Love Story of the Painter Balla and a Chair

part of Futurist Life Redux – a Performa Commission with SFMOMA and Portland Green Cultural Projects.

LOVE STORY OF THE PAINTER BALLA AND A CHAIR
2009
Trisha Baga
4’39”
4:3

In 1916 the Italian Futurist artist Arnaldo Ginna filmed, edited and generally oversaw the creation of Vita Futurista (Futurist Life), the only officially “Futurist” film ever made. Created by a committee of futurists, including sculptor, painter and writer Giacomo Balla, playwright and poet Remo Chiti, writer Bruno Corra (also the brother of Ginna, and the co-creator of Ginna’s hand painted completely abstract films of 1909), founder of Futurism, poet, and declaimer F.T. Marinetti, poet and Author Emilio Settimelli, painter and Ginna’s film assistant Lucia Venna and Paolo Ungari, Vita Futurista directly took up several of the ideas proposed by “The Futurist Cinema” manefesto, which delacred that film was the “expressive medium most adapted to the complete sensibility of the Futurist artist.”

On the occasion of Performa 09’s celebration of Futurism, Performa, SFMOMA and Portland Green Cultural Projects had invited an incredible group of contemporary film and video artists to create their own versions of the original segments in Vita Futurista, re-imagining this film in relation to our future.

Trisha Baga‘s Love Story of the Painter Balla and a Chair was inspired by the Vita Futurista of the same name (aka Cariacture of Hamlet Symbol of Pessimistic Passioneism)

Trisha Baga is a video and performance artist concerned with building romantic structures that allow natural forces such as gravity, failure and imagination to interact with its subjects in an emotion based language utilising pop culture as a base for a landscape. She has exhibited at Art in General, Leo Koenig Gallery, Andes, Artist’s Space and El Centro Cultural Montebermoso.

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RIGHTS CONTACT: programme@portlandgreen.com


VIEWING OPTIONS

Available for theatrical screening in the UK as part of Futurist Life Redux Screening Programme

To book a viewing contact: programme@portlandgreen.com