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Walden presents: Fred Worden

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This program brings together a selection of early to mid-career 16mm works by American filmmaker Fred Worden. Occupied with optical cinematic investigations and the machinic constituents of cinema, Worden's work has been described as being developed "out of his interest in intermittent projection as the source of cinema’s primordial powers. How a stream of still pictures passing through a projector at a speed meant to overwhelm the eyes might be harnessed to purposes other than representation or naturalism."

“Since the early 1970s, Fred Worden has developed a prolific body of film and digital work which through various means has pioneered a deep investigation of optical phenomena and visual perception. Often using an optical printer in his 16mm films and an analogous frame-by-frame process in his digital work, Worden’s practice has been meticulous and focused, yet these are hardly airtight formal investigations. At the heart of Worden’s work is an appreciation for and privileging of the very human “gee whiz” moments of discovery and surprise; the rigor of his process is in service of – and never loses sight of – the pure pleasure and wonder of the visual experience. As a result, far from merely being dry, theoretically driven experiments, his cinema is a deeply humane one, exploring the outer limits of our vision with intelligence, fascination, enthusiasm, and humor.” (Mark Toscano)

Programme:

  • THE OR CLOUD (2004 / 16mm / b&w / silent / 6' 00)
  • AUTOMATIC WRITING (2000 / 16mm / b&w / silent / 8' 00)
  • ONE (1998 / 16mm / b&w / silent / 25' 00)
  • INTRODUCTION TO THE SECRET SOCIETY (1992 / 16mm / color / sound / 7' 00)
  • BREAKOUT (1990 / 16mm / color / sound / 10' 00)
  • BOULEVARD (1989 / 16mm / b&w / sound / 9' 00)
  • LURE (1986 / 16mm / color / sound / 6' 00)
  • VUDOO (1976 / 16mm / color / silent / 8' 00)

Fred Worden's films have been shown in the 2002 Whitney Biennial, The Museum of Modern Art, The Centre Pompidou, The Pacific Film Archive, The New York Film Festival, The London Film Festival, The Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Toronto Film Festival, The Hong Kong International Film Festival and numerous other experimental film venues.

Thanks to Lightcone.

Entrance: 80 kr (card preferred)

This event is supported by Kulturrådet.

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