Video Designer for Burning Coal’s production of Terry Johnson’s Hysteria, 2008.
3 videos ran simultaneously.


Palm Quart Review

RedCat, LA 2010

Video score by Francesca Talenti

“In Palm Quart… the video is made up of both still and moving images of palm trees shot all over Los Angeles. Each player is again given a string and pitch range, as well as a quadrant of the screen to “read” as the palm trees pass by. Francesca Talenti (the filmmaker) and Randy both thought that palm trees looked like musical notes, so they filmed them upside down, sideways, from cars and standing still, you name it…

Now, to me one of the most striking things… is how completely consistent and formal they sound. No matter what groups play them, in Los Angeles or New York, today or twenty years ago, they always sound the same. Seems strange and impossible at first, but I swear: If you closed your eyes and did not look at the screen, it sounds as if you are listening to a piece of Xenakis or Ligeti, something very complex and difficult to realize. However, open your eyes, and the images we see on the screen make these pieces delightful and full of fun and humor.”
– Steve Horowitz, NewMusicBox.org http://newmusicbox.org/article.nmbx?id=6291

Palm Quart

RedCat, LA 2010

The video is the score, played by a string quartet.
With composer Randy Hostetler

Hamlet Reviews

Folger Theater, 2010

The company’s current production of Hamlet boasts just one unique feature, but it’s a good one. Francesca Talenti has converted the play-within-a-play into a video presentation, which spills across James Kronzer’s pristine white set and keeps the onstage audience at the center of the action. A… bravura moment.
– Susan Berlin, TalkinBroadway.com http://www.talkinbroadway.com/regional/dc/dc478.html

The play within the play… is staged as a kind of art film, silhouettes projected onto the faces and bodies of the actors, Velvet Underground “Exploding Plastic Inevitable”-style. It’s a stunning effect.
– Chris Kilmek, The Washington Examiner http://chrisklimek.com/2010/05/04/hamlet-syndrome-not-hardly

Also haunting is the video design by Francesca Talenti, which makes for a truly eerie play-within-the-play scene.
– Jenn Larsen, WeLoveDC.com http://www.welovedc.com/2010/05/04/we-love-arts-hamlet/

Sink and Swim

White flour, white clumps of clay, gradually forming animals.
One of them reaches the end of the table, or the edge of extinction.
Projected in the flour/sink is footage of embryonic salamanders.

Stove Top

White kettle affixed to wall; looped video projection.

Pantry Ghost

White chair, and footage of cadaver slices.

Milky Way

Frying pan with milk.
Projected onto the milk is footage of Ham the chimp, the first hominid launched into outer space.


Two monitors, two eyes, and a microwave, with toy kitchen inside.