In Bergamo Alta, the fourteenth-century fountain on which the former church of San Rocco rests, which hosted an evocative installation / greeting to the city strongly affected by Covid, is now transformed into an outdoor public cinema. Artist videos and archival films will be visible through the large crescent glass window

Spazio Volta, Piazza Mercato delle Scarpe 3, Bergamo Alta, Italy

February 19 - March 14, 2021

The Volta Association, as part of the Spazio Volta project, transforms the fourteenth-century fountain on which the former church of San Rocco di Bergamo Alta rests into an open-air public cinema, visible every evening from Piazza Mercato delle Scarpe, right where it arrives the funicular from Città Bassa, through the large crescent-shaped window.

For a month, the space dedicated to culture and contemporary art, which hosted the evocative neon installation And then we went out to see the stars that stood out against the dark background of a 12th century Roman cistern, hosts a selection of videos artist and archival film, in collaboration with the Archivio Cinescatti di Lab80 film and Seven Gravity Collection.

The initiative brings together works by contemporary artists and amateur material, originally made on film, which develop different poetics.

If amateur films convey an idea of domestic intimacy, the most recent creations evoke more rarefied sensations of detachment and estrangement. Suspended atmospheres and surreal narratives that slow down the movement of time, imperceptible in the repetition of gestures and in the lack of finalized actions.

The observation of Tobias Kaspar's newspaper, the futurist atmospheres of Agnieszka Mastalerz and Michał Szaranowicz or the horizons of Cristina De Paola make us reflect on the unique conditions in which we have lived in recent months.

If the space of archival narration is time, the historical, intimate and familiar one, the time of video narration is space, a place of waiting and questioning.

The Volta Association, with the artistic direction of Edoardo De Cobelli, promotes contemporary art to bring it closer to the public through exhibitions and creative and cultural events. The Spazio Volta project is a temporary non-profit exhibition space dedicated in particular to young artists.


Cover photo: Anno X by Jacopo Martinotti.