The 13th edition of AVANT is a tribute to Michael Snow’s film So Is This. A film that consists only of text and challenges the idea that film, or language, refers to a surrounding world. This, in So Is This is simply the event that unfolds when the film takes place.
Besides Michael Snow (Canada) the filmmakers Els van Riel (Belgium), Esther Urlus (Netherlands) and Elke Groen (Austria) are invited. All three deals with film as an event and with the material specificity of film; van Riel with time, Urlus with the materiality of film colour, and Groen with the actual memory of the film material.
AVANT begins on Friday evening at Kristinehamn Art Museum with a screening of So Is This after which follows the opening of Els van Riel’s installations Five Screens and OMER. Saturday opens at cinema Arenan in Karlstad with a screening of Snow’s La Région Centrale. After this follows two programs with films by Esther Urlus and Elke Groen.
AVANT has been organized since 2002 and the 13th edition is a collaboration between Världsalltet, Kristinehamn Art Museum, Karlstad and Stockholm University. So Is This is sponsored by Karlstad University, Karlstad Municipality, Kristinehamn Art Museum and Region Värmland.
Friday September 23
Kristineham Art Museum/Kristinehamns konstmuseum
- Michael Snow: So Is This (1982) 43:00
- Artist talk: Michael Snow and Els van Riel
- Els van Riel: Five Screens (2005-16) and OMER (2014), installations.
Saturday, September 24
Karlstad Cinema Arenan
10.00-13.30 Els van Riel, Michael Snow
- Els van Riel: Unwritten Page (2001) 10:00
- Michael Snow: La Région Centrale (1970-71) 190:00
15.00-16.00 Esther Urlus
- Deep Red (2012) 7:15
- Elli (2015-16) 8:00
- Rode Molen (2013) 5:15
- Idyll (2008) 6:00
- Konrad & Kurfurst (2013-14) 7:00
- Abandoned Interieurs (2004) 7:40
- Audition (2011) 3:15
16.30-17.30 Elke Groen
- Optical Sound (2014) 12:00
- Tito-Material (1998) 6:00
- Österreich im Herbst 95 (1996/2000) 17:00
- Nightstill (2007) 9:00
The film discussions take on a looser form as the visiting artists and audience move to the party. Food, drink and music by Marcus Granberg. 150 kr.
During AVANT Kristinehamn Art Museum is showing Els van Riel’s installations Five Screens and OMER
The screenings at AVANT are free of charge but you need to book in advance to be sure to get a seat. Register by 13 September at (the link that will be here soon). There is a limited number of tickets. For information and inquiries: jo[email protected].