentation of the programme :
A panoramic view of the Italian production of video art and experimental cinema focusing on artists that work simultaneously with different media and techniques. Those are an example of the works presented during Ibrida festival. Most of those artists come from different forms of art like theatre, design, advertising, painting and photography. Some of the themes tackled by those artists are recurrent in their work: the urban space, immigration, social condition and family.
Gente Comune – Common People / Filippo Berta / 2021 / Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Hungary, Greece, North Macedonia, Mexico, USA, South Korea / 10’00
People who live in border areas were involved in this work, which is focused on a single gesture: trying to count in their own language every single barb of the dense fences built along the State borders, while touching them with the forefinger. Their voices merge in a lay prayer that envelops the viewer, becoming a global chorus composed of different idioms. In front of these threatening border walls, a strange relationship between those barbs and every involved person is born. The question is: how many kinds of invisible borders are rooted inside of us? The impossibility of reaching the end of the counting offers the image of a dense, enveloping and harnessing network of ideological frontiers that stop the evolution of individual and social conscience. The implementation of the project began in 2015 and ended in 2021. The borders of the following states were reached: Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, North Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Mexico, United States, North Korea, South Korea.
Common People is part of The One by One Project, winner of the Italian Council 2019 – V Edition, with the support of the Nomas Foundation of Rome (IT) and the GAMeC of Bergamo (IT).
MILANO DI CARTA / Gianmarco Donaggio / 2020 / Italy / 7’05
The film wishes to investigate a potential contemporary condition of suspension in which western society has fallen into. By assembling a unique optical device, the artist has explored the microscopic dimension of billboard paper and projected it back onto its given urban environments.
The result is an atmospheric work in which the micro confronts the macro in a sequence of urban projections where by means of juxtaposition of perspectives reality results as partially suspended.
Sogni di Segni / Virgilio Villoresi / 2019 / Italy / 1’15
This short film, shot using the pixilation technique, represents a tribute to the great Italian 20th century artists of the Collezione Ramo collection. From Giorgio De Chirico to Bruno Munari, from Giacomo Balla to Domenico Gnoli, the works of the artists blend together creating original and magical animations.
Studi per Utopia Nostalgia del Futuro / Gianluca Abbate suono Useless Idea / 2022 / Italy / 6’23
Here are some preparatory studies for my next work with the provisional title Utopia – Nostalgia for the future. They are just preparatory sketches, tests, research experiences, many of these also shared on my social channels. The research focuses on the relationship between body and vegetation. What I’m interested in showing are the connections between the bowels of the organism and the harmony of nature and that within each of us there is a diorama.
SParadise Lost / Francesca Fini / 2022 / Italy / 6’ 25
An alien creature wanders in a dreamlike and mysterious landscape that seems on the verge of collapsing at the first breath of wind. This film was born from the artist’s desire to tell a recurring dream. In this dream, the unpleasant sensation of falling into the void – which we have all experienced at least once – fades into the feeling of precariousness and uncertainty which characterizes our times. From the pandemic to the war in Ukraine, current events seem to mark a kind of countdown to nowhere. This alienating and dreamlike scenario is inhabited by strange and fantastic creatures who seem entrusted with the task of preserving the very essence of our animal nature.
You Will Never Know My Name / Igor Imhoff,
/ 2022 / Italy, Germany / 04’05
The story of a primitive world plunged into darkness, where figures wander restlessly, perhaps in search of food. Sometimes these characters are predator or prey, violently neutralizing each other, thus triggering a spiral of increasingly frantic struggle to the point of death.
Entelechia Obscura / APOTROPIA (Antonella Mignone, Cristiano Panepuccia) / 2021 / Italy / 4’00
Entelechy is the Aristotelian term used to indicate the inner purpose inherent in every being or reality, a kind of state of perfection of something that has achieved the purpose for which it was predisposed. An eternal and ideal principle, entelechy is in a constant dialectical relationship with the material conditions, bodies and worlds that confront it.
Out of Order / Debora Vrizzi
/ 2021 / Italy / 10’30
Out of Order was born from the study of medical records of women interned in asylums in the Fascist era, in particular from the reading of the essay Malacarne by Annacarla Valeriano. What emerges is that it was the sphere of feelings that was medicalized: emotionality, fear, desire, and not a real pathology. Out of Order speaks of women who are unable to adapt to imposed and stereotyped roles, and therefore become “dysfunctional”.