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Together with the galleria gianluca collica, ETHICAL Bros produced a (short) series of video-interviews with international established artists.

The “pilot episode” of the series being People From Their Own Time – Lawrence Weiner in Sicilia, documentary movie, SD 37’, 2001. In the movie, one of the fathers of conceptual art is the updated version of the enlightened traveller undertaking the Grand Tour in Sicily.

Other episodes consist of video interviews to Mario Airò (6’27”) and Urs Luethi (7’20”), which have been broadcasted by the TV-magazine ASTERISCO on RAI-SAT Art channel in 2002.

Lawrence Weiner in Sicilia (People From Their Own Time), 2001. Still from digital video, length 37'.

Lawrence Weiner in Sicilia (People From Their Own Time), 2001.
Still from digital video, length 37′.

The Power Of Love, documentary movie SD 14’Digital Video from VHS footage (The Matrix by Andy and Larry Wachowski, USA 1999, Dark City by Alex Proyas, USA 1998), 2000.

The cut up of images taken from two box office blockbusters seek to demonstrate that love is a revolutionary force capable of coping with and overcoming the worst state of things. This strength is also the basis for critical reflection on the reasons for making art as the new century approaches, when we can see that The End of History hasn’t happened, at least yet.

The documentary’s discourse is a result of the relation of two levels of writing: one is inherent in the editing of various film excerpts (taken from The Matrix and Dark City) and the collection of texts extracted from several sources; the second is that between the two different writing contexts, film and literature, that play on each other.

The Power Of Love, 2000.Still from Digital Video from VHS footage (The Matrix by Andy and Larry Wachowski, USA 1999, Dark City by Alex Proyas, USA 1998) 14’.

The Power Of Love.
Still from documentary movie.

The Power Of Love, 2000.Still from Digital Video from VHS footage (The Matrix by Andy and Larry Wachowski, USA 1999, Dark City by Alex Proyas, USA 1998) 14’.

The Power Of Love.
Still from documentary movie.

Ethical Bros is a multimedia art project, which took place in the period between 1996 and 2002. With the pivotal partnership between Federico Baronello and Maurizio Leonardi, the project developed further collaborations such as that with Massimiliano Sapienza (aka massimo).

Ethical Bros are interested in manipulation of the medium and supports, working on redundancy and reiteration of images, with a markedly “installational” emphasis to what they do. The work of the ethical brothers Federico Baronello and Maurizio Leonardi rests on the awareness of belonging to a total, homologating system, pushing their artistic analysis and intervention to the point where the practice of representation itself is considered the only object worthy of being represented. The choice of easily reproducible supports (digital video, graphic files, hypertext, videotapes, offset silkscreen matrices, etc…) is in line with the artists’ aim of forcing the outer limit, that’s to say the “frame”, of the work, constraining themselves, the medium in use, the audience involved, to declare, each time, their limits, collocation and real intentions.

Felicita Platania, text for the exhibition catalogue of ‘Unframed’, Palazzo della Triennale, Milano 1999.

ETHICAL Bros self portrait

ETHICAL Bros, self portrait as 100% Sicilian

100% (video remix), digital video 6’, 1997. A collection of images from the crime pages on the Sicilian newspapers. Criminal mug shots and dead victims, one after another through morphing transitions. The purpose of the work is to focus on the potential of visibility of signals, conveyed by the Media, which can provide an identity (in this case Sicily = Mafia but could also be Islam = Terrorism), while waiting for the evolution of the same surrogate identity into a dignified form.

ETHICAL Bros ©onciliation! Installation view at the galleria gianluca collica, Catania 2001.

ETHICAL Bros ©onciliation!
Installation view at the galleria gianluca collica, Catania 2001.

©onciliation!, digital video (20’30”) + mixed media, 2000. ©onciliation! is the setting of a television studio, in which is displayed a talk-show, inside an art gallery. This setting reproduces the elements of a bar reduced to the essential: the bar and the table. Guests who have an institutional role in the Sicilian public life sit at the table. They are opposed to those at the bar, which in the pilot episode Sicilian Hospitality is occupied by foreigners who for years have been living and working in Sicily. Two TV monitors, projecting the talk-show demo reel, obstruct the entry on the set whose elements refer to the language of contemporary art (Pistoletto, Naumann, Tracey Emin, Maurizio Cattelan…). On the other site there’s a working table on which are displayed research materials, a mural painting with the ETHICAL Bros logo and the casting photos hang on the walls. ©onciliation! seeks to highlight, through the televised debate, contradictions, which are economical, cultural or arising from the relationship between local and global, in the Sicilian society, showing them as they are. In this way, as a paradox, ETHICAL Bros aspires to follow the narrative path traced by the masters of the Italian Neorealism.

Sicily: Tourism, Culture and Enhancement (in the works of J.W. Goethe and W. von Gloeden)documentary movie, SD 11’30”, 2000. In his Italian Journey, Goethe searches for the archetype of all plants, while immersed in the Botanic Gardens of Palermo, and for the archetype of the Western thought, considering the Odyssey epic while travelling around Sicily. Wilhelm von Gloeden, a German photographer living in Taormina in the early ‘900, is famous for having depicted the local youth, mostly with nude and equivocal poses, within neo-classical landscapes and settings. Under the Mediterranean sky both travellers free themselves from their own moral constraints through the exploitation of an idealised Sicily of classic origins. They act according to those industrial societies that, also through the exploitation and trade of resources from their colonies, were developing economies once only aimed at the production of goods for mere subsistence.

Sicily: Tourism, Culture and Enhancement (in the works of J.W. Goethe and W. von Gloeden)Still from video, ETHICAL Bros ©2000.

Sicily: Tourism, Culture and Enhancement (in the works of J.W. Goethe and W. von Gloeden)
Still from video, ETHICAL Bros ©2000.