Released in January 2009, our third data cinema work by Carlo Zanni challenges the very essence of cinema by, in fact, not being a movie clip at all but giving the impression it is. The Fifth Day is a slideshow (for lack of a more flattering comparison) heightened with an extremely cinematic soundtrack. By the latter I mean to point to the relationship between the presented photographs, their transitions and the sense of movement created by their visual aspects in conjunction with the music. The narrative suggested, as Zanni himself clarifies, is the invisible protagonist’s taxi ride across Alexandria, Egypt (Zanni, 2009b). Ten stills portray the progression across the city, with no other semblance of coherence than an overall feel of spatial cohesion and the narrative music’s bonding presence (the stills are cataloged here). Continue reading
In exile, my friend, you are no more than a seat in a public park. They will sit on you, rest, feel happy, thank you and go. At home, you are no more than a seat in a sultan’s garden. He alone sits on you, rests, feels happy, but does not thank you. And never leaves! (By Ghada Samman, Zanni, 2007a).
Thus begins Carlo Zanni’s second excursion in the world of ‘data cinema’ in 2007, his artwork My Temporary Visiting Position From The Sunset Terrace Bar (henceforth My Temporary Visiting Position). Click here to read more about it.
Artists have traditionally been “hailed for anticipating the potential of new technologies” (Andrejevic, 2004, p. 127) and it might therefore pay off to turn towards the current breed of artists that concern themselves with the new media. Carlo Zanni (La Spezia, 1975) is one of them. In his art he explores the possibilities the Internet provide in conjunction with the use of ‘older’ media. Lately, he has taken a particular interest in exploring the field of ‘data cinema’: “a new way to approach filmmaking and narrative forms at large based on the use of live data feedback gathered from the Net, to create time based social consciousness experiences” (Zanni, 2009a, biography). Read about Zanni’s work ‘The Possible Ties’