First painter, then sculptor, urban planner, architect, art theorist, musician, Nicolas Schöffer was one of the most important artists of the second half of the 20th century. This visionary, creator of cybernetic art, was one of the pioneers of kinetic art and the first to create interactive sculptures in the mid-1950s.
Both filmmakers for over fifteen years, Keitaro Oshima and Maki Satake are a couple living in Japan. In something like a structural approach, Keitaro dissects the moving image with the intention to re-construct it, while Maki's work focuses on the question of recording from diverse sources (video, photo, audio tapes...) in order to re-work family memories, her primary source of inspiration. This program will present a rare opportunity to encounter their work and to meet their gazes.
Light Cone offers a carte blanche to Brazilian filmmaker and artist Ana Vaz whose films, installations and performances elaborate relationships between myth and history, ethnography and speculation, through a cosmology of references and perspectives.
With the death of Werner Nekes on January 22, 2017, the world of experimental cinema loses one of its great figures whose films have been shown in numerous international festivals and museums.
A tireless activist, Werner Nekes has been involved in a number of activities throughout his career: the production of a considerable number of films, the creation of the Hamburg Film Cooperative, the Filmbüro NW, the International Center for New Cinema, teaching in different universities and art schools, and the creation of one of the world's largest collections of objects related to pre-cinema and optical phenomena.
On the occasion of the exhibition entitled "Introspective" dedicated to LaM (Lille Métropole Museum of Modern Art, Contemporary Art and Art Brut), in Villeneuve-d'Ascq from 24 February to 4 June 2017, Light Cone invites the artist Michel Nedjar.
From the City of Angels to the City of Light, the filmmaker/programmer/film restorer Mark Toscano offers us in this program recently restored copies of Los Angeles artists' films.
The avant-garde cinematographic movement of Los Angeles has been for decades little studied and shown in comparison to the other two major US avant-garde centers New York and San Francisco. The city of Los Angeles has howver witnessed an extremely varied production and that has been the origin of a particularly influential culture of experimental film.
Of German origin, Björn Kämmerer lives and works in Vienna. Alongside Johann Lurf, they are part of the young Austrian guard that reinvents the cinematic language using brilliantly different media and mediums. Their films have been awarded many prizes at international festivals and this session will be a rare opportunity to compare their work and exchange views.
From Pasolini to Bazin (football) via Daney or Godard (tennis), sport has fascinated many filmmakers and film theorists, as a social fact but also for its undeniable aesthetic qualities of bodies that box, swim, run, of body represented in the effort, nudes or not. This phenomenon is part of a historical continuity of the image. Indeed, we see at the end of the nineteenth century, after centuries dominated by particular religious iconography, a resurgence of this representation, notably Manet, Cezanne and Degas.
Born in 1949 in New York, Dominic Angerame teaches, lives and works in San Francisco. Since 1969, he has directed over thirty-five films screened and awarded in many festivals around the world. He teaches directing, cinematography and criticism at the University of Berkeley in California, San Francisco Art Institute and also acted as professor and associate artist in many institutions. He led for more than 30 years of Canyon Cinema distribution cooperative. His work is greatly influenced by the avant-garde cinema, particularly the 1920s and 1930s, and explores the cycle of destruction and construction imposed by man on his urban environment, constantly changing.
Martine Rousset makes since 1977 an independent cinema that questions the relationship between the cinematic image and writing, she experiments with the text-image alliances; filming the track, she works the figure of the print and explores the meeting point where the significance of the absence touches the absolute presence.
She will present tonight her latest feature film, the result of eight years of work, based on the unfinished writing by Julian Gracq, "la route", written in 1970.