AMSTERDAM FROM EMANCIPATION MACHINE TO SORTING MACHINE

“Amsterdam, once a cradle of alternative culture, has changed its face by turning into a Global City. The city is characterised by temporary conditions, with a continuous turnover of people organised around the increasing shortage of long-term and affordable houses. Amsterdam is now a sorting machine where both newcomers and Amsterdammers are kicked out if not fitting in the frame of the creative, high-tech, fintech economy.”

Based on a research by Jaap Draaisma and the Social networks in Amsterdam research project, Amsterdam from Emancipation Machine to Sorting Machine is a documentary co-directed by Tommaso Campagna, Jaap Draaisma, Daniel Leix Palumbo, Daniele Lucchini and Maria Plichta. The documentary has been presented for the first time at Pakhuis de Zwijger for the Cities for Change forum in 19 May 2021 and it is now available to watch on Amsterdam Alternative along with an online article by Jaap Draasima and Daniel Leix Palumbo.

Credits

Research: Jaap Draaisma, Quirina Geijsen, Hugo Post
Director of Photography: Tommaso Campagna
Editing: Daniele Lucchini, Tommaso Campagna
Screenplay: Maria Plichta, Daniel Leix-Palumbo, Tommaso Campagna, Daniele Lucchini
Original Music & Sound Design: Daniel Leix-Palumbo
Audio Production: Daniel Leix-Palumbo
Production: Jaap Draaisma, Wouter Pocornie, Maria Plichta, Daniel Leix-Palumbo, Tommaso Campagna, Daniele Lucchini
Interviewees: Morgane Billuart, Carlos Coronel, Fabiola Eekholt, Elisabeth Harnmeijer, Zsophia Horvath, Mc Lost, Greg Stillman

Non Original Music courtesy of:
Benjamin Fro – The City
McLost – Niets Meer Waard

Locations: Prospect 11, ST4YNY4L4NE, Cinetol
Location Artwork (ST4YNY4L4NE): AiRich

With the support of Cities for Change – Fearless Cities

Special Thanks to: Amsterdam Alternative, Bijlmer Believers 3.0, Frans Bieckmann, Rene Boer, Hester Booi, Thomas Bruger, Tiziano De Meo, Willem Draaisma, Benjamin Fro, Jurgen Hoogendoorn, Stan Majoor, Virginie Mamadouh, Martin Millband, Adam Palša, Fenne Pinkster, Arnold Reijndorp, Patrice Riemens, Giovanni Rossetti, Ouejdane Sabbah, Jeroen Slot, Max Smit, Quico Touw, Justus Uitermark, Tine van der Velde, Emmy Wannijn, Zhen Ye


TACTICAL VISUAL CULTURE

Tactical Visual Culture is an investigation and series by the Institute of Network Cultures and the Visual Methodologies Collective.

Tactical Visual Culture investigates new visual tools at the crossroads of artistic research, journalism, and data visualization. The series explore what tactical visual culture is or could be through three main themes: video witnessing, emotive images, and data feminism.

Credits

Tommaso Campagna, Eleni Maragkou: Video Editing
Daniel Leix Palumbo: Music Introduction
Fanfare: Graphic Design


LUGARES EM PE

Lugares em pé is a documentary by the video storytelling collective Narvaloo.

Credits

AICS (Associazione Italiana alla Cooperazione e Sviluppo): Production
Steano Cioni, Daniele Lucchini (Narvaloo-Video Storytelling): Direction and Video editing
Daniel Leix Palumbo: Music and Audio Production

Lugares em pé (32′, 2020); Mozambique/Italy


VISTA ORBIS

Vista Orbis is an installation piece by Sara Khosrawi with an original soundtrack composed and live performed by Daniel Leix Palumbo. It was presented in occasion of the opening of the film festival Fly me to the Moon by the DNR Film Club at De Nieuwe Regentes in The Hague on 7 May 2019.

Vista Orbis is a composition of found footage that has been captured during various space flights by astronauts at NASA and ESA. By keeping the earth in focus when the most exciting objects of space travel are perhaps other planets, this film imposes a shift in perspective and transmits the exhilarating sensation of orbiting around our own precious world.

Listen to the entire soundtrack at this SoundCloud link

Credits

Sara Khosrawi: Video Installation

Daniel Leix Palumbo: Music and Sound design

2019, Fly me to the Moon Festival, DNR Film Club, De Nieuwe Regentes, Den Haag.

Film screening and exhibition programme curated by Nicol Cheung, Iva Kontic, Sara Khosrawi and Luukas Veivo. With works by Mishka Henner and Bruno Muzzolini.


TRIPTIKO

Triptiko is the multimedia concert inspired by the works of Bosch in the Prado Museum. The audio-visual project was created in collaboration with the studio Karmachina and live performed on the occasion of the Princess of Asturias Awards 2019 in Ovideo (Spain), where the Prado Museum was conferred of the award for the “Communication and Humanities“.

Every year the Princess of Asturias Awards are convened by the Princess of Asturias Foundation, presented during a solemn ceremony held in Oviedo (Spain), the capital city of the Principality of Asturias. In 2019 the award for the Communication and Humanities category has been conferred to the Prado Museum, the most important cultural institution in Spain and one of the most important art galleries in the world, celebrating the 200th anniversary of its foundation. Every year the Awards ceremony is accompanied by a series of events organised by the Foundation to present prize winning institutions and personalities of the current edition to the wider public.

In this occasion, the Princess of Asturias Foundation decided to entrust Karmachina and Fernweh with the creation and realisation of a multimedia concert dedicated to a selection of masterpieces held by the museum in Madrid. The works of the painter Hieronymus Bosch were chosen for their exceptional visionary strength, a never-ending source of inspiration for a highly evocative audio-visual project.

The images are accompanied by original music composed and live performed by Fernweh, drawing from the infinite sound inspirations that could be sourced from Bosch’s paintings. Fernweh’s music tries to express the dualism between Renaissance and contemporary, between reality and vision, starting from the music of the time and place – finding in Josquin Desprez a reference point – and transposing it into the contemporary through the development and fragmentation of the melodic and harmonic constructions, electronic sonorities, and sound design.

Credits

Karmachina: Direction & Art direction

Rino Stefano Tagliafierro, Elisa Seravalli, Matteo Zanella: Video post-production & Animation

Fernweh: Music

David Campanini: Audio engineer

Sandra Venco: Production assistant

10, 11 and 12 October 2019, Princess of Asturias Awards, Princess of Asturias Foundation, Fabrica De Armas De la Vega, Oviedo.

Organised and promoted by the Princess of Asturias Foundation for the Prado Museum, awarded for the category “Communication and Humanities“.


CHANGING TIMES

Changing Times is a video mapping-projection show with 3d audio spatialization created by Karmachina and Fernweh, presented at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt in occasion of Luminale 2018 (Biennial for Light art and Urban design).

The video mapping project was conceived for the façade of Frankfurt’s Alte Opera auditorium, where in ten minutes the show tells the story of the building through its more significant historical moments: its foundation in the second half of the 19th century, its destruction caused by the Second World War bombings, its reconstruction as a concert hall thanks to the citizens’ petition giving it finally a new lease of life.

The ten minute flow of audio-visual material alternates figurative and abstract elements, a series of decorative chromatic combinations capable of highlighting the architectural features of the Alte Oper’s façade. This is all backed by an original soundtrack of Fernweh and animated images taken from the civic historical photography archive and masterpieces from the Städel Museum.

Credits

Karmachina: Project & Art direction
Moving dots: Video post-production
Fernweh: Music
Olivia Demuro: Production assistant

18-23 March 2018, Luminale 2018, Luminale (Biennale für Lichtkunst und Stadtgestaltung), Alte Oper, Frankfurt am Main.

Project supported by Alte Oper, barco, Ciborius, GrandJean & Kollegen History Media, messe Frankfurt Satis&fy; 3d audio Consultation and support by Lukas Taido. A special thank to Isa Rekkab and Jörg Müllner.


UTOPIE RADICALI

The video installation Utopie Radicali was created by Karmachina and Fernweh, providing the introductory video for the homonymous exhibition held at Palazzo strozzi in Florence between 20 October 2017 and 21 January 2018. The exhibition was bringing together for the first time in a single show the works of Archizoom, Remo Buti, 9999, Gianni Pettena, Superstudio, UFO and Zziggurat, in a conversation between design objects, videos, performance art and narratives capable of describing the revolutionary thinking that contributed to the development of contemporary art in Florence.

The video installation Utopie Radicali creates a crowded and visionary collage of the works by the leading figures of the Italian Radical Architecture group, paying homage to an highly creative period which arose in Florence between the 60s and 70s and that marked the development of contemporary art in the city.

Credits

Karmachina: Art direction
Elisa Seravalli: Video editing and post-production
Fernweh – Music

​20 October 2017-21 January 2018, Utopie Radicali – Oltre l’architettura: Firenze 1966-1976, Palazzo Strozzi Foundation, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze.

Organised and produced by the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation, the CR Firenze Foundation and the Contemporary Art Observatory; curated by Pino Brugellis, Gianni Pettena and Alberto Salvadori with the collaboration of Elisabetta Trincherini.


LVNI EXPERIENCE

Luni was a flourishing Roman colony dedicated to the goddess Luna, rising up on the mouth of the Magra river. This is the land of white Carrara marble, but also, much later, of a Bishop’s seat and a pilgrimage site, which was first abandoned by its inhabitants who moved into Sarzana and then by the bishops at the start of the 13th century. Dante, in his 16th Canto of Paradise pronounced its epitaph, describing it as the “splendida civitas lunensis”.

Lvni Experience is a multimedia project conceived for making Luni’s historic and archaeological heritage fully accessible to the many travellers driving along the stretch of motorway that joins Liguria to Tuscany. The tunnel has been transformed into a permanent immersive environment where images and sounds introduce visitors to the archaeological area that now hosts what is left of the ancient town. Lvni Experience tells the story of Luni, ever since its foundation right up to its inescapable decline. This story is told entirely through images and music which are purposefully not over-explanatory. They are used in combination to evoke the city’s splendour as well as its more ill-fated moments with touching and enticing atmospheres. The evocative potential of the space is further enhanced by a sound environment conceived by Fernweh using original sound design elements and music inspired by the harmonies of ancient music reviewed in a contemporary vein.

Credits

Karmachina: Art direction
Mara Colombo, Filippo Marta: Video compositing and post-production
Fernweh: Music and Sound design
David Campanini: Sound system tuning
Lara Aleotti, Olivia Demuro: Production assistants
Nicolò Puppo: Photographs

Permananet installation inaugurated on May 18, 2019. LVNI EXPERIENCE, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Parco Archeologico di Luni, Via Luni 37, Luni (SP).

Project supported by Luni’s National Archeological Museum, the Tuscan Museum Network – National Museum of Villa Guinigi in Lucca and Carrara’s City Council. The pictures of the Ancient Roman art pieces were taken by courtesy of the Liguria Museum Network.


HOMAGE TO MAYA

(LIVE AUDIOVISUAL PERFORMANCE)

HOMAGE TO MAYA is a live audio-visual performance by videomaker Paolo Ranieri (Studio Azzurro, N!03, Karmachina) that pays tribute to the work of pioneering experimental filmmaker Maya Deren, exploring the themes of vision, reality, reflection, identity, and ritual. This piece juxtaposes some of Deren’s work from the 1940s (Meshes Of the Afternoon, At Land, A Study in Choreography for Camera).

The camera’s and characters’ movements are disassembled, isolated and re-edited in a dreamlike space. The performance acts as a vision: space becomes undefined and narration is reduced to single movements, now fragmented and altered by an apparently nonsensical repetition-and-variation effect. This is accentuated by the music: a miscellany of natural sounds and electronic glitches composed and live performed by Fernweh.

The work has been presented and live performed in different film festivals and venues, including, among the others, “INVIDEO Exhibition of Video and Cinema Beyond“ in Milan (November 2016), “Teatro Rossi Aperto“ in Pisa (June 2017), “COFFI Festival“ in Berlin (September 2017), “Cinematica Festival“ in Ancona (March 2018) and “Worm“ in Rotterdam (June 2019).

Credits

Paolo Ranieri: Video
Fernweh: Music
Martina Rocchi: Video-mapping set-up

Other information are available at: https://homagetomaya.portfoliobox.net/


HOMAGE TO MAYA

(VIDEO INSTALLATION)

A Video installation dedicated to Maya Deren.

Credits

Paolo Ranieri: Video
Fernweh: Music
Martina Rocchi: Video-mapping set-up