• Oporto apresenta #15: Fog pumas

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    gunvor_nelson"Fog Pumas" by Gunvor Nelson

    Thursday, July 16, 2009, 11 pm

    in collaboration with Dorothy Wiley
    16 mm, colour, stereo sound, 25', 1967

    Gunvor Nelson is one of those acclaimed avantgarde-film-makers who, in the sixties, settled in the Bay Area. Since then she has been doing highly personal pieces revealing a strong poetic and feminine awareness. Her camera and montage talent releases the unseen musical quality trapped in things. In "Fog Pumas" beauty arouses unexpectedly from a surreal context. In her words the film is "a surreal fantasy populated by an imaginative assortment of human beings, creatures, places and events.

    "an entropic requiem"
 - Alexandre Estrela

    Oporto is a studio and a non-profit screening room located in Lisboa. Occupying the former Merchant Sailors Union headquarters, Oporto projects from time to time a single unique experimental video or film. The programme is exquisite and extremely slow.The selection of the pieces screened is made, not only on the basis of the work itself, but also on an overall idea of an exquisite corpse . The space is directed by artist Alexandre Estrela, in cooperation with designers and associate program managers Antonio Gomes and Claudia Castelo a.k.a. Barbara Says and artist Miguel Soares. Sponsored by GAU- Gestão de Audiovisuais.


  • BFI Southbank: Time and Space

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    Time And Space
    London BFI Southbank
    Sunday 19 July 2009, at 6:10pm

    These three films, made within two years of the Apollo 11 landing, by artists who were pioneers in the development of conceptual art in Britain, capture a contemporary fascination on the part of artists and public with the events and imagery of space exploration. At the same time, they continually return to the concerns of everyday life on earth. The films will be introduced by curators Nicholas Alfrey and Joy Sleeman, who will be joined by artist David Lamelas.

    Ian Breakwell & Mike Leggett, UK, 1971/2003, video, b/w, sound, 15 min
    ONE documents a performance by Breakwell at the Angela Flowers Gallery, celebrating the gallery’s first anniversary and coinciding with the Apollo 14 manned mission to the moon in February 1971. Throughout an eight-hour ‘working day’, a group of labourers shovel dirt in a room on the second floor of the gallery. This activity was simultaneously broadcast via CCTV to a monitor in the gallery’s street level window. As the day went on and the original piles became a layer of mud on the gallery floor, the live footage struck a striking resemblance to that being fed back from the moon, drawing the attention, and confusion, of passers by.

    A Study Of Relationships Between Inner And Outer Space
    David Lamelas, UK, 1969, 16mm, b/w, sound, 20 min
    A STUDY OF RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN INNER AND OUTER SPACE begins with an analytical investigation of the architecture of one of the galleries at the Camden Arts Centre, where the film was originally shown, along with interviews with gallery staff - a gallery manager, a guard, a clerk - revealing some of the structure and hierarchies within the institution. In the second part of the film, the focus shifts to the environment outside the gallery, the city and its infrastructure, its transport and weather systems. Finally, these ever increasing circles take us out onto the street, where passers by are quizzed about ‘the most important subject according to the mass media of information, on the 21st May, between 5 and 7 pm, time when the interviews were filmed.’ That subject happens to be the Apollo 10 lunar probe, the final ‘rehearsal’ for the moon landing in July.

    John Latham, UK, 1971, 16mm, colour, sound, 25 min
    A visual countdown of the age of the universe, through time and space, to the surface of the earth. Latham was fascinated by the photographs of the earth that were being returned from the first space missions.
    From their great distance, these images described the perspective which Latham felt was necessary to perceive our temporary habitation of the planet in relation to what he called the ‘whole event’, the Universe. Periods of silent black space are punctuated by momentary glimpses of the earth, getting closer as the film rolls.  As the camera zooms in, there is a change of pace when an entire volume of the Encyclopedia Britannica flickers past, frame-by-frame. In the final frames of Erth a blurred figure is seen in the landscape, a representative of the “brilliant streptococcus organism for which no antidote exists” (JL).

    "Time and Space" is a satellite event of the exhibition "Earth-Moon-Earth" (Djanogly Gallery, University of Nottingham, until 9 August) and the third in a series of screenings organised by John Latham's Flat Time House in Peckham. The event is presented at the BFI in collaboration with Flat Time House, and the Djanogly Gallery.


    BFI Southbank
    Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XT
    Nearest Tube: Waterloo / Embankment

    Tickets: £6.40
    Box office: 020 7928 3232


  • Roger Beebe - New Maps of the New World

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    Roger Beebe: New Maps of the New World
    Film and Video work
    Friday, 17 July 2009, 21:00 h
    Bergstraße 2
    10115 Berlin-Mitte

    Artist Roger Beebe, who also has a background in critical theory, works closely with the cinematographic image, using super-8, 16mm film and video. His visual language is largely based on the American Avant-garde, at least on that tradition that is defining film not as “moving image” but as the medium emergent from the differences between single pictures, between takes and edits and, possibly, scenes or chapters. Beauty, meaning and movement are achieved by the viewer’s perception of these differences, oppositions and similarities.


  • The Young and Evil at LACMA and Outfest 2009

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    Last year invited Stuart Comer to curate an exhibition of his choice, the result was The Young and Evil, a show that took place both online and in the auditorium. After their London debut these programmes will be presented in Los Angeles, thanks to LACMA and Outfest 2009. On the 14th July audiences can see the offline selection in the Bing Theatre at LACMA, followed by a Q&A with both the artist William E. Jones and Stuart Comer. Three days later Outfest 2009 will present the online selection at REDCAT as part of the festival's Platinum showcase.


  • Tank tv: Lisa Oppenheim July 1st-21st

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    Story Study Print (Lisa Oppenheim, 2005) dedicates its July exhibition to the work of American artist Lisa Oppenheim (New York, 1975). Oppenheim, who was awarded the Illy prize in 2007, works mainly with appropriated filmic and photographic material that range from archival photographs, daguerrotypes or pictures dowloaded from the internet, which she uses to create unconventional associations to question the standard representational value of media. The works selected for this exhibition include her new piece Yule Log (2009), E-M-P-I-R-E (2008), No Closer to the Source (July 20,1969) (2008), The Sun is Always Setting Somewhere Else (2007) and Story, Study, Print (2005)
    "Lisa Oppenheim’s work constitutes an archaeology of visual culture. She brings the hidden, under-appreciated and repressed into view, and in the process reveals an ordering of things that goes beyond our commonplace responses. Her work ranges from damaged negatives from early 20th century news stories, personal photographs posted on ‘Flicker’ by soldiers serving in Iraq through to the constellation of the day and location of famous historical media stories." Press Release from ‘The Making of Americans’ at STORE 2008


  • Weekend in the Pines

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    Weekend in the Pines

    In collaboration with Cinema Abattoir and the Double Negative Collective


    Projection / Sonic Levitation
    316 Murray Street # 205, Griffintown
    Film Screenings begin at 8pm each night / Music at 10pm

    Friday July 3rd
    Subversive Short Film Program 1
    - Whilst
    - Tom Carter (Charalambides / USA)
    - Zaimph (Marcia Bassett from Double Leopards, Hototogisu / USA)
    - Menace Ruine

    Saturday July 4th
    Subversive Short Film Program 2
    - Karl Lemieux Projection Performance w/ Hyena
    - Hive and David Bryant
    - Chromosphere
    - Dreamcatcher
    - Bill Nace (USA)
    - Metalux (USA)

    Sunday July 5th
    The Films of Etienne O'Leary
    - Steve Bates
    - Novi_sad (Athens, Greece)
    - Bruce McClure Multi Projection Performance (USA)


  • Anthology: Henry Hills DVD Release Event

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    Henry Hills DVD Release Event
    Anthology Film Archives
    Sunday, June 28 at 7:30.
    Filmmaker in person!
    Reception to follow.

    Moving to New York in 1978, filmmaker Henry Hills formed a strong alliance with the Downtown music improvisers and the "Language" poets, guiding his film work toward a rhythmic, multilayered world filled with unpredictable changes and a striking improvisational edge. At long last, his uncompromising shorts are being released  on DVD, courtesy of John Zorn's equally radical TZADIK label. This show includes the very best of Hills's wonderfully intense films - from the downtown all-star-filled MONEY to structural dance films like LITTLE LIEUTENANT and BALI MÉCANIQUE. A major force in new cinema, these films are brilliantly visual, crammed with image and double meaning.

    - PORTER SPRINGS 3 (1977, 7 minutes, 16mm, color, silent)
    - KINO DA! (1980, 2 minutes, 16mm, b&w, sound)
    - MONEY (1984, 14 minutes, 16mm, color, sound)
    - SSS (1988, 6 minutes, 16mm, color, sound)
    - GOTHAM (1990, 3 minutes, video, b&w, sound)
    - GOA LAWAH (1992, 5 minutes, 16mm, color, sound)
    - BALI MÉCANIQUE (1992, 11 minutes, 16mm, color, sound)
    - LITTLE LIEUTENANT (1994, 6 minutes, 16mm, color, sound)
    - PORTER SPRINGS 4 (1999, 15 minutes, 16mm, color, sound)
    - ELECTRICITY (2007, 7 minutes, video, color, sound)
    - FAILED STATES (2008, 10 minutes, video, color, sound)
    Total running time: ca. 90 minutes.


  • 48-Stunden-Neukölln: Urban Sho(r)ts Long Film Night

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    48-Stunden-Neukölln: Urban Sho(r)ts Long Film Night
    27 June 2009
    Passage Kino
    Karl-Marx-Straße 131
    12043 Berlin-Neukölln

    The major theme of 48-STUNDEN-NEUKÖLLN, the annual art festival in the Berlin borough of Neukölln, is the relations of city–nature–man. Consequently, the term urbanity became an essential aspect of this year's programming for the Long Film Night. The selection was drawn from direct submissions and in collaboration with interfilm and the Urban Research Program. The Long Film Night presents a three hours program of short narrative, experimental and documentary films.

    Interfilm as a film distribution offers ca. 300 films for rentals. Theme oriented short film programs and programme pictures are the main focus of the program. In addition, the nerve centre at Tempelhofer Damm organizes the annual short film festival interfilm.

    Urban Research brings together films of artists who work with experimental and documentary means on issues of urbanity and public space. Since 2005, Klaus W. Eisenlohr is dedicated to this program and selection as part of the contemporary art and media platform Directors Lounge.

    - Zwischen vier und sechs, Corinna Schnitt – Deutschland 6:25
    - K.I.L.L., Thorsten Fleisch – Deutschland 3:40
    - Abwärts, Gerhard Tietz – Deutschland 6:26
    - Mehmet, Ulrike Böhnisch – Türkei 11:00
    - Whirr, Timo Katz – Deutschland 2:23
    - jenen, die..., Christian Schnalzger – Deutschland 14:35
    - Daily, Astrid Menze – Deutschland 1:00
    - Funkel, Patrik Metzger – Deutschland 15:24
    - pavement, Aline Helmcke – Deutschland 1:27
    - Die Selbstheilung meines Fahrrades, Dagie Brundert – Deutschland 3:31
    - Von Karstadt, Petra Dumpe – Deutschland 36:00
    - Peter Grosshauser »Entschleunigung«, Nico Hertweck – Deutschland 6:26
    - Tale of ordinary Sadness, Jonathan Peters – Deutschland 4:00
    - Blumenthal, Karola Schlegelmilch – Frankreich 7:30
    - "für dich", Hanna Salzer – Deutschland 7:00
    - Der Himmel über dem Alexanderplatz, Klaus W. Eisenlohr – Deutschland 12:00
    - Collosiaeus Urbanus Polyphagus, Doris Freigofas – Deutschland 3:00
    - Macht Strukturen, Verena Grimm – Mexico 2:31
    - Hello Antenna, Anna Samoylovich/Veronika Samartseva, – Deutschland 4:00
    - homo ludens, Thilo Droste/Petra Lottje, – Deutschland 0:90
    - En Construction, Julie Meyer – Frankreich/Deutschland 4:30
    - Unsere Grenzen, Thomas Adamicka – Deutschland 21:00


  • Tate Modern course: The Futurist Film

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    The Futurist Film
    Led by Karen Mirza and Brad Butler from
    Saturday 4 July 2009, 11.00–17.00
    Saturday 11 July 2009, 10.00–17.00

    The futurists loved film. They saw film as the art form that was best suited to capturing the complex sensibility of their time.

    Participants in this practical workshop will explore the ideas of the Futurist Cinema Manifesto, look at contemporary practice inspired by them and end up making their own short films.

    On day one, tutors and participants view historical and contemporary work by Paul Sharits, Samuel Beckett, Nicky Hamlyn, David Dye, Tony Conrad and Steve Farrer amongst others. After a visit to the Futurism exhibition, a practical session devoted to shooting techniques with standard 8 and 16 mm cine cameras will follow. Participants will use these cameras to film in the afternoon.

    Between sessions participants will be encouraged to use one of the aims of the Manifesto as an inspiration for making a short film. This work will be screened on day two, followed by further opportunities to practice shooting and developing film at lab. All participants plus family and friends are invited to a screening of their film creations in the Starr Auditorium at Tate Modern on 17 July.

    This workshop is open to beginners and experienced practitioners.
    Tate Modern  East Room
    £90 (£70 concessions), booking recommended
    Price includes lunch on day one
    For tickets book online or call 020 7887 8888.


  • Experimental Filmclub: Selfportraits

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    Experimental Filmclub: Self-portraits
    Sunday 28th June / The Odessa Club / Dublin / 5pm / Doors: 7 euro (5 euro concession)

    Experimental cinema is known for its rigorous investigation of the properties and possibilities of the film medium. But, given the intimate and homemade nature of most experimental filmmaking practices, it can also facilitate a rigorous investigation of the properties and possiblities of oneself. While none of the films in this programme are “self-portraits” in any conventional sense, all employ their authors’ own bodies as visual subjects, and explore human experiences of love, grief and loneliness that are extremely personal to their creators. This rootedness in personal experience can make them, in a way, more accessible than more purely formal experimental works. But it also presents a danger: that we will view these works primarily in terms of their autobiographical import rather than their powers as an aesthetic experience.

    In seeking to address this, the films in this programme have been selected to cover a range of distinct formal approaches to self-reflection through cinema. Each offers a reinterpretation and expansion of what “portraying oneself” through cinema might be and might lead to. If the resonance and power of these films is strengthened by the impression of unflinching honesty and self-revelation that they share, it is ultimately the different ways in which they are stylistically organised that ensures their impact—rather than the (in some cases, quite ambiguous and tenuous) relation of the films to the specific facts of their authors’ lives.

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