Snaturamenti is an art book on the work of Flatform, a collective artist working with moving images on the border between experimental cinema and contemporary art. Transitional states of various types (spatial or temporal, geographical or historical, phenomenological or climatic) and the notion of the landscape as a complex network of connections between human beings and other species form the base of their artistic and philosophical research practice. These questions become the very mechanism of deconstruction and reconstruction of Flatform's films on the page, as operated by the author and curator Giuliana Prucca.
As in an artist’s workbook, drawings, texts, diary entries, layers, frames, alternative sequences, and installation renderings intersect with Flatform’s video productions in a poetic and non-mimetic exercise of their cinematographic techniques – such as compositing and audiovisual phase-shifing – in order to modify perceptive paradigms, transform the possible into the impossible – and vice versa, creating an unstable equilibrium between the foreseeable and the unexpected, between chance and control.
Having no cover, the book suggests that something begins – or ends – elsewhere, offscreen, thanks also to the gradually shifting book sections that mirror the circularity conveyed by the work of Flatform. The result is a configuration of four different and independent versions, which carry in them the latent possibility of being reunited to create a composite book revealing new visual and semantic relations.
Founded in 2006 and based in Berlin and Milan, Flatform is a collective that creates time-based works, film events, and installations, most of which revolve around landscape and biopolitics. Distributed by Light Cone in Paris and by Video Data Bank in Chicago, works by Flatform have competed in major film festivals including Cannes, Rotterdam, Venice, Toronto, and have been shown worldwide in art venues such as Centre Pompidou, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Hirshhorn Museum, MAXXI Museum, Eye Filmmuseum, Wexner Center for the Arts and Garage Center for the Arts. Their film That which is to come is just a promise has been shortlisted for the Academy Award.
AVARIE (Artbooks Vuoti A Rendere International Edition) is a Paris/Berlin based independent publisher founded in 2012, specializing in contemporary art books and exploring the relationship between texts and images, space and body. With thoughtful stylistic choices and particular attention to the quality of contents, AVARIE sees books as a privileged space of creation and research that results from a close collaboration with the artist and the graphic designer, at the outskirts of commercial production. Through a dynamic and coherent montage of different materials (photography and film, performance and installation, writing, drawing and collage), AVARIE’s publications reflect an interest in the transversality of artistic disciplines and in the subversive potential of the image to short-circuit the system of representation, as well as to question the classical form of the book by making it a place for experimentation. Books by Antoine d’Agata, Katrien de Blauwer, Ion Grigorescu and Peter Downsbrough have been exhibited internationally and selected, in particular, for the Author’s Book Award at the Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles, the Prix Bob Calle du Livre d’artiste (Paris) and the Shannon Michael Cane Award (Los Angeles).
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