Screenings

  • Basma Alsharif: Doppelgänging

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    Basma Alsharif in person!

    Basma Alsharif’s sharp, seductive films have often been informed by Palestine’s history, its contemporary political situation, and the conflicted experiences of those who call it home (whether or not they live there). She returns to CATE with a collection of recent films that explore bilocation—the act of being in multiple places at once—a state of being she uses to describe Palestinian identity, as well as cinema itself. The program offers the possibility of bilocating through the visceral experience of drone-glitched TV and teenage cello lessons in Home Movies Gaza (2013); a rhyming exercise in the Panathenaic Stadium in Girls Only (2014); a stroboscopic oral history in Farther Than the Eye Can See (2012); and a hypnosis-inducing pan-geographic shuttle in Deep Sleep (2014), a film/performance. Presented in collaboration with the Video Data Bank.

    Dates: 

    Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 18:00

    Venue: 

    Gene Siskel Film Center - Chicago, United States
  • SPCL NTRST (presented by Sight Unseen)

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    [SPCL NTRST] wipe[s] the console with a soft, dry cloth. [Together they] peel the white paper from the base of the [appropriated VHS footage in order to] affix the base so the < mark on [Health & Safety] and the > mark on [Music] are pointing at each other. When affixing the base, [SPCL NTRST] make[s] sure that you so not cover any of the lettering on the console. Do not touch [inadvertent musicality] for about 30 to 60 minutes after affixing it to the console. Doing so can cause the [exposed moments of emotion and subtext hidden within the practical and impersonal] to come off. 

    Do expect [Category: Health] as well as [Category: Music].

    For further information on SPCL NTRST, please visit: http://www.spclntrst.com/

    $6 General Admission

    Presented by Sight Unseen (http://sightunseenbaltimore.com/)

    Dates: 

    Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 20:00

    Venue: 

    The Crown - Baltimore, United States
  • Devoted Songs, The Films Of Nathaniel Dorsky

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    IFI & Experimental Film Club present:
    Devoted Songs, The Films Of Nathaniel Dorsky

    The devotional cinema of American filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky is a rare treasure that allows for a distinct experience of time and meditation. His films blend a poetic and introspective view of his environments with an exploration of the different cognitive and emotional associations that can be established between one shot and the next.

    Available to view only on 16mm, this programme of Dorsky’s films, curated by EFC member Esperanza Collado in collaboration with Lumiére magazine, represents a truly unique opportunity to experience this important work. The programme features three films: The Visitation, the first of Dorsky’s Devoted Songs; Winter, a seasonal portrait of New York; and Alaya, one of the filmmaker’s most radical and structural works.

    Dates: 

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 18:30

    Venue: 

    Irish Film Institute - Dublin, Ireland
  • Balagan presents... Waldeinsamkeit

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    Screening time: 19:30. Tickets: $10 / $8 student and senior.

    Rebounding from the sylvan charms of A Spell to Ward off the Darkness, we've decided to unveil this melancholy program centered on Waldeinsamkeit, or, woodland solitude. The forest has always sparked the imagination of the lonely traveler, promising encounters with tree-dwelling spirits, ferocious bandits, treacherous plantlife, and feline royalty... During Transcedentalist times, it grew into a benevolent zone of introspection and personal growth. And today, it has gained the status of vestige signifying humanity's lost innocence.

    The presented films touch upon some of these ideas in direct or oblique ways, whether through exploring the endlessly compelling shapes of the forest, the evolution of a solitary space across time, or the human's place within. The lineup features a number of new international works that innovatively utilize experimental techniques like pinhole cinematography, screenprinting, layering of multiple exposures, and timelapse; as well as a couple rarely-seen classics -- and a few surprises.

    Dates: 

    Thursday, April 17, 2014 (All day)

    Venue: 

  • Screensavers 001: A Night of Experimental Audio Visual Performances

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    Screensavers pairs musicians with filmmakers for three brand new audio visual performances featuring live cinematic projections edited before your eyes, decaying feedback loops, powerful drones, audio reactive graphics, deconstructed VHS tapes, electro-acoustic improvisation, drum machines and maybe even some guitars.

    Nathan Halverson + Jason Robinson 
    Taka Suzuki + Ryan Maguire/Jon Bellona
    Greg Nachmanovitch + Will Bollinger

    collaborative, improvisational, pretty cool.

    Dates: 

    Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 20:00

    Venue: 

    The Bridge PAI - Charlottesville, Estados Unidos
  • Sheffield Fringe: Write after reading

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    The shifting physicality of the written word in the age of digital surveillance continuously warps and renegotiates notions of the personal and the political throughout this selection of films. Personal footage and self-interrogation are re-appropriated in narratives that blur the lines between documentary, manifesto and fiction.

    With 40 years between them, John Latham’s Encyclopaedia Britannica (1971) and Andrew Norman Wilson’s Workers Leaving the Googleplex (2011) both interrogate the evolving physicality and accessibility of the written word. Helen Benigson’s The Future Queen of the Screen (2011) starts with an old-fashioned, echoing keyboard clang, never letting go of the seductive tactility of the digital interface. Equal parts futuristic dystopia and childhood holiday nostalgia, Daniel Mann’s Future Diaries (2011) creates an improbably seamless experiment in narrative dissonance from the artist’s father’s Hi-8 family video archive.

    A discussion will follow the screening. 

    With thanks to Openvizor, LUX, and Angus-Hughes Gallery.

    Dates: 

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 19:00

    Venue: 

    Hackney Picturehouse - London, Reino Unido
  • Turbidus Film Presents: Cécile Fontaine

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    Film screenings and artist talk
    Curated By Daniel A. Swarthnas

    "Cécile Fontaine works with what can be called margins, the excluded parts of cinema, revindicating scratching, soaking, de-collage and so filmmaking passes as a primarily plastic activity, with almost no material resources, renewing at once with the first major steps of the Dadaists in their collage – principally in the works of Schwitters and especially the collage of Hannah Höch executed with a kitchen knife and the work of recycling or how to make art without having the air to have touched it." - Yann Beauvais

    Born in 1957 in south of France, grew up in a French oversea departement named Ile de la Réunion in the Indian Ocean; studied art both in France (1975/1979) and in the United States (Boston 1980/1986) where she started making film in 1982 after taking an evening film class at Massachussetts College of Art then registering full time at School of Museum of Fine Arts, majoring cinema. Returned in France in 1986 and lives since then in Paris, teaching art fulltime in a primary school and making films.

    Dates: 

    Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 19:00

    Venue: 

    Fylkingen - Stockholm, Sweden
  • Directors Lounge Screening: Karl F. Stewart - Impressions in Mind

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    Karl F. Stewart: Impressions in Mind
    Photographs and Video

    Karl F. Stewart makes a mark in digital photography and video with his saturated colors and his rigorous compositions showing urban landscapes. He works with a photographic hybrid combination between still images and videos that do not hide their origin in their photographic concept. After being a documentary photographer in the 70's in Pittsburgh, his home town, he worked as an English lecturer in Italy for 24 years, before he took up photography again only 5 years ago, now going fully digital.

    San Francisco, his next temporary residency after Italy, became his starting point for his relaunch in photography, where he mostly explored the downtown area. Not just the financial district of San Francisco, but a big part of the highly dense urban areas show an amazing economic growth with glossy surfaces and artificial contemporary green landscaping on one hand, and wide spread poverty of homeless people on the other. “The Unearthly Beauty of Simulated Nature in Contemporary Architecture” is Stewart's most pronounced piece from that period, presented as a video-photo essay. At the same time, the artist started exploring motion-blur and photoshop cut-outs. “Impressions of Movement” is a series of panoramic works that resulted and which he continued in different countries such as USA, Italy and France. The time-based presentation of digital pictures, that seems to be natural to the medium, led to digital video as his preferred medium at the moment. The artist recently moved to Düsseldorf, where he continues exploring landscapes and urban settings in often unearthly colors. Like with “K-20”, showing a small fountain at the K 20 Museum in Düsseldorf, the examinations of urban-nature relations combined with sometimes witty surprising experiments, seem to propel his creative energy most successfully.

    Dates: 

    Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 21:00

    Venue: 

    Z-Bar, Berlin - Berlin, Alemania
  • CGAI: Larry Gottheim

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    Born in 1936, Larry Gottheim taught himself 16mm filmmaking in the 1960s and became one of America's leading avant-garde filmmakers. From his late-1960s series of sublime 'single-shot' films to the dense sound/image constructs of the mid-1970s and after, his cinema is the cinema of presence, of observation, and of deep conscious engagement. While addressing genres of landscape, diary and assemblage filmmaking, Gottheim's work properly stands alone in its intensive investigations of the paradoxes between direct, sensual experience in collision with complex structures of repetition, anticipation and memory.

    Gottheim developed the Department of Cinema in Binghamton, N.Y. and taught there for more than three decades. This extremely influential department attracted the most talented artists, academics, and filmmakers of the day including Ken Jacobs, Hollis Frampton, Peter Kubelka, and Ernie Gehr among many others. In the 1990's Gottheim has also served for a brief time as director of the Filmmaker's Co-op in New York. Gottheim?s films are in the collections of museums and archives throughout the world, and a program of his restored early films premiered at the 2005 New York Film Festival. 

    Dates: 

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014 (All day)
    Wednesday, March 19, 2014 (All day)
    Thursday, March 20, 2014 (All day)
    Friday, March 21, 2014 (All day)

    Venue: 

  • BORDERLAND - The entropy of identities

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    BORDERLAND – The entropy of identities international video art screening will be held in Almeria (Spain) at Museo de Almería on the 13th of March 2014 and at MECA Mediterráneo Centro Artístico on the 27th of March 2014; and in Granada (Spain) at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Granada, on the 23rd of April 2014. Forty-six artists have been selected to take part in the exhibition.

    Entropy is conceptually defined as the measure of the level of disorder in a changing system. Starting from this fascinating concept, each person can be considered as a changing system, as the same as for a specific culture, city or country, until the whole universe. All these systems are subjected to a process of continuous inner evolution which overcome their own boundaries to contaminate and crossbreed each others. Borders of this evolving systems get more and more fleeting, and their identities turn out fluid, multiple and changeable. These continue changes find in the inevitability of evolution their measure of order.

    Dates: 

    Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 20:00
    Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 20:00
    Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 20:00

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