Fall-out / 3:33 minutes
Artist name: Marcantonio Lunardi

It is well known that man has tried for long to control nature in all of its aspects. Our species has passed from controlling and diverting the river flow to trying to control the natural processes themselves, in order to improve whole areas of our planet. This necessity of controlling, which seems neutral if applied in the respect of the equilibriums, has lead us, in the current age, to think that technology is one of the laic dogmas on which to found our future. Technology in itself it is neither good nor evil: everything depends upon the modalities and the aims for which it is used. Nowadays, all of its efforts seem to be intended to create the better possible world, where the products of nature are the result of man’s mind and not of an evolutionary process which had lasted thousands of years. However, despite this nature is, and remains, unpredictable so much that the order so hardly built can be destroyed in a moment. Every natural disaster can trigger a chain reaction as in the case of Fukushima. A situation which seemed under control that has been proved wrong by the flames of the nuclear reactor which which touched the skies, diffusing in the air a radioactive fall-out which frustrated all of our “certainties”. Matter is, one ends up considering “certainties” for instance the food to survive in the shelters but also an unnatural sociality where the families, the so called “bricks” of the community, are like pieces of an artificial human puzzle. The feminine voice which accompanies the film is that of a speaker of 1960 where, in the film…, gives to the American audience all the instruction to protect oneself from the radioactive return in case of a nuclear war against the URSS.

Born a Lucca (Italy) 1968.
Lives and Works in Lucca and Istanbul.
Director, cameraman, documentarist, Marcantonio Lunardi has practiced, since the beginning of his experience, a contamination of visual techniques, which is the most significant feature of his work. Graduated from the Festival des Peuples, hestudied, among the others, with Daniele Gaglianone, Leonardo di Costanzo, Giuseppe Napoli, Gherardo Gossi, Marie-Pierre Duhamel Muller, Luca Gasparini. By following the master class with Michael Glawogger, Sergei Dvortsevoy, Thomas Heis, he has been able to deepen his knowledge of the directing art and of its hardest aspects.
By placing his work between the traditional documentary genre and the visual experimentation , Lunardi has tried to mingle the specific technical and linguistic knowledge he acquired in different forms of expression, and he is constantly searching opportunities to connect the ones with the others.
His instinctive curiosity has also induced him to a confrontation with music: in fact, he realises stills to accompany sounds, he organises them and transforms them, thus creating what he defines “a video score”.
One of the most significant features of his work is the development of a poetic of exploration of the relationship between the aesthetic and political content. The action is the recurrent theme of his production : action as historical memory, but also as a representation of the present which wants to overpass itself and its symbolic stillness.
Time, expressed through images, becomes for Lunardi a central element of reflection on the human nature, both individual and collective, always taking into consideration the culture from which it was born. Action, time and humankind are the key-terms of his visual language, placed each time into the social situations which become the objects of his narration and of his own experience

Video Credits
Marcantonio Lunardi

director of photography
Ilaria Sabbatini

Henna Kaikula
Julian Renlong Wong

Giulia Negrello

Sound engineers:
Flavio Innocenti
Giovanni Ghezzi
Luca Matteucci

Redroom Recording Studio (Pisa)

Marco Bertini
Bagni di Lucca Art Festival

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