[NetBehaviour] Digicult presents - Videoscreening Exhibition - When the eye flickers: the flicker technique in cinema, video and digital

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Careof DOCVA in cooperation with INVIDEO and Digicult presents:

When the eye flickers: the flicker technique in cinema, video and digital

Videoscreening curated by Mario Gorni (Careof DOCVA) and Claudia D'Alonzo 


Inauguration on Thursday September 17, 2009 at 5:30pm
at DOCVA Documentation Center for Visual Arts, via Procaccini 4, Milan

with Claudia D'Alonzo, Elisa Gattarossa, Mario Gorni, Marco Mancuso, otolab

Videos on show from September 17 to September 26, 2009 from 3.00pm to 7.00pm


On Thursday September 17 at 6.00pm Careof DOCVA, presents Quando l'occhio 
trema - il flicker tra cinema, video e digitale (When the eye flickers - the 
flicker technique in cinema, video and digital), videoscreening curated by 
Claudia D'Alonzo and Mario Gorni, in cooperation with Invideo and Digicult. 
On occasion of the inauguration and open house meeting, Claudia D'Alonzo 
from the network Digicult; Elisa Gattarossa from  Invideo; Mario Gorni, 
director of Careof DOCVA; Marco Mancuso, director of Digicult; otolab, 
Milanese collective of  audiovisual experimentation will discuss the topic 
of 'flicker'.

Quando l'occhio trema (When the eye flickers) - based on the 1989 homonymous 
film by Paolo Gioli  - a historical and methodological journey on the use of 
the flicker technique through a selection of ten works coming from the DOCVA 
and Invideo video archives, together with works by authors partaking in the 
Digicult international network.

The 'flicker' technique is used in several forms of art, experimental motion 
picture cinema, light installation, analogical video and audiovisual digital 
video. Such technique is based on a specific perception phenomenon. Normally 
the perception of a moving image occurs at a  frequency of 24 frames per 
second. If we diminish such frequency to 6/18 frames, we elicit a visual 
flickering that corresponds to a direct stimulation of the optic nerve, a 
proto-vision, where the visual rhythm directly synchronizes with our 

The flicker phenomenon falls within a category that Edmund Husserl defines 
as perceptive ambiguity, because it enables us to transcend conventional 
knowledge to perceive and relate to reality through the new possibilities 
produced by a destabilization of our automated perception, which is, in this 
case, violent, at times even traumatic.
The flicker technique allows both for a phenomenological investigation, the 
anomalous stimulation of our perceptive apparatus, and for a structural 
analysis of the codes of the moving image.

The show Quando l'occhio trema, proposes a partial reconstruction of the 
historical journey of this artistic experimentation through historic cinema 
and video authors and digital video authors from the contemporary scene: 
Claudio Ambrosini, ape5+miky ry, Scott Arford, Alessandrà Arnò, Gerard 
Cairaschi, Paolo Chiasera, Antonin  De Bemels, Thorsten Fleisch, Paolo 
Gioli, Graw & Bockler, Granular Synthesis (Kurt Hentschläger/Ulf 
Langheinrich), Girts Korps, otolab, Steina and Woody Vasulka.

Thanks to the cooperation between Archivio DOCVA, Archivio INVIDEO and 
Digicult, Quando l'occhio trema takes on the shape of a research, which aims 
to use the  material from the archive as a dynamic tool that enables the 
connections and exchanges that are necessary to draw a comparison between 
the historical experience in audiovisual experimentation and the 
developments achieved by contemporary authors.
Such comparison is vital both to retrieve, preserve and make the most of a 
significant historical heritage, that is the experimental audiovisual 
production, but also, and above all, to establish the scientific parameters 
that enable the interpretation and study of a heterogeneous and manifold 
artistic digital production.


The non-profit organization Careof has been promoting the Italian and 
international contemporary artistic research, granting great attention to 
the emerging  generations. Over its 20 years of activity it has organized 
and hosted more than 200 personal and collective shows, taking foot as a 
very dynamic centre for artistic experimentation. Through the organization 
of workshops, seminars and conferences, Careof has given birth to an 
information circuit and to a platform for artists, critics, curators and the 
public. In cooperation with the association Viafarini, Careof organizes and 
manages the DOCVA Documentation Center for Visual Arts, a documentation 
centre for visual arts, currently one of the most advanced in Italy for the 
computerization and  diffusion of contemporary art. The centre consists of: 
Library specializing in visual arts, Video Archive, Portfolio Archive, 
ArtBox databank.

Invideo - Internazionale di video e cinema oltre (International Exhibition 
of Video Art and Cinema Beyond)­- has been organized in Milan by A.I.A.C.E. 
since 1990. It is the only festival in Italy where the most important 
international works in the field of art video and research are presented 
every year. Invideo is also a permanent archive devoted to the artistic 
"non-fiction", which has been acquired through an in-depth and wide-reaching 
research and analysis among the most meaningful Italian and international 
Invideo: www.mostrainvideo.com

Digicult is a  cultural and editorial project engaged in promoting and 
disseminating digital art and culture, the impact of science and new 
technologies on art, design and the contemporary society. The project 
Digicult was founded and is lead by Marco Mancuso. It is based on the active 
participation by more the 40 professionals, representing today's first, 
far-reaching Network of journalists, curators, critics and artists in Italy.
Digicult: www.digicult.it


Quando l'occhio trema. Il flicker  tra cinema video e digitale
- When the eye flickers. The flicker technique in cinema, video and 
digital -

September 17/26, 2009
Curated by Mario Gorni (Careof DOCVA) and Claudia D'Alonzo (Digicult)

Fabbrica del Vapore, via Procaccini 4
20154 Milan

Careof DOCVA: +39 02 3315800 info at careof.org,
digicult: press at digicult.it

DOCVA: www.docva.org <http://www.docva.org>
Careof: www.careof.org



_The Vasulkas - Noisefields
USA 1974
9' 54'', col.
Courtesy Archivio INVIDEO

_Claudio Ambrosini - Light solfeggio
Italy 1977
2'17'', b/w
Courtesy Archivio DOCVA

_Paolo Gioli - Quando l'occhio trema - When the eye flickers
Italy 1989
12', b/w
Courtesy Paolo Gioli

_Kurt Hentschläger/Ulf Langheinrich (Granular Synthesis) - Form
Austria 2000
3', col.
Courtesy Granular Synthesis

_Thorsten Fleisch - Superbitmapping
Germany 2000
2' 3'', col.
Courtesy Thorsten Fleisch

Paolo Chiasera - 20mo Livello - 20th Level
Italy 2001
6', col.
Courtesy Archivio DOCVA

_Gerard Cairaschi - Délice
France, 2002,
Courtesy Archivio INVIDEO

_Graw & Bockler - Because
Germany 2002
3'47", col.
Courtesy Archivio DOCVA

_Scott Arford - Untitled for television
USA 2003
5' 57'', col.
Courtesy Scott Arford

_Alessandrà Arnò - Stars
Italy 2003
4', b/n
Courtesy Archivio DOCVA

_Girts Korps - Ho deciso di non fare più l'arte - I have decided to give up 
Italy 2003
3', col.
Courtesy Archivio DOCVA

ape5+miky ry - Scarti - Throw-outs
Italy 2005
10' 37'', col.
Courtesy ape5

_Antonin De Bemels - Merge/Se Fondre
Belgium 2006
24'30'', col.
Courtesy Archivio INVIDEO

_Otolab - Vagina cosmica - Cosmic Vagina
Italy 2009
video: xo00
audio: _dies
4' 50'', col.
Courtesy Otolab

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