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Animal Cinema


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.”

(Selected) REVIEWS:

“An audiovisual work of rare effectiveness.” Simone Arcagni, Il Sole 24 Ore 

“A radical and fascinating perceptual disorientation that revolutionizes any narrative, symbolic, and epistemological cinematic certainty.”  Davide Turrini, Il Fatto Quotidiano

“An ungraspable film about ungraspability, an instinctive film about instinct, a non-human film about the human.” – Marco Romagna, Cinelapsus

“The world as seen from the world’s perspective.” – Felice Cimatti, philosopher

“A sublime experience in which the human subject is dragged out of himself and is pushed closer to a dazzling and blinding limit.” – Federica Timeto, Studi Culturali

The animal’s gaze as the barycenter from which reality must be measured.” – Beatrice Nencha, Libero

“Bringing animality back to its essence.” – Clara Caroli, LaRepubblica

“Astonishing.” – Nicolò VIgna, Lo Specchio Scuro: Rivista di Cinema

“A mediatic metamorphosis.” – Valerio Veneruso, Artribune

“Extremely fascinating. An authentic trip inside the bowels of life’s explorative knowledge.” – Federica Fiumelli, Wall Street International Magazine

“Intimate cinematic framings at the limit of voyeurism.” – Emanuela Zanon, Juliet

“A new cinema in which man provides only the mediun.” – Andrea Tinterri, La Foresta. Itinerari nell’arte contemporanea



| 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


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  • 29th Message to Man – IFF. The Screen Touches Back, curated by Alena Koroleva, Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • (Finalist) Oaxaca Filmfest, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • IV Festival Cine Animal, Bogotà, Colombia
  • (Honorary Mention for Experimental Cinema) Il Varco – III Festival Internazionale del Cortometraggio, Pescara, Italy
  • Richmond International Film and Music Festival, Richmond, Virginia, US
  • (Winner Best Experimental Short) 3rd San Antonio Independent Film Festival, Ecuador
  • Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York Theatre Royal, York, UK
  • 5th International Motion Festival, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • 16th London Short Film Festival, London, UK
  • Frontdoc – International Documentary Film Festival, Aosta, Italy
  • 12th Sydney Underground Film Festival, Factory Theatre, Sydney, Australia
  • South Film and Arts Academy Festival, Rancagua, Chile
  • 21st Antimatter [Media Art], Victoria, BC, Canada
  • 33rd Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, Cinema Paradiso, Florida, US
  • 31st Images Festival, Toronto, Canada
  • 21st Revelation – Perth International Film Festival, Perth, Australia
  • 19th Lucania Film Festival, Matera, Italy
  • MOSS INDEX 1, Artists’ Television Access, San Francisco, US
  • (Honorary Mention Award) Experimental Forum Film Festival, Los Angeles, US
  • (Winner of Third Prize17th International Kansk Video Festival, Kansk, Russia
  • 27th Florida Film Festival, Maitland, US
  • 48th USA Film Festival, Dallas TX, US
  • 45th Athens International Film and Video Festival, Athens OH, US
  • Cinema Perpetuum Mobile – International Short Film Festival, Post-Documentary Section, (multiple venues/screenings), Belarus
  • 17th Festival Internacional de la Imagen, Manizales, Colombia
  • 15th Oxford Film Festival, Oxford MI, US
  • (European Premiere35° Torino Film Festival – TFFdoc, Cinema Massimo, Torino, Italy
  • (American Premiere) 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


  • Kyiv Biennial 2019. The Black Cloud, curated by Visual Culture Research Center, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Khodynka Municipal GalleryAnimal Internet, curated by Sasha Burenkov, Moscow, Russia.
  • Museu de Ciències Naturals of Barcelona – Loop Festival 2019, Land(e)scape, curated by Aurélien Le Genissel, Barcelona, Spain
  • Something Else, OFF Biennale Cairo, head curator Simon Njami, Section curated by Elena Giulia Abbiatici, Darb 1718 Contemporary Art Centre, Cairo, Egypt
  • Artissima 2018, GALLLERIAPIÙ: New Entries Section, Turin, Italy
  • Associazione Barriera + Treignac ProjectKaluchua, curated by Mattia Solari and Martina Sabbadini, Turin and Treignac, Italy and France
  • Laznia Center for Contemporary ArtNo Middle, No End, curated by Federica Patti, Gdańsk, Poland
  • (Solo ExhibitionGALLLERIAPIÙRE: CAPTURE: Room(s) for Imperfection, part of THE WRONG – New Digital Art Biennale, curated by Federica Patti, Bologna, Italy


Il Sole 24 Ore
“Animal Cinema”
by Simone Arcagni, 2017. (ita)
la Repubblica
“Torino Film Festival, sullo schermo arrivano gli 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)
“Animal Cinema di Emilio Vavarella”
by Marco Romagna, 2017. (ita)
TFF – Official Catalogue
“Animal Cinema”
2017. (ita)


BookCiak Magazine
“Nella grande biblioteca del TorinoFilmFest. Storie di uomini e animali.
2017. (ita)
Cinecittà News
“Torino tra viaggi, animalità, animazione e videoclip”
2017. (ita)
“Errori e tecnologia: Emilio Vavarella a Bologna”
2017. (ita)
Juliet Art Magazine
“Emilio Vavarella: RE-CAPTURE: Room(s) for Imperfection”
2017. (ita-eng)


ADN Kronos
“Animali registi: immagini mai viste in documentario”
2017. (ita)
Wall Street International Magazine
“Re-Capture. Room (s) for Imperfection. Solo show di Emilio Vavarella”
by Federica Fiumelli, 2017. (ita)
“Intervista con Emilio Vavarella”
by Irene Angenica, 2018. (ita)
2018. (ita)


“L’Italia alla Off Biennale Cairo 2018”
2018 (ita)
“Diario di una Biennale al Cairo” (5 parts),
by Elena Giulia Abbiatici, 2018 (ita)
La Foresta. Itinerari nell’arte contemporanea
“Un impero è caduto”
by Andrea Tinterri, La Foresta n.1, Nuova Editrice Berti, 2019. (ita)
“Loop: cuando el vídeo «invade» Barcelona”
by Isabel Lázaro, 2019. (spa)

Special thanks to Robb Moss and Luis Arnias.