This film is the first part of a project which includes installations and live performances. It was created using clips of porn movies from the cinema Cuccia – which was opened by the filmmaker’s grandfather in the 1950s and closed in the mid-1990s – and is based on the principle of the sedimentation and accumulation of images in a person’s memory. The original traces of images and sounds self-destruct and transform themselves into “pictures” in motion. It is a study of the body which conducts the spectator through the history of art, from the earliest graffiti to today.
Salvo Cuccia carries out research in video art, fiction and new forms of documentaries. Since 1990 he has worked at the Filmoteca Regionale Siciliana and in 1995 he won second prize at the Italian Competition of the Festival Cinema Giovani of Turin with the short Un sogno di lumaca. He is now artistic director of the Alba project, 9 documentaries about the arbereshe culture of southern Italy. He has made about 70 films, one of the most recent of which, Détour De Seta (2005), was presented by Martin Scorsese at the Tribeca Film Festival and won at the 2005 Genoa Film Festival.
Duo with Peter Kowald (1993), Raoul not making (1994), Angelica (1995), Videoplunders (1995), Un sogno di lumaca (cm, 1995), Terra Madre (1996), Palermo (1996), Prima Sicilia (1997), Bambini intravisti (1997), Hortophonìa (1997), La cena informale (1998), Cieli Altissimi Retrocedenti (1998- 1999), Verso Venezia (2000), Ce ne ricorderemo, di questo pianeta (2000), Paesaggi Italiani (2000-2001), Specular Cities (2000-2002), La vaga sfera è in questa mano (2002- 2003), Il Satiro danzante (2003-2005), Détour De Seta (2005), Weltanschauung (2006), Oltre Selinunte (mm, 2006)
LA PELLE DEL TEMPO
Italia/Italy, 2019, 15’, bn/bw
la pelle del tempo
regia, montaggio/director, film editing
Gandolfo Pagano, Roberto Masi, Jean-Marc Montera, Jean-François Pauvros
Ninety-nine Armchairs and a Projector