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Guglielmo Pescatore

Full Professor

Department of the Arts

Academic discipline: L-ART/06 Cinema, Photography and Television

Curriculum vitae

Guglielmo Pescatore is full professor at the University of Bologna, Faculty of Arts and Humanities. After his MA in Film Studies, in 1994 he got a Ph.D. in Performing Arts from University of Bologna writing a final dissertation titled “Narration/Vision. A proposal for a new reading of Jean Epstein's writings on cinema after the new course of cinematographic theory”. While working on his Ph.D. he run a research on new interpretation of some contributions to film theory, read through the support of semiotics and mediology and analysing avant-garde and new-vanguard cinema, together with the theoretical elaborations on these movements. On these issues he published several essays and book chapters. This line of research finally found an ultimate settlement in the book “Il narrativo e il sensibile. Semiotica e teoria del cinema”, published in 2001
Therefore, his work has been constantly characterised by a strong attention toward the mutations phenomena, both for the textual forms as well as for the social value of audiovisual media. From this perspective, Guglielmo Pescatore investigated some of the establishing concepts of the audiovisual communication, such as author and genre. In the last few years, in fact, he carried on a research aimed at a new reading of these concepts, with the purpose of showing the cultural changeability of these notions and the impact that the technological progress, as well as the transnational circulation of media contents had on them. The interest in this field originated several publications, conferences and seminars and has been ordered in the book “L'ombra dell'autore. Teoria e storia dell'autore cinematografico” (2006), in which a relevant section is dedicated to digital media impact on audiovisual communication and to a re-thinking of the idea of Author in a more collaborative and inclusive sense.
With reference to the exchange and circulation dynamics that characterise audiovisual products, Guglielmo Pescatore also worked on the subject of Film Festivals, area of interest on which he published some essays, especially on the Pesaro Film Festival, an event that, since it was born, always had the purpose of being a festival of “debut films” (meant as first films of a director, but also as new directions in film production) able to start renewal processes. Also, Pesaro Film Festival always aimed at promoting “another” way of making movies, favouring the cinematographic experiences coming from Third World countries, where the battle for new cinema also contributed to the creation of a national awareness and where cinema has been an essential tool for getting rid of old and new colonialism.
The interest toward the circulation of media products and the attention toward the contemporary creative industries, with a special reference to TV serial products, led Guglielmo Pescatore to study the Italian television system and the influence of the use of non-native formats and programmes on the Italian TV programming (see, for instance, the third part of the book, written with Veronica Innocenti, “Le nuove forme della serialità televisiva”, 2008). Within this field of research, he worked on the relation of the audiences with the media objects, cult programmes and audiovisual narrations, considering them as agents for the social change. He especially focused on the topic of fandom and on the creation of communities and groups who promote participatory and active fruition within the contemporary media production. This field of research can also be connected to some investigations Guglielmo Pescatore carried on popular cinema and on the process of definition of the audience (published, for instance, in the volume edited by M. Fanchi and E. Mosconi “Spettatori. Forme di consumo e pubblici del cinema in Italia 1930-1960”, del 2002) and on the study on low budget cinema in the 1960s in Italy, whose outcome is the book, edited together with Giacomo Manzoli, “L'arte del risparmio: stile e tecnologia. Il cinema a basso costo in Italia negli anni Sessanta” (Carocci, 2005). This last book is the final outcome of an important research project financed within the framework of the Programma di Ricerca Cofinanziato (Cofin) and aimed at analysing the technologies of film production in Italy, with specific reference to silent films and to the 1960s. Within this research project, Guglielmo Pescatore has been in charge for a Work Package dedicated to low-budget technologies, especially used to produce popular and genre films. This work introduced a new line of research, committed to the investigation of the concepts of plagiarism and recycling among aesthetics, technology and market. To these subjects, Guglielmo Pescatore dedicated a Graduate Seminar that took place in 2007-2008 and 2008-2009, as well as a monographic issue of the academic journal “La Valle dell'Eden” titled “False-illusion” he co-edited together with Paolo Bertetto.
His interest for the serial narratives also generated a project of which Prof. Pescatore has been the proponent and principal investigator and submitted within the VII EU Framework Programme (FP7), topic SSH-2009 – 5.2.3 Culture in the creation of a European space of communication. The project, titled "TRACES – Transnational media, transnational communities. The circulation of serialized audiovisual formats in Europe” was aimed at investigating the role of audiovisual serial contents in the creation of new transnational citizens networks and of user generated practices, overcoming the national and linguistic borders and stimulating the circulation of media experiences around Europe. The project TRACES, which involved 12 partners from several countries (beside Italy, UK, Spain France, Sweden, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Denmark and Czech Republic) has been selected but not awarded of a grant.
From the research within the field of TV serial narratives, sprang a line of research devoted to the investigation of narrative ecosystems and vast narratives (extended both in space and time) to which Guglielmo Pescatore recently dedicated essays, articles and papers. The study of narrative ecosystems allowed him to face the challenges of a deeply interdisciplinary field, that goes from media economics and marketing to ICTs, to an emergent theme such as Information Architecture. This interdisciplinary attitude allowed Guglielmo Pescatore to begin a process of rethinking of the film and media studies under a new perspective, that is to say that of considering media as tools that favour the interdisciplinary dialogue and that can explain the complexity and the stratification of the contemporary media industry. The analysis of narrative ecosystem found its expression in the two editions dedicated to this topic of the international conference Media Mutations. Guglielmo Pescatore is the creator and sponsor of this conference, as well as a member of the advisory board.
His interdisciplinary vocation is also well represented by the classes he teaches at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Bologna: two classes have a more semiotic-analytic approach (Semiotics of media and Semiotics of the Cinematographic and the Audiovisual Text), while two classes have a more interdisciplinary approach, being especially oriented toward the audiovisual media besides cinema (Theory and Techniques of New Media and Economics and Marketing of Audiovisual Media).
Guglielmo Pescatore is a professor at the Collegio Superiore, the school of excellence of the University of Bologna, for the branch “Intellectual property”. He also gave lectures and seminars for several universities and institutions (Ph.D. and M.A. level).
The attention showed in the past years toward new technologies led him to work on the forms of dissemination of audiovisual contents within innovative communicational contexts, with reference to fruition modes as well as to the technological frameworks. In this field, he launched and coordinated an applied research project titled “Regard” and dedicated to the digitization of film archive, as well as to remediation and re-use of the filmic heritage by the users. The project used, with a didactic and research purpose, new modes of access and use of audiovisual contents, allowing users to directly intervene with annotations and metadata on the audiovisual text.
Within the same field of research it might be remembered the publication of a series of book dedicated to cross-mediality in the contemporary mediascape, whose first issue has been the collection of essays “Matrix. Uno studio di caso” (2006) and that continues with a book on cinema and the digital and, particularly, on cinema and Web (forthcoming for the publisher Carocci).
In his research, constant attention has been dedicated to cultural industries in relation to user generated creative practices. After writing the foreword to the Italian edition of the book by David Hesmondhalgh “The Cultural Industries”, Guglielmo Pescatore got involved with the topic of grassroots productions and published an essay on machinima for the academic journal “Bianco & Nero”. The field of the user generated production had been partly explored also in the book dedicated to TV serial narratives (“Le nuove forme della serialità televisiva. Storia, linguaggio, temi”) where a close examination is focused on the forms of reworking of cultural products (from audivisual products to writings, from drawings to music) within an audience community.
Guglielmo Pescatore has been the curator of several film screenings and national and international conferences and has been invited as keynote speaker to many conferences in Italy and abroad.
He has been a member of the editorial board of the following academic journals: “Cinegrafie”, “Cinema & Cinema” and “Fotogenia”. Nowadays he is the director of the book series “I prismi cinema” for Archetipolibri. He is a member of the advisory board of the international academic journal "Cinéma & Cie", of the MA for “Analysts for cinema, television production and cross-media communication” of the University of Turin. He is also a member of the advisory boards for the book series "Stili di vita" (Publisher Archetipolibri, Bologna); "Media cultura" (Publisher Franco Angeli, Milano); for the journal "GAME - The Italian Journal of Game Studies"; for the bookn series "innesti / crossroads" (Publisher Edizioni Ca' Foscari, Venezia); for the book series “Cinergie” (Publisher Mimesis, Milano-Udine), of the conference "FarGame", Bologna. He is vice-president of the CUC, the Italian association of film and media studies university professors.
From 2003 to 2009 he has been President of the MA in “Cinema, television and Multimedia Production” and, until October 2010, vice-head of the Dipartimento di Musica e Spettacolo. Today, he is the coordinator of the Ph.D. programme in “Cinema, music and theatre” of the University of Bologna.