momentum experimental arts festival 2017

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Here are some images from the Momentum Arts Festival 2017.

 

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The Range Art Gallery, Littlei & Culture Monks, in association with Francesca Fini Performance Art, India & Italian Embassy Cultural Center, are pretty excited to present to the art lovers of Kolkata, the 2nd edition of Momentum Experimental Arts Festival, 2017.

We’re going minimalistic this edition & will  some stunning and cutting edge video art from Italy & India & electronic music experimentation.

The dates are Feb 18 & 25, 2017. The festival will be on from 6 pm onwards. We’re hosting this the Range Art Gallery. Lower Range, Kolkata. Do contact 8697919308 or 9830046963 for any help.

Momentum Experimental Arts Festival is an attempt to create a platform for local and international artists & art lovers of Kolkata to experience a space which possibly is antithetical the normative perception of  the language of art and aesthetics. In the process , we hope that a new sensibility will emerge informed by the various experimentation underway in arts & performance, in the previously unsaid which is now been expressed , by artists with new vision and technology. We also hope that this festival will lead to a critical discourse on new age aesthetics to emerge and merge with the city’s rich cultural heritage, which is not elitist and accessible to most, while striving for excellence in structure and form.

Momentum Experimental Arts Festival is a collaborative outcome between Littlei & Culture Monks  has been supported by Range Art Gallery since its inception in 2016.

Littlei has for the past many years been the pioneers in the field of electronic music and curators of innovative events based around electronic music, much of which have been a radical departure form the norm in this city. Littlei with its vision of culturing imagination has influence the contemporary & technology driven art community of Kolkata in many ways.

Culture Monks , which is a collective of artists have been working towards creating a new form of aesthetics to emerge in performance through an interdisciplinary and cross cultural approach.  Culture Monks has attempted pursued a radical approach in its presentations and engagements in the making of a culture of possibilities.

We are very grateful to Range Art Gallery, who are a leading art gallery in Kolkata, who have promoted many a young artists to realize their dreams.

This year we focus on video art by artists from Italy, who have carried on the rich tradition of unshackling arts from the inertia and continuously set new frontiers. The section called ‘Italian Wave’, has been curated by Francesca Fini, who herself is a performance artist. We also have a section on video art by Francesca Fini herself. We will also dip into the world of electronic music as it searches for new connections with mysticism and myths, through the ‘Global Mytics’, project of Darren Sangita. We will also witness performances by artists  from Kolkata who are collaborating with the world in evolving the paradigm of arts in the city.

We are grateful to the Italian Embassy Cultural Center, who have enthusiastically supported for this cross cultural exchange to fructify.

We do hope to hear from you about the festival, your thoughts, writings, images, criticism, feedback.

Looking forward to a brand new experience!!


This is what we’ve have for this year :

Feb 18, 2017 | 6 pm onwards

FRANCESCA FINI – selected videos (2011 /2016)

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Francesca Fini is an Italian artist working with new media, experimental cinema and performance art.

 Some of the significant events she has taken part in include: the WRO Biennale in Wroclaw in 2011, where she was in the performance sector along with Stelarc and Istvan Kantor, many events at the Macro Museum in Rome, the Berlin Directors Lounge, IKONO TV Film Festival Berlin, the FILE Electronic Language International Festival Brazil, IVHAM and Proyector Festival in Madrid, Now&After Festival Moscow, AVIFF Art Film Festival Cannes, VIDEOPLAY, Robot Festival Bologna, Instants Vidéo Festival Marseilles, Videoformes Clermont-Ferrand, CologneOFF and Magmart Video Art Festival in Naples, which she won in 2010, 2012 and 2013.
In 2012 she was invited to participate at the “Venice International Performance Art Week” by VestAndPage, which hosted among others the work of Valie Export, Jan Fabre, Yoko Ono, Boris Nieslony and Hermann Nitsch. In 2013 she won the “Fonlad Performance Art Residency” with the support of the Italian Embassy Cultural Centre and she was invited to Chicago for the Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival.
In 2014 she was selected for the Margaret Guthman Prize, a prize for electronic arts relating to music, sponsored by the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Additionally in 2014 she was invited to Kolkata to lecture at the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute.
She was also selected for the prestigious Videoart Yearbook by the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Bologna and won a scholarship to attend the Watermill Center Summer Program, headed by Bob Wilson in New York.
In 2015 she won the awards Prix Université Blaise Pascal des étudiants and the Prize Conseil Général du Puy-de-Dome at the  Videoformes Festival of Digital Arts in France. Additionally in 2015 the film “Mother-Rythm” won the “most innovative language” award, sponsored by the Polish Film Institute for the Szczecin European Film Festival. In 2015 she won a scholarship for a new winter residency at Bob Wilson’s Watermill Center.
She recently made “Ofelia non annega (Ophelia Did Not Drown)”, an experimental feature film co-produced and distributed by Istituto Luce Cinecittà.
Video program / range art gallery
WAG THE FLAG / 2011 / Courtesy of Vivo Media Art Center Toronto (CA)
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Therapeutic electrodes, set to high, determine strong and uncontrollable muscle contractions that make the flag dancing on my skin to the tune of the national anthem. What is left in a diseased country is just the mechanical and grotesque rhetoric of the national anthem and the respect demanded but devoid of any genuine feeling.
WHITE NOISE / 2013 / AVIFF Art Festival Cannes (FR)
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A woman assists, inert, while the woolen thread of History runs away. The time is up. The images wrapped in the red woolen thread become a bandage with which she covers her eyes.
LISZT / 2013 / Courtesy of Vivo Media Art Center Toronto (CA)
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When there is only the word, one’s own, the mouth becomes a weapon. Nonetheless, the invitation to listen is recuperated in the end, in a sort of message of hope that I consign to the world through three unknowing ancestors.
FAIR AND LOST / 2012 / Courtesy of Vivo Media Art Center Toronto (CA)
The hysterical, uncontrollable, movement of the hand represents the disease of social habit, which reveals its fragility when the system appears on the point of collapsing: the deep conflict between a conscious behaviour and external social conditioning.
WOMBS / 2012 / Courtesy of Vertex Art Gallery (UK)
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A woman meets her Golem, a piece of clay without features, to be fashioned at will. The Golem is a double of the woman, but an amorphous double, a newborn entity still sealed in its purity and fierce innocence. A deity (maybe an evil one) who is daughter and mother at the same time, in whose womb the woman hides to find peace.
FRANCESCA FINI PERFORMANCE ART INDIA
Francesca Fini has been engaging with the performance art community in India, during her visits over the past 4 years to the country. She has performed in th cities of Kolkata, Bombay and Delhi apart from conducting workshops on performance art. Currently she is working on an experimental film which is based in Kolkata.
You can stay in touch with her work in India by visiting the facebook page Francesca Fini Performance Art India.
Sudipta Dawn – Culture Monks

Global Mystics by Darren Sangita – Ambient dub performance.

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He’s one of the pioneers of the scene that has made his way over to us here in Kolkata and I can’t really help myself but say a few things about how important he’s been to the music most of us listen to and how lucky we are to have him perform here.

Here are a few pieces of trivia…

Darren used to manage the legendary Goatrance label Dragonfly Records in the 90s, with his work featuring on seminal albums like The Kumba Mela Experiment’s East Of The River Ganges. He also had projects with both Greg Hunter aka. Dubsahara and Ott. as Spectralite and Cyborganik. The Spectralite album ‘Temple Of Stars’ has become a cornerstone of the experimental ambient dub sound. Darren pioneered the label Sangita Sounds which merged Hindustani music with dub and downtempo and preserves rare recordings from musicians from all over the world. His downtempo album as Ashirvad with Mathura Das was a huge hit internationally and was on the shelves of every CD store in India, where it was reissued by Times Music. His solo work in parallel extended into surreal ambient realms under his alias Noodreem. 20+ years later Darren keeps travelling the globe with his latest show ‘Global Mystic’, which was presented at Ozora Festival official in 2016.

Feb 25, 2017 | 6 pm

ITALIAN WAVE
a selection of video works from Italy
curated by Francesca Fini

 

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Curatorial note by Francesca Fini

ITALIAN WAVE a selection of video works from Italy curated by Francesca Fini My work as a videoartist has allowed me to know over the years, through festivals and exhibitions – in Italy but especially abroad – many Italian artists with whom I share materials, suggestions, methods and destinies. Recurring names that I often find next to mine in exhibition catalogs, Facebook events and press-releases. People that I meet for the first time – as it happened even too often – on the other side of the world. Then I smile and feel a sense of familiarity and respect; here is someone like me who carries on her/his work with absolute stubbornness, often against everyone and everything. The videos that I have chosen for this Italian selection within Momentum Festival in Kolkata, are the works of the most interesting Italian artists that I have known over the years. These videos tell – with different languages ranging from videoperformance to 3d animation – the infinite possible ways to be alive in this battered world, to renegotiate our relationship with the others, with your bodies, with the landscape, with that sense of loneliness and separation which comes from the constant questioning we all share in Art.

The Italian Wave program – in order of appearance

* Francesca Romana Pinzari I ain’t superstitious

* Elisabetta Di Sopra Legami

* Eleonora Manca Reverse Metamorphosis

* Alessandro Amaducci I’ Am Your Database

* Igor Imhoff Kurgan

* Gianluca Abbate Panorama

* Chiara Mu – Decresce (Decrease)

*FRAMELINE by Debora Vrizzi

Do read on for details of the experience which awaits you .
I ain’t superstitious : video by Francesca Romana Pinzari 
still_03a lonely bride walks through an empty church
none is walking with her and none is waiting for her.
the pavement is made of mirrors that she crashes under her hills at every step.
Italy is a very superstitious country, actions like crashing mirrors and get dressed as a bride not on your wedding day is bad luck.
The lonely bride walks over traditions and superstitions and crash them under her shoes, by doing that she crashes her own identity by crashing her own image inside the mirror.
Decrease by Chiara Mu.
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Video made for the video event “Decresce project”, based on my own take of the economical concept of the Degrowth, as expressed by S. Latouche’s theory.
More information : www.chiaramu.com
 Panorama by Gianluca Abbate
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Panorama – Synopsis Panorama is the first chapter of a trilogy on the city. The video is a review on a polis that stretches away over an infinite global space with no more uninhabited places nor frontiers where we can take refuge. In this landscape we cannot see any way of readmission for those who have once been excluded, and this recalls imaginary worlds in search of a balance.
 KURGAN : IGOR IMHOFF 2013

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The meaning of kurgan is grave. In fact, here reigns feeling like a gravestone in a Scene deliberately hyper-realistic, made with a technique in 3D. In this context materialize the characters, ghosts, or rather of simulacra, who immediately opposed in a fight to the last ‘particle’.

 I Am Yor Database , 2014 : by Alessandro Amaducci

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 Video, computer graphics, music: Alessandro Amaducci
Presence: Freaky Bones
You have only one life. In the videogame of life the final battle has begun, and the winner is already decided. Database of life, database of death.

Legami, 2010 :  by  Elisabetta Di Sopra 

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A heart becomes symbolic place of emotions. Pierced by a red thread it represents all ties. We baste it with the people we love. Every time is an attack to the heart; love is unbreakable from suffering and the human condition to be vulnerable, prevents us from separating them.

 Reverse Metamorphosis :by Eleonora Manca

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The suggestion given by the jellyfish Turritopsis dohrnii, potentially immortal (it is reported to have a “reverse metamorphosis”, as it is able to revert to the stage of sea anemone, reliving backwards each stage of its metamorphosis, to develop again into jellyfish) was here chosen in order to highlight the life cycle of every being. At the same time, it supports a sort of “yearning” for what we were about to meet in our “journey”. Thus, a path of metamorphosis, into the heart of the energy of what we were going to “become”.

FRAMELINE :by Debora Vrizzi

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Frame line is a space between two frames, a line separating feelings from rationality, it represents the empty and still space of waiting. By revisiting Penelope’s myth, I want to underline the conceptual and physical density of emotions, the turmoil caused by a failure. Penelope weaves her hair like the spider its own net; the wind, now melting into the water, moves her dress in a seducing dance for the emptiness.

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