Brimming with vibrant images of blossoms, orchards, insects and meadows, the works of celebrated filmmaker Rose Lowder explore our relation with and impact on the world. Rare gems selected by Lowder will be shown alongside key works from one of the most distinct bodies of work in French experimental cinema. Grounded in her interest in radical agriculture, colour theory and the landscapes of her adoptive home in the south of France, Lowder is committed to filmmaking as an ecological practice inseparable from her lifelong collecting and championing of non-commercial cinema. Trained as a painter and sculptor in Lima, Peru, and London, Lowder turned to filmmaker in 1977 after studying with Jean Rouch.
Her engagement with ways of living and filming will be explored alongside the meticulous design, composition and production of her films. The screenings will be introduced and followed by conversations with the artist.
Programme 1 - Friday 17 January 2014, 19h
This selection spans 20 years of Lowder’s celebrated filmmaking featuring beautiful rhythmic editing and demonstrating her rich understanding of colour and landscape. This programme pays particular attention to works directed towards social and ecological politics with films exploring the balance of nature and technology, to depictions of agriculture from traditional to organic farms and exploration of the use of solar energy. The screenings will be introduced and followed by conversations with the artist.
Programme 2 - Saturday 18 January 2014, 18h
This programme features a selection of rare gems and classic films hand-picked by Lowder that illuminate her rich engagement with the history of experimental film and her life-long championing of non-commercial cinema. Including celebrated and lesser known films by filmmakers such as Bruce Baillie, Kurt Kren, Chick Strand and Belgium documentary pioneer Henri Stork. The rare Super 8 films of Jakobois show the influence of Lowder’s work as does Cecile Fontaine’s found footage film made with discarded films saved by Lowder and other filmmakers. Animated films show distinct ways of working from frame by frame drawn animations by Robert Breer to working directly on the film material as in the work of Len Lye.
The special selection of films also features works by Rose Lowder and is introduced by the artist.
Curated by Anat Pick and George Clark.
Rose Lowder is organized in association with Screening Nature, an AHRC funded project at the Department of Film Studies at Queen Mary, University of London, and the University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury.
Tate Film is supported by Maja Hoffmann / LUMA Foundation