LUCIA | la radio al cinema

 

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DIALOGUE

Black Narratives: art as political as poetical

Lecture-performance by Fallon Mayanja

in collaboration with Black History Month Florence

4.00 pm 

SACI Aula Magna

Via Sant'Antonino 11

language: English

In the form of diverse poetical narratives - video, poetry, music... - Black Narratives presents a selection of counter-representational artistic works that lead us to question the hegemonic ways of production. It is dialogue for those who produce art about their specific racial and ethnic realities and experiences. 

The lecture-performance addresses the multiple interstices between artistic and media expressions of the Black population. It understand these practices as spaces to give visibility to black histories, experiences, culture and antiracism. As spaces where art and media are seen as forms of knowledge and strategies of social transformation. 


Based on Maíra Zenun & Apolo De Carvalho Afroeuropeans panel at the 7th Biennial Afroeuropeans Network Conference.

Fallon Mayanja is an author and performer. She works on staging hybrid bodies and voices. Fallon Mayanja's work, a place of sound and visual composition, is the result of experiments, dialogues created with and by technological tools. Fallon Mayanja is a member of the collective Black(s) to the Future.

This performance is possible thanks to European Cultural Foundation, SACI - Sudio Arts College International and Institut Français Firenze.

WORKSHOP

Be the judge

with Maya Goldberg-Safir, Emily Kenndy and Isabel Vázquez

limited seats, entrance upon reservation

5.30 pm 

Manifattura Tabacchi

language: English

The Third Coast/RHDF Competition is one of the most prestigious competitions in the world of radio production and podcasting. The participants of Be the Judge are invited behind-the-scenes to learn Third Coast's rigorous and detailed method of evaluating audio stories. 

 

​What are the most valuable questions when comparing and evaluating audio stories? What qualities stand out in a competition setting and how has the audio field changed in recent years? Maya Goldberg-Safir, Emily Kennedy, and Isabel Vázquez will lay out the qualities the festival listens for in a piece before hosting an abridged version of the competition, with participants listening to actual entries from the 2019 edition, replicating the judging process and selecting their very own “winner.” 

 

Participants will share a sound-rich adventure through the hundreds of entries highlighting the pieces that are pushing the boundaries of audio storytelling.

Maya Goldberg-Safir is the artistic director of Third Coast International Audio Festival, Emily Kennedy is the program director and Isabel Vázquez is the senior producer in charge of all the Third Coast transmissions and podcasts.

RADIO AT THE MOVIES

I Barboni by Roberto Costa

introduced by Rodolfo Sacchettini

25'15'', 1950 (Italia)

6.30 pm

Manifattura Tabacchi

lingua: italiano

sottotitoli: inglese

"This documentary is dedicated to the poor, torn people the Milanese call i barboni, the tramps."  We are taken to Milan, 1950. The war is over but the city is still dealing with its consequences. Roberto Costa is the first journalist to use a portable magnetic tape recorder. He is a modern ethnographer on the road, away from the secure studio set, to reveal the unseen reality of post-war Italy. He lives as a beggar, he witnesses sees and becomes familiar with a world of suffering. He records everything. 

I Barboni is an intimate and poignant journey into a hidden pocket of 1950s Italy.

 

Rodolfo Sacchettini has been studying and writing about contemporary theatre, radio, and 20th century literature for years. He guides our journey into the work of Roberto Costa, one of the most innovative yet forgotten figures of Italian radio.

This listening session is possible thanks to the collaboration with RAI Teche / Rai Radio Techetè.

RADIO AT THE MOVIES 

Unexpected turns

with works by Neil Sandell, Katharina Smets, Janna Graham...

7.30 pm

Manifattura Tabacchi

subtitles: English

and Italian

The Painting

by Neil Sandell

9'28", 2018 (Canada)

This much we know. The woman in the portrait is wearing pearls, leaning forward, smoking a cigarette. But the rest is unknown – who she was, her relationship with an unknown artist. It is open to speculation. This absence of information invites those who see her to project their own stories onto her. She is like a mirror. Knocked off balance by the painting, the narrator ponders what lies behind his obsession with the woman in the portrait. He revisits an upheaval in his life and a stark truth that he has been avoiding.

Neil Sandell is an award-winning Canadian radio producer. In 2014 he moved to Nice, France, following a long career at CBC, including five years as senior producer of the award-winning first-person documentary program, Outfront. In 2011 he was named the Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy, Canada’s most prestigious journalism fellowship.

He has taught workshops at Third Coast, at the Hearsay International Audio Festival in Kilfinane, Ireland, and in Nuuk, Greenland. In 2015 he was a jury president at Prix Italia.

 

To slow down time

by Janna Graham

9'32", 2019 (Canada)

In October 2014, Atsumi Yoshikubo, a Japanese tourist, was seen walking down the highway outside of Yellowknife with a camera and a shoulder bag. It was the last time she was seen alive. The following summer, Ryan Silke discovered her belongings in the bush, not far from town. Rather than delving into how Atsumi died — her death was assumed to be intentional — Janna Graham began thinking about how we engage in certain processes to slow down time. In frigid temperatures, there's deliberation and intention to every movement. It becomes impossible to move fast. Minutes seem suspended. Graham have heard stories of near-death experiences where time is hyper-slowed and the soul exits the body. All of these, as well as the beautiful yet brutal northern wilderness, are sewn into the feel of the piece.

To Slow Down Time is produced by Janna Graham and features voice and sounds by Yellowknife historian Ryan Silke, the natural radio / VLF recordings of aurora borealis by sound recordist Stephen P. McCreevy, music from Duo for Solo Cello by Sarah J. Ritch, and CBC North newscasts from 2014 and 2015.

Janna Graham is currently based somewhere between Yellowknife, NWT and Canada's east coast. She is a radio feature maker, sound forager, and long-time community radio champion. Her work has aired on public radio as well as on neighbourhood pirate radio transmissions.

Writer 

by Katharina Smets

15'15", 2017 (Belgium)

Once upon a time, Detroit was the world capital of the automobile industry. Today it is a ghost town but it looks like something is changing in the vast voids amidst the city. Katharina Smets wonders with us in Detroit Detour, a series produced in collaboration with musician Inne Eysermans.

Who lives in Detroit? Who are its inhabitants? In Writer, the third episode of the series, we get to know a writer who lives in the suburbs of Detroit, in Harrison Township. Katharina meets him at home and the appointment soon takes a strange turn. Balancing between flirtation, danger and discomfort and strong of her recorder, which she seems to use as a shield, Smets lets us listen to their surreal, yet poetic encounter.

This was the third part of a series called Detroit Detour, produced in collaboration with the musician Inne Eysermans for VPRO in the Netherlands. The series was made possible by the support of the Dutch Cultural Media Fund.

Belgian-Polish Katharina Smets molds documentary materials into performances, sound guides and radio productions. Fascinated by memories and archives, her collaborations with other artists and musicians invariably start from a shared need to give voice to vulnerable stories. Currently working on a PhD in the arts, Katharina teaches audio storytelling at the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp. Katharina curates the audio story festival Oorzaken in Amsterdam and she is a proud co-founder of MIRP, the Meeting of Independent Radio Producers.

Katharina is one of LUCIA's guests.

DIALOGUE

Distance and proximity in audio storytelling

Katharina Smets in conversation with Audiocollectief Schik

9.15 pm

Manifattura Tabacchi

language: English

In 1936 Walter Benjamin wrote his essay The Storyteller'Less and less frequently do we encounter people with the ability to tell a tale properly. More and more often there is embarrassment all around when the wish to hear a story is expressed. It is as if something that seemed inalienable to us, the securest among our possessions, were taken from us: the ability to exchange experiences'

Katharina Smets, Nele Eeckhout, Siona Houthuys and Mirke Kist are among those today who can give us this gift back: the desire to hear a story. And they do so by telling the lives of 'ordinary' people, sharing experiences and encounters that go beyond the confines of fiction, walking on the thin line between intimacy and distance. 

 

How do you build a story when the boundary between the narrator and their subject blurs? How difficult is it to engage the audience through emotions without the construction of empathy, to break the trust established between the producer and the parties involved? 

Belgian-Polish Katharina Smets molds documentary materials into performances, sound guides and radio productions. Fascinated by memories and archives, her collaborations with other artists and musicians invariably start from a shared need to give voice to vulnerable stories. 

Katharina is one of LUCIA's guests.

AudioCollectief SCHIK is a collective formed in 2015 by Nele Eeckhout, Siona Houthuys and Mirke Kist. SCHIK searches for the boundary between story and experience, the boundary between radio and theatre. SCHIK strongly believes in the universalizing power of audio, which can break open stereotypical images burnt into our retinas.

Nele, Siona and Mirke are among LUCIA's guests.

LIVE

BOB

a podcast performed live by Audiocollectief Schik

10.00 pm

Manifattura Tabacchi

language: English

Elisa is 84 years old and she's in love with Bob.

But who is BOB? Is he real? And who is this child that Elisa keeps talking about?

Siona Houthuys, Nelle Eeckhout and Mire Kist give voice to a poetic and exciting story, they portray a love that is lost between memory and imagination, true story and fiction.

BOB is a series produced by Audiocollectief Schik for VPRO Dorst. In 2018 it won the first Dutch Podcast Award and was a finalist in the Digital Audio section of the Prix Europa.  

AudioCollectief SCHIK is a collective formed in 2015 by Nele Eeckhout, Siona Houthuys and Mirke Kist. SCHIK searches for the boundary between story and experience, the boundary between radio and theatre. SCHIK strongly believes in the universalizing power of audio, which can break open stereotypical images burnt into our retinas.

This performance is possible thanks to the support of Kingdom of the Netherlands - Embassy of the Netherlands in Italy and the General Representation of the Government of Flanders in Italy.