Multidisciplinary video artist Gianluca Abbate splits his time between his commitments in the world of advertising and his personal artistic experiments. Salerno born and Roman by adoption, Abbate attended the DAMS in Bologna before graduating from the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome. He has worked with MTV on the development of a graphic identity for the Koob channel and with the best-known advertising agencies in the city.
He worked for two years on the production and development of Panorama (2014), a film which lies on the border between experimental film and video art and which owes a debt to the concept of space junk coined by the archistar Rem Koolhaas: one long sequence shot – imagined as though through the window of one of the trams that crosses Rome – which collates, reworks and appropriates images extracted from the metropolitan flow to make up an urban collage using computer graphics and the cutting together of amateur video taken from the web.
Entirely self-produced by Abbate, the seven-minute long Panorama is a project that speaks about the contemporary city and is the first chapter in a trilogy about the concept of the City which – Abbate explains - stretches across an infinite global space, “with no more uninhabited places or borders offering shelter, extending the concept of a polis which has become contemporary. In this landscape there is no route for the readmission of those who have been excluded, awakening imaginary worlds in search of a balance”.
Abbate's first film project won the award for Best Italian Short at the 32nd Torino FIlm Festival and also received mentions at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, the roBOt Festival in Buenos Aires, and Urban Visions of Bologna. Abbate is currently working on a project dealing with food and the relationship between junk food and poor quality of life.
A video artist who is the creator and producer of Panorama, a short film about the contemporary city which won a prize in Turin.