In this book, Laura Marks examines one of the world’s most impressive, and affecting, bodies of independent and experimental cinema from the last twenty-five years: film and video works from the Arabic-speaking world. Some of these works’ creative strategies are shared by filmmakers around the world; others arise from the particular economic, social, political, and historical circumstances of Arab countries, whose urgency, Marks argues, seems to demand experiment and invention.
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This book is a document. It’s an account via images of the evening of June 20, 2016, spent in Vienna in the company of the artist, Peter Kubelka. With his wife Luise, Kubelka had invited some friends: the photographer Heinz Cibulka and the filmmaker Jonas Mekas who had come with his son, Sebastian, specifically to film the party.
Narrative comprehension, memory, motion, depth perception, synesthesia, hallucination, and dreaming have long been objects of fascination for cognitive psychologists. They have also been among the most potent sources of creative inspiration for experimental filmmakers. Lessons in Perception melds film theory and cognitive science in a stimulating investigation of the work of iconic experimental artists such as Stan Brakhage, Robert Breer, Maya Deren, and Jordan Belson.
The German and Chilean filmmakers Ute Aurand, Helga Fanderl, Jeannette Muñoz and Renate Sami are the subjects of the festival publication for the 14th edition of Punto de Vista. These four filmmakers, who work in the avant-garde, experimental film tradition, have been widely recognized at prestigious international festivals such as Berlinale, Oberhausen, NYFF and Rotterdam.
Margaret Tait, filmmaker and poet, was born in Orkney in 1918. She trained first as a medical doctor before studying film in Rome in the 1950s. After returning to Edinburgh, Tait established her film studio, Ancona Films, before eventually returning to Orkney in the 1960s, where she lived and continued to make films until her death in 1999. Personae is Tait’s previously unpublished non-fiction manuscript edited by Sarah Neely with a selection of photographs from Margaret Tait’s personal archive with a foreword by Ali Smith and beautifully designed by Maeve Redmond.