Cinema Parenthèse presents Land/Scapes, a series in three programs with films by Claes Söderquist (Sweden), Els van Riel (Belgium), and Werner Nekes (Germany), that seeks to explore the encounter of film and the expanse of landscape. The encounter stages the possibility on the one hand of the investigation of historical and dimensional aspects of space, and on the other, a reflective reconnaissance of the film medium. Kinetic relationships emerges from this concurrence, between the history of landscape and the pro-filmic and between spatial textures and the filmic. The landscape becomes the creative locus for an aesthetic imperative, sometimes in its fragmented demeanor and at others, as an observational and meditative site.
Claes Söderquist (b 1939-) is a prominent figure of Swedish experimental film whose visually appealing and personal films revolve around slow cinematic reflections on architecture, landscape, strata, time and space. With influences from and interests in Land-Art, minimalist music (like Charlemagne Palestine) and structural film processes, Söderquist's dystopian and desolate scenery is sometimes reminiscent of the films by Michael Snow and Larry Gottheim.
As a film curator, Söderquist has made several comprehensive exhibitions at Moderna Museet in Stockholm: “'The Pleasure Dome', American Experimental Film 1939-1979” (1980, in collaboration with Jonas Mekas), “Nordic Film” (1983)West German Experimental Film” (1985, in collaboration with Birgit Hein) and Swedish Avantgarde Film 1924-1990” (1991, touring program in US in collaboration with Jonas Mekas and Anthology Film Archives, New York).
TRAVELOGUE: Portraits – Images from a journey
1969, 16mm, b&w, sound (english dialogue), 28'00
1981, 16mm, b&w/color, sound (no dialogue), 27'00
1985-1987, 16mm, color, sound (no dialogue), 36'00
between Claes Söderquist, Daniel A. Swarthnas and Martin Grennberger (Walden Magazine)
In collaboration with Filmform – the art film & video archive, Stockholm, Sweden.
Entrance: 6/4€ (cash only), on registration