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CURRENTS / Perpendicolare Avanti

Currents / Perpendicolare Avanti is a camera-less, hand-made, 16mm film collage, based on the artist's autobiographical experience as an immigrant. The film explores the dynamics of inhabiting the in-between space of multiple countries and temporalities through visual and sound abstraction, interlacing and recycling pre-existing film materials and fragments of otherwise anonymous orphan films. Utilizing these so-called “scraps”, Currents is a film of extensive remediation, treated by hand through the use of the emulsion lifting technique, thereby re-imagining, re-constructing, and de-constructing the liminality of immigrant life. The re-writing of the self in Currents is produced through the archives of others, via associative montage and repeated performative acts on the surface of the film.

NOTES:
This version of the film has been sound-designed for headphones, please use them if you can.

The film is available in 4K for festivals, FilmFreeway automatically downsized it to 720p quality.

More on the Emulsion Lifting technique: https://knightscholar.geneseo.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1001&context=library-research

  • Federica Foglia
    Director
    Toad, Leaf, Grass, Rock | Originate & Recompile | Fantassút | Exit/Entrance
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    PERPENDICOLARE AVANTI
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Experimental, 16mm, analog, documentary, hybrid, fiction, short, Collage, hand-made, camerales, film, celluloid, emulsion lifting, animation
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 31, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada, Italy
  • Language:
    English, Italian
  • Shooting Format:
    16 mm
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Federica Foglia

Federica Foglia is a transnational visual artist. She holds a BA in Multimedia Languages and Digital Computing for Humanities: History of Art, Theatre, and Cinema from the University of Naples L'Orientale, an MFA in Film from York University, Toronto and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Cinema and Media Arts at York University.

She is interested in issues of immigration, citizenship and identity, displacement, women of the diaspora, migrant temporalities, and finding a visual language to investigate these experiences. Her practice revolves around recycled cinema, amateur filmmaking, imaginary archives. She works within the domestic space to remediate found-footage films. She is currently working on a project that involves eco-friendly emulsion lifting techniques of 16mm orphan films from private estates and family archives.

Her works have been exhibited and won awards in several art galleries and film festivals, including Images Festival, Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Alicante MACA, BIDEODROMO, BilbaoArte Foundation, Toronto International Film Festival, Antimatter [Media Art], Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Mostra Internazionale del Cinema di Genova, Vancouver International Film Festival, Reykjavík International Film Festival, Visions in the Nunnery - Whitechapel UK, Groupe Intervention Vidéo Montreal, SCAD Savannah International Film Festival, ULTRAcinema Festival Mexico, Muestra de Video Arte Faenza, MIMESIS Documentary Festival, Camerimage.

She has recently received the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Scholarships and the RBC Arts Access Fund Award for newcomer artists.

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NOTES:
The film has been entirely hand-made, the superimpositions are created by hand via Emulsion Lifting, nothing has been altered via computer.

More on the technique: https://knightscholar.geneseo.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1001&context=library-research