Screenings

  • Hysterics and Mentalists: Two 3D Films by Zoe Beloff

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    What do psychologists, spiritualists, and filmmakers have in common? Each is in some way concerned with the making-visible of what is normally invisible, whether it be the hidden recesses of the unconscious, the voices of the dead, or the world of human passions as they manifest themselves on our faces and in our gestures. For over two decades, Zoe Beloff has been using cinematic technology as a probe into the collective fantasies of our visual culture, which are not so far removed from the 19th century as we sometimes think. Her work is a sustained exploration of the concept of “medium,” which is never simply a mechanical device but a point of juncture between past and future, here and elsewhere, the visible and the invisible, the living and the dead. The arcane devices she often employs—such as stereoscopic film, 78rpm phonographs, and slide projectors—are more than just quaint relics of a bygone era. They are conduits through which we, too, might commune with the past; they conjure up something of the wonder and the ritual that the earliest spectators of moving images might have felt. As an artist and a thinker, Beloff asks us to ponder what Freud and Coney Island share, what it means to “project” an image into the world, and why the French still refer to film screenings as séances.

    Artist In Person!

    Curated by Seth Watter

    Dates: 

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 20:30

    Venue: 

    Cable Car Cinema & Cafe - Providence, Estados Unidos
  • Andy Warhol’s Sexy Silent Films - Presented by Douglas Crimp

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    Presentation by Prof. Douglas Crimp, Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Art History and Professor of Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester

    Screening of Andy Warhol films, projected on 16mm at silent speed (16 frames per second):
    - Haircut (No. 1) (1963, 24 min.)
    - Blow Job (1964, 35 min.)
    - Mario Banana #1 and #2 (1964, 4 min. each)
    - Jill and Freddy Dancing (1963, 4 min.)

    Dates: 

    Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 19:00

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  • Fire+Light+Vision: New projections by James Harrar

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    James Harrar's experimental and highly personal film/video images will be viewed with a live musical rendering of soundtracks for each work. The musical concepts are created, directed and performed by Harrar, often with local musicians. The project places attention on exploring the moving image with live performance and when combined, attempts to reveal deeper levels of interpretation within Harrar’s visceral film poems. This presentation also celebrates the early beginnings of cinema, providing live music to support and elevate the silent movie experience.

    With the performance, the viewers will experience the spiritual states of mind through Harrar’s visual poetry, comparable to a moving painting.

    Dates: 

    Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 19:30

    Venue: 

    UnionDocs - New York, Estados Unidos
  • Bozar Cinema: Jack Smith

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    A legendary American artist, filmmaker and actor described by Andy Warhol as the only person he would ever copy and by John Waters as “the only true underground filmmaker”.

    The films of Jack Smith (USA, 1932-1989), along with the artist’s complete body of work - including photographs, collages, drawings, slide shows, costumes, sculptures and props that were used in his performances - represent one of the most seminal and important oeuvres in twentieth century art. Born in Ohio and arriving in New York in 1953, Jack Smith transformed the detritus of post-war downtown New York into filmic tableaux vivants of exotic glamour and polysexual fantasy. Rejecting the conservative political climate of an America at war with Vietnam, the trends of Abstract Expressionism, the repression of queer expression and the abstention of the pornographic in high art, Jack Smith was one of the first proponents of the aesthetics which came to be known as 'camp' and 'trash', using no-budget means of production to create a visual cosmos heavily influenced by Hollywood kitsch and orientalism. An actor for Andy Warhol, Ken Jacobs and Robert Wilson, Smith sought in his own filmmaking to create an aesthetic of delirium. Smith’s influence is obvious in the work of artists such as Cindy Sherman, Mike Kelley, Matthew Barney, Nan Goldin, John Waters, Derek Jarman, Guy Maddin and Ryan Trecartin.

    Dates: 

    Friday, November 7, 2014 - 19:00

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  • Intertidal by Alex MacKenzie + Hyas & Stenorinques by Jean Painlevé

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    First session in a series of useful labs in partnership with Le Lieu Unique on the porosities between the experimental image and the documentary: documentary cinema / experimental cinema - borders, influences. This first meeting is devoted to one of the common origins of experimental film and documentary cinema: the first science films from the early twentieth century.

    The moving image as an observation, and contemplation tool, of natural phenomena or environments, fragile, unknown and often invisible to the naked eye. A marine evening with the 16mm performance Intertidal by filmmaker Alex MacKenzie (Vancouver, Canada) and the projection in 16mm of the film Hyas & Stenorinques by Jean Painlevé.

    Dates: 

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 20:00

    Venue: 

    Le lieu unique - Nantes, Francia
  • Perímetro: Sally Golding - Unconscious Archives

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    Sally Golding combines film projection, lighting and sonic composition to create performances and installations. Golding has developed works where she projects films directly onto her body and harnesses the audience’s reflections, creating live cine-sculptures and interactions. Photographic compositions printed as optical soundtracks and decomposed uprooted vinyl library music, neatly situate Golding’s work at the crossroads of science and superstition, philosophy and pulp. Golding’s projects thread between expanded cinema and media art, curation and audiovisual archiving evolving a practice of ‘hacked cinema’.

    Golding curates the expanded cinema and sound art series Unconscious Archives (London), and is co-curator and co-founder of OtherFilm (Australia) dedicated to experimental, expanded and other forms of art.

    Dates: 

    Friday, October 31, 2014 - 20:00

    Venue: 

    Centro de Cultura Digital - Mexico D.F., México
  • Light and Sound Machines - Performance Projection

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    Participants will cut and splice sonic compositions from existing sound film and create handmade optical sound. Handmade film techniques can be applied to create image to compliment or juxtapose the sound compositions. Participants will then develop ways of playing and interacting with the 16mm film projector - practicing projection manipulations and using devices which interfere with light and sound. At the end of the workshop participants will play solo or as group to unleash expanded projection and aural improvisations. Strips of sound film will be provided, however participants are encouraged to bring additional devices such as toy refracting lenses and pop filters.

    Facilitated by Sally Golding

    Dates: 

    Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 10:00

    Venue: 

    Cine Tonalá - México D.F., México
  • Sight Unseen presents Jesse Malmed: Untitled (Just Kidding)

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    Drawing on the history of avant-garde moving image culture, conceptual poetics, ecstatic improvisation, dense wordplay and humor, Jesse Malmed makes art using moving images, text, performance, installation and the overlaps and gaps thereof. These works are conceptually engaged, language-intensive and visually mesmerizing.

    Dates: 

    Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 19:00

    Venue: 

    Terrault Contemporary - Baltimore, Estados Unidos
  • Mary Woronov, Warhol Superstar: The Chelsea Girls

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    At the majestic Castro Theatre, San Francisco Cinematheque presents The Chelsea Girls, Andy Warhol’s sprawling parody of the Hollywood melodrama. Inspired by wide-screen cinema, this enormous double-projected camp classic simultaneously screens scenes from the decadent and desperate downtown lives of Warhol’s art world entourage, in garish color and gritty black and white. Mary Woronov appears in her debut role as Hanoi Hannah, interrogating a humiliated cast of captured GI Joes (portrayed by Ultra Violet and International Velvet) with other outrageously improvised “performances” by Nico, Eric Emerson, Brigid Polk, filmmaker Marie Menken and the one and only Pope Ondine. Soundtrack features a rare live recording of the Velvet Underground.

    Mary Woronov in person

    Dates: 

    Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 19:00

    Venue: 

    Castro Theatre - San Francisco, Estados Unidos
  • (Un)Fixed Terra Firma: Analog Films from Artist-Run Labs

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    Celluloid-based filmmaking is alive and well in Europe, thanks to a network of film labs dedicated to both the preservation of technology and cinematic experimentation! This two-night program on October 27th and 28th features work from three of these cooperatives: L'Abominable in La Courneuve, France; Labor Berlin in Berlin, Germany; and Labo Bruxelles in Brussels, Belgium.

    While the artists associated with these labs produce work in a variety of styles, the films selected for these two evenings are similar in that they demonstrate extremes of the photographic process. In Mahine Rouhi and Olivier Fouchard's Tahousse, and Emmanuel Lefrant’s Parties visible et invisible d'un ensemble sous tension, filmed landscapes are manipulated in color and texture toward otherworldliness and abstraction respectively. In Els van Riel's Gradual Speed, winner of the Gus Van Sant Award for Best Experimental at the 2014 Anna Arbor Film Festival, the image in each vignette appears through time much like a photograph developing while the hum and crackle of vibrating dust erupts on the optical track.

    Dates: 

    Monday, October 27, 2014 - 19:00
    Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 19:00

    Venue: 

    Northwest Film Center - Portland, Estados Unidos

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