FRIENDS AND FAMILY
We’ve had the pleasure of working and playing with some of the best over the years. Essential to Kinemastik is the support and love of our collaborators and co-conspirators.
Building bridges, forging futures and spreading the love has to be the most exciting of things and most giftest of gifts.
Adrian Abela (b.1989) studied architecture in Malta and Milan, and obtained an MFA from UCLA. His projects lead from an interest in a particular material or narrative into an attempt at creating parallel experiences of the human condition, sustaining it with past and future realities. The conception and execution of his projects often involve other individuals; he uses architecture-derived approaches to create informed work and establish relationships that challenge people’s perspectives on the subject. Along with several solo exhibitions in Malta, he has shown in Europe, Asia, and the US.
Nigel Baldacchino. Born in Malta, 1989. Read for Bachelor (Hons) in Architecture and Civil Engineering (2007-2012) at the University of Malta with one semester (2010) spent at the Universitaʼ di Roma Tor Vergata. Mainly practices in : fine art photography, music production, architectural design. nigelbaldacchino.com
Uwe Bastiansen. Hamburg, Germany. Sound artist, musician and filmmaker.
Ester Martin Bergsmark (born September 29, 1982) is a Swedish movie director and screenwriter most known for the award winning documentaries Maggie in Wonderland and She Male Snails. Their first fiction feature Something Must Break(2014) has been shown in more than fifty festivals all over the world during 2014, and it will be presented in Cleveland, Guadalajara and Dublin film festivals in 2015. The film has won ten awards, including the Tiger Award, 43rd Rotterdam International Film Festival, the Grand Jury Award in Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival or Best Film and Best Performance for Saga Becker in the Lisbon International Queer Film Festival.
Ada Bligaard Søby (b. 1975) is a Danish documentary filmmaker and director. Ada was born in Denmark and grew up in a community of historians in a 16th century renaissance castle north of Copenhagen. Educated at the School of Visual Arts, New York and Fatamorgana, the Danish School of Art Photography. Later she assisted fashion photographer Terry Richardson around the time when he was making the Terryworld book and made motorcycle trips around the US with her camera and boyfriend. Afterfour years in New York City she moved back to Denmark and became a member of the Copenhagen based filmmaker collective Super 16. She has shot documentaries for Nordic and International broadcasters in the US, China, Russia, Singapore, Finland and England.
Blu is an Italian street artist that currently lives in Bologna, Italy. He started painting in a capital of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna Region and has been involved in the street art scene since 1999. His works can be seen through the world and his style is easily recognizable. They are known to be “epic scale murals.” Blu prefers to paint his works around the urban and industrial landscape. Blu’s aesthetic search is motivated by a belief in an open source philosophy. His amazing work stands as truth against political events and other socialistic controversies in today’s modern age.
Aidan Celeste is interested in collections and how we develop information with a personal encounter. In the past two years he also programmed a series of art house films in Malta and the odd cinema abroad, participated in festivals, and has recently moved to the Netherlands to study curating with emerging media. In Rotterdam he joined the V2_ as an archivist in training and was invited to assist the senior curator for the development of ‘Data in the 21st Century’, an exhibition about our everyday relationship with big data. During this project he coordinated its production and curated a select list of projects, including HIT(2016), a performance by the artists Max Dovey and Manetta Berends. Celeste’s interest in curating is twofold. He is a trained archivist with a loyalty to the artist’s original intent, and a curator who wants to exploit the object of art with the audience and their own interpretation.
Aaron Dilloway is a sound artist / noise musician from midwest America temporarily residing in Pieta, Malta. Dilloway works with the manipulation of crude tape loops in combination with voice, tape delays and various organic and electronic sound sources. A founding member of the industrial noise group Wolf Eyes (1998 – 2005), Dilloway now performs and records solo and in ongoing collaboration work with artists such as Genesis P-Orridge, Jason Lescalleet, Vicky Langan, Dylan Nyoukis, and more. Dilloway also runs the experimental music record label & record shop Hanson Records in Oberlin, Ohio, and is an avid collector of underground music, video, and artwork.
Dina Fakoussa has been head of the Middle East and North Africa Program, formerly the EU-Middle East Forum, since March 2011. She previously worked as a program and project manager on issues regarding democratization, human rights, civil conflict resolution, and strengthening civil society, and culture in the Arab region. Fakoussa was head of programs at the Böll Stiftung in Lebanon, among other positions, and was active with other German NGOs and development institutions in Jordan and Egypt, where she planned conferences, training workshops, and publications on the aforementioned topics in addition to building up networks for political and social actors. She also wrote analyses of current political and economic developments in the Arab region. A German-Egyptian, Fakoussa studied political science at the Frei Universität Berlin and American University in Cairo. She holds a Diplom in political science and a BA in political science and economics.
Neil Fox is a London based artist. Born in 1981 he studied at Camberwell Art College and the Royal College of Art. While at the RCA he co-founded Le Gun, the art collective and publication of the same name. Since graduating in 2005, Fox’s work has been exhibited in London, Munich, Berlin and Paris.
Moviment Graffitti is a Maltese pressure group promoting an amalgamation of leftist sociopolitical ideas, mainly human rights, equality, environmentalism and anti-fascism. It was founded in 1994.
Mark Hammarberg attended the documentary filmmaking school at Biskops Arnö. He has been working closely with Ester Martin Bergsmark for four years, developing a characteristic and innovative style. Their projects are characterized by a will to experiment, an aesthetic drive and a skill for showing new images, rooted in today’s Sweden that pushes the envelope for the documentary genre. Their film, Swallow it (2007), was an experiment that has been described as a kick in the stomach of traditional film-making. Director Lukas Moodyson has been helping out during every step of the way as dramaturgist and creative supporter. Maggie in Wonderland (2008) is their feature film debut.
Igor Malešević is one of the generation of Serbian drummers who left and leave a deep trail in the music industry. His performanes are described as uncontrolled, spontaneous and relaxed. As a concert and studio musician, he colaborated with numerous bands and individuals (Rambo Amadeus, fiefdom, bjesovi, 357, hazari, vasil hadžimanov band, bel tempo, Gru, Damar Trio, bata kanda, Milos Petrovic, šaban bajramović, Jelić, slađana milosevic, stjepko gut, Zdravko Colic, yu group and others. He is the founder of the group ” Cosmos Shtasmos “.
Katie Metcalfe, a video commissioner for NOWNESS and programmer for short films at Sundance Film Festival.
Will Oldham (born January 15, 1970), better known by the stage name Bonnie “Prince” Billy, is an American singer-songwriter and actor. From 1993 to 1997, he performed and recorded under variations of the Palace name, including the Palace Brothers, Palace Songs, and Palace Music. After releasing material under his own name, he adopted the Bonnie “Prince” Billy name for the majority of his output since 1998.
Robert Pisani was born and raised in Canada until the age of 14 and lived for 10 of those fourteen years among the Metis Indians.
He is also a Librarian and a Dj ( the human jukebox variety, not the type who’ll mash and mix tracks).
He has a penchant for films that are a bit odd or twee.
Teodor Reljic. Writer, journalist and all-round geek Teodor Reljic invites you to experience the cultier-and-pulpier side of this otherwise grandiose genre, with a quirky and generous spread of cinematic delights that shoot for the stars but often end up in some crusty but memorable back-alley.
The occasion for this particular selection? Well, first off there’s the imminent release of Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – inspired by the classic French comic book series Valerian et Laureline, this promising blockbuster channels precisely what we’re trying to do here. A couple of galaxies closer to home, however, Teodor himself is preparing MIBDUL – a six-issue comic book series he’s currently putting together with artist Inez Kristina and which will be published by Merlin towards the end of 2017. It’s a comic that also partakes of the same pulpy roots of some of these films, as jettisoned into the far reaches of space. So, this quartet of screenings should set the tone for MIBDUL quite nicely.
Patti Smith is an American singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist who became an influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses. Called the “punk poet laureate,” Smith fused rock and poetry in her work. Her most widely known song is “Because the Night,” which was co-written with Bruce Springsteen. It reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978 and number five in the U.K. In 2005, Smith was named a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. In 2007, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On November 17, 2010, Smith won the National Book Award for her memoir Just Kids. The book fulfilled a promise she had made to her former long-time roommate and partner, Robert Mapplethorpe. She placed 47th in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Artists published in December 2010 and was also a recipient of the 2011 Polar Music Prize.
Franziska von Stenglin (*1984 in Munich, Germany) has a Bachelor in Photography from the London University of the Arts and a Meisterschüler in Fine Art from Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She is a visual artist whose projects intertwine the personal narrative with local myth and lore. In 2016, von Stenglin wrote, produced and directed her first short film, I’m a Stranger Here Myself. In November of 2017 she shot her second film, The Dust Of Modern Life on 16mm in Kon Tum, Vietnam. She currently lives in Berlin, Germany.
Miloš Tomić (1976) graduated in Film Directing from the Academy of Arts in Belgrade in 2001. He holds an MA in Animation from FAMU (Prague), class of Petar Skala. There, he also received a PhD with a thesis on discarded objects as material for film and photography. Since 2009, he has been living in Belgrade, where he teaches short video forms at the Singidunum University. In 2013, he represented Serbia at the Venice Biennale. He has filmed over 40 short fiction, documentary, experimental and animated films, which screened at numerous festivals, winning many awards.
Antonio Tufigno, a self described “paraphernal, voracious and interested human tumbleweed.”
Mario Vella. A veteran of the local music scene, Mario often loves to shove (he prefers ‘sharing’) his informed or half formed opinions down people’s throats and choking himself in the process. Unfulfilled by a job which takes up the lion’s share of his time, he often seeks refuge in movies, songwriting and petty online controversies. He also likes to eat. A lot. Perhaps even more than watching movies or penning the odd song for his band ‘Brikkuni’. Mario’s lifelong ambition is ”striking the perfect balance between obnoxious and lovable”.
Kinemastik vs. VCA.