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Josh Blaaberg, Distant Planet (trailer) | Second Summer of Love

13 .11.2018 – 18.11.2018


commissioned and produced by Gucci and Frieze


From November the 6th to the 25th, the Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci will present the Italian première of the film exhibition Second Summer of Love, commissioned and produced by Gucci and Frieze, as a further event celebrating the 30 years anniversary of Centro Pecci. 


November, 13 – 18: Josh Blaaberg
Distant Planet: The Six Chapters of Simona (28'44''), 2018

Italo disco is often seen as the lesser cousin of US and UK pop, a cultural hierarchy built on a set of shared assumptions relating to nationhood, language, identity and originality. In Distant Planet, Josh Blaaberg combines fiction, archive and interview to explore how emotional impulses are at the core of these and all assumptions: how reality and desire are inherently intertwined. The film imagines a universe where mid-1980s New York runs riot for the latest Italo releases and Campari fountains are installed by Presidential decree. It presents the genre in all its glamour and artifice, celebrating its anonymous stars who sang in borrowed English under invented American names. Starting from the premise that life is as ephemeral as a short-lived Italo hit, the film positions the genre as being defined by loss: of language, voice and dashed hopes for a better future. It goes on to explore how the eternal desire to overcome loss is the true meaning of luxury. The film draws parallels between the loss of loved ones, the strange unreality of experiencing grief in childhood, and the unique combination of happy and sad sounds that define the music. Through archive footage, interviews and newly-imagined realities, Distant Planet takes three Italo disco stars and journeys with them as they reconnect with the forgotten fantasies of the music. In doing so, our Italo stars are elevated to their rightful places in pop history. Immortalised as demigods on the slopes of Mount Etna, all loss is defeated and cultural hierarchies overcome.



Screening programm


November, 6 – 11: Wu Tsang
Into a Space of Love (25'33''), 2018


November, 20 – 25: Jeremy Deller
Everybody In The Place: An Incomplete History of Britain 1984-1992 (61'35''), 2018




Josh Blaaberg, Distant Planet, 2018 (trailer). Commissionato e prodotto da Frieze e Gucci. Courtesy l'artista


see also
November 06—25, 2018
Second Summer of Love

by Wu Tsang, Josh Blaaberg, Jeremy Deller