ZimmerFrei | Continuo

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ZimmerFrei | Continuo
Blue439 | Directions

The exhibition is a journey through the last ten years of ZimmerFrei’s work, with an emphasis on the observation of the plasticity of the landscape. A cinematic resonance is immediately recalled at every “frame” of portions of land, at the perceptive transfiguration of portions of the world into raw materials: sounds, optical illusions, fragments of time and fragments of movement.
Mixing different formal languages, the group produces kaleidoscopic sonic and visual works that investigate real and imaginary urban environments, where the mental and the physical blend in a coherent narrative of human experience like in the photographic series “Tomorrow is the question” (2010) and “I giorni del cane”(2011): the first shot on the beach at Coney Island (New York) with Lubavitch passers-by and families as main characters while the latter has Moldavian shepherds and flock as protagonists in the outskirts of Rome (Italy). The feeling of time shift will be amplified by “Stereorama” - which gives viewers the sensation of a trompe l’oeil with the help of images taken on the spot and contained in 3D viewers - and “Positions”, a composition of sound environments (soundscape) that perceptually displace the listener in other spaces, instant sonic spaces from elsewhere that are able to materialize themselves only as sound. “Panorama Roma” (2004) will complete the exhibition with its circular continuous overview, accelerated in stop motion, which makes visible in few minutes the whole day in Piazza del Popolo in Rome (Italy), from dawn to dusk. Also on screening “Hometown|Mutonia” (2013) a documentary about the camp founded twenty years ago by Mutoid Waste Company - a group of cyber-punk travellers and sculptors - in Santarcangelo, a medieval town in the hinterland of Rimini (Italy). The
ZimmerFrei’s film is set across the field and brings out the complexity, originality, fragility, common history and character of its individual inhabitants, belonging to three different generations. The film is part of the series “Temporary Cities” (Rome, Milan, Brussels, Copenhagen, Budapest, Marseille): “The city is the only character in the film. The city lived with the body, consumed every day; an imaginary city that is formed within us and makes us feel to be in that place. Here we are. It’s time to go home.”

ZimmerFrei is a collective of artists (Massimo Carozzi, Anna de Manincor, Anna Rispoli) based in Bologna and Bruxelles, whose complex practice is located on the crossways of cinema, theater, music and performance. In 2015 ZimmerFrei will develop several projects in the Netherlands, including the making of a film on the island of Terschelling (produced by the Oerol Festival).
ZimmerFrei’s work has been exhibited at galleries, festivals, and museums internationally including Wiels (Bruxelles), Auditorium Parco della Musica (Roma), MAMbo (Bologna), BNA/BBOT (Bruxelles), C/O Careof (Milano), MAN Museum (Nuoro), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Torino), Vooruit Arts Centre (Gent), Manifesta 7 (Rovereto), Stenersen Museum (Oslo), Budapest Architecture Film Days (Budapest), Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival (Thessaloniki), Vision du Rèel - Festival international du cinéma documentaire (Nyon), VideoEx - Experimental & Video Festival (Zurich), Oerol Festival (Terschelling), Arquiteturas Film Festival (Lisbon), Biografilm Festival (Bologna), Torino Film Festival (Torino) and more.

Marco Nember (Brescia, 1977) is founder and director of Stichting Blue439.
He’s based in Amsterdam since May 2009. He collaborated with the Italian Institute of Culture (Amsterdam), Goethe Institut Niederlande (Amsterdam), Kunsthuis SYB (Beetsterzwaag), Kunstverein (Amsterdam and Milan) and Vlaams Cultuurhuis De Brakke Grond (Amsterdam). From 2014 he began to curate a video art program with related artist talks at the Italian Institute of Culture in Amsterdam. He is curator of ‘Directions - European Video Art Screenings and Artist Talks’ in collaboration with De Appel arts centre’s director Lorenzo Benedetti and several members of EUNIC, the European network of national institutes of culture.


ZimmerFrei | Continuo
13.02/10.05 - 2015
Museum Beelden aan Zee
Den Haag

In collaboration with
Istituto Italiano di Cultura - Amsterdam
Monitor - Roma