13th dresdner schmalfilmtage
26th to 28th of Januar 2012
at Motorenhalle. Project Centre for Contemporary Art
... consumption, digestion and the radical otherness
We guzzle, we shit, we are fancy complex systems of consumption and digestion. Despite social conventions and civilized behaviour, we are what we are! Thus eating has always been a main issue in Fine Arts being presented in films as well: As a symbolic character among sex and violence it has been a metapher for human dependency, obsession and drives. The dresdner schmalfilmtage presents works in the foodfilm-programme which show how Super8-filming was influenced by different ways of feeding and different kinds of food. A Best-of Super8-kitchen-classics.
The Wiener Aktionismus on the other hand crosses completely different borders of taste. They do not dread taboos. Naked bodies, automutilations and the forced game with flour, blood and excrements excruciate the audience. The Vienna Actionists digest society based on order, and permanently, purement and self-control and truly excrete them. The radical otherness presents the moviemaker Samantha Rebello. She is nowadays one of the "young and upcoming" in London's film and art scene. The human body and daily objects were transformed by extreme close-ups, strict cuts and different uses of music to unknown materials and newly discovered worlds: the radical otherness.
... Spanish eyes
The 13th festival edition focuses on Spain presenting two special sessions. The development of the "other cinema" in Spain was for a long time influenced by the political and cultural restrictions due to the Franco Regime. After the dictatorship the artificial controversy lacked a political rubbbing against it. The 13th dresdner schmalfilmtage centre two Spanish artists, Albert Alcoz and David Domingo aka Stanley Sunday, who both use filming and innovative optical alienation but with very different results.