Cinema Parenthèse in collaboration with Wiels presents Land/Scapes, a series in three programs with films by with films by Claes Söderquist, Els van Riel, Rose Lowder and Werner Nekes, that explore the encounter between film and the expanse of landscape. This comprises the investigation of historical and dimensional aspects of space, and a reflection on the medium of film. The ‘here’ of the camera stares at the ‘there’ of the landscape, two alien opposing forces that embody numerous dichotomies; nature versus culture, the natural versus the artificial, organic versus machinic etcetera.
Brussels based artist Els van Riel (b 1965) is a member of the analogue film-lab Labo Bxl and Cinema Parenthèse. Her films, videos and installations examine the impact of detailed changes in moment, movement, matter, light and perception. Her works relate to a tradition of minimal and structural filmmaking (Paul Sharits, Ernie Gehr), she processes the basic elements of film - time and light, silence and sound - and develops a form for expanded aesthetic saturation based on phenomenological observation within a sensitive and personal horizon that bypasses symbolism and narrativity.
In relation to Gradual Speed by Els van Riel, Rose Lowder’s (fr) Quiproquo will be shown; a film functioning as a dialogue on the balance between nature and social-industrial technology, and the beauty and tragedy of the world.
In the presence of Els van Riel.
- Introduction (English)
Introduction by Daniel A. Swarthnas and Els van Riel
- Quiproquo (Rose Lowder, 1992, 16mm, color, sound (no dialogue), 13'00)
Quiproquo is a dialogue on the balance to be found between nature and social-industrial technology. As the film refers to the economy of the means involved in relation to what is expressed, it is both a reflection on the potentialities of the medium and an enquiry concerning the implications of the reality portrayed. It is a question of limits and possibilities, the beauty and tragedy of the world, with a critique of contemporary society's dominant choices constantly in the background.
- Gradual Speed (Els van Riel, 2013, 16 mm, b&w, sound (no dialogue), 52’00)
For a film whose title describes the relatively simple mechanism used to create it, Els van Riel's 16mm film ushers a series of startling transfigurations which brilliantly engage the form in the extended time spent with people, animals, events and objects in whose company the filmmaker sketches larger philosophical concerns to do with love, fixity, representation and loss.
Carefully positioned, the camera begins on a single frame, the shutter held open, and then is imperceptibly increased in speed, quickening the frame rate and thus changing the exposure time for each successive frame, which eventually produces a visible moving image whose Keystone-Cops styled speed in turn changes, at length falling into step with real time.
- Conversation (English) between Els van Riel, Arindam Sen, and Nicky Hamlyn
In collaboration with WIELS: Contemporary Art Centre.