Black Sun Cinema: White Noise

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Black Sun Cinema: White Noise
A film programme curated by Florian Wüst
in association with Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, and Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art, Berlin
Saturday September 22nd 2012, 19h
TDC, Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin St., Cork

Black Sun Cinema is partnering with Cork Film Centre this September 22nd to present a very special evening of experimental films from Berlin’s famous Arsenal archive. We are delighted to welcome Florian Wüst, Berlin-based artist and film curator, who programmed and will present this selection of works with the theme ‘White Noise’.

White Noise’ centres on legendary German underground film icons Wilhelm and Birgit Hein and gives Cork audiences the rare opportunity of seeing four of their films.

The programme as a whole reflects the deconstruction of cinema and television not only as a monolithic system of representation and a dream factory, but also as an instrument of corporate power and social control. Images of (human) disfigurement and the mysteries of childhood mix with the penetration of the senses on different levels. The combination of poetic collage, critical analysis, and radical abstraction intends to challenge the emotional as well as physical capacities of the audience. ‘White Noise’ also features works by internationally acclaimed artists and filmmakers: Thorsten Fleisch, Christoph Girardet & Matthias Müller, Sharon Lockhart, Gunvor Nelson, Richard Serra & Carlota Fay Schoolman, and Wolf Vostell.

Where possible, films in this programme will be projected from 16mm film prints.


- My Name is Oona, Gunvor Nelson, USA 1969, 10’
- Rohfilm, Wilhelm & Birgit Hein, West Germany 1968, 22’
- Sun in Your Head, Wolf Vostell, West Germany 1963, 7’
- Khalil, Shaun, A Woman under the Influence, Sharon Lockhart, USA 1994, 16’
- Charles Manson, Wilhelm & Birgit Hein, West Germany 1970, 5’

—- interval —-

- Television Delivers People, Richard Serra & Carlota Fay Schoolman, USA 1973, 6’
- 625, Wilhelm & Birgit Hein, West Germany 1969, 34’
- Energie!, Thorsten Fleisch, Germany 2007, 5’
- Contre-Jour, Christoph Girardet & Matthias Müller, Germany 2009, 11’
- Weissfilm, Wilhelm & Birgit Hein, West Germany 1977, 5’

About Black Sun, Cork:

Black Sun is a Cork-based outer limits/weirdo music and experimental film event that first erupted in May 2009. Since then, curator Vicky Langan has brought many renowned makers of strange sounds from around the world to play for the first time in Ireland. Black Sun is conceived as a space where the experimental is not something clique-ish, reserved for the afficionado, but precisely the opposite – an opening of possibility for the adventurous, wherever they’re coming from.

Since December 2009, Black Sun has complemented its live acts with film programmes, curated by Max Le Cain. These expand the scope of Black Sun’s commitment to bringing world-class experimental experiences to Cork audiences. The Black Sun screenings have already introduced the work of such major underground film figures as Iván Zulueta, Stéphane Marti, the Buharov Brothers and Piero Bargellini to Irish audiences. In presenting recognized masters like Jeff Keen and Ben Rivers alongside equally brilliant, if less well known, talents from the past (Etienne O’Leary) and present (Oriol Sánchez), Black Sun keeps opening its audiences’ eyes ever wider.

And in August 2012, the first film-only Black Sun Cinema event took place at the Triskel Christchurch Cinema, Cork, featuring James Fotopoulos’ The Nest, a retrospective programme of Frans Zwartjes and a number of contemporary Irish shorts.