On September 9, Marco Brambilla will screen his latest 3D video collage, Evolution (Megaplex), 2010 as part of the 68th Venice International Film Festival. This is the first time in its existence that the festival is screening video art as an Official Selection. The ten-minute screening will commence at Sala Perla at 7PM. The 68th Venice International Film Festival runs from August 31 September 10.
Evolution brings to life the origin, evolution and destiny of humankind as a large-scale, stunning 3D video mural. A dense montage of imagery illustrates events dating from the dawn of man through present-day and into our hypothetical future.
Brambilla blends approximately 400 film samples into a fluid 3D video collage. The source material for Evolution is primarily genre film where the artist interprets historic milestones as spectacle. The theatricality of the images presents us with a satirical take on the origin and destiny of man as told through the lexicon of the Hollywood epic.
The response to Evolution has been extremely positive. Jeffrey Deitch, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art
Los Angeles, sees Evolutions larger impact, as told to The Hollywood Reporter.
Marco Brambilla is pushing film and art into this new convergence, says Deitch. And with the 3D works, he's pushed it to a point that no one else has arrived at yet.
In three minutes and four seconds, Brambilla challenges established notions of video art, according to artist Marina Abramovic in The Los Angeles Times.
"Evolution' is only a few minutes long, but it has so many layers of meaning you can see it over and over again, says Abramovic. Your sense of time is totally different you never see enough.
Brambilla is excited to experience the videos reception.
I'll be interested to see how it is received by a film audience, says Brambilla, especially the actors and directors whose films are featured in the work.
Evolution made its debut at The Standard Miami in December 2010 during Art Basel Miami. This third screening at the Venice Film Festival follows its inclusion in The Dark Lining, Brambillas first solo museum exhibition at the Santa Monica Museum of Art.
Marco Brambilla studied film at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, and then worked in commercials and feature films, directing the successful 1993 science fiction film Demolition Man. In 1998, he shifted his focus to video and photography projects as an artist and filmmaker. His work has been exhibited internationally at such institutions as the Kunsthalle Bern, screened at the Sundance and Cannes film festivals, and can be found in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and the ARCO Foundation in Madrid, amongst others. Brambillas awards include both the Tiffany Comfort Foundation and Colbert Foundation for his video installations. He was born in Milan, Italy, and currently lives and works in New York and Los Angeles. He is represented by Christopher Grimes Gallery.