Thursday, 23 October 2008

Mark Browning, author of David Cronenberg: Author or Filmmaker?, has contributed one of the text commentaries to a special exhibition, forming part of the 2008 Rome Film Festival. Chromosomes, features fifty specially-enhanced close-ups, all with accompanying commentary, from a range of Cronenberg’s work, spanning over 30 years. It follows previous exhibitions on the work of Peter Greenaway, Michael Nyman and Atom Egoyan, all initiated by Volumina, a cultural body concerned with bringing Art and Film together in new and surprising ways. In 2005, they organised an exhibition to accompany Cronenberg’s lushly-illustrated, limited edition book, Red Cars, featuring a screenplay about the Ferrari dynasty and the battle for the 1961 Formula One championship.

Browning’s commentary complements a still from Spider, one of Cronenberg’s more underrated works. Links between Cronenberg and literature, the focus of Browning’s book, are particularly pertinent, not just in the light of Red Cars but Cronenberg’s keenly-awaited debut as a novelist, due for publication next year, provisionally entitled Consumed.
The exhibition is at the Palazzo della Esposizioni, Via Milano 9A, 00184, Rome and after a premiere on October 21st, is open to the public until November 16th. You can get a taste of it at

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