Ism, Ism, Ism: Altered Surfaces

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Available online worldwide!
Sat-Monday October 17-19, 2020, All Day
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
Ism, Ism, Ism: Altered Surfaces

Online, hosted by Los Angeles Filmforum
Q&A on Sunday October 18, 2020, 7:30 pm PDT

INFO:, 323-377-7238 

Abstraction has been a recurring strategy in Latin American visual cultures since long before the European Conquest.  Over the past century, and often in dialogue with artists elsewhere, Latin Americans working in diverse media have explored abstraction or “pure” explorations of color and form. Not surprisingly, filmmakers have participated actively in this process of exploration, often in collaboration with artists from other media.  Enrique Pineda Barnet’s Cosmorama (1964) uses the kinetic sculptures of the Romanian-Cuban artist Sandú Darié Laver as a point of departure,.Other filmmakers proceed from urban and architectural references, such as Prague’s public transit system in Azucena Losana’s At Your Heels (2017), or the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Teo Hernández’s Nuestra señora de Paris (1981-1982), and render these in ways that cross back and forth between abstraction and recognizable representations, while still others reference the altered sensory perceptions and exaggerated color palettes of psychedelic experiences. Offering an abstract journey into theatrical spectatorship, the images in Manuela de Laborde's As Without So Within document reflective prop-sculptures, which are transformed into tools for creating visual fields. Manuel DeLanda creates Electric Arthropods with extreme enlargements of various insects, digitally manipulated and colorized with animated particle backgrounds, as part of his continuing search for the uncanny in the alteration of the everyday and the prosaic. Together, like the diverse approaches of the concrete, neo-concrete, geometric abstraction, “grupo Madí,” “grupo Ruptura,” and other movements in the visual arts, these filmmakers pursue colors, light, shadows, and forms as the basis for their work.

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- Placeres de la Carne, Horacio Valleregio, 1977, 12 min, Super 8, color, sound, Argentina

- AZILEF, Luís Ernesto Arocha, 1971, 8 min., 16mm, b/w, sound, Colombia

- At your heels, Azucena Losana, 2017, 2:36 min, 16mm, color, sound, Argentina/República Checa

- Nuestra señora de Paris, Teo Hernández, 1981-1982, 22 min., 16mm, 18 fps, color, sound, France

- Cosmorama, Enrique Pineda Barnet, 1964, 5 min., 35mm film transferred to digital, color, sound, Cuba 

- Electric Arthropods, Manuel DeLanda, 2017, 3.30 min, color, sound, USA

- As without so within, Manuela de Laborde, 2016, 25 min, 16mm, color, sound, Mexico/USA/United Kingdom.

Total running time:  73 min.

This screening is part of Los Angeles Filmforum’s screening series Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America (Ismo, Ismo, Ismo: Cine Experimental en América Latina). Ism, Ism, Ism is an unprecedented film series —the first in the U.S.—that surveys Latin America’s vibrant experimental production from the 1930s through today. Revisiting classic titles and introducing recent works by key figures and emerging artists, Ism, Ism, Ism takes viewers on a journey through a wealth of materials culled from unexpected corners of Latin American film archives.  Key historical and contemporary works from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the United States are featured. The online screenings in Fall 2020 will conclude the touring portion of Ism, Ism, Ism.

Ism, Ism, Ism is accompanied by a bilingual publication (from University of California Press) placing Latino and Latin American experimental cinema within a broader dialogue that explores different periods, cultural contexts, image-making models, and considerations of these filmmakers within international cinema. 

Ism, Ism, Ism was originally part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles that occurred in 2017-18. Explore more at

Lead support for Ism, Ism, Ism is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation.

Significant additional support comes from the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.

Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

Promotional Support for these online screenings from Berkeley Art Museum * Pacific Film ArchiveWNDX Festival of Experimental Film, Winnipeg; Experiments in Cinema, Albuquerque; Lightbox Film Center, University of the Arts, Philadelphia. 


Los Angeles Filmforum screenings are supported by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts & Culture, the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles, the Wilhelm Family Foundation, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and the American Cinematheque. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.

Los Angeles Filmforum is the city’s longest-running organization dedicated to weekly screenings of experimental film, documentaries, video art, and experimental animation. 2020 is our 45th year.

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De Sábado, Octubre 17, 2020 (Todo el día) hasta Lunes, Octubre 19, 2020 (Todo el día)



De Sábado, Octubre 17, 2020 (Todo el día) hasta Lunes, Octubre 19, 2020 (Todo el día)