ANTONELLO FARETTA & JOHN GIORNO + GIANLUCA ABBATE & EDUARD ESCOFFET
For this session we’re bringing together two filmmakers and two poets whose paths have crossed on several previous occasions. All four have a common connection with poetry, either image-based or word-based, and all four are have a common connection to Basilicata, a region in the south of Italy which is where Antonello Faretta lives, where John Giorno’s ancestors were from and where Gianluca Abbate and Eduard Escoffet filmed Cos Endins.
We’ll be joined by Eduard Escoffet, who, as the common link between the four, will express these connections in words.
Potenza, 1973. Photographer, filmmaker and producer, he has collaborated with directors such as Abbas Kiarostami, Marco Bellocchio, Saverio Costanzo, Giacomo Campiotti, Peter Del Monte and Babak Payami, as well as doing work for television channels RaiSat Art and T9. He directed the films Montedoro, Lei lo Sa, Da Dove Vengono le Storie?, Il Vento, la Terra, il Grasso sulle Mani, Nine Poems in Basilicata, Transiti and Il Giardino della Speranza, which have been presented at numerous international film festivals, galleries and contemporary art museums around the world, and for which he has received several awards.
In 2002, Faretta founded independent production company Noeltan Film, which produces his own work and that of young international authors. In 2004, he founded the Atelier del Cinema di Potenza and the Potenza International Film Festival Internacional de Cinema, which he also directs, and for which, in 2006, he was awarded the prestigious Targa per Meriti Culturali by Italian president Giorgio Napolitano.
In 2019, under the umbrella of Matera 2019 European Capital of Culture, he directed the MaTerre 2019 project in which several poets and filmmakers took part to create virtual reality films about identity; one of these was Cos endins.
New York, 1936-2019. One of the most represantative examples of American contemporary poetry. With his innnovative way of interpreting poetry, John Giorno turned spoken word into high art and changed the way the world perceived poetry. In 1965, he initiated Giorno Poetry Systems, which incorporated electronica and multimedia into poetry and created new spaces for poetry to connect with new audiences. Throughout his career, Giorno worked alongside many famous visual and contemporary artists, including Andy Warhol, Bob Rauschemberg, Jasper Johns, Brion Gysin, John Cage, Robert Mapplethorpe and William S. Burroughs, who said: “Giorno poses questions at the limits of what is bearable. His litanies of the subconscious reverberate in our minds and verbalise our own thoughts.”
In 1984, inspired by the fact that many of his friends had died from AIDS, he began the AIDS Treatment Project, an attempt to fight the epidemic by raising funds for emergencies. During the following years, Giorno took part in Ron Mann’s film, Poetry in Motion, an essay on the work of the major contemporary poets, that contains not just their writing but also performances by Giorno, Amiri Baraka, Charles Bukowski, William S. Burroughs, John Cage, Allen Ginsberg, Michael Ondaatje, Ed Sandra, Gary Snyder and Tom Waits. Until his death, Giorno toured all over the world (squares, museums, bookshops, events) to introduce audiences to his performances.
Salerno, 1980. Film director and videomaker, a graduate in Film Editing from the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografía de Roma, his work has been shown at museums and exhibitions and has been screened at diverse film and videoart festivals. He has worked with RAI3 and SkyArte as creative director and he still collaborates with various ADV agencies. He has taught new film technologies at the Civica Scuola di Cine de Milán, graphics in movement at IED Roma and currently teaches Videography at the Frosinone Academy of Fine Arts.
Barcelona, 1979. Poet and cultural agitator. He has tried his hand at many kinds of poetry (visual and written poetry, installations, spoken work, poetic action) although he mainly focuses on spoken poetry and live recitals. In addition to his activities in Barcelona’s artistic counterculture, he has presented his work at festivals and poetry events all over Europe, as well as in China, USA and several Latin American countries.
He codirected Barcelona Poesia (International Poetry Festival of Barcelona) between 2010 and 2012, and directed contemporary poetry practice festival PROPOSTA at Barcelona’s Centre for Contemporary Culture (CCCB) from 2000 to 2004. At the same time, he worked as an advisor for cultural policy. He curated, together with Eugeni Bonet, Pròximament en aquesta pantalla, a cycle on Lettrist film shown at the MACBA (2005). In 2019 he presented the project La xarxa al bosc. Joan Brossa i la poesia experimental, 1946-1980, which consisted in an exhibition at the Joan Brossa Foundation and a book that was published last year.
He has published poetry anthologies Gaire (Pagès, 2012), El terra i el cel (LaBreu, 2013) and Menys i tot (LaBreu, 2017). Between 2009 and 2016 he collaborated with musical band Bradien, releasing two records: Pols (2012) and Escala (2015). His current musical project with musician Pope is Barba Corsini, from which they explore vocals and electronica falling somewhere between spoken word and improvisation.
ANTONELLO FARETTA & JOHN GIORNO
Nine Poems in Basilicata
2007_55 min_color and b/w_DVCam-Super 8
Direction: Antonello Faretta
Poetry and performance: John Giorno
Nine Poems in Basilicata is a film based on nine poems written and performed by renowned American poet of Italian descent John Giorno. Nine poems, nine locations. Filmed entirely in Basilicata, the small but wonderful region in the south of Italy from where John Giorno’s family emigrated to New York City, USA, it’s a memorable synthesis of the fifty years spanned by John Giorno’s luminous career. Shown at many festivals, galleries and museums around the world (Rome, Berlin, Marseille, Madrid, Paris, Monfalcone, Buenos Aires, Amsterdam, New York,) it has received several prestigious awards including the Berlin Zebra Poetry Film Award in 2006 for “best film, best poem and best political message”.
GIANLUCA ABBATE & EDUARD ESCOFFET
2019_9 min_VR film / mono channel
Direction: Gianluca Abbate
Poetry and performance: Eduard Escoffet
Sound design: Eduard Escoffet
Behind numerous generational repetitions and under all the layers, there’s a place beyond each individual’s skin, inside, that cannot be denied: the cavity that reiterates each person’s intimate and particular identity. The voice running through this film takes us to various places in Matera, from tourist hotspots to the inner spaces of the city (grottoes, caves, cisterns, tracks, rooms) and the body’s own unassailable space: pleaure and desire for other bodies that no one can erase. Cos endins is a joint project by Gianluca Abbate (video, image) and Eduard Escoffet (text, voices) for Matera 2019 and Rete Cine Basilicata, as part of the MaTerre 2019 project to create virtual reality films about identity. It won the Goethe award at the Berlin Zebra Poetry Film Festival in 2020.
FLUX CLUB celebrates its 12th season at the Antic Teatre and the 21st 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.