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03 October 2020

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Videoartist of the Month October 2020
Silvia de Gennaro

Video Artist of the Month October 2020 – Silvia de Gennaro

Silvia de Gennaro, of Italian origin- following an original artistic approach via animation, appeared in 2011 for the 1st time in the CologneOFF festival cosmos. For Wilfried as both, an artist and curator, the divers forms of artistic animations had been always of particular interest, because artists like Silvia de Gennaro design their creative environment themselves they are acting in. In many cases, and Silvia de Gennaro belongs to them, they found their own very original multi-leveled language. Wilfried had the chance, that Silvia was regularly submitting new videos, which were inviting him to plan for October 2020 featuring Silvia de Gennaro as a creatrice and Videoartist of The Month, by presenting 10 videos from the years 2008 – 2016. They give a good idea, how Silvia is reflecting the world she is living in, from the global to local and individual issues.

> see the Silvia de Gennaro’s videos featured as ascreening program @ Alphabet Cinema H

About the Artist

Silvia De Gennaro
lives and works in Rome, Italy.
Since 1999 she is a founding member of “Assaus” together with the architect Alessio Scarale.
For twenty years she has been dealing with digital art, video art and animation.
Her works have participated in several video art exhibitions and film festivals around the world, such as:
Bnl Media Art Festival, IT; Video Formes , FR; Current New Media, U.S.A.; F.I.L.E. , BRA; Visionaria, IT; Madatac, ES; Invideo, IT; Magmart, IT; Athens Video Art Festival, GR; Brooklyn Film Festival, U.S.A.; ECU, FR; Interfilm Berlino, D; Nastri d’Argento, IT.
Currently her work is divided between the realization of social and political themed video and a project about the city and the perception of the traveler, entitled “Travel Notebooks”.

Participant in
CologneOFF VII – International Videoart Festival
CologneOFF VIII – International Videoart Festival
CologneOFF IX – International Videoart Festival
CologneOFF 2015 – International Videoart Festival
The Refugee Film Collection

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Look Up, 2008, 6.02
1. Look Up, 2008, 6.02
The current lack of human values generates a superficial and egocentric society and induces to live without valuing. In other words ,without knowing how to observe and take a stand on reality. It’s necessary then to look up beyond the own borders to have a perspective and empatic vision of the world and of the others.
An urban guerrilla warfare where the eyes are used as a destabilizing weapon.

This Sumnmer Mosquitos Will be Worse Than Ever, 2010, 6:20
2. This Sumnmer Mosquitos Will be Worse Than Ever, 2010, 6:20
This summer mosquito will be worse than ever” is an article headline. The most used words by media and politicians are: alert, danger and catastrophe. The violence wielded by an alarmist and defeatist society produces scared and secluded men who have no ambition. In the video the protagonist shelters in a garret, where she is weaving a spider web to catch the “malicious” mosquito …

The days of rage, 2011, 03:00
3. The days of rage, 2011, 03:00
About the recent civil unrest in northern Africa and internet-driven uprisings against regimes in general. Animation mixed with footage from Al Jazeera

Interrupted Thought, 2012,1:00
4. Interrupted Thought, 2012,1:00

Rubbish world, 2012, 4:05
5. Rubbish world, 2012, 4:05
The world’s economy revolves around the production of waste, from consumerism that leads to a temporary use of the products, through Western civilization’s bulimic attitude towards food, down to the legal and the illegal garbage business.
“Monno Monnezza” (Rubbish World) is a kind of micro-documentary of what happens around a dumpster, there’s who takes and who throws. The movie is set in a bill of zero value issued by the State of Rubbish World.

My name is Franco and I like dark chocolate, 2014, 07:00
6. My name is Franco and I like dark chocolate, 2014, 07:00
2033: the social networks have made ​​the Internet the place of the collective unconscious.
Confused identities are lost in a shapeless global identity.
The protagonist decides to disconnect from the network to find himself.

This is not a horror movie, 2014, 06:24
7. This is not a horror movie, 2014, 06:24
It’s not a horror movie but a displaying of the horror that surrounds us. Evil seems to have ousted the good from the face of the earth. Indifference is one of its manifestations, less obvious than others, but no less harmful.

Travel Notebooks: Perugia, Italy, 2014, 2:29
8. Travel Notebooks: Perugia, Italy, 2014, 2:29
Perugia is a tight network of streets; it goes up and down, with no feeling of time.
It is a magical three-dimensional chessboard, where blades of light alternate with shadowy shapes, revealing the soft pink stone or the dark dampness of time.
Perugia is a fertile woman’s womb, the cellar where the most precious wine is hidden.

Space of Memory, 2014, 6:23
9. Space of Memory, 2014, 6:23

A future -past chases and mixes itself with the current, representing past events still to happen. As in Vico’s philosophy, the recourse of history takes place when distancing from reason and memory of the past is lost. Iin an indefinite age – we’ll find out when is it just at the end – a father takes his son to visit a space” eco-gallery”, where all the evils that have destroyed their planet are shown.

Home, 2016, 5:54 +
10. Home, 2016, 5:54 +
The escape of a Syrian from the horrors of his land to the best of all possible worlds.

Silvia de Gennaro @ Media Art Festival Rome 2017

Schedule for – 03 October

  • BEAP – Biennale of Electronic Art Perth/Australia – 1 September – 17 November 2004
  • FestiNova Festival Garikula/Georgia – 5 Aug – 20 Oct 2009
  • Madeira International Art Biennale – FONLAD – 1 September – 13 October 2008
  • International Film Festival Naoussa/Greece 30 Sep – 3 Oct 2010
  • Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos (CAB)/Spain: 9-30 September 2006
  • [BOX] – space for videoart Milan – artvideoKOELN “Phantoms of Perception – 14 Sept-7 Oct 2010
  • A Virtual Memorial Vilnius 2013 – 23 sept – 29 Oct 2013
  • Corona! Shut Down? – 01-09 October 2020
  • Digital Fringe Melbourne (Aus) – 23 Sept- 11 Oct 2009
  • Digital Fringe Melbourne/AU – 24 Sept- 12 October 2008
  • Optica Videoart Festival Optica – Centro Contemporaneo Huarte/Navarra – 29 September – 2 October 2009
  • Simultan Festival Timisoara/Ro – 29 Sept- 2 Oct 2010
  • MIVA _ Centro de las Artes – La Ronda Quito/Ecuador / 2 October – 8 Nov 2015
  • 10th Athens International Videoart Festival – 3-5 October 2014
  • Regional Museum Kedianiai/Lithuania – 02-29 October 2013
  • 2nd Orebro International Videoart Festival – Art VideoScreening 1-3 Oct 2010
  • “…a very loud silence” curated by Avantika Bawa at Le Flash Festival Atlanta/GA – curated by Cathy Byrd and Stuart Keeler – 2 October 2009
  • 6th Salon de Arte Digital – Museum of Contemporary Art MACZUL Maracaibo/Ve – 1-8 October 2008
  • Salon de Arte Digital Maracaibo/Venezuela – 1-9 October 2006
  • FAIM Madrid – El Viernes Curvado curated by Antonio Alvarado- 1-3 October 2004