Video PLAYER

February 20 and 21 / March 14, 20, 21 2013
Marino Marini Museum
Piazza San Pancrazio, Florence

– From 9 p.m.: free admission
– The exhibition will be open from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Program of films curated by Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival dedicated to the artists featured in the show
“The Player. Journey into contemporary passions”. Works from Sandra and Giancarlo Bonollo’s collection.

Our Hobby is Depeche Mode
by Jeremy Deller and Nick Abrahams, UK, 2007, 72′
Language: English, Russian, German; subtitles: English

In this film, Jeremy Deller, the artist who won the Turner Prize in 2004, and director Nick Abrahams describe the fanaticism which surrounded the English group Depeche Mode during the 1980s. With the stories and voices of fans from around the world, Our Hobby is Depeche Mode reveals extraordinary stories of faith and devotion, from Russia, where “Dave Day”, dedicated to singer Dave Gahan, has become a national holiday, to the USA, Romania, England and Germany.

Film (Tacita Dean)
by Zara Hayes, UK , 11′
Language: English

Produced on the occason of Tacita Dean’s 2011 commission for the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, Film is a short documentary which introduces the artist’s poetics and the evolution of her project. First film of the Unilever series on the cinema, the installation is a visual poem in 35mm dedicated to the specificities of the analog medium.

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Damiàn Ortega: Do It Yourself
by Branka Bogdanov, USA, 2009, 20′
Language: English, Spanish, subtitles: English

Damiàn Ortega is one of the most significant among the new generation of Mexican artists, along with Gabriel Orozco. Noted for dismantling objects for everyday use, like the famous Volkswagen Bug, and putting them back together, the artist playfully and imaginatively explores the parts that make up an automobile, a body, a dwelling or an economic system. Do It Yourself presents interviews with the artist, along with footage shot at his studios in Mexico City and Berlin, and images from his collaboration with a Tuscan artisan for the producion of several blown-glass sculptures.

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Marepe
by Marco Del Fiol, Brazil, 2006, 22′
Language: Portuguese; subtitles: English

The first Brazilian artist to obtain a one-man show at the Centre Pompidou, Marepe was born in1970, at Santo Antônio de Jesus, in the Recôncavo Baiano region. His research is based on the elaboration of local traditions, from the history and objects for everyday use typical of his homeland, in order to make sculptures capable of calling into question the institutional status of a work of art while at the same time investing these commonplace objects with an almost spiritual value.

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Meeting with Olafur Eliasson
by Marco Del Fiol, Brazil, 2011, 27′
Language: English

Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, for his first one-man show in Latin America, presented several new site-specific pieces directly inspired by his impressions of Saõ Paolo. In the film, the genesis of the pieces, which invite the public to experiment with the perception of colors and spatial orientation, is narrated by the artist in person, during the show’s production.

Open Field (Gabriel Orozco)
by Juan Carlos Martìn, Mexico, USA, France, UK, 2012, 75′
Language: English, Spanish, French; subtitles: English, Spanish

Director Juan Carlos Martìn has followed Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco for the last 12 years, concentrating on the period in which he became a key figure in the international art scene. The film is a collage of interviews with artists and curators, and of sequences which record the development of his work, and other moments in which the camera enters into a direct relationship with several of his most extraordinary pieces.

Urs Fischer
by Iwan Schumacher, Switzerland, 2010, 98′
Language: English, Swiss German, Italian; subtitles: Italian

Produced on the occasion of Urs Fischer’s first USA exhibition, at the New York Museum, this documentary reconstructs the creative path of one of the most interesting artists of the contemporary scene, who won high acclaim at the Venice Biennale this year. The images of the preparation for the American event, which Fischer orchestrated as a global artwork, interweave with those from previous shows in Venice, London, Sydney, Zurich and Shanghai, and with dialogues with the artist himself, with his collaborators and with Massimiliano Gioni, curator of the museum.

Rineke Dijkstra
by Branka Bogdanov, USA, 2001, 10’
Language: English, Dutch; subtitles: English

This short film follows Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra in her studio to reveal the thought behind her photographic series starring adolescents, families and women shortly after childbirth. Objectivity and formal rigor are the principal characteristics of these shots. However, especially in the poses of the adolescents, what emerges is their sense of unease, of waiting, and their difficulty in defining their own role.

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Mona Hatoum
by John Wyver, UK, 2001, 26′
Language: English

Lebanese artist Mona Hatoum produced three new works in 2002 for the inauguration of the Tate Britain. Shown under the title The Entire World as a Foreign Land, these pieces show her interest in the theme of the relationship between individual identity and the notion of cultural identity and, more generally, the sense of belonging.

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Two Melons and Stinking Fish (Sarah Lucas)
by Vanessa Engle, UK, 1996, 49′
Language: English

Filmed with a small portable videocamera, Two Melons and Stinking Fish is an intimate portrait of artist Sarah Lucas, one of the preeminent figures of Young British Art, of the early 1990s. The film, which includes interviews with Jay Joplin, Barbara Gladstone, Tracey Emin, Angus Fairhurst, Gary Hume and Damien Hirst, recreates the seemingly spontaneous lifestyle and approach to art with characterizes the artist’s work.