• Tank tv: John Latham

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    Now Showing: John Latham
    22nd February - 14th March 2009 is extremely pleased to present a rare opportunity to view John Latham's films:
    Unedited Material from the Star, Talk Mr Bard, Speak, Britannica, Erth and more.

    The influence of John Latham (1921-2006), an artist whose work includes painting, performance and film to mention just a few, has extended far beyond the boundaries of the art world. Interested in theoretical physics, Latham developed an opposing cosmology which rejected the primacy of space and matter and favour of time and event. The body of work and concepts which developed out of this way of thinking continue to challenge the way we conceive of art as event and of the place of the artist within society.

    With special thanks to LUX.

    Flat Time House, John Latham's home and studio, has been open to the public by since October 2008 for a programme of exhibitions and events, and as an archive and research centre. Details of opening hours and forthcoming events can be found at


  • Experimental Filmclub: Venom, Eternity And Other Discrepancies

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    Venmo and EternityThis month’s film programme pays homage to Discrepant Cinema, the bold manifesto by one of the most radical filmmakers in film’s history: Jean-Isidore Isou. According to Isou, one must divide to conquer. This applies to the two wings of cinema: sound (speech) and image, which he wanted by all means to sever: “I want to separate the ear from its movie master: the eye.” Isou advocated for a cinema in which the images, in their photographic and representative obsolescence, must rot, giving way to the breakage of the spontaneous association that made speech the correspondent of vision. “Who ever said that cinema, whose meaning is motion, has to be the motion of images and not the motion of words?” Isou proclaimed.

    Sunday 22nd February
    Ha'penny Bridge Inn (upstairs) / 4pm / Doors: 5 Euro

    See full programme.


  • Cinema Abattoir presents The man we want to anger

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    cinema_abattoir_-_the_man_we_want_to_angerCINEMA ABATTOIR



    Saturday February 21 2009
    Projection: 21h / 5$
    L'Envers - 185 Van Horne (Montréal, QC, Canada)


    A film by CA CA CA
    Québec / France, 2009, approx 101 minutes
    Soundtrack includes:
    Solar Skeletons, Throbbing Gristle, Coil, Torso, Sonic Youth, Earth, NON, Blake Hargreaves, Menace Ruine



  • Jeff Keen UK tour

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    The Britsh Film Insititute has prepared a set of activities that will surround the edition in DVD and Blu-Ray of Jeff Keen's film works:

    - A series of programmes at the BFI Southbank: Early Jeff Keen Films (17 Feb., 20:40), Dr G's Home Movies (19 Feb., 20:40), Joy Thru Film (25 Feb., 20:40) and Artwar (27 Feb., 18:20).

    - A UK tour of a selection of Keen's films. So far only the Electric Palace at Hastings (18 March), Arnolfini at Bristol (27 March) and the Belfast Film Festival (29 March) have been confirmed.

    You can follw up all the activities in the webpage specially built for the occasion by the BFI.


  • Xperimenta '09

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    Xperimenta'09The biennial symposium Xperimenta, devoted to the discussion and debate of the current state of experimental cinema will hold its second edition next February 26th-March 1st in Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain). Titled 'Contemporary Glances at Experimental Cinema', the event will comprise several round tables and debates, screenings, and a performance and workshop on 16mm film directed by Bruce McClure.
    Among the participants in the several events that will take place will be filmmakers as Peter Tscherkassky, Gunvor Nelson, Abigail Child, Lisl Ponger, Craig Baldwin and Claudio Caldini.

    Keep reading for the full schedule... (Updated 12/02)


  • Six Tuesdays After Film as a Critical Practice

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    Six Tuesdays After Film as a Critical Practice

    Rosa Barba, Peter Gidal, Tom Holert, Alexander Kluge, Emily Roysdon, Emily Wardill and Cerith Wyn Evans

    In November 2007 the Office for Contemporary Art Norway held a three-day seminar in Oslo that brought together artists, critics and theorists to articulate or respond to the ways in which we might understand film to be a critical practice. It was accompanied by a film programme curated by Ian White.
    Six Tuesdays After Film as a Critical Practice is a series of ‘talks’ that further explores the same proposition from international and intergenerational perspectives and extends the idea of ‘critical practice’ to incorporate the structure of the event itself.
    It includes a continued enquiry into the work of three artists whose films and videos were also shown in Oslo: Emily Wardill interviews Peter Gidal and Emily Roysdon presents a specially conceived performative work.
    Rosa Barba’s two-projector scultpure/sound work Western Round Table 2027 is shown alongside a selection of original recordings from the 1949 Western Round Table on Modern Art featuring contributions from Marcel Duchamp, Frank Lloyd Wright and Arnold Schoenburg.
    There is an interactive presentation of the German television programme Reformzirkus (1970) in which the celebrated German filmmaker, writer and thinker Alexander Kluge intervenes to expose not only the construction of the programme itself but also cultural and social prejudice and radical, revolutionary ideas about the function of the medium that assault the established order.
    Artist Cerith Wyn Evans makes a special live event and the series begins with writer and academic Tom Holert’s presentation of his recent video Ricostruzione: Dissertori/Libera (Towards a Historical Fable about Modernist Architecture and Psychology) (2007, co-authored with Claudia Honecke, commissioned by Manifesta 7). He discusses the relation between the critical practices of writing and art making, or working as a critic and as an artist making critical video, the coexistence and the navigation of these things.
    Tues 3 Feb Tom Holert
    Tues 10 Feb Cerith Wyn Evans
    Tues 17 Feb Rosa Barba / Western Round Table
    Tues 3 Mar Emily Roysdon
    Tues 10 Mar Reformzirkus
    Tues 24 Mar Emily Wardill & Peter Gidal
    All events start at 7pm and are held at LUX 28, 28 Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, London E8 2EZ. Admission Free, booking essential as places are limited, to book please email [email protected]
    For further information and images, please contact [email protected]


  • Media City changes dates and adress

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    The Media City International Festival Of Film And Video Art (Windsor, Ontario, Canada) has changed its date for the 2009 edition and its contact address. The event will be held on May 20-23. Works applying for entry in this edition can be sent until February 20th to the new address:

    Media City Film Festival
    309 Chatham Street West
    Windsor ON N9A 5M8 CANADA
    tel. +1 519 973 9368


  • Yale University: Films by Robert Beavers

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    beaversMy Hand Outstretched: Films by Robert Beavers
    Thursday, January 29th-Tuesday, February 3rd 2009
    Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium, 53 Wall Street and the Yale University Art Gallery

    Schedule of Events:
    Thursday, January 29th:
    - 7:00-9:00 PM First evening film screening in the Whitney Humanities Center with post-screening discussion.  Films will include Early Monthly Segments (1968-70/2002), The Stoas (1991-97), and The Ground (1993/2001).

    Friday, January 30th:
    - 4:00 PM Master's Tea at Saybrook College
    - 7:00 PM Second evening film screening in the Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium with discussion.  Films will include Ruskin (1975/1997) and Pitcher of Colored Light (2007).

    Tuesday, February 3rd:
    - Presentation by Richard Suchenski on Robert Beavers' work at the Yale University Art Gallery beginning with a screening of Amor (1980).

    This three-day visit will provide students and faculty at Yale with a rare opportunity to see a wide range of Beavers' films and to engage in an interdisciplinary dialogue with him about his work.

    Co-sponsored by the Yale Avant-Garde Film Colloquium, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Council on European Studies, and Saybrook College.

    Please email [email protected] with any questions.


  • Parakino: February-March screenings

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    Modern Post Mortem
    24 January 2009, At 6 PM
    Centre for Contemporary Art Laznia
    Jaskolcza 1
    PL80-767 Gdansk

    Although modernism has come to an end, modernist thought is still alive. The idea of changing the world and bringing new order is prevailing and subject to numerous transmutations. So is socialism, which keeps changing and seeking to put revolutionary ideas into practice. In a film, Brzezinski wish to juxtapose Soviet socialism with an intellectual and sophisticated French socialism, as well as, with Polish social reality. As a result, the film s recipients will be able to transfer certain values and mental situations from one area to another. Images taken from the home archive of people belonging to post-punk culture were here put side by side with the pictures showing the dark side of living in a post-soviet reality and D. Vertov s film Enthusiasm: Donbass Symphony. Moreover, the film The Society of the Spectacle was re-edited to fit G. Debord s text. Apparently then, the work becomes a recycling of culture and memory enriched with abstract elements, closed-eye visions and the aesthetics of video images.

    The technique of digital electronics was used in the film completion. However, it only simulates other media and employs temporal aspects of time during which the film was made. Hence, it seems to be a perfect medium for a found footage mystification. My approach to the simulation of other media effects is a flexible one. Occasionally, I tend to cause a disturbance by distorting video and marking it with the traits of film images, or vice versa. It is then an innocent play with the role of propaganda films, even those from the home archive.

    Each and every medium is, after all, ideologically marked.


    Thorsten Fleisch
    6 February 2009, At 6 PM
    Centre for Contemporary Art Laznia
    Jaskolcza 1
    PL80-767 Gdansk

    Thorsten Fleisch, German artist, winner of many prestigious awards visits Parakino. His works have become a constant show at film festivals. His films examine the relationship with great sensitivity and awareness of historical context. His films are also a full sense of the word experiment and the artist becomes a researcher looking for new ways to view the new images, new contexts.

    Landscape Film
    20 February 2009, At 6 PM
    Centre for Contemporary Art Laznia
    Jaskolcza 1
    PL80-767 Gdansk

    Landscape film is a trend of the British film avant-garde. It refers to the structural focus on the nature of the medium (the characteristic feature of cinematic representation), with the emphasis on its illusionary character, easily recognisable thanks to the references to the history of art and art-historical category of the landscape. The essential artists of landscape film were Chris Welsby and William Raban. As representative examples, A.L. Rees lists Park Film (1972) and Streamline (1976) of Chris Welsby, River Ya (1972) of William Raban and Welsby. Dagmara Rode s presentation includes posterior works of the artists.

    Ryszard W. Kluszczynski
    14 March 2009, At 6 PM
    Centre for Contemporary Art Laznia
    Jaskolcza 1
    PL80-767 Gdansk

    Professor Ryszard W. Kluszczynski s presentation provides an occasion to look at the art of the classics of the genre systematically and methodologically. Using their art as example, the lecturer will introduce his original topology of video art. Woody and Steina Vasulka is an artist couple who exerted an enormous impact on the development of video art, playing an exceptional role in the field. Active since the 1960s, they created video tapes, installations and performance. They founded The Kitchen  the famous New York-based alternative organisation. Together with Gene Youngblood and Peter Weibel, they shaped the ideas of media art. They contributed especially to the development of video which used devices processing and generating electronic signals. Still active today, they combine artistic creation and educational and curatorial activity.

    Krzysztof Jurecki: The Significance Of Mechanical Reproduction
    20 March 2009, At 6 PM
    Centre for Contemporary Art Laznia
    Jaskolcza 1
    PL80-767 Gdansk

    A presentation of the book of Krzysztof Jurecki. It contains twenty conversations about photography, performance, video and painting, carried with both renowned as well as less known artists of considerable artistic potential. The interviews are categorised into groups. The first one are conversations with the artists of the neo-avant-garde and Kultura Zrzuty (Andrzej Rózycki, Andrzej Kwietniewski of Lódz Kaliska art group, Zbigniew Libera and Grzegorz Zygier), who sometimes distance themselves from the mainstream (Rózycki). The next group are women artists with feminist viewpoint: Ewa Swidzinska and Magdalena Samborska. Joanna Zastrózna, Magda Hueckel and Sylwia Kowalczyk represent ideologies of different kind, even if being close to feminism. The dominant of the book is located in the third cluster of interviews, devoted to the topic of the sacred, the religiousness or the lack of it, search for spirituality in the Christian aspect (Zbigniew Treppa, Jan G. Issaieff, Basia Sokolowska), in the aspect of the Far East (Andrzej Dudek-Dürer, Katarzyna Majak), in the aspect of shamanism (Marek Rogulski) or video technology (Michal Brzezinski). The last group is represented by the artists true to photography, though of differing origin, like: photography teacher Waldemar Jama, pictorialist and portraitist Marek Gardulski, Wojciech Zawadzki  one of the founder of the programme of elementary photography and Jelenia Góra school of photography and Ireneusz Zjezdzalka  representative of the new documentary .


  • LAFF: Festival of (In)appropriation 2009

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    *Los Angeles Filmforum* invites film and videomakers to take part in the *2009 FESTIVAL OF (IN)APPROPRIATION*.

    *WHO*: All film and videomakers
    *WHAT*: Call for entries for the Festival of (In)appropriation
    *WHEN*: Entries must be received by April 1, 2009.
    *WHERE*: Send submissions to Jaimie Baron, 10480 National Blvd. #308, Los Angeles, CA 90034
    *PRESENTED BY*:  Los Angeles Filmforum

    Whether you call it collage, compilation, found footage, detournement, or recycled cinema, the incorporation of previously shot materials into new artworks is a practice that has generated novel juxtapositions of elements which have produced new meanings and ideas that may not have been intended by the original makers, that are, in other words "inappropriate." This act of appropriation may produce revelation that leads viewers to reconsider the relationship between past and present, here and there, intention and subversion. Fortunately for our purposes, the past decade has seen the emergence of a wealth of new sources for audiovisual materials that can be appropriated into new works. In addition to official state and commercial archives, vernacular archives, home movie collections, and digital archives have provided fascinating source material that may be  repurposed in such a way as to give it new meanings and resonances.

    Thus, Los Angeles Filmforum invites submissions for a Festival of (In)appropriation, open to all works that appropriate film or video footage and repurpose it in "inappropriate" ways. We will consider both films and videos, including works that are made up entirely of found footage and those that only use small segments of appropriated material. Particular consideration will be given to films that repurpose materials in an inventive way and to films that are under twenty minutes long. We will only accept work finished in 2006 or later.

    The Festival of (In)appropriation will take place in June 2009.
    Curated by Jaimie Baron and Andrew Hall

    •    Submission deadline: April 1, 2009
    •    Please send all submissions in DVD format to: Jaimie Baron, 10480
    National Blvd. #308, Los Angeles, CA 90034
    •    Submissions must be 20 minutes or less and must contain some form of "(in)appropriation."
    •    Acceptable submission formats: DVD and VHS
    •    Acceptable exhibition formats: mini-DV, DV-Cam, 16mm film, 35mm film, DVD (but discouraged, since DVD is not a reliable projection medium).
    •    Please include: title, filmmaker, running time, a 30-word or less synopsis, and contact information (phone and email).
    •    No submission fee, but please send only good films ☺

    Los Angeles Filmforum is the city's longest-running organization dedicated to weekly screenings of experimental film and video art, documentaries, and experimental animation.

    For more information, please go to: