Nacelle and Resti by Marco G. Ferrari

Nacelle (2015,35 mins, HD video)
Resti (2014,11 mins, HD video), with music composed by Fransisco Castillo Trigueros including a recorded performance by the ensemble Looptail

Marco G. Ferrari, resident Film Fellow at Black Cinema House, will screen Nacelle, his newest film which is currently exhibited at Blanc Gallery through May 1st, and Resti, on display at Aspect/Ratio through April 17th. This screening is part of Thursday Free Form, a series organized by Ferrari that presents screenings, performances and discussions which revolve around artists that push conventions, works that draw out themes tied to urban development, and performances that mix live image and sound. Screening to be followed by a Q&A with the artist.

The word “nacelle” means the streamlined car of an aircraft—from the Latin navicella, meaning “a little ship.” In the film Nacelle, Ferrari traces an idea in formation and the complexities that arise within a contained space as a vessel travels from point to point, where a movement from thought to feeling is cycled through. The first part of a trilogy, Nacelle is about a fictional B-roll film crew stuck in the back of a moving truck that travels across five exterior Chicagoland locations: the Byron Nuclear Generating Station; a DeKalb Wind Turbine Farm; the Cook County Department of Corrections’ Division XI Facility; Lower Wacker Drive; and Miller Beach, Indiana. As the line producer, camera operator, soundman, driver and the locations interact, the fragility of their relationships is exposed, and a reaction is triggered. Sound and vision question, concept entangles, the environment informs, and desire drives the picture.

Resti is part of a series of pieces based on an ongoing collaboration between Ferrari and composer Francisco Castillo Trigueros. Ferrari on the video: “Throughout the years, as water levels dropped in Lake Michigan, a shipwreck off the Chicago lakefront was slowly revealed. I started to capture this object during the last winters, as the conditions around it changed. This is the start of a process to discover a story that has yet to be fully unearthed. Resti contains digital superimpositions as I push and pull the horizon line. The image seems fixed yet is in constant motion.” Ferrari’s documentary material (recorded during two winters), is reduced to a sequence of visual fragments. Castillo Trigueros’s austere progressions of sparse and diffused sound cling to the images like ice hanging from the ship’s skeleton; fragile, ephemeral.