An online program curated by Lukas Brasiskis
With films and videos by Martin Arnold, Zoe Beloff, Harun Farocki, Christoph Girardet and Matthias Müller, Pierre Huyghe, Colectivo Los Ingrávidos, Jesse McLean, Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen, Rosalind Nashashibi, Deimantas Narkevičius, Soda Jerk, and Lawrence Weiner
“An other cinema,” a term coined by Raymond Bellour, defines the parallel histories of cinema materializing in contemporary art. Bellour wrote that in today's art world cinema “finds itself redistributed, transformed, mimicked and reinstalled.” This “other cinema” situates the spectator as “dissolved, fragmented, shaken and intermittent,” inviting us to reconfigure both the spectatorship and the dominant history of film itself. Taking into account ubiquitous practices of reassessment of cinema in modern and contemporary art, this program draws attention to artists’ films and videos that reflect on the history(-ies) of cinema and/or address perceptual and socio-political functions of the cinematic apparatus.
From appropriation of dominant cinematic archives, to critical scrutiny of film techniques, the 12 modern and contemporary artists' works presented in this program exemplify an alternative and highly self-reflective form of cinema. Following Erika Balsom’s understanding of contemporary art as a potential “laboratory for film, a place in which its social, technological and aesthetic history can be picked over and recycled,” they reconsider what cinema is (or was) and what it can do. With an emphasis on the ideology behind the operation of filmic apparatus and the technological externalization of memory and time, the works in this program expose critical and aesthetic potentials of “an other cinema,” oscillating between white cube and black box.
An Other Cinema: Apparatus and Histories runs from September 6 through 20, 2021.
The program is designed to precede the first international symposium “The State of Moving Image” that will take place on e-flux Video and Film Friday–Sunday, September 17–19, and will comprise six panels with presentations by Erika Balsom, Teresa Castro, Sophie Cavoulacos, Ali Cherri, Greg de Cuir Jr, Irmgard Emmelhainz, Lars Henrik Gass, Leo Goldsmith, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Olivier Hadouchi, Louis Henderson, Chrissie Iles, Karrabing Film Collective and Elizabeth Povinnelli, Toby Lee, Almudena Escobar López, Pedro Neves Marques, Noncitizen Collective, Bahar Noorizadeh, Christina Phoebe, Raqs Media Collective, Rojava Film Commune, Oleksiy Radinsky, Julian Ross, Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, Malena Szlam, Anton Vidokle, and Yang Beichen.
Stay tuned for more details about the symposium program.
- Pierre Huyghe, L'Ellipse, 1998, 13 minutes
- Deimantas Narkevičius, Revisiting Solaris, 2007, 18 minutes
- Rosalind Nashashibi, Carlo’s Vision, 2011, 11 minutes
- Martin Arnold, Pièce Touchée, 1989, 15 minutes
- Colectivo Los Ingrávidos, Impressions for a Light and Sound Machine, 2017, 6 minutes
- Soda Jerk, TERROR NULLIUS, 2018, 53 minutes
- Harun Farocki, An Image, 1983, 25 minutes
- Jesse McLean, I'm in Pittsburgh and It's Raining, 2015, 14 minutes
- Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen, AMY!, 1980, 33 minutes
- Christoph Girardet and Matthias Müller, SCREEN, 2018, 17 minutes
- Lawrence Weiner, A First Quarter, 1973, 85 minutes
- Zoe Beloff, Charming Augustine, 2005, 38 minutes
Watch the films here.
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