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Macrocosmo (8’–loop, 2018) is the “video-art b-side” of Microcosmo, selected at Videocittà event on the “Art Foundation and Galleries” section in collaboration with RUFA – Roman University of Fine Arts and Fondazione Cerere. Reviewed on Exibart.
Macrocosmo is an observational art-doc in “Lo-Fi” style, entirely self-produced, shot with a Nikon P900 and based on its incredibible superzoom: 85,3 x optical to 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom, 24 – 2000mm, equiv. 135.
Following the likes of the experimental/avant-guard cinema, from Dziga Vertov, to Jean Vigo or Jonas Mekas, the video-artist wanders between heaven and earth in a summery Rome with his superzoom camera in his hand observing and spying – from huge distance – stars, planets and the diverse humanity that lives, photographs, and roam through the city.
In the summer 2018, I was impressed by the Nikon P900 superzoom tests on YouTube, and I immediately thought,”Ok, this is a new language, a new possibility to see”. And so I bought the camera, I shot for about 2 months, between mid-July and August, about 1TB of material. I watched, spied on my city, and looked at the sky like never before. I have “zoomed” in and out some themes, alluding to faith, mortality, and our cosmic aspirations. The recording tools of today, economically accessible and widespread throughout the world, from mobile phones, to GoPro microcameras, allow us to greatly extend our visual geography and explore new languages. That’s what I tried to do with this work.
Tommaso Fagioli (1976), is an Italian multidisciplinary artist between Rome and Berlin. He has received a doctorate in philosophy, a master’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in “philosophical counseling”. Over the years he has worked on various projects related to the creative fields and online journalism. In 2014 he created goodshortfilms.it, the first Italian platform entirely dedicated to short films.
In 2017 he is co-author and co-producer of the documentary film ALBE – A Life Beyond Earth (80 ’), directed by Elisa Fuksas. In 2018 he wrote, directed, and produced his first shortfilm Microcosmo (15’), an experimental docu-drama presented in various festivals in Italy and abroad (Special Mention at UNESCO Creative Cities international contest “The Ideal City).
In the same year he presented Macrocosmo (8 ’), “video-art b-side” of Microcosmo, within the Videocittà event, in collaboration with RUFA and Fondazione Pastificio Cerere. In December 2018 he opned his first personal exhibition entitled “Where is my sacred?” in the new spaces of the Pastificio Cerere Foundation in Rome.