When There Is No More Music to Write, and Other Roman Stories, dir. Éric Baudelaire, France / Italy 2022, 61 min., English intertitles
The latest work from Franco-American artist and filmmaker Éric Baudelaire (Un film dramatique
) is a multi-segmented audio-visual project, alternatively exploring the Red Brigades’ plans to kidnap former Italian prime minister Aldo Moro; Michelangelo Antonioni’s takes on the American desert; and avant-garde composer Alvin Curran’s practice amid the political turmoil of Rome in the 1960s and ’70s, when Curran relocated to the city.
When There is No More Music to Write, and Other Roman Stories is fabricated from a variety of materials and sources, exploring the process of creation as a radical act of resistance amid political instability. Pairing new archives from Curran’s collection with sound extracts, Baudelaire explores the composer’s relationship to Rome and the circumstances that led to the foundation of Musica Elettronica Viva, his underground improvisation group. Collectively and harmoniously the different segments contribute to question the nature of authorship while considering to what extent acts of creation are responses to the societal realities from which they emerge.
This UK premiere is followed by a Q&A with director Éric Baudelaire hosted by Nico Marzano, Head of Film at the ICA.
The festival closes with DJ sets from Radio alHara residents. Two free Campari drinks offered with every ticket.
Also on Thursday:
Co-presented with Spike Island