Rafael França: Obra como Testamento 2001
Alex Gabassi, Marco Del Fiol
Marco de Fiol
Marco Del Fiol is a director, scriptwriter, and editor of documentaries and feature films. For the Videobrasil Authors Collection he has also codirected Mau Wal: Translated Encounters (2002). Other directorial projects include Emoção Art.ficial 2.0 for Instituto Itaú Cultural in 2004 and Marepe for the Pompidou Centre in Paris in 2005. He is responsible for the editing and coordination of the DVDs Nomadisms: A Tribute to Waly Salomão (2003) and Antologia Videobrasil de Performances (2005), from Associação Cultural Videobrasil. He has collaborated with the NGO Cedac on videos for Programa Escola que Vale [School that's Worth It Program] run by the Vale do Rio Doce Foundation. He teaches editing and camera at the Miami Ad School in São Paulo.
Producer and independent director, Alex Gabassi was assistant director and stage manager at the London-based physical theatre company Theâtre de Complicité. He has produced installations and an exhibition of the work of American artist Bill Viola for the Videobrasil International Electronic Art Festival (1992). He has also directed series and specials for MTV Brasil and made music videos for Marisa Monte, Caetano Veloso, David Byrne, and Carlinhos Brown. In the Videobrasil Authors Collection series, he has directed the documentary Certain Doubts of William Kentridge (2000), codirected Rafael França: Work as Testament (2001) and directed Um Olhar sobre os Olhares de Akram Zaatari (2004). He is the director of a documentary entitled About a Name (2001) and various advertising films.
Rafael França, from the state of Rio Grande do Sul, was the Brazilian precursor of the experiments intermingling art and technology that began midway through the 20th century. Forever restless, back in the 1970s he made innovative use of such means as photocopying. In the 80s, after spells working with installation, performance, and urban intervention, he became a pioneer of video art, producing a blend of work that subverted regular fictional forms by turning himself and his friends into challenging characters and by manipulating such elements as synchronized speech in a bid to alter notions of space and time. Volume two of the Videobrasil Authors Collection series recovers Rafael França's pioneering trajectory, marked as it was by the recurrent themes of death and sexuality, and prematurely interrupted by AIDS in 1991. In addition to images of the artist and excerpts from his works, there are also depositions from the visual artist Regina Silveira, one of his greatest encouragers; Mario Ramiro and Hudnilson Jr., with whom he formed the performance trio 3NÓS3 in the 1970s; and the theoretician Arlindo Machado.