ARCHIVIO APERTO | XI EDITION
26.10 - 3.12.2018

NO END. From the dictionary, different meanings: “with no end”, as the archive admitting infinite combinations and readings through a contemporary eye; “to a great extent, very much”, as the rich and varied program of this edition. Despite all the forecasts, analog film is not ended, nor is vanished. It rather resists and comes back, surviving to digital. 50 years later, we still feel the need of that utopia of liberty born in ’68 and that hasn’t come to an end yet. And then what about us? We are still proudly here, at the 11th edition of Archivio Aperto and at the 16th birthday of Home Movies: an archive created from scratch and with numerous possibilities still far from exhaustion. NO END

CAs usual the challenge is finding the threads of the archive linking the program and not getting mixed up among the many events proposed: from sequences of landscapes filmed by train leading to a holiday or to a war, to the unseen images of Italianamericans looking for their origins; from cartoons by cinema students in the fascist era, to the video counter-information by other guys in an Italy controlled by TVs 50 years later; from the protest scene re-read (and re-seen) along the via Emilia, up to many and small life stories that the archive gathers and tries to tell through talks, workshops and screenings. We could lose ourselves in the archive, and among the film stills, but then we’ll find ourselves again. Not seldom enriched and, who knows, maybe better than before.

Long-term collaborations have been renewed and others have started. At the MAST Foundation a double appointment: a study day devoted to the audio-visual and photography industrial and amateur archives strongly rooted in our area, and the unmissable talk by Rick Prelinger, a mythical figure for those who deal with film images and archives. Pioneer of research and free re-use of audio-visual heritage, but also champion of free access to knowledge through the Internet Archive (archive.org), Prelinger will bring us in a fascinating tour among the images and the history of a lost (and found) America.

At the closing of AA2018, with an ambitious program whose details will be later released, we’ll open the new Experimental and Art Film, section, with an exhibition titled Almost 68. It will be an evolution of the late years’ programs of experimental and artist’s cinema, as films will be screened in their original formats and devices: a look at the visual revolution of 1960s and 1970s, with works reviving on AA screens.

NO END is the caption in the closing stills of Silent Invasion (1971) by Valentina Berardinone. A film we’ll see at AA.

The 2018 of Archivio Aperto is dedicated to the memory of a friend, Andrea Ginzburg (1940-2018).

Contacts

Archivio Home Movies
via Sant'Isaia 18
40123 Bologna, Italy
Tel.: (+39) 051 3397243
Email: info@homemovies.it
Web: homemovies.it
Facebook: http://facebook.com/archiviohomemovies

Free entrance.
If indicated, registration is requested or suggested, by writing to homemovies.archivioaperto@gmail.com or following the instructions on the website homemovies.it.
For registering to the free events scheduled on 10 november at MAST, please visit the website mast.org.

Lou Dematteis

Fryday, October 26 – 7 pm | Opening / Installation

Lou Dematteis // A Journey Back (1972-1980, Photography project)

Home Movies - Parri, via Sant’Isaia 18-20

The career of the photographer and filmmaker Lou Dematteis, who later would become a successful photoreporter, takes shape from his journeys in Italy between 1972 and 1980. Journeys back, as he himself defined them, to a “home”, or even more to an identity that so many emigrant’s children pursue with the passion and the hope to find and reconnect with the roots their fathers had cut off. With his passionate research, Dematteis crosses an Italy which is, in the 70s, a fast-changing, turbulent and schizophrenic society, where post-68 revolutionary yearnings, still tinged with flower power and soon destined to be radicalized to the well-known endings, were intertwined with the traditions and the ability, as a sort of genius loci, of fitting with the circumstances. Installation linked to the talk of the same title (Sunday, October 28, 5 pm).

The installation will be visible during the following open hours: Friday 26, 7-10 pm, Saturday-Sunday, October 27-28, 3-8 pm.

AwesomeFrames

Fryday, October 26 – 7 pm | Opening / Installation

AwesomeFrames

Home Movies - Parri, via Sant’Isaia 18-20

A selection of about 1.500 photographies shot by a mobile phone during film restoration long sessions. A meticulous work to seize details invisible to a naked eye. Ended up on social network almost daily in the last 2 or 3 years, these images represent the most hidden side of Home Movies Archive. Curated by Giuseppe Fara.

The installation will be visible during the following open hours: Friday 26, 7-10 pm, Saturday-Sunday, October 27-28, 3-8 pm.

From the Window

Fryday, October 23 – 7 pm | Opening / Live Cinema

From the Window

Home Movies - Parri, via Sant’Isaia 18-20

A traveler starts his long journey by train. Instead of dozing off or reading a book he decides to shoot with his 9.5mm amateur camera what he’s viewing from the window. That traveller is Giuseppe Vacchi, going through the Alps to a Wien darkened by Nazist clouds. But it’s also the musician Pippo Barzizza, who’s running home to meet his newborn son, Renzo, along the railway lines in the 1930s Ligurian Riviera. It’s Captain Adolfo Franzini on the troop train which is leading him, in the summer of 1941, to the conquest of Sovietic Union, armed with his new 16mm Siemens. It’s Umberto Primavesi from Milan, who’s having dinner in the first class with a Monsignor in a journey to Lourdes in the 1950s. It’s primary school teacher Pietro Fressoia who’s taking his rowdy pupils in a school trip from Senigallia to Gubbio in 1961. It’s, in the end, Salvatore Stella who’s putting back into operation an old steam locomotive in a 1970s Sicilian summer.
Researches and program by Michele Manzolini.

Live music by Simonluca Laitempergher and Cecilia Stacchiotti.
Live contrabass music by Federico Magazzeni.

A reading by Emidio Clementi on the Adolfo Franzini’s war scenes will follow (text taken from the project Il varco by Kinè/Home Movies/LUCE, a film by Federico Ferrone and Michele Manzolini).

Small Catalog of Possible Stories

Saturday, October 27 – 5.30 pm | Talk / Screening

Small Catalog of Possible Stories. Prof. Olivo’s Film-family Lexicon

Home Movies - Parri, via Sant’Isaia 18-20

Born in Trieste but always based in Bologna, Oliviero Mario Olivo (1896-1981) studied with Turin-based research group led by Giuseppe Levi (Natalia Levi’s, then Ginzburg, father), whose soon he became friend as well as student. Curious and passionate scientist, he was a sever Professor of Anatomy, but also a film amateur, a photographer and an alpinist, an ironic and a modern father and he produced a varied and heterogeneous documentation of his times and family, fixing them also on 16mm films. By screening these films, preserved by Home Movies Archive, we’ll try to reconstruct Prof. Olivo’s entire biography, with his numerous interests, his famous and cosmopolite acquaintances, looking for a film-family lexicon intertwining letters, photographies, notes and oral testimonies, and connecting the story of a modern and colourful family with the one of the first half of 20th Century’s Italy.
Curated by Ilaria Ferretti and Chiara Petrucci, featuring Paola Olivo, Prof. Olivo’s daughter, as a witness and keeper of this family memory.

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2018 - Unesco.

Free reservation recommended at this link. Priority will be given to registered participants.

A Day in the Archive

Sunday, October 28 – 3 pm | Home Movie Day

A Day in the Archive

Home Movies - Parri, via Sant’Isaia 18-20

Our traditional opening day of the archive to explore Home Movies’ world: a guided tour with technical demonstrations, the now classic films screening and other surprises. A journey in the Archive to meet films’ curators and explore preservations and recovery’s methodologies for small gauge private audio-visual memories, amateur and experimental films: 9.5mm, 16mm, 8mm and Super8. The open day will be replicated at the same hour Saturday, November 17.

Reservation required (seats are limited for this event) at this link.

Lou Dematteis

Sunday, October 28 – 5.30 | Talk / Screening

Lou Dematteis // A Journey Back

Home Movies - Parri, via Sant’Isaia 18-20

Italo-american photographer and filmmaker Lou Dematteis will arrive in Bologna full of images and fascinating stories. As a known photoreporter, Lou started his career during his “journeys back” to a 1970s’ Italy, giving an unseen, intimate and political photography portrait of a country he crossed from North to South. Lou’s story belongs to the story of Italians emigrated to California, as he showed in his multi-awarded documentary movie Crimebuster. A son looking for his father (2010, ’68), focusing on Louis B. Dematteis, disctrict prosecutor and judge of the Supreme Court, who spent his life fighting against crime. An awkward presence for his son Lou, who broke off with him at the time of the Vietnam War. From the Alps, going through Ellis Island to North California and San Francisco, the documentary tells the story of Italian emigration, but also of family vicissitudes and the dream of justice and redemption. By opening to an inter-generation dialog, program includes Dematteis’ family home movies and the short documentary Passion and Tradition (10’), marking another journey back to Italy, the one of the young filmmaker Gabriella, Lou’s daughter.
Curated by Claudio Domini and Paolo Simoni. In collaboration with Spazio Labò.

Free reservation recommended (following this link). Priority will be given to registered participants.

Modernist Animations

Saturday, November 3 – 6 pm | Talk / Screening

Modernist Animations. Stop Motion Cartoons in Cineguf’s Cinema (1934-1943)

Home Movies - Parri, via Sant’Isaia 18-20

After last year’s successful program, AA hosts another short movies’ selection among the wide (and invisible) cinematographic production by Fascist University Groups (Cineguf). Cineguf’s experimental cinema crossed all genres, from documentary to fiction films, including animation cinema. Some rare survivals of the Cineguf’s stop motion animation practice with drawings and puppets will be screened. The program includes: Notturno n. 2 (animated drawings, Turin Cineguf, 1935, 3’) by Cerchio Brothers; Teste di legno (or Pisicchio e Melisenda) (Puppets/Stop motion, Catania Cineguf, 1937-1938, sound, 10’) by Ugo Saitta; 3 Studi di scultura animata (Stop motion, Milan Cineguf, 1937, 10’) by Antonio Giannini, Gianantonio Fabris; Le disavventure della terza compagnia (animated drawings, Venice Cineguf, 7’), credited to Antonio Marzari.
Curated by Andrea Mariani (Università degli Studi di Udine).
In collaboration with Università degli Studi di Udine-DIUM (Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici e del Patrimonio Culturale) and AIRSC (Associazione Italiana per le Ricerche di storia del cinema). Thanks to Museo Nazionale del Cinema di Torino, Filmoteca Siciliana, Archivio Carlo Montanaro, La Camera Ottica Lab – Film and Video Restoration (Università degli Studi di Udine).

Video in Kantiere

Sunday, November 4 – 3.30 pm | Screening

Video in Kantiere: VHS+ First Generation and Radical Scene in Bologna (1990-1992)

MAMbo - Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, via Don Minzoni 14

Brief survey on the relationship between analog video and social movements in Bologna at the beginning of the 1990s. For the fourth year, the program is based on an archive of about 400 materials in different formats from the end of the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s, including VHS and Videos8, preserved by Home Movies. In addition to the two video magazines by an occupied DAMS (already screened during AA2016) an unseen selection of Pratello TV, the known TV channel which broadcasted between 27 and 31 may 1992, will be shown.
Curated by Diego Cavallotti and Lino Greco.
In collaboration with MAMbo in the context of VHS+ exhibition.

Machines, Landscapes, Lives

Saturday, November 10 - 10.30 am – 5 pm | Workshop

Machines, Landscapes, Lives

MAST.Academy, via Speranza 42

appointment at the MAST Foundation, Arts, Experience, Technology. On the occasion of the exhibition G.D memoria e futuro. Una storia per immagini.


Workshop is addressed to all those who, for professional or study reasons, want to get close to rarely accessible and unusual memory images of the 20th Century. It will be illustrated the state of art of GD photographic and film archive, included in the exhibition GD Memoria e futuro. Una storia per immagini. At the same time, a window will be open on themes as labour, landscape and daily life in unseen audio-visual amateur and experimental Home Movies’ archives. It will also be investigated the relationship between avant-garde and industrial cinema. In the end, we’ll reflect on the historical, documental and artistic value of industrial photographic collections and archives. Archivists, curators, researchers and professionals will talk.
Curated by Home Movies in collaboration with Kinè.

Free registration for a limited number of subscribers on MAST website: mast.org.

Rick Prelinger

Saturday, November 10 - 5.30 pm | Talk / Screening

Rick Prelinger // Lost and Found America

MAST.Auditorium, via Speranza 42

appointment at the MAST Foundation, Arts, Experience, Technology. On the occasion of the exhibition G.D memoria e futuro. Una storia per immagini.


Looking for traces of the future in images of the past, this journey into mid-20th-century American life, landscape, social struggle and consciousness is made from newly-discovered and rarely seen archival film materials. This 70-minute program shows Americans at home, on the job, on the street and in motion, with images from industrial, government, military and amateur films. For the first time in Italy, Rick Prelinger is a key figure of worldwide independent cinema. His collection of over 60.000 films has been acquired as part of national heritage by the Library of Congress. Prelinger is one the promoters of the Internet Archive project (archive.org), the digital platform inspired by the Library of Alexandria with the aim of giving free and universal access to knowledge. He’s professor of Film & Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz. His archival feature Panorama Ephemera (2004) played in venues around the world, and his feature project No More Road Trips? received a Creative Capital grant in 2012. His 24 Lost Landscapes participatory urban history projects have played to many thousands of viewers in San Francisco, Detroit, Oakland, Los Angeles, New York and elsewhere.
Screenings will follow: Lost Landscapes of Bologna, homage by Home Movies to Rick Prelinger. Mechanical Symphonies, an editing of films from GD Archive, curated by Home Movies and Kinè.
Live sound of Alina Kalancea.

Free registration for a limited number of subscribers on MAST website: mast.org.

Learning Home Movies

Friday, November 16 – 4 pm | Talk

Learning Home Movies. Educational Uses of Amateur and Private Film

Home Movies - Parri, via Sant’Isaia 18-20

Home Movies, in collaboration with Istituto per la Storia e le Memorie del Novecento Parri, offers a training course designed for teachers working with high school students and focused on research and educational use of unseen and private material preserved at the Archive, of which this talk constitutes the methodological introduction. The urgency of proposing courses that bring the youngsters closer to the history of 20th Century, which, at their eyes, is distant and with no apparent links to the present, is increasingly evident.

Family Tales

Saturday, November 17 – 5.30 pm | Talk / Screening

Family Tales. Small Gauge Stories and Narrations

Home Movies - Parri, via Sant’Isaia 18-20

Last chapter of Family Tales workshop. Started the last June, the course has allowed participants to plunge themselves in the stories hidden in Home Movies Archive films. Sometimes unseizable stories, recalling oral memory of protagonists and witnesses, which have been recovered and brought to light with the aim of making them publicly available. We’ll present a varied landscape: from a Friulian family emigrated to Belgian Congo in the early century, to the families of dock workers from Ravenna, intertwining 9.5mm lyric and elegant images as well as rough super8 which document innovative school experiences from ‘70s.
Curated by Ilaria Ferretti and Chiara Petrucci with the collaboration of workshop participants.

’68 along the via Emilia

Thursday, November 22 – 5.30 pm | Talk / Screening

’68 along the via Emilia. Students’ Movement in Emilia Romagna (1967-1969)

Home Movies - Parri, via Sant’Isaia 18-20

Between 1967 and 1969 ’68 conflictual wave crosses all the Emilia-Romagna’s main cities. The book Il Sessantotto lungo la via Emilia. Il movimento studentesco in Emilia Romagna (1967-1969) is aimed at investigating one of the main peculiarities of Emilia-Romagna context: the relationship between students’ protest and the system of political mediation controlled by the left, particularly by the Italian Communist Party. The authors will talk: William Gambetta (Centro Studi Movimenti di Parma), Alberto Molinari (Istituto Storico di Modena), Federico Morgagni (Istituto Storico di Forlì). Chaired by Mirco Dondi, director of Master di Comunicazione Storica of University of Bologna. In collaboration with Istituti Storici of Emilia-Romagna network.
Screenings of unseen audio-visual materials curated by Home Movies will follow, in collaboration with the Biblioteca Panizzi of Reggio Emilia and the National Film Archive of Praga.

Almost ‘68

November 30 – December 3 | Art and Experimental Film

Almost ‘68. An Exhibition on Experimental and Artist’s Film

A new section, to be held in four days, will be the AA2018 closing event. About 10 appointments, including film programs and talks, to re-see (but most of all to see for the first time) the production by the most meaningful artists and filmmakers active in the golden age of Super8 (and other small gauge formats), a decade of ruptures and upheavals ending in the symbolic year recalled by the title of this exhibition.
The program will include films by: Valentina Berardinone, Tonino De Bernardi, Massimo Bacigalupo, Franco Vaccari, Gianni Castagnoli, Fernando De Filippi, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Ugo Mulas, Francesco Leonetti, Andrea Granchi.
Places involved for screenings and talks will be: MAMbo, Cineteca di Bologna, Galleria De’ Foscherari, Galleria P420, Raum, Biblioteca Italiana delle Donne and Archivio Home Movies, naturally.
Art and Experimental Film is a project by Home Movies curated by Jennifer Malvezzi, Mirco Santi and Paolo Simoni.

See the detailed program.