Video: Matt’s Long Take #5: Christian Niccoli

Christian Niccoli is an Italian-born, Berlin-based artist who works across many sectors of the visual arts. I met him at his studio in the German capital for a chat and conversation over his works and working methods. Besides that, this interesting chat reminded me of one thing in particular: art-making is not only a dynamic process of evolution but also a lifetime commitment that very often also involves hard work and sacrifice. For more info on Christian Niccoli’s work, go to http://www.christianniccoli.eu/

Matt’s Long Take is a new web series by art reporter Matt Micucci documenting a series of encounters with artists and art institutions around the world. The use of the long take is inspired by André Bazin, who believed it to be an important tool in cinema’s ability to capture “reality.”

Video: Matt’s Long Take #3: Lucien Zell

Whenever I’m in Prague, one of my favorite cities in the world, my friend Lucien Zell is one of the first people I get in touch with. Lucien is a poet, author, photographer, singer and man full committed to what I refer to as the “art life.” The last time I was in Prague, I met him and documented our meeting with my camcorder. I noticed early on that something was off in the speed settings, but in the spirit of my Long Take series, I kept filming. I was happy to note that the error gives the video an unanticipated, dreamlike effect that is appropriate to this late-night conversation about art, culture and spirituality.

Matt’s Long Take is a new web series by art reporter Matt Micucci documenting a series of encounters with artists and art institutions around the world. The use of the long take is inspired by André Bazin, who believed it to be an important tool in cinema’s ability to capture “reality.”

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My Proust Questionnaire Video

Hello. I recorded this video to introduce my new upcoming video series on the arts, Matt’s Long Take. The reason behind shooting this impromptu video was I felt it necessary to show my face before I uploaded those of the artists and representatives of art institutions that I filmed.

The long take approach is a crucial part of the series, as indicated by its title. As a result, I wanted to also upload a long take, unedited video in the spirit of the series. The difference is that this one was shot with awful quality on my camera phone. And because I didn’t want to be just me talking with no purpose, I decided to further expose myself by answering the questions of the famed Proust Questionnaire as honestly as I could.

Thank you for watching and please watch this space for uploads of proper videos of the series coming very soon.

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