June 29, 2020 - Fondazione Prada - Finite Rants
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June 29, 2020

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Finite Rants, 2020. Photo: Satoshi Fujiwara.

Finite Rants

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Fondazione Prada’s digital project Finite Rants, curated by Luigi Alberto Cippini and Niccolò Gravina, is currently on view on its website and social platforms. Commissioned by Fondazione Prada to filmmakers, artists, intellectuals and scholars, the 8 visual essays comprised in Finite Rants will be published on a monthly basis. The first authors include German director and writer Alexander Kluge, Japanese photographer Satoshi Fujiwara, French director Bertrand Bonello, and Swiss economist Christian Marazzi.

As stated by avant-garde director Hans Richter in 1940, the film or video essay is a form of expression capable of creating “images for mental notions” and of portraying concepts. Starting from Richter's ideas, some later theorists identify specific traits in the video essay, such as creative freedom, complexity, reflexivity, the crossing of film genres and the transgression of linguistic conventions. Finite Rants aims to test the versatility of the visual essay in expressing thought images and demonstrate its relevance in contemporary visual production.

The aesthetic and theoretical roots of Finite Rants can be traced back to the experimental work La Jetée (1962) by French author Chris Marker. Defined by its creator as “photo-roman,” La Jetée is described by its voice-over as “the story of a man obsessed with an image of his childhood.” The authors of “Finite Rants” are therefore invited to confront themselves with a radical model of cinematic experimentation such as La Jetée, a fragmentary and dispersive story, consisting of a single short film sequence and a succession of static frames, which questions the very idea of cinema, understood as a set of moving images.

Following a process of creative collaboration between the authors and Fondazione Prada, the visual contributions featured in Finite Rants analyze social, political and cultural issues that have emerged in our present time and are normally addressed by the media with a documentary approach. Through the creation, editing and post-production of raw, heterogeneous and diverse images and visual materials, the authors are able to express personal visions and poetics that involve the viewer in an active and reflective role.

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