International Video Festival gives an opportunity to introduce a large number of artists and a wide range of video works - mini documentary, political satire, tragedy, comedy; metaphorical, narrative, experimental, edgy, controversial, creative and thought provocative video. Curated by Irina Danilova and Hiram Levy.
International Video Festival
Curated by Irina Danilova and Hiram Levy
Launched by Project 59 in 2005 at 59 Franklin Street in Tribeca, NYC, 59 Seconds Festival introduces 59 videos and animations, 59 seconds each by artists from around the world, who were encouraged to embrace number 59 in their work. Being a play off as well as a metaphor for the short video art format, 59 Seconds Festival gives an opportunity to introduce to different audiences a large number of artists and a wide range of video works - mini documentary, political satire, tragedy, comedy; metaphorical, narrative, experimental, edgy, controversial, creative and thought provocative video, including a unique collection of videos that integrate number 59. ''Maximum entertainment in minimum time'' - San Francisco Bay Guardian 12/7/05
The video collection of 59 Seconds Festival was developed with three international open calls. About a dozen artists from Italy or of Italian origin submitted their works. Among them ''59 in Time'' by Antonio Della Marina (Udine) - pictorial design of stacked numbers from 1 to 59 symbolizes the expiration of time in his vivid digital animation - a great example of an artist's ability to act, react and interact in a given concept (along with the pun on 59 in Roman numerals - ''LIX'' by Dubi Kaufmann and David Lachman's ''59 Pellets'' and ''Both Ends'').
''Rituali Urbane'' by Masimo Lovisco with his treasured finding at one of the Potenza soccer (football) fields energizes 59 Seconds Festival collection. A manipulation with image of number 59 by Michele Santarsiere (Potenza) in his ''I got Worry'' brings a new facet as well as video performance of Gruppo Sinestetico (Albertin M., Perseghin M., Sassu A., Shimizu T.) timed to 59 seconds, ''Anche la parola uccide''.
59 video works, selected with the help of international audiences in US, Germany, Austria, Poland, Czech Republic, and Slovakia, will be shown on this Italian tour to Rome, Potenza, and Campagna. A collection of selected 59 videos, 59 seconds each by 59 international artists, shown 59 times around the globe is the ultimate goal of the 59 Seconds Video Festival.
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