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in occasion of Schermo dell'arte 2016

curated by Leonardo Bigazzi
promoted and organized Schermo dell’arte Film Festival in collaboration with FST- Mediateca Regionale Toscana.

VISIO. Outside The Black Box offers an insight into the lm and video production of a new generation of artists working across Europe. This exhibition aims at featuring the multiplicity of codes and themes used by these young artists and, at the same time, it reflects on the relations between video formats and exhibition space.
The exhibition will take place at the Cinema Teatro La Compagnia in Florence. The building, converted in 1987 into a theatre by Adolfo Natalini, founder of the famous radical architecture firm Superstudio in the late 1960s, recently re-opened as a cinema dedicated to documentary and art-house films. Questioning traditional lm formats, the selected works will be displayed in the hidden spaces of the former theatre, most of which are usually not accessible to the public.
The exhibition includes twelve works by international artists who were selected for the fourth edition of VISIO, a project promoted by Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival which in recent years has supported the development of a European network between institutions, artists and professionals who work with art cinema and video.
The exhibition is produced and organized by Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival in collaboration with FST-Mediateca Regionale Toscana.

Artists: Karimah Ashadu (UK/Nigeria), Teresa Cos (Italy), Selini Halvadaki (Denmark), Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet (France), Callum Hill (Canada/UK), Jean Hubert (France), Gili Lavy (Israele/UK), Elena Mazzi (Italy), Laura O’Neill (UK), Caterina Erica Shanta (Germany/Italy), Emmanuel Van der Auwera (Belgio), Nico Joana Weber

VISIO Young Talent Acquisition Prize II Edition is assigned by Seven Gravity Collection to Elena Mazzi for the work The financial singing (2014):
The video we have agreed to acquire impressed us for its interpretation of the history: the short twentieth century, as defined by Hobsbawm (summarized in the performance of a singer who translate the graphic of the American Stock Exchange’s trend). A cold diagram, a century of peaks and valley that implicitly narrate tragedies, glory, human dynamics of all kinds, translated in the emotion of a voice, of an artistic performance. The dialogue between the icon and its emphatic translation is able to overturn, in our point of view, the method of the contemporary media system, in which the image is proposed as extreme synthesis of people’s lives and emotions. This conceptual and media circularity is the first reason that convinced us to assigned the VISIO prize to Elena Mazzi.


In Sight

by Selini Halvadaki, single channel video, 49’, 2016. Courtesy of the artist


by Teresa Cos, single channel video, 10’30’’, 2016. Courtesy of the artist

The Waterway

by Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet, single channel video, 23’, 2014. Courtesy of the artist.


by Nico Joana Weber, single channel video, 26’39’’, 2014. Courtesy of the artist.

For Eva Rising

by Callum Hill, single channel video, 03’05’’, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.


by Caterina Erica Shanta, single channel video, 44’, 2015. Courtesy of the artist, Università IUAV, Venice Associazione culturale Engramma.


by Gili Lavy, video installation, R3D color, 13’35’’, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.

Central Alberta

by Emmanuel Van der Auwera, Central Alberta, single channel video, 48’, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Harlan Levey Projects.

Kingcross St Pancras (Locomotion)

by Laura O’Neill, single channel video, 8’15’’, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.

Makoko Sawmill

by Karimah Ashadu, single channel video, 20’, 2015. Courtesy of the artist. Produced in association with De Ateliers, Amsterdam, NL and African Artists’ Foundation, Nigeria.

The Retake

by Jean Hubert, Two channels video transferred into one, 26’, 2013. Courtesy of the artist. This film received the support of the Rijksakademie and the Amsterdam Fonds Voor de Kunst.

The financial singing

by Elena Mazzi, two monitors video installation, 3’13’’, 2014. Courtesy of Ex Elettrofonica and the artist.