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Animal Cinema

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Animal Cinema, 2017. HD video, 00:12:12, aspect ratio: 16:9, colors, sounds.

Animal Cinema is a film composed of fragments of videos of animals operating cameras. All cameras were stolen by animals who acted autonomously. These video materials, downloaded from YouTube between 2012 and 2017, have been reorganized in Animal Cinema as a constant unfolding of non-human modes of being. Animal Cinema continues my investigation of non-anthropocentric visual intensities: a new regime of images seems to be emerging in the tension between ideas of sensorial contact, encounter, and closeness, and the presence of the unthought, the unsummonable, the inexplicable and the undecidable. “Perhaps,” wrote Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari in the early 1990s,​ ”art begins with the animal.”


REVIEWS:

“Film inafferrabile sull’inafferrabile, un film istintivo sull’istinto, un film extra-uomo sull’umano.” – Marco Romagna, Cinelapsus

“Il mondo come lo vede il mondo” – Felice Cimatti

“Al di là delle parole” – Federica Timeto, TRU

  “Radicale e affascinante spaesamento percettivo che ribalta e rivoluziona ogni certezza narrativa, epistemologica e simbolica del cinema.” – Davide Turrini, Il Fatto Quotidiano

“Riportando l’animalità alla sua essenza” – Clara Caroli, LaRepubblica

“Lo sguardo degli animali diventa – letteralmente – il baricentro da cui misurare la realtà.” – Beatrice Nencha, Libero

“Stupefacente” – Nicolo VIgna, Lo Specchio Scuro


CREDITS:

| 00:00:00:00 – 00:01:47:03 |

Filmed by Cardisoma guanhumi (land crab) in Little Cayman (Cayman Islands)

Uploaded to YouTube by AJsoCAl on June 07, 2012

| 00:01:47:03 – 00:02:20:15 |

Filmed by Octopus vulgaris (common octopus) in Abu Dabab (Egypt)

Uploaded to YouTube by Roel Lauwers on December 08, 2012

| 00:02:20:15 – 00:03:30:21 |

Filmed by Amphioctopus marginatus (veined octopus) somewhere in Honduras

Uploaded to YouTube by Chris Cole on January 17, 2015

| 00:03:30:21 – 00:03:55:10 |

Filmed by Canis lupus familiaris (German shorthaired pointer) somewhere in Germany

Uploaded to YouTube by Ben Nestor on December 09, 2015

| 00:03:55:10 – 00:04:58:08 |

Filmed by Ursus arctos ssp. (grizzly bear) in Alaska (US)

Uploaded to YouTube by Brad Josephs on May 17, 2013

| 00:04:58:08 – 00:05:29:09 |

Filmed by Panthera leo senegalensis (West African lion) somewhere in Africa

Uploaded to YouTube by Earth Touch on November 26, 2014

| 00:05:29:09 – 00:07:05:23 |

Filmed by Panthera leo (African lion) in the Okavango Delta (Botswana)

Uploaded to YouTube by Karen Moran on August 28, 2014

| 00:07:05:23 – 00:08:15:10 |

Filmed by Sciurus carolinensis (eastern gray squirrel) in Westmount Park, Montreal (Canada)

Uploaded to YouTube by Viva Frei on August 07, 2016

| 00:08:15:10 – 00:09:01:11 |

Filmed by Cebus capucinus (white-headed capuchin monkey) in Manuel Antonio National Park (Costa Rica)

Uploaded to YouTube by Cole Weber on April 11, 2016

| 00:09:01:11 – 00:10:27:18 |

Filmed by Simia inuus (macaque) in Pulau Tiga, Sabah (Malaysia)

Uploaded to YouTube by Michal Kankowski on May 16, 2015

| 00:10:27:18 – 00:11:45:13 |

Filmed by Haliastur sphenurus (whistling kite) in Kimberly (Australia)

Uploaded to YouTube by ABC News (Australia) on December 01, 2013

With:

| GoPro HERO2 | GoPro HERO3 | GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition | GoPro HERO4 | Motion Sensor Camera |


SCREENSHOTS:


TRAILER:


SCREENINGS:

  • (European Premiere) 35° Torino Film Festival – TFFdoc, Cinema Massimo, Torino, Italy
  • (American Premiere) Official Selection: SLIFF – 26th St. Louis International Film Festival, .ZACK – Kranzberger Art Foundation, St. Louis, MO, US
  • (Preview) Harvard Film Archive, VES (Visual and Environmental Studies) Screenings, Cambridge MA, US

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

Cinelapsus
“Animal Cinema di Emilio Vavarella”
2017. (ita)
Il Fatto Quotidiano
“Animal Cinema, quando cani, polipi, scimmie e orsi diventano registi di un film”
2017. (ita)
ADN Kronos
“Animali registi: immagini mai viste in documentario”
2017. (ita)
BookCiak Magazine
“Nella grande biblioteca del TorinoFilmFest. Storie di uomini e animali.
2017. (ita)

 

Studi Culturali
“La specie è un ossimoro: l’estetica con l’animale nella filosofia di Donna Haraway”
by Federica Timeto, Anno XIV, N.2, Il Mulino, Agosto 2017. (ita)
La Stampa
“TFFDoc: una GoPro tra le zampe svela la filosofia animale”
2017. (ita)
Libero
“Torino Film Festival: Ciak…si miagola e si abbaia”
2017. (ita)
TFF – Official Catalogue
“Animal Cinema”
2017. (ita)

 

la Repubblica
“Torino Film Festival, sullo schermo arrivano gli animali”
2017. (ita)
Cinecittà News
“Torino tra viaggi, animalità, animazione e videoclip”
2017. (ita)
Artribune
“Errori e tecnologia: Emilio Vavarella a Bologna”
2017. (ita)
Juliet Art Magazine
“Emilio Vavarella: RE-CAPTURE: Room(s) for Imperfection”
2017. (ita)

 


Special thanks to Robb Moss and Luis Arnias.