Date(s) - 03/02/2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Alliance française du Bengale
VARIABLE INTERVAL REINFORCEMENT is an A/V “Live Cinema” performance using found footage, old movie fragments and ephemeral bites of educational and scientific films from the 30s to the 70s in America. Social experiments, lab tests and anthropological documentaries are woven together by an hectic digital live editing that tells the story of the “guinea pigs” for excellence, the ape and the child, two mysterious creatures trapped under the magnifying glass of a cold and politely cruel eye. The Society of the past looks like a huge workshop where some alien and alienated mind try to distill the purity of a secret – the general lines of human “behavior” – telling us very much about our disturbing present. In this creative and emotional reworking of footage showing monstrous cages / dispensers that spit grain to manipulated pigeons and biscuits to frightened children, next to the electrified grids which impart punitive shocks or pleasure stimuli on command, we discover that food – denied or granted – is still the first coercive instrument of collective conditioning. The video narration is live generated, through a complex interaction with live sounds and the modulation of the voice of the artist recorded by a military throat microphone.
Poetry, singing, mesmerizing visuals and technology are mixed together by an ironic and desecrating gaze, to create an artwork where analog and digital components interact synergistically to tell the roots of Western culture.
Francesca Fini is an interdisciplinary artist mainly focused on new media, experimental cinema and performance art. She lives and works in Rome. The focus of her work is always the body and its own narrative power, but inserted in a sort of exuberant “multimedia pot” where live videoart pieces are mixed with generative audio, lo-fi technologies and homemade interaction design devices, with handicraft masks, bizarre costumes and feminist steam-punk props popping out everywhere.