July 21st, 2013 by
Locarno’s major film festival attracts an audience that love movies and its cultural flair. Whereas the official Film Festival Locarno provides a bandwith of cinema movies, la rada is proud to offer an intense program of movies that are non-mainstream, as well as artistic stimuli and insights of film making.
La rada is a contemporary art space on the second floor of the former municipal school, the building that will become the Festival Palace, located between the large roundabout and Piazza Grande.
Friday the 9th at 6pm will be the commencement of two major events, with a vernissage and a party organized by Motel Campo, Geneva:
- Off Side, a review of “video pamphlet”, curated by Franco Marinotti – producer of experimental film and organizer of Fair Play festival, in Berlin and Lugano
- The State of Making Things – in practice an art film production that does not generate a cohesive film – edited by Sarah Bernauer, Franziska Glozer and Garrett Nelson, Basel/Zürich.
The two events, which involve a large number of high-profile artists, Swiss and international, will take place every evening from 6pm until one o’clock at night, according to the program present on www.larada.ch website.
It ‘important to note that both programs are entirely free entry.
Off Side is a video and film platform dealing with the relationship between artistic practices and political action, including both medium-length films projected on a fixed schedule, and short or video installations in continuous viewing on monitors.
It includes screenings of works by filmmakers such as: Zanny Begg & Oliver Ressler, Pavel Braila, Robert Iolini, Janez Janša, Linda Lai, Moser & Schwinger, Deimantas Narkevicius, Ellen Pau, Ibrahim Quraishi, Koka Ramishvili, Mario Rizzi, Yin Shan, Jaan Toomik, Alejandro Vidal, Lo Chun Yip.
Unlike a traditional festival of video art, movies have also been selected for their filmic and narrative contents, which allows the public a greater participation.
Some of the filmmakers such as Frédéric Moser and Philippe Schwinger will be present in Locarno where the public and press will be able to meet them at la rada.
The whole program will be available on the site www.fairplay-lugano.com.
The State of Making Things title derives from the important Wenders’ film, The State of Things. The emphasis is on the space and time of a film making – the set and the shooting – whereby the individual actions are more important than the mythic film product.
The set is housed in one of the two rooms of la rada and a long line up of artists and performers – many among the best of the Swiss scene – will depart from the work of Wenders in thinking about deconstructed filmmaking. The documentation of the project is not only filmic but is made up of a setting in flux, written texts and scripts, documenting the contributions, events and
performances. The participating artists are: Annette Amberg, Sarah Bernauer, Domenico Billari, Stefan Burger, Martin Chramosta, Nicolas Dauwalder, Franziska Glozer, Mélodie Mousset, Garrett Nelson, Jordan T Rush, Manuel Scheiwiller, Veronika Spierenburg, Mirjam Spoolder, Bohdan Stehlik & Una Szeemann, Li Tavor, Pop X, and Roy and the Devil’s Motorcycle.
Everything will be very enjoyable and participatory for the audience, that will learn the program, day by day, from the site thestateofmakingthings.blogspot.ch.
Both programs will continue for ten evenings, until Sunday 18 August, when the film festival will be just a beautiful memory…