a video by
PAD (Federico Chiari, Anna Franceschini, Diego Marcon)
Monday, 17 December, 2018
from 6.30 to 8.30pm
To celebrate the upcoming holiday season, Magic Lantern Film Festival invites you to join us on Monday, 17 December for the first screening in Rome of Pattini d’argento, a collaborative video made by PAD (Federico Chiari, Anna Franceschini and Diego Marcon) in 2007.
Pattini d’argento [Silver Skates] (2017, 35’37”, mini DV) is a portrait of the Hot Shivers, a synchronized ice skating group and official team of Precision Skating Milan. The artists filmed the skaters during their summer retreat at the ice stadium in Bormio, in the Italian Alps. During the gracefully choreographed exercise routines, the athletes seem to transform into pure image, light and movement. Yet the gracefulness of the silhouettes that glide on the icy surface is just one aspect of a life that also includes endless training, fatigue and clashes on the ice rink. The arena that welcomes the athletes with all their hopes and fears is not always a friend, but a stage on which to fight, albeit elegantly, under the scrutiny of friends and relatives, often equipped with digital eyes. In the video, material shot with amateur cameras becomes the visual counterpart of the protagonists themselves. The skaters of Pattini d’argento, apparitions in perennial movement and tension, become a whirling vision, transfiguring into a metaphor of the cinematographic medium itself, and of the perceptual dynamics it initiates.
On this occasion, Magic Lantern Film Festival has commissioned PAD to produce a limited edition Christmas Cracker, a traditional English party favour that, when pulled apart, reveals small surprises. The crackers will be distributed freely to the evening’s guests. We look forward to seeing you at CASTRO for the Roman screening of Pattini d’argento, to open PAD’s Crackers together, and for a holiday drink!
PAD/Piccolo Artigianato Digitale is an acronym with which Diego Marcon signs some of his early video productions, starting in 2005. In 2006, Marcon’s friendship with Federico Chiari and his meeting with Anna Franceschini turn PAD into a collaboration, and the three decide to sign all of their work with the acronym. PAD focuses on video signals, objects, memories and figure skating. In 2007, the collective makes the video Pattini d’argento, the performance VIDEOGIOCHI, the music compilation TVM Panda Rock, and designs PADmemory, an unfinished board game. PAD breaks up in the winter of 2008.
Federico Chiari (Milan, 1985) graduated from the Accademia di Brera in Milan, later training as a sound technician. Musician, sound designer and field recorder, he also co-founded Dancehole Records, a label dedicated to the rediscovery and reinvention of the aesthetics of hardcore techno music. He has collaborated as a sound designer with artists including Diego Marcon, Anna Franceschini, Cleo Fariselli and Basma Alsharif. Anna Franceschini (Pavia, 1979) lives and works in Milan. In 2003 she graduated in Media Studies at IULM University in Milan, where she also obtained her MA in Television, Cinema and Multimedia Production in 2006. She is a fellow of the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam (NL). In 2017 she was one of the recipients of the Italian Council Grant and is currently a PhD candidate in Visual and Media Studies at IULM University. Her work has been presented and awarded in numerous film festivals, and she has exhibited in many international museums and cultural institutions, both with solo shows and group exhibitions. Diego Marcon (Busto Arsizio, 1985) graduated in film editing at the Scuola Civica di Cinema, Televisione e Nuovi Media in Milan in 2006, and in 2012 obtained a BA degree in Visual Arts at IUAV University in Venice. In 2012 he was among the winners of the XXIV Premio Nazionale Arti Visive Città di Gallarate del MA*GA, in 2013 of the Menabrea Art Prize and in 2015 of the first edition of the CLUB GAMeC Prize. In 2017 he was invited by AMACI – Associazione Musei d’Arte Contemporanea Italiani for the fifth edition of the project “Museo Chiama Artista”, and is also a winner of the Henraux Foundation Prize and MAXXI Bulgari Prize. His works have been show in Italy and abroad in various film festivals and in international museums and institutions.
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