(Milano, 1983) he is a filmmaker and visual artist. In 2011, Bertocco earned a degree in Cinema and Video at Accademia di Belle Arti in Brera. His artistic research revolves around the exploration of the documentary genre, which he has developed lately within its intersection with scientific imagery. His works have been exhibited in various national and international contexts and institutions, such as PAC, Milan; MAMbo, Bologna; Museo del Novecento, Milan; Viafarini DOCVA, Milan; Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato; OCAT, Shanghai; Fondazione Merz, Turin; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago, Chile; Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Zurigo, Zurich; and Kunsthalle Winterthur. He participated in numerous international festivals such as Lo Schermo dell’Arte, Visions du Réel, International Documentary Festival, Nyon; Stuttgarter Filmwinter-Festival for Expanded Media, Stuttgarter; and the 13th Bienal de Artes Mediales, Bienal Internacional de Arte SIART, La Paz. Some of the most recent prizes include: Cantica21, promoted by MAECI and MIBACT, Italian Council (VII edition), Movin’up, Artevisione, Festival Internazionale Filmmaker DOC15, and NCTM ‘Essenziale’.
WORK ON DISPLAY
Figura (A study on The Dead Class by Tadeusz Kantor) is a collaboration with the Department of Mental Health of Bologna and the Theatre Company Arte e Salute Onlus, directed by Nanni Garella. The film focuses on a rehearsal session at Teatro delle Moline in Bologna in October 2013. It is an ‘unauthorized’ reenactment of the controversial play that gave international fame to Polish director Tadeusz Kantor in 1975. The recording of the preparation of the show soon became an investigation into alienation, on the experience of reality, on the relationships between one’s personal consciousness of the past and the projection of the future. The film employs the methodology of observation (or documentary of observation), both in terms of style (flat fixed sequence, the absence of a plot, circularity, live audio, interruptions) as well as in terms of narrative.