Pasolini, Antonio

Antonio Pasolini
Brazilian videomaker

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biography
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Interview:10 questions

1. Tell me something about your life and the educational background

I was born in Brazil, graduated in journalism and while at college in the late 80s joined a performance art group influenced by all things kitsch, retro, low-brow/high brow, camp, punk and Dada.

2. When, how and why started you filming?

I got interested in videoart in the late 80s through a group of video militants in my college. Thence I developed an interest in the low-fi immediacy of video and quickly became interested in the medium as a channel for alternative TV, media critique, electronic collage, pop art etc.

3. What kind of subjects have your films?

Media, gender, consumerism, culture & society.

4. How do you develop your films, do you follow certain principles, styles etc?

I avoid straight-up narrative to begin with. I tend to develop ideas around one image/scene and also one idea. In terms of style, I care for rhythm and directness.

5. Tell me something about the technical equipment you use.

Very simple amateur video cameras, or even found footage, plus standard software such as Premiere and Imovie.

6. What are the chances of new media for the genre film/video in general
and you personally?

It vastly increases exposure and creates opportunities for film and video artists. In my case it has made my work more international.

7. How do you finance your films?

I have received public grants in the past and I have also made videos on no budget or a shoe-string budget.

8. Do you work individually as a video artist/film maker or do you work in a team?

Individually.

If you have experience in both, what is the difference, what do you prefer?

I am an ideas-driven, auteur type of creator and I have difficulties sharing that space with other people. I’m happy to get technical assistance when necessary, though.

9. Who or what has a lasting influence on your film/video making?

Early MTV, stratch video, pop art, pastiche, American performance video, Brazilian 1980s video art and LA-based Bruce Yonemoto.

10. What are your future plans or dreams as a film/video maker?

Carry on making videos as an independent artist. I also intend to curate more often as I have done that a few times and enjoyed it.

Can works of yours viewed online besides on VideoChannel/SFC? Where?

http://lobopasolinivideoart.blogspot.com

http://www.archive.org/details/TheArtOfVideoArt

List some links & resources

http://www.leonardo.info/isast/spec.projects/machado.html

http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/