Screening of “Nacelle” & “Resti” by Marco G. Ferrari – Black Cinema House – Thursday 4/16/15 at 7pm

Nacelle (2015,35 mins, HD video)
Resti (2014,11 mins, HD video, with music composed by Fransisco Castillo Trigueros including a recorded performance by the ensemble Looptail)

Marco G. Ferrari, resident Film Fellow at Black Cinema House, will screen Nacelle, his newest film which is currently exhibited at Blanc Gallery through May 1st, and Resti, on display at Aspect/Ratio through April 17th. This screening is part of Thursday Free Form, a series organized by Ferrari that presents screenings, performances and discussions which revolve around artists that push conventions, works that draw out themes tied to urban development, and performances that mix live image and sound. Screening to be followed by a Q&A with the artist.

Thursday, April 16 @ 7pm
Black Cinema House
7200 S. Kimbark
Chicago, IL  60637

The word “nacelle” means the streamlined car of an aircraft—from the Latin navicella, meaning “a little ship.” In the film Nacelle, Ferrari traces an idea in formation and the complexities that arise within a contained space as a vessel travels from point to point, where a movement from thought to feeling is cycled through. The first part of a trilogy, Nacelle is about a fictional B-roll film crew stuck in the back of a moving truck that travels across five exterior Chicagoland locations: the Byron Nuclear Generating Station; a DeKalb Wind Turbine Farm; the Cook County Department of Corrections’ Division XI Facility; Lower Wacker Drive; and Miller Beach, Indiana. As the line producer, camera operator, soundman, driver and the locations interact, the fragility of their relationships is exposed, and a reaction is triggered. Sound and vision question, concept entangles, the environment informs, and desire drives the picture.(Link to recent South Side Weekly article:

Resti is part of a series of pieces based on an ongoing collaboration between Ferrari and composer Francisco Castillo Trigueros. Ferrari on the video: “Throughout the years, as water levels dropped in Lake Michigan, a shipwreck off the Chicago lakefront was slowly revealed. I started to capture this object during the last winters, as the conditions around it changed. This is the start of a process to discover a story that has yet to be fully unearthed. Resti contains digital superimpositions as I push and pull the horizon line. The image seems fixed yet is in constant motion.” Ferrari’s documentary material (recorded during two winters), is reduced to a sequence of visual fragments. Castillo Trigueros’s austere progressions of sparse and diffused sound cling to the images like ice hanging from the ship’s skeleton; fragile, ephemeral.

Doors open at 6:30pm. Seating is limited, so we ask that attendees RSVP in advance. Please note that we cannot guarantee seats for attendees who do not RSVP. For more information please email Marco G. Ferrari:

A consciousness of place runs throughout Ferrari’s personal and collaborative projects. He creates films, in-stallations, digital images, sounds and video projection performances to explore place and time. Ferrari also explores how identity depends on our attachments to or de-attachments from our built and natural environments. He often records cultural landscapes marked by emptiness, and treats them as agents, each with a complex history. He then casts these locations as characters connected to people, structures, and natural elements with which they engage. Intermixing documentary and fiction film techniques, Ferrari’s work projects external narratives of absence and presence as a narrative of alienation.

Marco G. Ferrari (b. 1974) is an Italian-American video artist, curator, and teacher based in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in a family of artists, immersed within the relationship between photography and sculpture he became fascinated with the inter connectedness between expression and the environment. He completed his BA degree from DePaul University and, in 2013 Ferrari earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts from the University of Chicago. His films have been screened at exhibitions such as the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale; Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea–Palazzo Forti (Verona, Italy); the Athens International Film and Video Festival (Ohio); and the Chicago Cultural Center. Future exhibitions include Surfaces, in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood (with the support of Theaster Gate’s Rebuild Foundation).

Exhibited Works
– Nacelle, 2013-15, high-definition color video, 16mm b/w and color film digital transfer, sound, 35 min, USA, Marco G. Ferrari (personal/collaborative/cinematographic work),
– Resti, 2014, 11 mins, high-definition video, with music composed by Fransisco Castillo Trigueros including a recorded performance by the ensemble Looptail, Marco G. Ferrari (personal/collaborative/cinematographic work). 

Related Projects
– Cinema Education at Black Cinema House:
– Cinema Programming at Black Cinema House:
– Cinema Artwork at Black Cinema House: Screening of “Nacelle” & “Resti” by Marco G. Ferrari, April 16, 2015,; The Bridge: Sonic Communion Exploratory Tour, May 4, 2015,; Surfaces: An Outdoor Video Projection, June 21, 2015,; Surfaces: Grand Crossing I; Outdoor Projection on the Stony Island Arts Bank, October 3, 2015,; Dream State: an improvised audiovisual performance, November 5, 2015,; The Sync: The Bridge #5, May 5, 2016,