L’ECLISSE redux

redux E.1: alienation
Bureau for Open Culture, Siena
final scenes from Antonioni's film and notes on alienation
designed by Italian architect Giancarlo de Carlo
redux E.2: urbanization
Parking Il Campo, Siena
Fontabranda Escalators, Siena
redux E.3: love
public seminar 3: love
public seminar 3: love
redux E.4: economy
redux E.5: architecture
entrance to Bureau for Open Culture
introduction to Bureau for Open Culture
Bureau for Open Culture

redux E.1: alienation

digital photo collage

public seminar 1: alienation

final scenes from Antonioni's film and notes on alienation

housing complex in San Miniato, Siena

redux E.2: urbanization

digital photo collage

Parking Il Campo, Siena

oculus of Between Sunrise and Night (2004) by Sauro Cardinali

Fontabranda Escalators, Siena

moving people 115 feet, or twelves stories

redux E.3: love

digital photo collage

public seminar 3: love

public seminar 3: love

redux E.4: economy

digital photo collage

redux E.5: architecture

digital photo collage

entrance to Bureau for Open Culture

via del Poggio 2, Siena, Italy

introduction to Bureau for Open Culture

Bureau for Open Culture

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final scenes from Antonioni's film and notes on alienation thumbnail
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Parking Il Campo, Siena thumbnail
Fontabranda Escalators, Siena thumbnail
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public seminar 3: love thumbnail
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L’ECLISSE redux is an exhibition that utilizes Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1962 film L’eclisse as a means through which to explore postwar urban development and contemporary life in Siena, Italy. It is the result of a project fellowship awarded by the Siena Art Institute. Bureau for Open Culture is charged with engaging students, which transpires through a series of public seminars that take place over the course of six weeks, operating temporarily out of the former space of a street-level gallery at Via del Poggio 2 in the center of Siena. The space is simultaneously a studio, exhibition and learning site where 24 film stills from L’eclisse are selected, printed and installed. The stills are framework and guide for discussing broad topics such as alienation, architecture, economy, love and urbanization as related to Siena.

Antonioni’s filmmaking techniques, character development and narrative structures are analyzed within this context. The film is an object—a spine—along which visual responses in photography, collage, writing, video, painting, drawing and performance accrue during the exhibition. The seminars are free and open to the public with readings available in advance at the Events page.

L’ECLISSE redux is a platform that inverts the typically private activities of an academy into a mode of public performance, exposing and making available for free the often costly production of knowledge inside higher education institutions. The work recaptures the original function of the exhibition as a public sphere that used objects as a primary means to produce knowledge among a group of committed individuals.

The book and film I was happy then is produced as a result of this exhibition.

Flickr photostream


The redux series explores the influences critical cinema has on shaping our perspective and understanding of reality by re-positioning historical films within the framework of contemporary exhibition, research and collaboration. The series utilizes film as a departure point for the presentation of existing work in a range of media and seeks to support the commission of new work in performance, video, sound and writing.

Nate Padavick, Cassandra Troyan, James Voorhies with students of Siena Art Institute

Miloš Gilić, Montenegro
Ruby Hopkins, United States
Geralda Kacorri, Albania
Eva Raspopovic, Montenegro
Traian Tecuci, Moldova
Chelsea Torres, United States
Amir Zanjani, Iran

Curator

Bureau for Open Culture

Institution

Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy
Oct 11—Nov 25, 2012

Made possible with support of Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy, as a result of a project fellowship awarded to James Voorhies and Bureau for Open Culture