Federico Solmi's THE GREAT FARCE (2017) has been re-edited as a series of site-specific digital films specially commissioned by the City of West Hollywood for the months of August and September 2018. The work, which depicts Trump's America as a carnivalesque delirium, was originally presented as a 9-channel installation at the 2017 Frankfurt B3 Biennial of the Moving Image. Federico Solmi’s excerpts from THE GREAT FARCE airs at the top of each hour on the two screens at 8410 Sunset Boulevard and once every 10 minutes on the screens at 9039 Sunset Blvd. from 5am until 3am, from August 1st till September 30th, 2018. The project is presented by If Innovation Foundation and curator Jessica Rich in partnership with the City of West Hollywood. Like most of Solmi's audiovisual works, THE GREAT FARCE was originally developed using game engines, original drawings, and digital technology.
I can't think of a better artwork to depict contemporary America than THE GREAT FARCE.
Federico Solmi (Italy, 1973) is a multi-disciplinary artist based in New York. Using game engines, VR and artificial intelligence to create moving, painted worlds, Solmi exploits emerging technologies to reveal the hypocrisies in contemporary society. His work has been included in a number of international biennials, including: Open Spaces: A Kansas City Arts Experience (2018), the Beijing Media Art Biennale (2016), Frankfurt B3 Biennial of the Moving Image (2017 and 2015), the First Shenzhen Animation Biennial in China (2013), the 54th Venice Biennial (2011), and the SITE Santa Fe Biennial in New Mexico (2010). Federico Solmi is represented by Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.