Curated by artist and filmmaker Karel Doing, this programme brings together films and videos exploring alternative understandings of reality. Nine filmmakers present works that utilise documentary materials to (re)create personal visions and open viewers’ perceptions to outlandish – political, emotional, or structural – realities, that stimulate free thinking expression.
Artistic contemporaries and longtime friends, Suzan Pitt and Pat O’Neill have each created large and diverse bodies of work in a wide variety of mediums, though none perhaps more visibly than in film. The Academy is proud to host these two visionary artists in person with a program of their radical and visually stunning short films, newly preserved by the Academy Film Archive.
As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the London Film-makers’ Co-operative (LFMC), this film programme, which opens Tate Modern’s Counter-Histories series, explores the unique contribution of the women filmmakers associated with the LFMC to both experimental and feminist film.
Friday, September 23, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, September 25, 2016 (All day)
The invented night is the title of a set of recent works where photography and analog cinema maintain a fruitful dialogue revealed through the static and the moving image, figuration and abstraction, forest and city, color and black & white, silence and sound. Films –on super 8 and 16 mm– and photographic slides exchange aesthetic properties and formal parameters in a dialectical proposal. (AA)
Shot in numerous locations spanning Cornwall, Orkney, London and Sussex, in the UK, to the Cévennes region in France and various sites in Greece, Nick Collins' films – usually made on 16mm film – explore landscapes, human presence and absence and the passage of time. The evidence that we’re shown of the civic and sacred functions of these different sites, across time, is matched by the filmmaker’s lyrical observations of fleeting moments and the associative links he makes between striking images.
Filmmakers Raymonde Carasco (France, 1933-2009), Elke Marhöfer (Cuba/Germany, 1967-), Chick Strand (USA, 1931-2009) and Mark LaPore (USA, 1952-2005) work primarily - from different practices - with ethnographic and anthropological studies, field and archival work. These four programmes with ethnographic films offer a discovery and unveiling of places, people and meetings with social, political and cross-cultural differences in focus.
Camera positioning, image room design, the thermal profile (all of which are produced for and recorded by the camera), things outside the picture, sound, and political and cultural discrepancies are crucial problematics of these filmmakers' positions in the choice of representation. They deal with history and try to release from the binary opposition, I and you and us and them as something alien, an attitude also vital in the production of films.
Perpetual Motion is the most comprehensive convergence of international performance cinema practitioners ever seen in the Bay Area. Presented over seven evenings September 16–December 7, 2016, with all artists performing in person, this series is curated by San Francisco Cinematheque and will be presented at Gray Area’s historic Grand Theater, located in San Francisco’s Mission District.
Featured artists include the return of legendary experimental filmmaker Ken Jacobs (NYC), rising Montréal duo Le Révélateur (video artist Sabrina Ratté & musician Roger Tellier-Craig, of Fly Pan AM and formerly Godspeed You! Black Emperor) and in a rare North American appearance, the spectacular Trinchera Ensamble film-performance collective from Mexico City.
HOME's annual celebration of the alt-wonderful world of artist film is crammed with special guests, premieres and discussions. The weekend launches with artist Clara Casian and musician Robin Richard’s new collaboration, Birdsong – Stories from Pripyat, featuring footage captured in the famously abandoned ‘ghost city’ adjacent to the Chernobyl Power Plant blended with archive material and unique soundtrack by a live quartet.
Other highlights include Boston-based video artist Luther Price introducing a rare retrospective of his groundbreaking work, a focus on contemporary Finnish Video Art, screen work by artists Oreet Ashery, Rob Crosse, Basim Magdy, Manchester film collective FOOMOO, a workshop on curating artist film, plus the North West premiere of the brilliantly bizarro feature La Distancia and Q&A with director Sergio Caballero.
Friday, September 30, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, October 2, 2016 (All day)
Having shared a studio for two years; Bea Haut, Jenny Baines and Laura Hindmarsh here bring together their respective film work, using the screening as a conversation between the individual works and a chance to examine the echoes, absorptions and outcomes of their interlacing practices. Serving as a continuation of an ongoing dialogue that started in the studio with no specific mediated outcome, this programme is a reflection of the open situation and interrelation between approaches over the past two years. Exploring the outer reaches of the film frame, analogue processes and projection structures, these three artists take the subjective as pivotal.
Witness a collection of visual music from across time and from around the world that represent the spectrum of rationality. Order on the one side and chaos on the other. Are they truly polar opposites? Is there order in total chaos or chaos in highly organized forms? Tell us your thoughts in this night of films and discussion.
Salons are a signature component of the iotaCenter, the world’s first organization devoted to visual music. These are wonderful nights where we get together as a community of artists, academics and curious onlookers to pontificate on the wild and abstract works called “visual music.”