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.
Microscope Gallery is pleased to welcome back to the gallery Columbus-based filmmaker Roger Beebe for an evening of films, videos, and multi-projector performances, including several New York premieres shown alongside some of his best-known works. The event is the New York leg of Beebe’s 3,000-mile East Coast tour. The program has been adapted to include only works never before presented at the gallery.
"The apparatus as an eccentric performer within the film.”
FRACTO festival seeks to reflect upon the techno-attitude that directs film towards the demands of its apparatus, constantly floating as a supreme and fragmented perceptual eye. In this configuration perceptual contingency is ultimately conceived as a totalizing, post-organic point of view—seemingly seeking primarily itself—instead of folding in on specific meanings conveyed by a clear distance from medium.
Phantasmagoria is the trouble of an illusionist image, of the indescribable penetration into the real, of the loss of practical convictions. It’s to approach the limits of folly. To explore boundaries of reasonable, of rational, of tangible. To push them, to cross them. To bury them, to destroy them. To explore the depths of imaginary.