International Media Mixer


March 11, 2018


City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events 2018 Summer Film Series

July 17, 2018

Curated by Karianne Fiorini and Michelle Puetz

Patrizia Oliva performing live with Memoria Data (Lori Felker + Patrizia Oliva, 2018) in Bergamo, Italy. Photo ©Giancarlo Brunelli.

One of 15 artistic partnerships supported by the MacArthur Foundation’s International Connections fund, the International Media Mixer is a cross-cultural “call and response” exchange. Bringing together artists from Italy and the United States to explore the process of creating hybrid works of media art, the project sheds new light on the international practice of media conservation and artistic creation.

Michelle Puetz, Curator of Public Programs at the Chicago Film Archives, and Karianne Fiorini, film archivist and curator, each commissioned two local visual artists and two local sound artists to collaborate on the creation of four new videos using archival footage. The filmmakers from Italy and Chicago created new works using digitized footage from the partner archive (Italian-based artists used footage from the Chicago Film Archives and Chicago-based artists used footage from Lab 80 film – Cinescatti). Each new video was then scored by sound artists from the partnering country. For the Italian and US premieres of the new videos, the audio scores will be performed live.

The artists selected for the 2018 International Media Mixer are:

  • Giuseppe Boccassini (ITA) – filmmaker + Alex Inglizian (USA) – musician
  • Lori Felker (USA) – filmmaker + Patrizia Oliva (ITA) – musician
  • Federico Francioni e Yan Cheng (ITA) – filmmakers + Tomeka Reid (USA) – musician
  • Domietta Torlasco (USA) – filmmaker + Stefano Urkuma De Santis (ITA) – musician

The Italian premiere took place at the Bergamo Film Meeting Festival in Italy on March 11, 2018.

The Chicago premiere took place on July 17, 2018 as part of the Millennium Park Summer Film Series produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.