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Alma Michelangelo Fornaro

SEAFF IV | Alma | Michelangelo Fornaro

A Journey From Darkness to Light. Alma reveals the metamorphosis of a man before his fears and unexpected discoveries. The investigation of his own nature takes him to uncertain conditions, just like the very essence he is made of.

In 2004 Michelangelo Fornaro graduated from the National School of Cinema in Turin specializing in Stop motion. Starting in 2006 he worked as an Art Director and Model Maker in England for feature films and television series. During his career he made several short films including Lo Guarracino, a finalist for the David di Donatello and winner of various awards in Italy and abroad. In 2009 he coordinated the specialization course “Creative animation” for IED Turin. He currently works for Rai and as Model Maker for Stop motion animation projects.

SEAFF III | Sculpt the Motion

Sculpt the motion shows continuous transformations of metallic bodies through different urban plans. Contemporary architecture is a scenario for a performance, an experience as a sculptural promenade in a continuous flux. Silver strata of insulating material in action through the body change in mobile sculptures evoke Boccioni’s Futurist dynamism.
The uncontrollable surfaces do not contain the drive towards becoming a creative form. The video echoes back to the textile kinematics of Serpentine Dance, recalling a mobile texture and a continuous metamorphosis of shapes. The body becomes a ritualistic/gestural expression, and partly from an interest in the depiction of the body as malleable material. Gilles Deleuze’s famous remark that the body is “but a series of images” remembered, desired, rejected and dreamt, is an apt description for the body’s place within the video.

Devis Venturelli, born in Faenza 1974, is a multi‐disciplinary artist and architect. He has taken part in solo and group shows in museums, institutions, art galleries and festivals such as Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York; Antology Film Archive, New York; PAC, Milano; Medialab‐ Prado, Madrid; Xinjiang Biennale; MACRO, Roma. His videos have been shown in international film festival including FIVA ‐ Festival Internacional de Video Arte, Romaeuropa Festival, Tehran International Short Film Festival, Regensburg International Short Film Week, New Filmakers NY.