Screenings

  • The Mechanical Paradise: The Films Of Steven Woloshen

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    The phrase "the Mechanical Paradise", coined by Robert Hughes in his book The Shock of the New, reflected new visions in painting and sculpture in the age of machines, Kino Pravda (cinema) being among the chosen mediums of this post-WWI movement.

    LIFT is pleased to welcome Steven Woloshen to Toronto to present a screening of his lush and energetic hand-made films. Woloshen presents sixteen short, animated and experimental films, highlighting the mechanics and the art of the perforated film strip: cinema's direct assembly line. This 16mm/35mm film screening will cover 30 years of his unique abstract film strategies, which are scraped, glued, painted and burnt onto the surface of the film. The results dance along to their propulsive jazz soundtracks, creating a rhythmic beauty as tiny frame-by-frame gestures are writ large on the cinema screen.

    Steven Woloshen in attendance

    Dates: 

    Friday, August 15, 2014 - 20:00

    Venue: 

    Cinecycle - Toronto, Canada
  • Sight Unseen presents Creative Destruction: The Smyth Brothers

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    Creative destruction is an economic concept that describes the paradox of progress by attaching evolutionary theory to capitalism. "It's the process of industrial mutation that incessantly revolutionizes the economic structure from within, incessantly destroying the old one, incessantly creating a new one." The dualistic nature pairs well with who we are as twins and the stories we try to tell- tales of a people and their pursuit of money. How does this pursuit mutate now that change is the only constant in capitalism?

    Dates: 

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 20:00

    Venue: 

    The Windup Space - Baltimore, United States
  • Directors Lounge: Elaine Tedesco - Whispering

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    This is set of videos, a selection of works created between 1988 - 2012 and a work in process that Elaine Tedesco is realizing in Berlin. Divided into 4 groups: Video performances, domestic video notes, conversations and photography, it shows estrangements on looks at the daily life. Elaine Tedesco currently stays in Berlin at an artistic residence promoted by Instituto Goethe.

    Dates: 

    Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 21:00

    Venue: 

    Z-Bar, Berlin - Berlin, Alemania
  • Sight Unseen presents Rituals Of Restoration: A program of moving image work by Steve Cossman

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    Steve Cossman is founder and director of Mono No Aware; a nonprofit cinema arts organization whose annual event exhibits the work of contemporary artists who incorporate live film projections and altered light as part of a performance, sculpture or installation. In 2010 the organization established a series of analog filmmaking workshops, and has grown to include in their activities an equipment rentals program and an in-person screening series entitled Connectivity Through Cinema. Steve’s first major work on film, TUSSLEMUSCLE, earned him Kodak’s Continued Excellence in Filmmaking award and has screened at many festivals and institutions internationally. In 2013, he completed residencies at MoMA PS1’s Expo 1 and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. He has been a visiting artist at Dartmouth, the New York Academy of Art, Yale, SAIC, and UPenn. Steve’s newest work on film, W H I T E C A B B A G E (2011-2014), a collaboration with Jahiliyya Fields of L.I.E.S., had its U.S. premiere at Anthology Film Archives. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn as a director, curator, visual artist and member of the collective DecayNY, creating time-based works on film, video, and paper.

    Dates: 

    Friday, August 15, 2014 - 20:00

    Venue: 

    Station North Chicken Box - Baltimore, United States
  • my eyes can't focus and my brain is talking: A Film Program in Two Parts

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    Lisa Cooley is proud to present my eyes can't focus and my brain is talking, a special night of experimental short films. Taking reel #9 (“Eric Says All”) of Andy Warhol’s 1966 film The Chelsea Girls as a touchstone, the selection highlights common strains that run through the visionary and psychedelic experiments of the 1960s, the structural impulses of the 1970s, and beyond. This mix of new and historic films has been organized by Warren Ng, and are presented in conjunction with the exhibition Eric’s Trip, curated by Cynthia Daignault and Mark Loiacono, on view at Lisa Cooley from June 28th through August 1st. The program offers a rare opportunity to see many of the most seminal filmic explorations of perception, light, color, and consciousness in an intimate environment and in their native format.

    Dates: 

    Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 19:00 to 22:00

    Venue: 

    Lisa Cooley Gallery - New York, United States
  • Southern Lights: Films by Pablo Marín

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    Pablo Marín in person.

    A prominent figure in the burgeoning filmmaking scene of Argentina, Pablo Marín appears in person from Buenos Aires to present a screening of his personal, lyrical Super-8 films, which—in the traditions of Narcisa Hirsch, Claudio Caldini and Marie Louise Alemann—bring “a structural/formal concern into the realm of autobiographical/intimate cinema” and demonstrate a dazzling proficiency at in-camera composition superimposition.

    Dates: 

    Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 19:30

    Venue: 

    Artists' Television Access - San Francisco, United States
  • Mirror Me - Experimental Selfies

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    Everyday millions of hand-held self-portraits, or ‘selfies’, are uploaded on to the internet. With today’s personal technologies, private self-representations-made-public seem symptomatic of Guy Debord's ‘Society of the Spectacle’ or Jean Baudrillard’s ‘Simulacra and Simulation’. Yet for decades, experimental filmmakers and video artists have interrogated questions of self-identity and -referentiality. With the performing body as the site of action produced in relation to the film apparatus and video system, they offer a powerful critique of the male gaze and, in turn, the seeming narcissism at the center of today’s ‘selfie’ culture. A diverse range of artists and traditions have thereby subversively taken up subjective, first-person cinema and issues of self-performance in order to explore questions of identity, power, memory, and the construction of the self. ‘Mirror Me’ presents a selection of musings on the mirroring of the ‘self’ in self-reflexive film and video auto-portraits and personal diary films in order to weave together something of a ‘pre-history’ of the ‘selfie’.

    Curated by Pascal Richard and Christopher Zimmerman

    Dates: 

    Monday, July 21, 2014 - 19:30
    Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 19:30

    Venue: 

    Austrian Cultural Forum New York - New York, United States
  • Dirty Looks: Anger + Rapture

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    Films by Kenneth Anger + Ivan Zulueta

    - Invocation of My Demon Brother (Kenneth Anger, 16mm, 11 min., 1969)
    - Arrebato (Rapture) (Iván Zulueta, 35mm on video, 105 min., 1980)

    Starring Mick Jagger (who also composed its score), His Satanic Majesty Anton LaVey, and Manson Family member Bobby Beausoleil, Kenneth Anger has described Invocation of My Demon Brother as "an attack on the sensorium."

    Rarely screened on these shores, Iván Zulueta's sex and drugs filled cult classic Arrebato (Rapture) is legendary in Spain, where it launched a cinematic revolution, inspiring filmmakers like Pedro Almodóvar (who can be heard in an uncredited dubbing- as the voice of a female character). "He never filmed a single banal image," Almodóvar would later write of Zulueta, describing Zulueta's work as "David Lynch, but less shadowy and more pop." Mixing genre and experimental filmmaking, Arrebato tells the story of a hack horror director and heroin junky who becomes consumed by the vampiric apparatus of cinema. Introduced by Clara López.

    Dates: 

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 20:30

    Venue: 

    White Columns - New York, Estados Unidos
  • 'A to Z of London' (a raw film)

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    A to Z of LONDON – a raw film.

    26 episodes linked by recurring characters and themes.

    Materials used: found film footage and home movies.

    Each episode is under 3 minutes in length.

    A to Z of LONDON is mosaic in style. The episodes can be watched in any order.

    The film project is evolving and images will be replaced if and when required.

    Dates: 

    Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 17:30

    Venue: 

    The Winns Gallery - London, United Kingdom
  • Basement Media Fest Baltimore

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    Sight Unseen welcomes back Basement Media Fest for a second survey of contemporary artists working with lo-def, lo-tech, and lo-fi motion pix techniques. Founded in response to hi-res commercial media and corporate-sponsored film fests, Basement is a celebration of the mediated experience as an aesthetic experience. Equal parts glitchd digital vidz, fuzzy vhs, and grimy 16mm film, we’ll be presenting a mixd program of celluloid and .movs. Come enjoy some 100 yr old tech in a state of the art converted bodega theater. 

    Dates: 

    Friday, July 11, 2014 - 20:00

    Venue: 

    The Holy Underground - Baltimore, United States

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