Aldo Tambellini & Atelier Impopulaire, 2017
(HD-multi-channel installation, b/w, sound, 9 min)
Edited by Giuseppe Boccassini, Atelier Impopulaire
Sound by Aldo Tambellini, Askia Touré, Neiel Simpson, Eric Zinman
Produced by ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe and Atelier Impopulaire
In 1971 Aldo Tambellini participated in a series of public school programs that promoted the teaching of video techniques to children living in economically deprived neighborhoods in Harlem and Yonkers. The same year, the Division of the Humanities and the Arts of the New York State Board of Education in Albany commissioned him to create a multimedia event. Tambellini completed several hours of filming in early 1972 and joined his friend, the filmmaker Mike Kuchar, in the editing process. The output of that unique collaboration is Sights and Sounds of Youth, a 30-minute documentary which marks the last work shot on film by Tambellini.
Forty-five years later, we wanted to link up those traces of a still very present past to the movements advocating for racial justice rising across the world. We edited more than 20 hours of rough footage in a new multimedia installation, producing a score with the chants from the Black Lives Matter, the immigration deportation protests, the demonstrations against the Muslim ban recorded between New York and Boston, along with excerpts of poetry by Tambellini and legendary activist and UMBRA poet Askia M. Touré, that strengthen the political aspect of the piece, forcing the viewer to face the reality of today’s precarious political climate in the USA.
March 11–August 6
ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe