Gianluca Abbate is an Italian video artist and filmmaker. His works have been shown at museums and exhibitions and screened at several film and video art festivals. As creative director he also worked with Rai3 and SkyArte and still collaborates with several ADV agencies. He taught new cinema technologies at Civica Scuola di Cinema in Milan, motion graphics at IED Roma and now teaches video graphics at Frosinone Academy of Fine Arts.
IL LAVORO CIECO
2020 VIDEOCLIP COLLAGE/ANIMATION 6'
"Me and Lello Voce worked together on a video for Lello's poetry "Il lavoro cieco". The poetry is written and performed by Lello Voce and music arranged by Paolo Fresu, Adele Pardi, Dario Comuzzi and Frank Nemola pubblished for "In Il fiore inverso" Squi[libri] editore, 2016."
Starting from a famous slogan of the 1977 political uprisings in Italy “work less, work for everybody “ a long and complex reflection on visual and music poetics on the meaning of work today has unraveled, in a precarious world from rights to privilege from hope of freedom to the certainty of slavery.
"A video in which the tools of digital post-production are combined with a distinctly 'expressionist' style that explicitly nods at the Baroque and composes images and literally 'symphonic' visual sequences that give a visual body to the distinctly political and 'sentimental' poetry of Voce as well as to the crossover music of Nemola and Fresu. The result is a sort of poetic digital wunderkammer, that is to say a reckless compelling and exciting realization of 'total' poetry".
After so many generational repetitions and beneath so many layers is a territory to be negotiated beyond each person's skin, inside: the cavity that echoes the intimate and singular identity of everyone. The voice that populate this film bring us to various spaces in Matera, from tourist agglomerations to the town's internal spaces (grottes, caves, cisterns, lanes, rooms) and the body's own unassailable space: pleasure and desire for other bodies that no one can cancel.
76^ VENICE FILM FESTIVAL @ ISTITUTO LUCE CINECITTA' PAVILLON Screening presentation | VENICE (IT) | September 5, 2019
ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA di Madrid | Exhibition Madrid (SP) | October 24, 2019
MATERRE VR EXPERIENCE | Exhibition Matera (IT) | November 23 - December 22, 2019
VIDEOFORMES 2020 | Exhibition Clermont Ferrand (FR) | March 12-15, 2020
2018 EXPERIMENTAL 8' SYNOPSIS
A voice says "I would like to make you feel nice and comfortable, and to empty your mind of every single thought..." Thus begins the story, with an invitation to make you fall asleep, in a calm, deep, and peaceful rest, while a chaotic landscape, crowded with people, sets up on the screen. The crowd doesn't seem to have anywhere to go, but they are actually sleeping and they need to dream.
Best animation/experimental at 22 Faludi Film Festival
Best VR / Experimental Film at Prisma Independent Film Awards
Best Experimental Short Film at Santa Cruz International Film FEstival FECSC
SUPERMARKET FESTIVAL / EXHIBITIONS
36th TORINO FILM FESTIVAL (Torino, Italy) | November 27, 2018
25th VISIONI ITALIANE (Bologna, Italy) | March 1, 2019
35th VIDEOFORMES (Clermont-Ferrand, France) | March 16, 2019
57th ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL (Ann Arbor, USA) | March 26, 2019
CAFA ART MUSEUM - CENTRAL ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS (Beijing, China) | March 30, 2019
5th OVER THE REAL (Lucca, Italy) | April 20, 2019
8thFIVAC FESTIVAL (Camagüey, Cuba) | April 22, 2019
9th NOW&AFTER (Moscow, Russia) | April 30, 2019
15th LAGO FILM FESTIVAL (Ravine Lago, Italy) | July 29, 2019
CONCORTO 2019 (Piacenza, Italy) August 17, 2019
2nd STRANO FILM FESTIVAL (Capestrano, Italy) | August 24, 2019
15th FESTIFREAK LA PLATA (La Plata, Argentina) | September 5, 2019
CHANNELS FESTIVAL'S 2019 VIDEO VISIONS (Melbourne, Australia) | September 5, 2019
INVIDEO 2019 (Crema, Italy) | September 19, 2019
4th CUZCO UNDERGROUND CINEMA FESTIVAL (Cuzco, Peru) | October 3, 2019
7th INDIECORK FILM FESTIVAL(Cork, Ireland) | October 6, 2019
25th MEDFILM FESTIVAL ( Rome, Italy) | November 8, 2019
15th ADAF ATHENS DIGITAL ARTS FESTIVAL(Athens, Greece) | November 10, 2019
FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE DE AUTOR ( Jalisco, Mexico) | November 13, 2019
5th SAN JOSE INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARDS (San José, Costa Rica) | November 20, 2019
2nd ROME INDEPENDENT PRISMA AWARDS (Rome, Italy) | November 21, 2019
5th PORI FILM FESTIVAL (City of Pori, Finland) | November 27, 2019
22nd FALUDI FILM FESTIVAL (Budapest, Hungary) | November 27, 2019
23th Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur ( Winterthur Switzerland)) November 5-10, 2019
12th FESTIVAL CINEMA ZERO (Trento, Italy) | November 28, 2019
10th KARAMA HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL (Amman, Jordan) | December 5, 2019
5th CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI FILM FESTIVAL (Pune, India) | December 29, 2019
2nd LE PRINCE INT'L FILM FESTIVAL 2019 ( Caracas, Venezuela) | January 28, 2020
16th KINOFILM - MANCHESTER (Manchester, UK) | February 25, 2020
11th SKEPTO INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Cagliari, Italy) | April 1, 2020
20Minmax (Ingolstadt, Germany) March 27 - April 3, 2020
2017 EXPERIMENTAL 8' SYNOPSIS
Year 2017, a city, a square, a day, the first of May, Labour Day, a music festival, guys dancing and singing together, eating pizza, hamburger, cocacola and alcohol, red flags and religious statues hovering in the sky, smartphones lighting up around. At this point everything seems like to fall into a colorful maelstrom of emotional experience. Is it the end of the world? Or is it the beginning of a New World?
Strano Film Festival Valle del Tirino, Abruzzo (IT) 2018
Lago Film Festival Revine Lago, Veneto (IT) 2018
Festival Oodaaq Rennes, Saint-Malo, France (FR) 2018
International Art Video Festival of Casablanca Marocco 2018
Videoformes, Clermont-Ferrand France (FR) 2018
NowAndAfter'18 ARTPLAY Design Center, Moscow (RU) 2018
Interference Festival Gdańsk, Poland (PL) 2017
2014 EXPERIMENTAL 7' SYNOPSIS
Panorama is the first chapter of a trilogy on the city. The video is a review on a polis that stretches away over an infinite global space with no more uninhabited places nor frontiers where we can take refuge. In this landscape we cannot see any way of readmission for those who have once been excluded, and this recalls imaginary worlds in search of a balance.
Best short film at 32° Torino Film Festival
Nastro d'Argento 2016
Videoformes 2015 Award Clermont-Ferrand
Visioni Urbane Award at 21° Visioni Italiane
Genova Film Festival Award – Special Jury Award / Special Mention
Call4Robot Award | Robot Festival Buenos Aires
Fondazione Libero Bizzarri | Andrea Pazienza Prize
Torino Film Festival 2014 November
Visioni Italiane OfficinemaVisioni Urbane1 | 2015 February
Terra di Cinema - Paris / Tremblay-en-France | 2015 April
OtherMovie -Lugano International Film FestivalPausa 10' | 2015 June
Festival del Cinema Europeo di Lecce| 2015 April
Salento Finibus TerraeAmbiente| 2015 July
One Country One FilmItalie Pays a l'Honneur| 2015 June
Lago Film Fest Concorso Nazionale Cortometraggi | 2015 July
Krakovski Festiwal GorkiKonkurs | 2015 September
The Best Italian ShortsPanorama| 2015 November
Premio Libero Bizzarri - DOC Film FestivalITALIAcortoDOC | 2015 July
KIMFFInternational Competition| 2015 December
Genova Film Festival Concorso Nazionale Cortometraggi | 2015 June
Lucca Film Festival Concorso Cortometraggi | 2016 April
Journées du Cinéma Italien Contemporain a TunisPanorama | 2016 October
Festival SiciliAmbiente Concorso Corti | 2016 July
In Te Cinema Festival Selezione Ufficiale | 2016 September
Milano MontagnaPanorama | 2016 October
Rencontres du Cinéma Italien de GrenobleCourts Métrages | 2016 November
International Film Festival Etiuda and AnimaEurope | 2016 November
Cinema al MAXXIShortsLeague | 2017 January
Strano Film FestivalConcorso | 2017 August
Strano Film Festival | ShowcasePanorama | 2018 April
L'Isola del CinemaFuorinorma | 2018 June
MOCA Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art (JP) | 2019 June
SERENA DANDINI'S STATI GENERALI TV SHOW
COMMISSIONED WORK 2019-2020 TV-SHOW / RAI3 GRAPHIC IDENTITY
Stati Generali is an Italian sketch comedy and variety show created by Serena Dandini. Aired on Rai 3 in the early evening from November 21, 2019 to January 16, 2020. The show's comedy sketches, which often parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying cast of repertory and newer cast members. Each episode is featured performances by a musical guest. Serena asked me to design the graphic identity for the whole show, opening and closing graphics animation and visual installations during the show.
MARIO SESTI'S ESSAY DOCUMENTARY "MONDO SEXY"
COMMISSIONED WORK 2019
Mondo Sexy is the outstanding documentary by critic, journalist and film director Mario Sesti which explores the world of 1960s erotic documentaries. Mario asked me and Virginia Eleuteri Serpieri to made several sequences for this movie. Mondo Sexy has been presented as a Special Event in the 16th Giornate degli Autori at Venice.
BIOGRAPHY MAIN EXHIBITION AND SCREENINGS
Gianluca Abbate is an Italian video artist and film maker based in Rome, born in Salerno on 5th June 1980. Graduate Degree in Film Editing at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (Experimental film centre or Italian National film school) in Rome.
As creative director he also worked with Rai3 and SkyArte and still collaborates with several ADV agencies. He taught new cinema technologies at Civica Scuola di Cinema in Milan, motion graphics at IED Roma and now teaches video graphics at Frosinone Academy of Fine Arts.
His works have been shown at national and international museums and exhibitions, such as:
2019 - MOCA Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art "A window to the world" (JP),
2018 - Macro Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome “Fuorinorma” (IT),
2018 - Torrance Art Museum, “Transitions from Public to PostFuture” Los Angeles (USA),
2016 - Istanbul Museum of Modern Art “Art Speaks Out” (TR),
2015 - Maxxi Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo “Cinema al MAXXI” (IT),
2015 - Palais de Tokyo, “ARTE Video Night And L’OPEN VideoArt” Paris (FR),
2013 - MMoma Moscow Museum of Modern Art “NowAndAfter” (RU).
And at several film and video art festivals:
2019 - Ann Arbor Film Festival (USA),
2019 - Visioni Italiane (IT),
2018 - Torino Film Festival (IT),
2018 - Oodaaq Festival (FR),
2018 - Lago Film Festival (IT),
2017 - Strano Film Festival (IT),
2017 - Interference Festival Gdańsk (PL),
2016 - Lucca Film Festival (IT),
2015 - Traverse Vidéo (FR),
2015 - Videoformes (FR),
2015 - Athens Digital Arts Festival (GR),
2015 - Channels Video Art Festival (AUS),
2015 - Visioni Italiane (IT),
2015 - MedFilm Festival (IT),
2015 - Genova Film Festival (IT),
2015 - Lago Film Festival (IT),
2015 - Terra di Cinema (FR),
2015 - roBOt Festival (IT),
2014 - Torino Film Festival (IT),
2002 - Bellaria Film Festival (IT).
Also his works have been broadcasted on ARTE Video Night, a TV show dedicated to video art on ARTE TV Channel
He has also won several awards such as:
Silver Ribbon (Nastro d'Argento) awarded by the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists,
Best short film at TFF32 (Torino Film Festival)
Main awards at Videoformes in Clermont-Ferrand (FR),
Best animation short movie at Visioni Italiane in Bologna,
Special mention at Genova Film Festival and more.