Bogliasco Fellowship Recipients - Fall 2020
Anna Huber – Choreographer – Switzerland
Anna Huber will pursue transdisciplinary research from multiple perspectives with promising apparent counter-poles: SKIN, simultaneously the closest boundary and sensitive inter-connection to the environment, touching and connecting inside and outside; and the fascinating phenomenon of the HORIZON, the periphery of our altering visual field, expanding awareness to broader perspectives. The multidimensional potential of these topics engages Anna’s interest in paradoxes and transformation.
Laura Di Bianco (Visual Arts-Scholarship) – Assistant Professor of Italian Studies, Johns Hopkins University – Italy/United States
Crumbling Beauty: Italian Cinema of the Anthropocene
Laura Di Bianco’s book project Crumbling Beauty traces a genealogy of Italian ecocinema from the silent era to the present. Placing the relationship between humans, nonhumans, and the environment at its core, ecocinema takes an earth-centered approach rather than an anthropocentric one, offering a bioegalitarian view of the world while denying human moral preeminence. The project explores how film can help us come to terms with ecological crises and foster a culture of care and change.
Daniel Ferrer (Literature-Scholarship) – Director of Research Emeritus at the Institut des textes et manuscrits modernes (École Normale Supérieure-CNRS) – France
A logic of creative decisions
Daniel Ferrer will try to show how the interpretation of the working documents of writers and artists (notes, drafts, sketches, scenarios, storyboards) allows for a reconstruction of their creative processes, taking form in a chain of situated decisions to aid in understanding the logic of decision making.
Žibuoklė Martinaitytė – Composer – Lithuania/United States
Žibuoklė Martinaitytė will be working on an hour-long piece, Hadal Zone [in search of depths....], blending the lowest range instruments such as tuba, contrabass and bass clarinet with pre-recorded electronics. It is an immersive sonic journey through various gradations of darkness – low frequencies and the resulting overtones as a metaphor for descending into the depths of the ocean. The Hadal zone, named after the realm of Hades – the underworld in Greek mythology – is found in waters below 6,000 meters.