From 10 September to 31 October 2021 the Luigi Pecci Center for Contemporary Art in Prato presents La discoteca, a solo exhibition by Jacopo Miliani curated by Elisa Del Prete and Silvia Litardi | NOS Visual Arts Production: a large audio-video environmental installation consisting of the projection of the film of the same name and the neon light sculpture Babilonia, sign of the imaginary disco where the film is set.
The disco, a project that includes the creation of the artist's first feature film, the sculpture and a monographic publication that collects all the research related to the project, has won the eighth edition of the Italian Council - a program for the promotion of Italian contemporary art. in the world of the Directorate General for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture (MiC) - and will become part of the museum collection of the Pecci Center.
The film La discoteca tells of a dystopian future in which an unidentified authority forbids dancing and free rein to emotions, and exerts its power over people by turning them into roses. A grotesque retro-future in which a digital application monitors homes and selects human beings for a special evening at the disco, a place dedicated to consuming a ritual aimed at the controlled reproduction of the species. In the disco there is no trace of fun, unexpected, discovery of the other. It is here that Sylvester (Eva Robin's) queen / tyrant of Babylon, accompanied by other inhabitants of this ghostly place (Anna Amadori, Charlie Bianchetti, Kenjii Benjii and Alex Paniz), welcomes two young Didi (Eugenia Delbue) and Ermes (Pietro Turano) anti-heroes that will give life to a surprising transformation.
With La discoteca Jacopo Miliani he chooses to relate to the language of cinema through the script and direction, proposing an evolution and a synthesis of his research on topics such as body language, dance, community places and the performativity of the self.