Emilio Vavarella “ANIMAL CINEMA”

posted on March 24th 2018 in with 0 Comments

Emilio Vavarella’s Animal Cinema is a film composed of fragments of videos of animals operating cameras. All cameras were stolen by animals who acted autonomously. These video materials, downloaded from YouTube between 2012 and 2017, have been reorganized in Animal Cinema as a constant unfolding of non-human modes of being. Animal Cinema continues Emilio Vavarella’s investigation of non-anthropocentric visual intensities: a new regime of images seems to be emerging in the tension between ideas of sensorial contact, encounter, and closeness, and the presence of the unthought, the unsummonable, the inexplicable and the undecidable. “Perhaps,” wrote Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari in the early 1990s,​ ”art begins with the animal.”


  • MOSS INDEX 1, Artists’ Television Access, San Francisco, US
  • 17th International Kansk Video Festival, Kansk, Siberia, Russia
  • 31st Images Festival, Toronto, Canada
  • 21st Revelation – Perth International Film Festival, Perth, Australia
  • 27th Florida Film Festival, Maitland, US
  • 48th USA Film Festival, Dallas TX, US
  • 45th Athens International Film and Video Festival, Athens OH, US
  • Cinema Perpetuum Mobile – International Short Film Festival, Post-Documentary Section, Minsk, Belarus
  • 17th Festival Internacional de la Imagen, Manizales, Colombia
  • 15th Oxford Film Festival, Oxford MI, US
  • (European Premiere35° Torino Film Festival – TFFdoc, Cinema Massimo, Torino, Italy
  • (American Premiere) Official Selection: SLIFF – 26th St. Louis International Film Festival.ZACK – Kranzberger Art Foundation, St. Louis, MO, US
  • (Preview)Harvard Film Archive, VES (Visual and Environmental Studies) Screenings, Cambridge MA, US


  • (UpcomingSomething Else, OFF Biennale Cairo, head curator Simon Njami, Section curated by Elena Giulia Abbiatici, Darb 1718 Contemporary Art Centre, Cairo, Egypt
  • (UpcomingAssociazione Barriera + Treignac ProjectKaluchua, curated by Mattia Solari and Martina Sabbadini, Torino and Treignac, Italy and France
  • Laznia Center for Contemporary ArtNo Middle, No End, curated by Federica Patti, Gdańsk, Poland
  • (Solo ExhibitionGALLLERIAPIÙRE: CAPTURE: Room(s) for Imperfection, part of THE WRONG – New Digital Art Biennale, curated by Federica Patti, Bologna, Italy