Open conversation. ACTE 34: The Other City

Monday, 3rd October, 2016, at 6:30pm, at the Fundació Suñol Nivell Zero.

Open conversation with Toni Serra *) abu ali (OVNI Archives) and the authors of the videos of ACTE 34: The Other City: Marc Almodóvar, David Batlle and Giovanni Cioni, who will reflect on their works in particular and open discussion on the evolution of cities in the conflicts of global capitalism.

The Other City. OVNI Archives


from July 22nd untill October 8th 2016


Opening: Thursday 21st, July, 7:30 pm

Nivell Zero at the Fundació Suñol presents ACT 34: The Other City, a series of weekly screenings between 22 July and 8 October 2016 based on a thematic selection of works from the OVNI Archives. These documentaries and pieces of video art provide multiple readings of the concept of the city and offer complex, antagonistic insights into different Mediterranean metropolises.

The six works featured in the show shine a torch into the dark corners of cities such as Barcelona, Cairo, Casablanca, Marseille, Naples and Beirut. Each video will be screened as a looped projection at Nivell Zero on a given day of the week. In parallel, visitors can also watch eight documentaries on demand on two computers in the gallery.

OVNI (Observatori de Vídeo No Identificat) is the Unidentified Video Observatory. The OVNI Archives bring together a constellation of very different audiovisual works driven by an urge to reject the repetitive, cloned images peddled by the corporate media. Over the last 21 years, OVNI has added over 2,000 documents and pieces to its collection to create a register of the dreams, desires and nightmares of our age. The wide range of subjects encompassed provides a myriad of critical insights into contemporary society and culture. On this occasion, the works selected for ACT 34 at Nivell Zero focus on analysing the concept of the city as a diverse, living, alternating phenomenon. Seen through this prism, the other city is an imagined, dreamed, stifled, revolutionised, abandoned place that eschews the neoliberal paradigm of the metropolis as a stage for doing business and disdains the identical, cloned theme-park cities found in so many places across the world.

Calendar of screenings:


BARCELONA > Port Trade Portrait. David Batlle. 2014. Spain. OV in Catalan with English subtitles. 37’


CAIRO > Erhal [Leave]. Marc Almodóvar. 2011. Egypt/Spain. OV in Arabic with Spanish subtitles. 55′


CASABLANCA > Des  Murs et des Hommes. Dalila Ennadre. 2013. Morocco/France. OV in Arabic with Spanish subtitles. 82′


MARSEILLE > La Raison du Plus Fort. Patric Jean. 2003. France. OV in French with Spanish subtitles. 83’


NAPLES > In Purgatorio. Giovanni Cioni. 2009. Italy. OV in Italian with Spanish subtitles. 69′


BEIRUT > Ça sera Beau. From Beyrouth with Love.
Waël Noureddine. 2005. Lebanon/France. OV in French with Spanish subtitles. 30′


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