Ute Aurand’s diary films, film portraits, and travelogues belong to the lineage of Jonas Mekas, Marie Menken and Margaret Tait. A key figure in Berlin’s film scene since the 1980s, Aurand records life’s small, ephemeral details on a handheld Bolex camera, later reworking them in a style that is at once energetic, rhythmic, playful and — unusually for experimental cinema — tender. She has described her approach as “a brief touch” — “like a swing, to go away and come back and go away and come back again.” Her films explore the lives of friends and strangers, the atmosphere of local and foreign places, and “the absolutely singular, exquisite textures of daily life around her” (Michael Sicinski).
"If you’ve seen more than three of the films in this program, I’d be surprised. Yet every single one of these films by women filmmakers, chosen from the collection of the Filmmaker’s Co-op, deserves to be written about, taught in classes, and be part of the canon of avant-garde film. In a program of striking artistic voices from filmmakers with large bodies of work, you’ll see resonances with the films of Jack Smith, Carolee Schneeman, Stan Brakhage, Len Lye, Owen Land, Hollis Frampton, Barbara Rubin, Malcolm LeGrice, and many others."
Pleasure Dome and The Drake Hotel are pleased to present a curated selection of Sabrina Ratté’s video works followed by a live performance by Le Révélateur, making their Toronto debut. Since 2009, Montréal artist Sabrina Ratté has been meticulously crafting and dismantling entire worlds. Wedding the boundary-pushing exploration of early computer art with the boundlessness of natural vistas, Ratté’s work approaches the digital sublime through the lens of media archaeology, building and blurring landscapes with the grace of a neon Turner or Friedrich.
Stuttgarter Filmwinter is a Film and Media Arts Festival that provides a platform for avant-garde film and art. Innovation and internationality play an equally important role as the regional and local terms at the festival.
The Media-Space is a platform for media art and information technologies. Our goal is to address problematics with current trends and to scrutinize them critically.
Microscope presents with the Filmmakers’ Cooperative "Projection Instructions: An Evening of Expanded Cinema" curated by Josh Guilford and featuring works by Paul Sharits and contemporary artists Malcolm Le Grice, Rose Lowder, Jennifer Reeves and Guy Sherwin.
Collectif Jeune Cinéma joins the Festival du film de Fesses and Festival Loud and Proud to present two new selections of short films from What's Your Flavor?, a call for experimental films dedicated to queer culture and launched in early 2015 by five programmers. Xpanded Bodies is a programme of films addressing sexuality from contemporary issues incarnated in poetic, political, erotic-pornographic proposals... Each of them is a new invitation to explore the body in the digital era.