GONZALO MARCUZZI IGLESIAS
screening + discussion
Bahía Blanca (Argentina), 1972. Producer and director for radio, tv, and stage shows since 1998. He created and directed tv programme DocuMentalidades (March 1998) and since then has signed all his created work, as well as the formative workshops in audiovisuals he has been running for the past 20 years, under the same name.
He has been living in Barcelona since 2004, from where he continues to create documentaries, experimental works, videoclips, and promotional spots with social content, independently and unconnected to any institution. His oeuvre consists of around 800 pieces in short films and records of his DM workshops, not including work created for third parties, and has been recognised with several major awards and dozens of shortlistings in competitions, events, and festivals.
Premiere of a documentary about poet Xavier Sabater, directed by Gonzalo Marcuzzi Iglesias.
Sabater was an apparently normal, fairly conservative character. But he was born in a Barcelona taxi. Presumably this affected his potential for normal social interaction, because he spent his life coming across as normal without being so in the least, as nothing he did fell within the spectrum of normality: from plagiarising and distorting twee poetry to attract girls, to becoming the non-pareil pioneer of polypoetry in Spain, on top of a career pimping and disseminating popular poetry forms and their bastard offspring, and, above all, somehow managing to organise events and disseminate art outside traditional, institutional channels, outside the normalised sphere of arts and the world of antiquated moral and existential normality of the 20th century.
This documentary, based on two separate interviews from 2006 and 2007, allows for full appreciation of Xavi’s attitude in form and substance. Some of his contemporaries and peers are also featured, including Rosa Grau, Pere Sousa, Bruno Montaner, A.G. Porta and David Castillo among others.
Un puto poeta: Xavier Sabater (1953-2014)
Production and content collaborators: Paolo Colleoni y David Castillo
He was born in a Barcelona taxi.
He plagiarised classical poems to impress blonde girls.
He was a sailor and a miner (but he didn’t sell slaves, unlike Rimbaud).
He lived in Madrid, Amsterdam, Antwerp, and even in Morroco, in a cell.
He was a fugitive from the law and, consequently, from normality.
He was a former inmate of the Modelo prison.
He was a good friend to his enemies.
He owned a punk bar.
He organised thousands of phonetic poetry and polypoetry events.
He brought in weirdos and outsiders in the 80s and 90s.
He was a sincere and straightforward colleague.
They called him Biodraminas, and Sabatini.
He liked to call himself:
A FUCKING POET.
FLUX CLUB celebrates its 11th season at the Antic Teatre and the 20th anniversary of its creation in 2000.
This is a fortnightly video programme that reflects the vitality of video creation in Barcelona. It hosts all kinds of sessions with screenings, video performances, and debates offering direct contact between audiences and video creators. The sessions focus on a range of subjects, from monographics of well-known directors to specific themes such as video dance and video poetry, or collective sessions dedicated to emerging authors.
The programme is open to everything currently going on in the field of video in Barcelona, complementing the FLUX Video Auteur Festival with its content and extending its sphere of influence beyond the dates of the festival, which takes place in December.
HABITUAL VIDEO TEAM is a non-profit association that has as its main objective the promotion of activities related to the visual arts, specifically, video art: www.habitualvideoteam.org.
A fundamental area of their work is the organisation of festivals, cycles and video shows, such as the FLUX Video Auteur Festival: www.fluxfestival.org, and the INFLUX Audiovisual Performing Arts Festival: www.influxfestival.org.
Another area of Habitual Video Team’s activity is video documentation of cultural events mainly related to experimental music and poetry performances. In 2012 they launched the SUMMA project in order to convert this audiovisual heritage (more than 1000 recordings) into a non-profit online video archive: www.summa-hvt.org.