There is a peculiar correlation between so-called found footage filmmaking, founded on the reuse of pre-existing film footage, and the idea of "preserving" film heritage that drives the work of film museums and film archives. Unlike other forms of filmmaking which sprang to life "on their own" and were then preserved by film archives, found footage as a filmmaking tradition appeared only after film archives had gathered enough material to make artists curious about it.
Friday, October 23, 2020 (All day) to Thursday, November 26, 2020 (All day)
Bruce Baillie, who died on April 10th of this year, was the pioneer of the "Western American Experimental Film" and the key figure in the pioneering avant-garde awakening in the San Francisco Bay Area in the sixties. In memoriam we show two of the main works by this underground poet: Mass for the Dakota Sioux is a picture-sound poem as a requiem for a native culture destroyed by "civilized" America (as an outsider, Baillie naturally identifies with the Sioux and orchestrates the Gregorian chorales on the soundtrack like an accusation to the world of the white conquerors).
A thrilling experimental evening at the cinema, featuring artistic research in practice at the Film Museum in cooperation with the Department of Experimental Design at the University for Art and Design Linz / Experimentalfilmlabor Siegfried A. Fruhauf.
Scottish poet filmmaker Margaret Tait (1918–1999) has long been one of the best-kept secrets of British cinema. In intimate films attuned to the secret life of things, people, and landscapes, Tait sought to reveal the other side of existence – the side we only notice when our own presence in the world comes to the foreground. An independent mind and eye, she focused on what she saw before her, be it the streets of Edinburgh, the crashing sea on Orkney or a pair of old boots in a barn, shedding an singular light on the manifold dimensions of things.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 (All day) to Friday, October 11, 2019 (All day)
From the 4th until the 6th of June curator Simona Monizza from the Eye Filmmuseum and freelance curator Marius Hrdy will be presenting a series of 4 programs of preserved Dutch experimental films from the Eye collection at the Filmmuseum in Vienna. These four programs will showcase analogue prints on 35mm and 16mm.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 (All day) to Thursday, June 6, 2019 (All day)
The London Film-Makers' Co-operative (LFMC) was founded in October 1966, and soon grew from its beginnings as a film-viewing group to become one of the major centres of a worldwide network of avant-garde film culture. In contrast to similar co-operative endeavours, the LFMC's activity was not limited to distribution – within a few years it was also running a regular program in its own cinema and, most notably, it democratized the means of production by establishing a film workshop that enabled filmmakers to control every stage of the creative process.
Thursday, March 14, 2019 (All day) to Sunday, March 17, 2019 (All day)
The Austrian Film Museum and sixpackfilm present two programs with an array of films by Gunvor Nelson. Considered Sweden's most significant female experimental filmmaker, Nelson began her path on the US's West Coast in the 1960s. Along with pursuing her own artistic work, she taught at the San Francisco Art Institute for more than 20 years before returning to Sweden in 1993.
Over the last 15 years, Deborah Stratman's (*1967) moving image works have gained increased recognition in the art world as well as the world of cinema. She has developed a unique documentary form which, though interested in the material reality of visible and audible surroundings, sees these as mirror images of an inner disposition. Natural landscapes and landscapes marked by civilization, traditional and pop-cultural rituals, and fragments of a history of cinema come together in a pointed documentary essayistic expression of the (mainly) American soul.
Thursday, October 4, 2018 (All day) to Friday, October 5, 2018 (All day)
"VARIETY, EXCHANGE, CRAZY ZEAL, ENERGY, NONSTOP ENTHUSIASM, and a COMMITMENT TO EXPERIMENTATION IN ART, LIFE, AND THE SOCIAL MEDIA," reads Barbara Hammer’s formula for a radical cinema of love against the American Dream. Hammer (*1939) is one of the most important representatives of American independent cinema. Her experimental documentary works present the most extensive avant-garde body of work on lesbian love, relationships and the expressive power of sexuality.
Thursday, April 19, 2018 (All day) to Sunday, April 22, 2018 (All day)
Maria Lassnig, who died in 2014, is internationally regarded as one of the most important painters of the 20th century. Her lyrical abstraction, developed from her own physical experience - the so-called "body awareness", in which emotional experience and physical sensibility are combined - also found cinematic expression in the early 1970s. As part of her New York exile, Lassnig attended an animation film class at the School of Visual Arts and began filming on 8mm and 16mm.