Katherine Bauer was born in Houston, Texas, and has recently been living in France. She mainly works with 16mm film and its plastic potential in the context of sculptures, installations and films. Mythologies, folklores, obscure rites, its sources of inspiration find their forms thanks to the photochemical runes. Herschell Gordon Lewis would not have denied Psycho Pussy Slaughter, a video film she made in 2007.
Films screened in her presence.
Kenneth Anger was born in Santa Monica. His grandmother, a dresser in Hollywood, introduces him to Mecca: mutation. Mixing Egyptian, Indian, Greek mythology [mythologies?], Hell's Angels… his films oscillate between leather and chrome, scorpion and bright colors, fetishism and pagan sacrifices. He is also the author of Hollywood Babylon (volumes 1 & 2), biting and very well documented books, which paint an unvarnished portrait of the star system: a cemetery.
2011 – USA – 16mm color film – silent – 10 minutes
Love is what lies beneath.
2017 – USA – 16mm color film – sound– 8 minutes
Crystalline structures, carbon cycle, acid butterflies, on the altar a candle and two sharp teeth. Suddenly…
KUSTOM KAR KOMMANDOS
1965 – USA – 16mm color film – sound – 3 minutes 30 seconds
music : « Dream lover » par The Paris Sisters
A handsome young man, a pink powder puff and his beautiful customized car...
2017 – USA – 16mm color film – sound – 4 minutes
A spell is cast: an aquatic creature is born from the fusion of silver halide and plant cells...
INVOCATION OF MY DEMON BROTHER
1966-69 – USA – 16mm color – sound – 11 minutes
music : Mick Jagger and his Moog synthetizer
Lucifer, the Lightbringer (played by Bobby Beausoleil, future assassin alongside Charles Mason), gathers his flock for the midnight service. Who put LSD in the church wine?
THE VANISHING LADY
2018 – USA – 16mm color film – sound made live – 17 minutes 30 seconds
O great Xenon, carry me. Filmed with magic wands in the ruins of the Eden* cinema? Perhaps.
* (1882-2022 RIP)