Travel Notebooks: Bilbo, Bizkaia – Spain 2017

Futuristic architecture consisting of imaginary animals from cosmic prehistory moves in an atmosphere that combines fantasy with industry.
Bilbao, a city with a strong identity, a mixture of ancient values and fascination with progress. But who really are its inhabitants ? Where do they come from?

Bilbo is part of an ongoing project on journeys to cities, titled “Travel Notebooks”.

So far it consists of a series of animated videos and prints of ten cities: Perugia, Amsterdam, Beijing, Taranto, Prague, Barcelona, Venice, Kardzhali, Bilbao and Marseilles.

Many different aspect of the cities are shown, in a continuous flow that also represents traveller’s emotional and cognitive experiences.

Travel Notebooks: Marseille, France 2018

Contemporary and vintage at the same time, dynamic and nostalgic, Marseilles is a city that reaches out to the sea, looking far into the blue distance.
The protagonist is the light that appears and disappears between the clouds, intertwined with the wind and with the architecture, in a unique show of color.

Marseilles is part of an ongoing project on journeys to cities, titled “Travel Notebooks”.

Travel Notebooks: Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2019

Skyscrapers cells split into other skyscrapers cells and, stretching themselves along the seashore like shining cliffs of concrete and glass, compete with each other for those which touch more stars.
A fragrant woman, dressed in gold and gems, leaves the house at sunset;
her voice, the sweet song of the Muezzin mixed with the sound of hammers at work.
She has the skin of sand and blood of oil and, as the desert has taught her, makes mirage her beauty.

Dubai is part of an ongoing project on journeys to cities, titled “Travel Notebooks”.

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Silvia De Gennaro


Silvia De Gennaro (1961 – Italy)
She lives and works in Rome, Italy.
Since 1999 she is a founding member of the Assaus art studio.
For fifteen years she has been dealing with digital art, video art and animation. Her works have participated in several video art exhibitions and film festivals around the world, such as: “Bnl Media Art Festival”
MAXXI Museum, Rome (IT); “Video Formes” Clermont Ferrand (FR); “Current New Media” Santa Fè (U.S.A.); “F.I.L.E” FIESP Cultural Center, Sao Paulo (BRA); “Madatac” Medialab-Prado, Madrid (ES); “Invideo” Milan (IT); “Les Instants Vidéo” Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille (FR); “Athens Video Art Festival” (GR); “Interfilm Berlino” (D); “Nastri d’Argento Award” – Casa del Cinema, Rome (IT).
Currently her work is divided between the realization of social and political themed video and a project about the city and the perception of the traveler, entitled “Travel Notebooks”.

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