• Measures: Politics and the experimental film

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    The War Game, Peter WatkinsMeasures is a new series of seminars that use screening, reading, discussion and analysis to look at critical assumptions about the image and its meaning once a week over a 10 week period. The first series ‘Politics and the Experimental Film: a sense of urgency’ will by led by AL Rees with one session led by Patrick Keiller who will discuss his film Robinson in Space. The second series will be led by curator Maxa Zoller and will be advertised in January 2009.

    Rees will examine key passages of work by (amongst others): Bunuel, Anstey, Richter, The Duvet Brothers, Vertov, Watkins, Le Grice, Gidal, Eatherly, Rhodes, Straub-Huillet, Conner, Debord, Welsby and Ivens seeking the elusive union of film and politics in the last half-century to question what a contemporary political cinema might be?


  • Tank tv : 'The Young and Evil' curated by Stuart Comer

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    William E. Jones / Mansfield 1962  'The Young and Evil' on
    Curated by Stuart Comer

    14th July 2008 - 21st September 2008

    The digital glow of the internet has largely replaced the dark space of the cinema as the site where furtive desires are first expressed and encountered on flickering screens. Consequently, the web continues to evolve into an uncanny hybrid of personal longing and collective interaction where configurations of watching and being watched take on radically new form. Reconsidering the historical contours and shifting relationships of sex and community in the digital age, a range of artists has been invited to select two works: one contemporary video shown to be shown online, and one historical film to be screened in the cinema. Selectors include Andrea Geyer, William E Jones, Carlos Motta, Emily Roysdon, Akram Zaatari, Daria Martin, Karol Radziszewski and Bruce Yonemoto.


  • Arthur Lipsett Screening - Cinematheque quebecoise

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    June 4th, 5th, 6th, 12th
    Cinémathèque québécoise
    335, boul. De Maisonneuve Est (Metro Berri-UQÀM
    Price - Adult 7$  Student (13-30) 6$

    The Double Negative Collective, a dedicated group of Montréal-based
    filmmakers and curators of cinema, in collaboration with the
    Cinémathèque québécoise and the National Film Board of Canada, invite
    curator Brett Kashmere to present a film retrospective 0f Canadian
    filmmaker Arthur Lipsett.  The exhibition takes place at the
    Cinémathèque québécoise on June 4th, 5th and 6th.  Eric Gaucher’s
    documentary on Arthur Lipsett screens on June 12th at 7pm.

    Propelled to international attention through an Oscar nomination at the
    age of 25, the legendary National Film Board artist Arthur Lipsett
    remains an anomaly within avant-garde film histories. Uneasily
    oscillating between a personal, artisanal tradition and the NFB’s
    institutional mandate “to interpret Canada for Canadians,” he was a
    popular experimental filmmaker whose eccentric, satirical collage films
    were renowned around the world. Lipsett’s films were admired by diverse
    film patriarchs such as Stanley Kubrick, Stan Brakhage, and George
    Lucas.  The exhibition Arthur Lipsett: About Time presents an overdue
    retrospective of Lipsett’s short but influential career, re-assembling
    his dazzling collage work alongside correlative Canadian media artists
    from the past half-century.

    Brett Kashmere is a filmmaker, curator, and Visiting Assistant
    Professor of Cinema Studies at Oberlin College in Ohio, USA.  Kashmere
    has organized programs for the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
    Strasbourg, Light Cone, Cinémathèque québécoise, Eyebeam Center for Art
    and Technology, Cinema Project, Vtape, and Cinematheque Ontario.


  • ATA Film & Video Festival awarded grant by the Trust for Mutual Understanding

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    ATA logoThe ATA Film & Video Festival will receive a grant from the Trust for Mutual Understanding to present the ATA Film and Video Festival at the CINE FANTOM CLUB
    in Moscow, participate in the Renowned Discussions that CINE FANTOM
    hosts with authors and audiences, and to conduct a professional
    exchange through a series of inter-organizational meetings in
    partnership with CINE FANTOM.

    The Trust for Mutual Understanding is an
    American foundation supporting cultural and environmental exchange
    between the United States, Russia, and Eastern and Central Europe. This
    exchange aims to facilitate the cooperative presentation, appreciation,
    and production of Experimental Cinema in Russia and in the United

    The screening in Moscow is part of an on-going
    exchange between CINE FANTOM and ATA. In June 2007, ATA screened a
    program of films from CINE FANTOM, "CINE FANTOM: Experimental Russian Film,"
    which included the work of filmmakers Olga Chernysheva, Olga
    Stolpovskaya, Dmitriy Troitskiy, Grigoriy Dikkert, Lenka Kabankova,
    Igor & Gleb Aleinikov, Alexander Doulerain, and Jamie Bradshaw .
    Many Russians living in the Bay Area visited ATA, many for the first
    time. They, and others, saw personal and idiosyncratic visions of
    Russia that they would have seen and heard nowhere else in the world,
    except through CINE FANTOM. The audience was amazed to see artistic
    points of view seldom if ever represented in any media, especially in
    the US.

    CINE FANTOM's mission is to bring film
    professionals, artists, and others together to experience, and learn
    about the practice and relevance of Experimental Cinema. The name and
    the history of the club comes from samizdat, an originally handwritten
    magazine by Igor Aleinikov issued by CINE FANTOM since 1985, dedicated
    to history and theory of cinema. CINE FANTOM was associated with the
    Soviet underground cinema, Parallel Cinema (Parallelnoe Kino), and
    became known for its leading role in media openness during Glasnost.
    CINE FANTOM believes that discussion is an integral part of the
    presentation and enjoyment of Experimental Cinema.

    The screening of a selection of short films from
    the 2nd ATA Film & Video Festival will take place at CINE FANTOM
    Club in the FITIL Movie Theater on June 11th. ATA's 5 primary
    participants — filmmakers Sylvia Scheldebauer and Paul Clipson, ATA
    Film & Video Festival directors Shae Green and Isabel Fondevila,
    and ATA's Programming Director Fara Akrami — will be present and will
    also be part of the Renowned Discussions that will follow the
    screening. According to CINE FANTOM, "The aim of these weekly sessions
    is to help create a new criticism capable of understanding new film
    language." A transcript of the discussion will be published online as
    well as included in the book CINE FANTOM: Selected Discussions, to be
    published in 2008/2009.

    The program includes:

    Window (Lukas Lukasik); 1,2,3 Solution (Tommy
    Becker); Candy Apple (K.Laitala's S.F.A.I. Optical Techniques class);
    Echo Park (Paul Clipson); The Apollos (Nick Parker & Jazmin Jones);
    I Am The Eggman (Sam Barnett); False Friends (Sylvia Schedelbauer);
    Pursuant To The Subsection (Gordon Winiemko); I, A Director (Rachel
    Manera); 5 Cents A Peek (Vanessa Woods); To Watch After The White House
    Press Briefing, Or With The Apathetic (Mack McFarland); Sissy Boy Slap
    Party (Guy Maddin); Phantom Canyon (Stacey Steers); Flight Home
    (Tadashi Moriyama); Paradise Drift (Martin Hansen).

    During their stay in Moscow, the 5 primary
    project participants will also conduct inter-organizational meetings
    with CINE FANTOM, members of their affiliate organizations, and
    affiliate artists. The meetings will concern the incubation, expansion,
    and production of Russian and American experimental film and video. The
    results of the project will be evaluated and disseminated in several
    ways, including an experimental documentary and experimental film night
    about our experience that will be held at ATA in August 2008. In the
    spirit of CINE FANTOM, the screening will be followed by a discussion,
    and the discussion published online at


  • Tank TV - Vertrautes Terrain

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    Vertrautes Terrain - Contemporary Art in/about Germany
    A collaboration between and ZKM

    21st May 2008 – 30th June 2008 / 14th September - 30th September 2008

    Tank TV - Vertrautes Terrain

    Artists on
    include: Bankleer, Com&Com, Danica Dakic, Sven Johne, Dias &
    Riedweg, Alexandra Gerbaulet, Laura Horelli, Korpys/Löffler, Macellvs
    L., Antje Majewski, Sascha Pohle, Özlem Sulak, Hito Steyerl and Florian
    is pleased to collaborate with ZKM (Karlsruhe, Germany) to exhibit film
    and video work from their forthcoming exhibition 'Vetrautes Terrain'.
    will open its show simultaneously with ZKM, on May 21st, to become part
    of the 'resonance space' of the exhibition. Bringing video work out of
    the gallery space and making it available to an international audience
    we hope to widen the scope of this timely focus on national identity.

    Art" or "Art from Germany", a label that has exhibition tradition, is a
    fiction – owing to the fact that, in most cases, national political
    determinations have little or anything to do with artistic practice. In
    spite of this, country-specific questions relating to the search for
    history, genealogies or tendencies represent a constant factor in art
    history and the art business: the general exhibition is its most common

    Local backgrounds and national events are beginning to be seen as
    essential and identity defining whilst national identities appear to be
    levelling out. The place of the 'national' is becoming confused and
    fraught with tensions in contemporary culture, not least because no
    formal, measured thematic-cultural analysis of the idea of 'Germany'
    has taken place.

    It is against this background that the project 'Vertrautes Terrain –
    Contemporary Art in/about Germany' conceives itself, namely, as a
    resonance space within which the differentiated examination of works by
    international artists, who reflect on Germany in distinctly different
    ways as a historical, art, and social sphere can be carried out. The
    focus on the German context refers to an "imaginary cartography", which
    seeks to trace those concerns dealing with form and content, the
    symptoms and the virulent features in art as set against the backdrop
    of their socio-political presence.

    of history, memory, cultural location, identity, biographic references,
    structures, symbols, references of forms, clichés and the politics of
    representation form the basis of the project: what interests artists
    among the various nationalities today? In which connection do
    references to Germany appear? Does there emerge from an "identity of
    doubt" (Hans Belting) an arbitrarily disposed thematic volatility in
    works of art? What aesthetic and artistic qualities do those works
    possess, which make reference to German culture, history, persons or
    places? Which roles do historically established quality seals and
    current hypes (from Romanticism to the "Leipziger Schule") play in
    international perception?

    The exhibition is characterized by shared and changing images of what the concept "Germany" signifies.
    Vetrautes Terrain is curated by Gregor Jansen and Thomas Thiel.


  • MediaCity Festival 14

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    MediaCity Festival 14The 2008 edition of the MediaCity Film Festival of experimental film and video (Windsor, Ontario, Canada) will be held from March 4th to March 8th. The festival is a co-presentation of Artcite Inc.
    (Windsor's artist-run centre for the contemporary arts) and House
    of Toast
    (Windsor's film and video collective).

    The full programme, published a few days ago, features works by James Benning , Guy Sherwin & Lynn Loo, Helga Fanderl, Willie Varela, David Gatten, Bruce McClure and Nicky Hamlyn among many others. The festival's catalogue is avaiilable for download.


  • Punto de Vista 2008

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    Punto de Vista 2008The documentary film festivall Punto de Vista , that will be held next 25-23th of February in Pamplona (Spain), starts in its fourth edition the new section La Región Central, dedicated to experimental and avant-garde films of the genre.

    Among the films that will be screened in this section are the latest creations by Stephen Dwoskin (The sun and the moon), Guy Maddin (My Winnipeg), and Jay Rosenblatt (Beginning Filmmaking). This year's festival highlights include sections dedicated to Ermanno Olmi and the Asian Network of Documentary project and films by creators such as Marcel Lozinski, Ross McElwee, José Luis Guerín. Sergei Loznitsa and Audrius Stonys.


  • Paradise Now!

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    Gérard Fromanger, Le Rouge, 1968The Tate Modern gallery (London, UK) starting March 14th until May 2nd will present Paradise Now! Essential French Avant-garde Cinema, 1890–2008, a series of screenings with more than sixty landmark films from the french avant-garde cinema. The event has been programmed to coincide with the major exhibition Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia .

    The series includes pioneering films by Christian Boltanski, Alberto Cavalcanti, Marcel Duchamp, Jean Epstein, Gérard Fromanger, Philippe Garrel, Jean-Luc Godard, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Maria Klonaris & Katerina Thomadaki, Ange Leccia, Maurice Lemaître, Rose Lowder, Louis Lumière, Étienne-Jules Marey, Chris Marker, Georges Méliès, László Moholy-Nagy, Pierre Molinier, Marylène Negro, Man Ray, Carole Roussopoulos, Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet, Ben Vautier, René Vautier and more.

    Curated by Nicole Brenez, Michael Temple, Michael Witt, Pierre d’Amerval and Laurent Mannoni in association with Tate Modern and La Cinémathèque Française


  • Stuttgarter Filmwinter 2008

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    filmwinter08.jpg21. Stuttgarter Filmwinter

    Festival for Expanded Media
    17. January - 20. January 2008

    The 21st Filmwinter Stuttgart, Festival for Short and Experimental Film and Media Art is taking place from 17.- 20. January 2008. The Filmwinter Stuttgart takes up developments and impulses within the international filmmaking and artistic scene and offers an initial public platform. For the first time Media Space will be an independent section within the overall Filmwinter programme.

    Seven Competition Programmes show the best films competing for the "Norman 2008", the "Team Work Award" and the Wand 5 Honorary Award. 75 films were selected out of the 1,400 submissions in the field of film and video. An international jury -- Pia Maria Martin (Germany), Torsten Zenas Burns (USA), and Mário Micaelo (Portugal) -- will select the winners.

    Further highlights of the Short Film Supporting Programme are the first presentation of Italian artist Roberta Torre's body of work, with the artist being present at all screenings, a presentation of the Swiss Super8 film scene curated by Kilian Dellers, and Pop in Video Art -- a selection showing works of video art and from the huge amount of video clips such as among others "How does it make you feel?" -- music: Air, "Smiley faces" -- music: Gnarls Barkley, and "Bonnie & Clyde" -- music: Brigitte Bardot & Serge Gainsbourg.

    The Experimental Film Programme HHORRRAUTICA curated by Torsten Zenas Burns representing our sexual evolution, and APPORTMANTEAU curated by Torsten Zenas Burns and Darrin Martin presenting video works that take up a language on a bumpy path.

    In the competition category Media in Space international artists compete for a prize of 2,500 Euros. The spectrum ranges from classic video installations to interactive environments and media sculptures.
    The 10-day long exhibition, featuring artist such as Peter Bogers and Daniel Aschwanden among others, is held in co-operation with exhibition spaces Kunstbezirk -- Galerie im Gustav-Siegle-Haus, fluctuating images e.V., and gez. -- Raum für Urheber.

    Artistic works in the field of Net Art, Virtual Communities, Interactive Forms of Narration, and Artistic Software compete for the "Online Prize". 14 works, among others by, can be seen at terminals at Filmhaus Stuttgart during the time of the festival. The winners will be selected by renown artists Birgit Brenner (Germany), Markus Huemer, (Germany), Szabolcs KissPál, (Hungary).

    As part of Media Space a scientific Symposium on the topic "Playgrounds
    -- Children, Media, Space"- will be held at Filmhaus Stuttgart from 18.
    --20. January 2008, exploring the relations of adolescents and Media as an expanded parlour game.

    A comprehensive Festival catalogue will be published.

    All programmes, texts and dates can be found at

    The Filmwinter Stuttgart and Media Space are held and organized by Wand 5 e.V. founded in 1987 as an initiative of filmmakers, architects and art historians. The aim of the organization is to offer an international platform to independent film and media culture.


  • OVNI 2008 - Exodus - The margins of the Empire

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    Ovni 2008From the press release:

    OVNI 2008 Exodus.

    The Margins of the Empire.

    Centre de Cultura Contemporánia de Barcelona – CCCB.
    29th January to 3rd  February 2008.

    OVNI – Observatory Archives organized by Observatorio de Video No Identificado, is a thematic project with a clear purpose: to encourage a critique of contemporary culture using different strategies such as video art, independent documentary and mass media archaeology. During the screenings, 20 individual viewing units will allow visitors to consult the entire archives collection: over 2,000 audiovisual documents.

    "Open your eyes and look within:
    Are you satisfied (with the life youre living)? (...)
    So we gonna walk - all right! - through de roads of creation:
    We the generation (tell me why!) trod through great tribulation."
    Exodus – Bob Marley.

    The videos screened at OVNI 2008 will offer an initial reflection on the “marginal” and on the desire to cross margins, on forms of personal or collective exodus – whether physical or as a state of mind. These are perspectives on different forms of marginalisation and exploitation which lie directly under the oppressive vertical force of power: workers in Chinese export factories, clandestine Palestinian day workers in Israel. Perspectives on armed conflict zones that go beyond the “propaganda-counter propaganda” dialectic: in South America, Chechnya, Lebanon, Iraq, Darfur, Afghanistan...

    But also reflections and perspectives on other realities and forms of organisation that grow on the margins: self-organisation of the homeless, indigenous communities in Ecuador and Columbia, brotherhoods of transvestites in India, ancient heterodox traditions and their rituals, self-managed collectives in Barcelona, groups of deserts in the US... Together with accounts of dreams and the inner revolution, of seeking and exodus...


    Opening :  29th January 20,30pm.
    Timetable: From 17pm to 24pm, 30th January to 3rd February.
    Parallel Screenings in the Auditorium and the Hall. DVD, Spanish Subtitles.
    Presentations: 22pm Hall.
    Consultation of the Archives: from 12pm to 23pm in the Hall.

    Free  Access