VIDEO SOUND ART FESTIVAL, the contemporary art festival active in Milan since 2010, comes
to Brescia from November 10th to 19th. The 13th edition entitled Babel is widespread across three cities in the region of Lombardy: it takes place in Bergamo on November 24th and 25th and in Milan from November 30th to December 3rd. Movie screenings, installations and performances make up a rich palimpsest built in collaboration with international institutions and research programs. The festival focuses on the ambiguous nature of language: from investigations into the letters of the alphabets of the world conducted by the Dutch publishing group MacGuffin to research on identity expressed through video language conducted by curator Laura Lamonea at Paris-based CNAP (Centre National des Arts Plastiques). The video works selected from the French collection will be presented during the festival alongside new international productions. C41 presents a selection of artists to not miss in Brescia. As we are used to say: take us to one.
Italian artist Marilisa Cosello presents her new performance work Replica at MO.CA. This performance will see the involvement of students from Liceo Classico Arnaldo and Liceo Scientifico Tartaglia-Olivieri of Brescia to reflect on power languages and how people’s relationships are influenced by them.
The festival’s screening program at Nuovo Eden cinema will feature the video works of Alexandre Erre, Cyprien Gaillard, and Hito Steyerl among others. The selection is curated by Laura Lamonea, Artistic Director of the festival. Erre explores issues related to memory, exoticization, and insularity, while Desniansky Raion by Gaillard seems consciously to memorialize the present age rather than documenting it. On the other hand, Steyerl’s work weaves together documentary footage from Kurdish television, scenes from an amateur film made by the two friends as teens, clips from Bruce Lee movies, and Steyerl’s own narration to touch on gender in political uprisings and the aesthetics of protest.