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The magic mountain

by Micol Roubini
2023, 24’30’’
Original Format: Video installazione 4 canali, super 16mm trasferito in 2K, sonoro
Presented at the 16th edition of Lo schermo dell’arte, 2023
Project supported by the Italian Council (11th edition, 2022), the program aimed at supporting Italian contemporary art in the world promoted by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity within the Italian Ministry of Culture
With the contribution of nctm e l’arte
Promoted and produced by Lo schermo dell’arte
Curated by Gabi Scardi
screenplay: Micol Roubini
cinematography: Davide Maldi
1st cinematography and camera assistant: Tiziano Doria
editing and color grading: Davide Maldi, Micol Roubini
sound field recordings: Giovanni Corona
sound edit and mix: Giancarlo Rutigliano
executive production : L’Altauro
production assistants: Francesca Bennett, Giulio Squarci
technical equipment: L’Altauro, Labbash, Warshad Film, Panalight, Nova Rollfilm
film development and printing: Augustus Color
filmed in Kodak super16mm film
Active between 1918 and 1990, the Balangero asbestos mine is today at the centre of an extensive decontamination project. It presents itself as a suspended territory where the still legible signs of the intense mining activity that lasted over eighty years coexist with the traces of a progressive wilderness and the reappearance, both natural and induced, of various plant and animal species. The Magic Mountain analyses the dense network of relations between man and land, a proper ecosystem extending from the quarry to the small towns on its slopes. The work brings together the oneiric imagination of those who now live near the former quarry, the process of colonisation of the contaminated land by plants and lichens, and the fascinations at the origin of the history of the use of asbestos, a mineral that has been considered magical since ancient times due to its extraordinary fireproof properties. The delicate transition phase that is currently underway contrasts a recent past marked by some of the darkest events in Italian industrial history and a future reconversion aimed at both self-sufficiency in production and the return of large areas of this mountain, inaccessible to date, to their surrounding communities.

with (in order of appearance):
Caterina Cerva Pedrin, Mario Giacomin Potachin, Marco Picca Piccon, Irene Damiano, Paul Leon Allaire, Gian Carlo Bertellino, Sergio Favero Longo, Gian Mauro Salot, Ivan Cavalli, Martina Sette, Sabrina Scolari, Mariagrazia Luiso
and with:
Roberto Chiesa, Lorenzo degli Espositi, Alessandra degli Espositi, Federica dell’Omo, Daniela Dhampiraj, Sara Ferrando, Bruna Garofoli, Fabrizio Cat Genova, Virginia Coletti Grancia, Roberto Macario, Domenica Mangialardo, Graziella Martini, Raffaele Rudi Mazzotta, Federico Picca Piccon, Renato Quercia, Rosangela Vietti Ramus, Marina Vietti Ramus, Sergio Ruo Ruich, Andrea Telesca
Micol Roubini was born in 1982 in Milan, where she lives and works. She is a graduate of the Brera Academy and the Univeristät der Künste in Berlin. Since 2021 she has been teaching New Languages of Visual Communication at CFP Bauer, Milan. Her research investigates the balance between man and territory, between cultural systems and landscape morphology, between history, migration and individual memories.
She has exhibited at Museo Casa Testori (2021), Premio Matteo Oliviero (2017), Hotel Charleroi (2013). She realised the project Atti clandestini per terre mobili(Fondazione Palazzo Magnani 2021). She participated in video exhibitions at Villa Medici (2021), Pavilion (Poznan 2021), LightCone (Parigi 2017), Scotland’s Centre for Photography (2012).
She has conducted masterclasses (Locarno Film Festival 2022) and participated in residencies including Fondazione Pistoletto (2017), Scottish Sculpture Workshop (2013).
Her film La strada per le montagne (2019), in competition at Cinéma du Réel and other European festivals, won the Corso Salani Prize at the Trieste Film Festival 2020.
Selected Filmography
La strada per le montagne, The way to the mountains, 84’, 2019 (La Bête, Dugong, ViàOccitanie, CNC)
Watna, 23’, 2018 (Atelier105-Lightcone Paris)
Outer Dark # 430.670 MHz, 7’, 2014
Arrange your rocks naturally,14’, 2013 (SSW, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage)
Atlante Silvestre, Woodland Atlas, 16’, 2012 (Filmmaker, Distretto Culturale della Vallecamonica)
Green Gold, 13’, 2012 (Novia, Svenska Konstskolans i Nikarleby Vanner)
Ignition, 8’23”, 2010 (The Guesthouse- Irl)
Safely Unknown, 4’, 2009