Part essay, part film poem, Magic Mirror translates the startling force of French surrealist Claude Cahun’s photographs into a choreographed series of tableaux vivants. Re-staging Cahun’s black and white images with selected extracts from her book Aveux Non Avenus (Confessions Untold), the film explores the links between Cahun’s photographs and writings. Cahun’s multi-subjectivity, as expressed in both her photographs and book, set the scene for the film, where she dresses and makes her face up in many different ways, swapping identities between gender, age and the inanimate. The splitting of identity appears as a double which persists throughout in image and voice; as literal double through super imposition, as shadow, imprints in sand, reflections in water, mirror or distorting glass. The kaleidoscope aesthetic that runs through the film serves not only to weave between image and word but also between the work of Cahun and the films of Sarah Pucill, creating a dialogue between two artists who share similar iconography and concerns.
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Since the late 1970s, James Benning's films have been a regular fixture at festivals in Germany and Austria, while frequent television broadcasts have helped expose his work to an even larger audience here than perhaps at home. This 2-disc set presents the products of this intercontinental relationship: Ruhr, Benning's first foray into digital filmmaking, is a modern-day "city symphony" dedicated to Germany's industrial Ruhr district. His latest work, natural history, is an audiovisual portrait commissioned by Vienna's Natural History Museum. Reinhard Wulf's feature-length documentary James Benning: Circling the Image, produced for German television, rounds off the set.
This five-disc set comprises 15 works by filmmaker and multimedia artist Bill Morrison, called "one of the most adventurous American filmmakers" by Variety. Morrison's work is characterized by his sensitive approach to found, often decaying film footage, and his close collaboration with contemporary conmposers, including Vijay Iyer, Johann Johannsson and Bill Frisell. Among other shorts and features, this set includes his acclaimed DECASIA (2002), "the most widely acclaimed American avant-garde film of the fin-de-siecle." (J. Hoberman, The Village Voice).
Oxide, in two parts, is the digital transfer of Super 8 and 16mm films that have been subjected to rust growth pre- and post-photochemical processing, with subsequent magnetised rusting recorded to tape using various sizes of tape head. The version presented here is a single-screen, digital iteration of the film performance Oxide (ii)+(iii) which was developed during an embedded residency with Sound and Music and no.w.here lab, London, in 2011.
Produced by Bay Area filmmaker and sound artist John Davis in conjunction with a fellowship and residency at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley CA, this limited edition of 100 includes two hand-silkscreened gatefold LPs and four silkscreened DVDs of original film and music, plus a 50-page booklet of writing and images bound in a hand letterpressed cover. The project was conceived to publicly showcase emerging and established strains of expanded cinema and music collaboration in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as to create a physical document that captured that energy.
Like the still-shining light from a dead star, the films Jorge Honik meticulously constructed during the 1960s and 70s continue to strike the present of his imagination with all the force of forty years ago. -Pablo Marín
There are 50 numbered silkscreen copies of this limited edition, completely bilingual (English–Spanish) production, which includes seven of Honik's Super 8 films. Printed and produced in New York City in 2014.
Available for the first time on DVD, Guy Sherwin's acclaimed Short Film Series, a unique collection of interconnected 16mm 3 minute films started in 1975. The series is held together by certain formal considerations: each film is three minutes long, i.e. the length of a roll of 16mm film, all films are b/w and silent, and the order in which they are shown is flexible. Apart from this there is a range of imagery from portraiture to still life to travel. The films operate on the border between movement and stillness, revealing their inner logic through an active engagement in looking.
Adolpho Arrietta was a major figure in the new cinemas that appeared in the sixties and seventies in various countries. Thus he became one of the fundamental film directors in the history of Spanish cinema. As with Buñuel, a long exile seems to have been the condition that allowed his work to keep up with the most important trends in the cinema of his era. Throughout the seventies he produced a series of "punk à la française" films, as Severo Sarduy called them, which for their originality and influence are among the most important in French cinema of that decade.
Febrile, spinny and shrill, sometimes registering objectively, quietly funny or meditative: The present selection of German-language short films of women from the past 50 years is versatile - just like their makers themselves. Often there were production-technical reasons that prompted them to abandon large budgets and teams and to transform and perfect the alleged "lack" into imaginative film styles. These short films from East and West Germany are both artistic works and important testimonies of film history.
Each year Experiments in Cinema produces a fundraising DVD collection with select works from the festival that artists have generously donated to help keep the festival alive (a 100% volunteer-run festival!). The latest DVD collection is now available on EiC's website.
This seven volume Fundraising DVD Collection includes the following titles: