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The Looking Game
M.F.G. Paltrinieri and Mirko Smerdel

The Looking Game

The Looking GameThe Looking Game
M.F.G. Paltrinieri and Mirko Smerdel
Akina Books


110 pages
130 x 180 mm
ISBN Not available



The Looking Game by M.F.G. Paltrinieri and Mirko Smerdel is available to view on Vimeo.

In 1968, on the run from the Californian police after the first of a series of crimes, the serial killer and amateur photographer Rodney Alcala moved to NYC. Here, while attending film courses at New York University he assumed the alias John Berger, the same name as the British writer and art historian famed for the BBC TV series “Ways of Seeing”.Is this only a mere coincidence? Did Alcala know about John Berger? Starting from these questions, The Looking Game sets up a series of connections between Berger’s words and some of the images taken from Alcala’s archive of pictures made available online by the Huntington Beach Police in 2010.The Looking Game is the first installment of The SubNarratives, an ongoing project by Mirko Smerdel and MFG Paltrinieri. Taking the shape of a series of case studies, the aim of the collaboration is to investigate the characteristics of photographs as documents and the ever shifting relationship with the stories they tell.

About the Artist 
M.F.G Paltrinieri is a visual artist, publisher, co-founder and member of the collective Discipula.

Mirko Smerdel was born 1978, based in Milan. Smerdel is a teacher in Artistic Anatomy, NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle arti), and founder member of DISCIPULA: collaborative research platform operating in the fields of research on contemporary image and visual culture, 2013.

About the Publisher
Akina Books is an independent publishing house of photobooks which carry their experimental singularity in contents, visual narratives, handmade and hybrid binding techniques, paper combinations and printing.

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