The Idol | Screening: Identities

Video art
  • Thu 19.May @ 12:00 - 13:00
  • Fri 20.May @ 17:00 - 18:00
  • Sat 21.May @ 13:00 - 14:00
  • Sun 22.May @ 18:00 - 19:00
Screening room | Main venue

The nature of such object is transcendent or immanent indifferently, what matters is the relationship of total subjection and of capitulation which men bestow to the work of other men, raising it to divine dignity. The totem which stands out at the center of the mise-en-scene created by Lunardi is, indeed, an idol which arises from a completely secularized context but which, due to its immaterial nature, is lifted up to the nature of transcendent divinity which looms over its worshipers. The idol has no inner being whatsoever, it is only the cruel reflection of the image that the worshipers project in it, deprived of any spiritual value, made cynical and indifferent by its mechanical nature. This is the powerful and tragic vision of the current times Lunardi proposes, his vision of the society of the image which, sooner or later, as in a tragic and grotesque Uroboro, will consume itself.

Duration: 3:50 min


Marcantonio Lunardi (IT)

Marcantonio Lunardi was born in Lucca in 1968. Since 2001 he has been working in social and political documentation in the field of Media Art, creating installations, documentaries and video-art works. After the master’s programs at the Festival dei Popoli in Florence with Michael Glawogger, Sergei Dvortsevoy, Thomas Heis and Andrés Di Tella, he began a path in the cinema of moving images, experimenting with languages at the border between the cinema of the real and the video-art. His works have been screened in some eminent international institutions such as: The International Art Center, Toko; Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta; Fondazione Centro Studi Ragghianti di Lucca; Video Tage Center – Hong Kong; Museum King St. Stephen Museum – Székesfehérvár – Hungary. He also appeared in many other festivals of experimental cinema and video-art. He currently lives and works in the mountain village of Bagni di Lucca, about 25 km far from Lucca, in Italy.


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