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Carlo Zanni | No Shape Stays Innocent

25 December 2007 – 2 January 2008
Première of No Shape Stays Innocent

Multipistes and Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum (ACAF) invite you to the North African/Middle East premieres of two of Milan/New York based artist Carlo Zanni’s film projects. ’No Shape Stays Innocent’ incorporates the films ’My Temporary Visiting Position from the Sunset Terrace Bar’ and ’The Possible Ties between Illness and Success’ into an interdisciplinary installation that includes drawings, posters and site specific spatial interventions.


My Temporary Visiting Position from the Sunset Terrace Bar

Set in the city of Ahlen, Germany, “My Temporary Visiting Position from the Sunset Terrace Bar”, imitates an amateur’s film of the landscape framed at sunset. While the city strip is pre recorded the sky is captured in real time from a webcam shooting the sky of Naples (Italy) at sunset and as such, always changing. The work, confronting themes such as exile, migration and border control, is enhanced by a poem by author Ghada Samman and music by the international band Gotan Project and well known composer Gabriel Yared.

The Possible Ties between Illness and Success

Is a short movie transformed by an Internet data flux and re-edited server-side when web statistics (Google Analytics) are available: the public can watch a new movie every day. Daily renderings are available at the website. The core idea of the work is the relationship between manic-depressive illness forms and success at large, a theme it symbolically tracks through the filming of an ill man lying in bed and the presence of his partner (actress Stefania Orsola Garello). The man’s body (actor Ignazio Oliva) progressively fills with stains: quantity and position depend on the number of users (and country of origin) visiting the website. The more users, the more stains, thus causing the “illness” to spread all over the body. The public grants success while appropriating the body of the artist. Music for the film is by Gabriel Yared (The English Patient, Cold Mountain); the voice-over’s words are taken from the last page of American Purgatorio, a novel by Brooklyn based writer John Haskell.