22 h
Festival internazionale Segni della Notte - Urbino
International Festival Signs of the Night - Urbino

7° Festival internazionale Segni della Notte - Urbino - November 21th - 26th, 2023

21th International Festival Signs of the Night - Italy


Sala del Maniscalco
Saturday Dec 25, 2023
18 h

The Great Basin! Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Desert
Eric Weeks
United States / 2023 / 0:15:00

A film, book and print project that addresses climate change, the severe drought in the Western United States, gun culture, the military’s use of the basin and range of Nevada for atomic testing, cultural stereotypes, my own personal history, and my experiences in this mostly remote area. In the 15 minute short film I am creating complex collages of my still and motion captures made in Nevada with appropriated short clips from Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, recent weather footage, The Lone Ranger, as well as John Wayne’s and other historic films, cartoons, and many other cultural artifacts, in order to speak to the place and its significance.



Ghosts in the Cloud Forest
Karl Nussbaum
United States / 2023 / 0:21:00

There are Ghosts in the Cloud Forest that suck the digital data out of humans to stay alive and to stay in the realm of memory. And there are also modern day Hungry ghosts who feed on the energy of political anger, racism and violence in our country. In return for the data of the living, these Ghosts from the Cloud Forest provide the spirituality of nature and the beauty of biology. This film was shot in the sacred Huangshan Mountains of China.


Follow Me Quietly
Wheeler Winston Dixon
United States / 2023 / 0:04:32

“Don't follow me; I'm lost.” – U.G. Krishnamurti



The Life We Live Is Not Life Itself
Ian Gibbins
Greece / 2021 / 0:08:45 17

“The life we live is a series of illusions… a fleeting smile… mistaken decisions… dangerous, unpredictable… yet, we will meet again, as lovers… parents… children… and you will know who I am…” Tasos Sagris’s poem, with its haunting soundtrack by Whodoes, offers us an extended exploration of lives lived in parallel, at cross-purposes, in and out of love, around the world, from the innocence of children to the wisdom of elders. There are the good times when summer seems to last forever, and the bad, when persecution and misadventure could land us in prison, with nothing but rain to hear our voice. But what is the reality? What is mere illusion? Can there be more to life than simply living?


My Digital Truth
Swen Werner
United Kingdom / 2023 / 0:09:01

A banker in present day London on a quest for knowledge, battling illness, and forming an eerie alliance with ChatAI, blurring the lines between reality and the digital world.

The Goddess of Potong Pasir
Sze-Wei Chan
Singapore / 2023 / 0:07:57

This film is an intimate portrait of a mother’s love for her young daughter, as she teaches her about women’s strength and independence via the manifestations of the goddess Durga-Kali. Their rituals are a celebration of beauty, strength, life and the impermanence of it all. We see a unique expression of faith and love across diverse traditions from North, South and East India., that meet uniquely in the Indian diaspora in Singapore.



Mike Hoolboom
Canada / 2023 / 0:09:41

Based on an interview with Google’s senior software engineer Blake Lemoine and Google AI LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications). LaMDA was designed to create chat bots that interact with humans. Lemoine’s interview led him to conclude the AI was sentient. When he made the claim publicly, he was fired.
This collage of wind-struck frames was assembled using a (still-developing) motion picture algorithm that both gathered and assembled the footage. Not computer art but computer as artist.

Kent Tate
Canada / 2023 / 0:04:04

"Ark" describes a time when we had a front row seat where it seemed that we could see everything yet it felt as if we were seeing nothing at all.
Over the years I’ve found fewer and fewer animals when I go out into nature to look at this or to film that. In the last year I haven’t found any wild animals and I've rarely heard any birds. So where have all the other animals gone? What has happened to them and what is happening to us?


Negative / Positive Film
Film Negativo / Positivo
Federica Foglia
Italy / 2023 / 0:14:00

Negative/Positive Film is a hand-made, camera-less collage film composed of layers of erotic 16mm films from 1920s, 1940s and 1970s, intermingled with nature documentaries and layers of organic materials. This visual abstraction merges together both positive black-and-white film, and its negative black-and-white counterpart - on the same film base. This allows the film to exist in two versions, one positive and, the other negative. The artist once again uses the very delicate technique she has been perfecting over the past years of Emulsion Grafting, also known as Emulsion Lifting. The film is as an abstract remediation of female bodies dislodged from their original erotic context and, ripped away from their male co-protagonists. The man is removed from the picture, while the female body slowly merges with the body of insects and flowers at the crossroad between eco-criticism, decorative art, sculpture, and cubism. This unique film uses organic material, melted together with gelatine emulsion, first liquified then re-solidified, to produce a crystallized allegory of womanhood.