Christa Biedermann, Austrian artist who lives in Berlin and Vienna shows animations and performance films. The artist who eludes any kind of categorization, paints, draws, photographs and makes films and videos, where she mostly appears herself in front of the camera. In her videos, she critically and ironically questions the society and the demands on the artists by the society, especially on female artists. She thus markedly disappoints expectations on her work as image-artifacts as well as the expected image of her as woman and artist.
Belgian experimental film festival L’Âge d’Or comes back next October 3-10 with the second edition of its new run. 2015 celebrates the 50th anniversary of Super 8 and so for its second edition, the Âge d’Or festival has chosen to pay homage to the work of the fiercest advocates of this format, too often denigrated and considered ‘amateur’. A format however that has been, and sometimes still is, the terrain of innovative cinematic experiments, full of the constraints that only it can create.
Saturday, October 3, 2015 (All day) to Saturday, October 10, 2015 (All day)
Helga Fanderl will be here in person to present one of her unique screening programs from both Super-8 and 16mm projections.
For Fanderl the film is born out of the act of recording, with a certain immediacy, with the hand-held super 8 camera (some being later blown up to 16mm) and all are edited in the act of filming -the so called "in camera" technique. This limitation, particularly with super 8, provides a certain formal palette from which the decisions of the filmmaker can evolve within, whilst simultaneously reacting very intuitively to the outside.
These films shot on 16mm & 8mm in the US reveal the lyrical charge hidden behind an image. Their use of light, composition and words beyond the physicality of the document; their metaphorical and political connotation comes from a poetic approach to the frame. These works share an enthusiasm for discovery, and exhibit spaces in which what is not written is worth more than what was said... The title, A Picture Is Always A Book, is inspired by the book of poems by Robert Seydel (Siglio, 2014).
The filmmakers Robert Beavers (b. 1949) and Ute Aurand (b. 1957) are internationally known for their evocative portraits of people and places: Beavers has been making films since 1966 and retrospectives of his work have been organized for the Whitney Museum and the Tate Modern, among others. Aurand’s work explores space and human relations through astute, small gestures and purposeful sound. Her films, sometimes likened to the film diaries of Marie Menken and Jonas Mekas, have recently been featured at Tate Modern and the Harvard Film Archive.
Nicky Hamlyn's recent 16mm films at The Film Gallery, Paris 28. September - November 2015 Vernissage 25. September 2015, 18-21h
The Film Gallery is delighted to present Brownian Motion, an exhibition of 16mm film works by experimental filmmaker Nicky Hamlyn, both produced in 2015. Nicky Hamlyn has been active in the British experimental film scene, most notably the London Filmmaker’s Coop, since the mid 1970s. He is mainly known for his precisely structuredobservational 16mm films and video works dealing with light, time and space. Hamlyn traces brief, transitional moments, studying the changes of surface structure, materiality and patterns of movement in our everyday environment. His films are compositions of brief transitional and ephemeral moments in time and space, bringing to light the overlooked or the soon to be extinct. This is achieved by deploying mechanisms such as time-lapse filming, single-frame shooting and superimposed fades in and out (dissolves). The show Brownian Motion at The Film Gallery brings his diverse film and video work for the first time to a French gallery.
Monday, September 28, 2015 (All day) to Saturday, October 31, 2015 (All day)
The Owl of Minerva & other works by the expanded cinema group Optipus with live soundtracks by Underworld Oscillator Corporation
The Owl of Minerva is dedicated to the Death of Kodachrome film and other obsolete technologies of analog media: glass slides, regular, super 8 & 16mm film, 35mm slides, vinyl, foley, and modular synths. The evening also includes a new trilogy of astronomical video works by Eros, Sylvarnes & UOC called "Ex-nombreux films de l'éspace extra-atmosphèrique" (innumerable outer space films) with Ultraviolet Catastrophe