TOMMASO PEDONE

Projecció + col·loqui

Fano (Pesaro, Italia), 1977. Director and videoartist graduated from Bologna National Academy of Cinema, works in high definition digital video, taking his ideas from concept through to production. He ranges from dance and theatre productions, video interviews, art/social documentaries, to video-art and multimedia projects, expecially projecting them onto monuments and other large areas.
His work is inspired by both cinema, photography and contemporary art. Communication attracted him from years and he realizes projects to experiment new forms of art like guerrilla video and street art.
His videoart works have participated in several festivals and exhibitions, including: "2010 DigitalArt.LA" (Los Angeles), "Hidden & Forbidden Identities" (Venice), "MADATAC" (Madrid), "Spazi Aperti" (Rome), "FLUX. Festival de vídeo d'autor" (Barcelona), “Où va la video?” (Padova), "Oriente Occidente" Festival (Rovereto).

presentación


Tengo en mente desde hace tiempo la idea de hablar de la combinación de poesía y locura a través de los grandes autores que han tenido experiencias de manicomio. Este es un proyecto que, sin duda, continuará en el futuro. En España, cuando un amigo me habló de Leopoldo María Panero, el deseo de conocerlo fue inmediato, como lo fue el deseo de llevar a su tierra natal el vídeo hecho después de nuestro encuentro.
La entrevista estará acompañada por un segundo vídeo, un testimonio filmado anteriormente en Milán con la poetisa Alda Merini. Estos dos documentos serán proyectados junto con otra pareja de obras, diferentes, pero que tienen puntos en común con el vídeo principal.
YermaS es un mediometraje en el que el butoh japonés toma la forma de un texto de Federico García Lorca, otra personalidad española que ha alcanzado niveles poéticos muy altos.
El cuarto vídeo se titula La Metamorfosis de Narciso, en homenaje a la obra de Salvador Dalí. Junto a una representación clásica de Narciso he colocado, en contraste, la de un vagabundo.
Los cuatro personajes principales de los vídeos presentados tienen una característica común: son personas situadas en los límites de la sociedad, con una psicología tan frágil y controvertida como interesante de conocer.
Mi enfoque hacia las personas borderline está vivo desde siempre. A lo largo de los años, a través del vídeo, se ha convertido en una búsqueda interior.

presentazione

Ho in mente da tempo l'idea di parlare del binomio poesia/pazzia attraverso grandi autori, che hanno avuto esperienze di manicomio. Questo é un progetto che sicuramente proseguirà in futuro. In Spagna un amico mi ha parlato di Leopoldo Maria Panero, il desiderio di conoscerlo é stato immediato, come la voglia di portare nella sua terra natale il video realizzato dal nostro incontro.
L'intervista verrà accompagnata da un secondo video, la precedente testimonianza girata a Milano con la poetessa Alda Merini. Questi due documenti saranno proiettati insieme ad un'altra coppia di lavori, diversi fra loro, ma che hanno comunque dei punti in comune con il video principale.
YermaS é un mediometraggio in cui il butoh giapponese prende forma su un testo di Federico García Lorca, un'altra personalità spagnola che ha raggiunto livelli poetici molto alti.
Il quarto video si intitola La metamorfosi di Narciso, in omaggio a un'opera di Salvador Dalí. Accanto a una raffigurazione classica di Narciso ho inserito, per contrasto, quella di un senzatetto.
Tutti e quattro i personaggi protagonisti dei video presentati hanno una caratteristica comune: sono persone messe o finite ai limiti della società, dalla psicologia tanto fragile e controversa, quanto interessante da conoscere.
La mia attenzione verso le persone borderline é viva da sempre. Negli anni, attraverso il mezzo video, é diventata anche una ricerca interiore.

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Interview to Leopoldo María Panero. No man is an island
2011/2012_18 min

The video-interview to the Spanish poet Leopoldo María Panero continues the project started in Italy with the poetess Alda Merini. The search for the boundary between poetry and madness, understood as a creative force, is answered in the words of the international literary characters, who have lived experience of the asylum. For Panero, as Alda Merini, many in the past have come to rely on a Nobel nomination, never arrived, no one can say whether discrimination against them. Panero has lived for 8 years in Las Palmas, an island so far from his native land. At home he had spent the previous 14 years in the asylum of Mondragon. Filming in Las Palmas, in the form of experimental documentary, lasted two days. A short term to describe a mind so complex, but the short time we had is one of the keys to understanding the material assembled. The meeting, almost unplanned, enforced within certain limits of space/time, take the traits of an impromptu performance, where the poetic sentiment reveals and conceals, according to the mood of the protagonist. The video, even when mounted, can not follow a linear direction, and the portrait that emerges of the Spanish poet is faithful to the experience with him. An alternating rhythm, made of shots and answers with literary quotations in French, Italian, English, seamlessly. A man of great charm, Leopoldo María Panero passes from laughter to anger, to powerful gestures, as if he want to reaffirm, in the behavior, the expressionism of his works.

 

Interview to Alda Merini
2009_8:43 min

Video-interview to Alda Merini, part of the project that research the line between poetry and madness, understood as a creative force, and lives through the words of literary characters who have lived experience of asylum. A lucid soul, that can communicate wisdom to anyone who gets in listening. The interview was filmed at the home of the italian poet, in Navigli canals, Milan. The thoughts of a poetical soul ranging from religion to contemporary society.


YermaS
2011_29:31 min_short version 10 min

Independent film which is a tribute to the controversial female Federico García Lorca character Yerma. Filmed in both Belgium and Italy, performed by the belgian butoh theatre's performer, Lies Serdons, the project want to tell the tale of Yerma’s manifest musings and interior monologues in visual terms. Originally conceived and directed by Tommaso Pedone as a contemporary art mix, it ties the dramatic silence and spirituality of Japanese Butoh theatre to Lorca’s expressive Spanish warmth, at the same time eliminating socio-geographic references to get to the core poetics expressed as universal images. The difference from Lorca lies in the paradoxical image of the protagonist’s “impossible” pregnancy. Yerma wants the child which she is already expecting, asking for that which she already has. In a growing momentum of wishes and images of her desire, the central thesis of the film unfolds. The intimate drama of the Spanish writer for the director becomes a contemporary metaphor: woman, "all-powerful mother" of humankind, expresses her natural drive to give birth, whilst at the same her modern sensibilities prevent her from noticing that Life is all around, both within and without, trapped, as we all are, by the unending search for the idea of desire itself.


La metamorfosi di Narciso
2011_0:20 min (loop)

Revisiting the myth of Narcissus, the video focuses on the combination of myth/reality, past/present, nature/industry. The screen is split in two parts, a tribute to Salvador Dalí, referenced in the title. The attraction for the superficial beauty of things, depicted on the left by a classic iconography of Narcissus, contrasts with the representation on the right of the screen, where a different Narcissus, no longer young, is played by a homeless. The metamorphosis is a natural transformation, the transition from the western standard of living from the Eighties to the present day. The ideal green landscape with the boy at the center can't be reflected in the hard concrete, leading the narcissistic individualism to the limits of nichilism. The displacement of the contemporary human being, under the weight of internal frustration, returns cyclically between past, present and future, like a snake biting its own tail. Narcissus seeks the meaning in its continuous revival. The gesture of waking of the characters, like a mantra, goes away by the appearance of things and becomes research, meditation ad infinitum.


 

 

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