Saturday 7 May 2016, 11:30 - 13:30
The Histories of Art.

On the principles of filmic composition | Seminar with Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi

MAXXI Auditorium – admittance €5.00; admittance to 5 seminars €20.00; free for myMAXXI card holders. The purchase of a ticket allows for reduced price museum entrance (€8.00) within one week of issue.

Five seminars with international philosophers, composers, artists, choreographers and writers to explore and comprehend the expressive idioms of contemporary creativity.

At the heart of a certain way of working on the image there is an imaghe and not the reality we have before our eyes. The fourth seminar focuses on the theme of filmic composition starting out from the technical term found footage used by Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci to allude to the process of “finding” something in an image that already exists, a process that implies, on the one hand, a certain exposure to the contingency of hazard (it is found in that clip, under those circumstances), and on the other, in contrast, a clear desire to resignify through the use of colour and sound or through the manipulation of time. It is actually this dialectic of time – of times – that comes to the fore: between the meaning that a certain image had, at the time it was made, and that it takes on today, in being reproposed. A dialectic that involves questions, perhaps ethical and political more than aesthetic.

Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi, of Armenian and Romagnola Italian origins respectively, have lived and worked together since the 1970s. They debuted with performances written for “perfumed films”.

The Histories of Art. On the principles of composition
13 February – 21 May 2016

Now returning in its fourth edition, The Histories of Art is a series of seminars dedicated to the history of contemporary art from 1960 to the present day, organized according to chronological and thematic issues dealing with the last 40 years of artistic research and production. The seminars are led by critics, gallerists, curators, artists and university lecturers.
Introductions by Andrea Cortellessa.