Whether you call it collage, compilation, found footage, détournement, or recycled cinema, the incorporation of already existing media into new artworks is a practice that generates novel juxtapositions and new meanings and ideas, often in ways entirely unrelated to the intentions of the original makers.
On the eve of the 9th edition of the Festival of (In)appropriation, Los Angeles Filmforum is thrilled to present this intimate prelude, featuring works by three stalwarts of the found-footage filmmaking universe. Orbiting at the upper reaches of the avant-docu-sphere, the works of Tony Gault, Roger Beebe, and Elizabeth Henry offer remarkable explorations of creation and destruction, desire and loss, land and spirit.
Filmforum concludes its 2016 season with a return visit from filmmaker Eric Leiser. Experimental animator Eric Leiser makes films that explore dreams, Christian imagery, surrealism, and magical realism while employing a variety of cinematic techniques, including stop-motion animation and holography.
Filmforum is honored to welcome Toronto-based artist, writer, curator, poet, thinker, and filmmaker Mike Hoolboom for the Los Angeles premiere of his brand new feature, Incident Reports. (Hoolboom will also be showing a selection of short works at REDCAT on Monday, 9/19.)
Mike Hoolboom has forged a singular artistic and curatorial identity over the past few decades, as his various creative, intellectual, pedagogical, and research practices have overlapped and interwoven, along with the circumstances and experiences of his own life. As a result, encountering Hoolboom's work – whether through his films, his criticism, his curating, his teaching, etc. -- is something akin to experiencing a rich, intricate, and irreducible slice of Hoolboom himself.
Tony Conrad passed away earlier this year at the age of 76 after battling cancer. A pioneer in avant-garde music, film, and numerous other media, Conrad indelibly altered the course of contemporary art and thought. Last visiting Filmforum in 2005, Conrad was a constant icon for us, with his persistent curiosity and delight in old and new work, his humor and intelligence. We’ll miss him terribly. For this tribute, we’ll screen classic film and video works and host several speakers.
Los Angeles Filmforum presents The Festival of (In)appropriation #8
Curators Jaimie Baron and Greg Cohen in person!
Whether you call it collage, compilation, found footage, détournement, or recycled cinema, the incorporation of already existing media into new artworks is a practice that generates novel juxtapositions and new meanings and ideas, often in ways entirely unrelated to the intentions of the original makers. Such new works are, in other words, “inappropriate.” This act of (in)appropriation may even produce revelations about the relationship between past and present, here and there, intention and subversion, artist and critic, not to mention the "producer" and "consumer" of visual culture itself. Fortunately for our purposes, the past decade has witnessed the emergence of a wealth of new audiovisual elements available for appropriation into new works. In addition to official state and commercial archives, resources like vernacular collections, home movie repositories, and digital archives now also provide fascinating material to repurpose in ways that lend it new meaning and resonance.
Filmforum presents the first in a series of screenings devoted to experimental cinema and landscape, with a program that explores the connection between labor, leisure, landscape, and the moving image. For as long as artists have taken the landscape as an object worthy of their scrutiny, the human body has served them as its measure and its foil. Whether at work or at play, whether above or below, it is the body from which we view the landscapes we inhabit, just as we survey the landscape—as if by instinct—for signs of the bodies that inhabit it, give it form, depth, and meaning.
Los Angeles Filmforum presents A Stark View of the World – An Evening With Scott Stark
Scott Stark’s films, videos and installations are kinetic revelations that can be shocking, mesmerizing and narratively rich. We’re delighted to welcome Scott to Los Angeles again. We last featured him at Filmforum in 2002. Over two nights in November, he will present a wide array of new work created since then, along with a few earlier works. On Sunday, the works display a consistent remaking of the screen, rendering past into present, and colliding spaces in ways that find new political and narrative meaning.
Los Angeles Filmforum presents Filmforum’s 35th Anniversary Show: A Celebration of Kodachrome Sunday January 30, 2011, 19:30h At the Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian 6712 Hollywood Blvd. (at Las Palmas), Los Angeles CA 90028