My Cat Is An Alien

 

| cinematic poetry films & videos | (a short selection)

art editions

paintings

photos

drawings

installations

sculptures

films / videos

exhibitions/
publications

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Roberto Opalio
biography

Maurizio Opalio
biography


LIGHT_EARTH_BLUE_SILVER
a dual film by Roberto Opalio
soundtrack by My Cat Is An Alien

2008 | 38 minutes | 4:3 | color | stereo
proudly filmed in 8mm

Copyright ©2005-2008 Roberto Opalio. All rights Reserved

This "cinematic poetry" dual film by Roberto Opalio was shot in January 2005 in a remote location of Italy's Western Alps, using a 8mm cassette handheld cine camera. In April 2005 a first version was premiered at The Sage Gateshead (Newcastle) and at CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow) during My Cat Is An Alien's live performances. The final editing was made in 2008, adding an original soundtrack by My Cat Is An Alien. This version has been published in a DVD+CD set in 2009 by American label Atavistic and presented at Netwerk Center for Contemporary Art in Aalst (Belgium), Octubre CCC - Centre de Cultura Contemporània in Valencia (Spain), Netmage.10 International Live-Media Festival at Palazzo Re Enzo in Bologna (Italy), Cinema Nova in Brussels, among other international art spaces and multimedia festivals.

For the film Roberto Opalio handcrafted a two-meter-tall alien figure in iron wire, the main feature inhabiting his own artistic imaginary. Both icon and symbol of the transfiguration of the existential vision of the last human being on Earth, the Alien is the only character of Light_Earth_Blue_Silver.
This film shows the Alien's physical and existential voyage along a mountain track, where snow ("Light"), rocks, white birches and pinetrees ("Earth") mark out its physical way to the sky ("Blue"). While the Alien figure in iron wire ("Silver") slowly raises in the Alpine skyline, the transition from an "orizontal" to a "vertical" conception of perspective begins to take shape, where its body seems attracted by a sort of overwhelming, antigravitational force which will ineluctably bring the Alien to a inner transfiguration and transcendental ascension at the basis of the ontological property of being.
As all Roberto Opalio's works, the film is intended to offer wider and multiple levels of interpretation.


"[..]Light_Earth_Blue_Silver, a 35 minute 'dual film' shot in 8mm by Roberto using a handheld cine camera in the Western Alps, communicates this sense of immediacy with great concentration and power. Its sole protagonist is a large wire model of the Alien icon Roberto has been featuring in paitings and drawings over many years. A stick figure with widely extended arms and legs, its head is a single sharply elliptical eye, permanently open and staring out at the universe that surrounds it. In a series of raw ritual gestures, the Alien is dragged and pushed through a rough winter landscape: shown across two screens, the twitching of the wire limbs makes it appear as if the Alien were writhing and crawling over the snow-covered rocks and brown, bare earth. To MCIAA's intense soundtrack, the Alien becomes entangled with branches, twigs and lichen until at the movie's climax, he is seen moving upright against a blue Alpine sky.[..]"
- Ken Hollings (from 'A Homemade Universe', The Wire #331 cover article, September 2011)

The film is available through ATAVISTIC WORLDWIDE in the DVD+CD set 'Through the Magnifying Glass of Tomorrow'
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ALIEN BLOOD
a film by Roberto Opalio
soundtrack by My Cat Is An Alien

2008 | 41 minutes | 4:3 | color | stereo
proudly filmed in 8mm

Copyright ©2005-2008 Roberto Opalio. All rights Reserved

This film has been selected by New York group Sonic Youth as part of the SONIC YOUTH etc.: SENSATIONAL FIX
touring exhibition, and was shown at several European museums of contemporary arts from 2008 to 2010:

LiFE museum - St Nazaire, France (June-Sept 2008)
Museion - Bolzano, Italy (Oct 2008-Jan 2009)
Kunsthalle - Dusseldorf, Germany (Jan 31-Apr 26, 2009)
Konsthall - Malmo, Sweden (May 29-Sept 20, 2009)
CA2M - Madrid, Spain (Jan 29-May 2, 2010)

Still images of Roberto Opalio's film 'Alien Blood' appears in the exhibition's official art catalog:
VVAA - SONIC YOUTH etc.: SENSATIONAL FIX
(2009)
Published by: Walther König
Format: Hbk, 7.25 x 7.25 in. / 720 pgs / 700 color / two 7-inch records.
Edited by Roland Groenenboom
The publication is available in English, French, German and Italian

My Cat Is An Alien's original soundtrack to the film has been published as a
private press vinyl-only art edition on Opax Records in 2008.
In 2011 a digital and remastered version of the soundtrack has been included in
My Cat Is An Alien 'ALIENOLOGY: Selected Works 1998-2008' 10 CD Box Set
published by Elliptical Noise (CAN).

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THE ANTIGRAVITATIONAL SENSE OF NOTHINGNESS
a short film by Roberto Opalio
soundtrack by My Cat Is An Alien

2011 | 4 minutes | 4:3 | color | stereo
re-edited 2016 | 4'22''
proudly filmed in 8mm

integral version: 2011-2016 | 60 minutes | 4:3 | color | silent film

Copyright ©2011-2016 Roberto Opalio / My Cat Is An Alien. All rights Reserved

 

The first edit of this film has been used as official video to My Cat Is An Alien's track taken from 'What Space Is Made For' 3CD BOX (Elliptical Noise, Canada, 2011), selected for The Wire magazine's Tapper CD Compilation (March 2011).

Re-edited in 2016 and premièred at Over The Real international festival of videoart at GAMC, Viareggio (I)
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WHISPERS OF THE LAST LIGHT
a short film by Roberto Opalio
soundtrack by Roberto Opalio

2006 | 13 minutes 19 seconds | 4:3 | color | stereo
proudly filmed in 8mm

Copyright ©2006 Roberto Opalio. All rights Reserved

Filmed on March 21st, 2006, the video represents a visionary, introspective view of the empty spaces over the city, Torino. Through a unique, hand-manipulated shot made in real-time, Roberto Opalio's poetic fragmentation and distortion of real objects recalls early film experiments by Man Ray, as well as a certain Warholian psychedelia in the use of filtered light as a main principle of creation / perception of one's own reality. The soundtrack, recorded the same day appositely, leads to a further estrangement with the use of Opalio's looped wordless vocals and electronics merging into a heavy, ecstatic stream of sounds.

Published in limited Private Press Art Editions on Opax Records
Screened at Nova Cinema (Brussels) during an evening dedicated to Roberto Opalio's "cinematic poetry" films.

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ESCAPING THE VOID
a short film by Roberto Opalio
soundtrack by My Cat Is An Alien

2008 | 19 minutes 17 seconds | 4:3 | color | stereo
proudly filmed in 8mm

Copyright ©2011 Roberto Opalio / My Cat Is An Alien. All rights Reserved

Premièred during a live performance of My Cat Is An Alien together with Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth.
Screened at Nova Cinema (Brussels) during an evening dedicated to Roberto Opalio's "cinematic poetry" films.

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FRAGMENTS SUSPENDED IN TIME
a short film by Roberto Opalio
soundtrack by My Cat Is An Alien

2010 | 17 minutes 37 seconds | 4:3 | color | stereo
proudly filmed in super8 and 8mm

Copyright ©2010 Roberto Opalio / My Cat Is An Alien. All rights Reserved

A version of this film has been used as official video to
My Cat Is An Alien's track taken from 'Fragments Suspended In Time' ART BOX EDITION
(Opax Records, Private Press, 2010).

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THE LAST NIGHT OF THE ANGEL OF GLASS
a film by Roberto Opalio
soundtrack by Roberto Opalio

2005-2009 | approx, 90 minutes | 4:3 | color | stereo
proudly filmed in 8mm

Copyright ©2005-2009 Roberto Opalio. All rights Reserved

Both film and music were recorded by Roberto Opalio at home in Torino, Italy on November 1st, 2005; the artist set his 8mm camera on the balcony and filmed his own glass art creation entitled 'The Angel of Glass' animated by the soft light of a candle under a blackened sky.

The integral silent version of the film has been published in 2009 in a limited Private Press art edition on Opax Records

 


 

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