MiniDv – HDV, Colour/Sound
Courtesy Spinola Banna Collection and the Artist
Residenti is a film created using video-archive materials documenting the courses organised by the Fondazione Spinola Banna per l’Arte from 2005 to 2010. The work focuses on the specific process characterising the residency experience, and emphasizes how any creative process may be compromised by the influence a pre-constituted context can have on participants, and how the specific context of the residency project may undermine the perception of the experience at the residence itself. A careful selection of fragments was made to underline repetitions in speech, words, silence, thoughts, doubts, requests and actions reiterated by different participants. Dejavù is a narrative element of the film, with the Foundation serving as a common thread, seen here as the set, just as the artists and collaborators are looked upon as actors, placing the creation and thought process at the heart of the discussion. Working on the history of the Foundation, the difference emerged in the repetition of actions and questions raised by participants over several years. Residenti is not based on a predetermined storyline; rather it consists of a narrative drawing on preexistent video and audio material. The material was thus assembled during the editing process, and the connections between various scenes were determined through the selection of repeated events, outlining a hidden plot weaving through the various residencies.