Unedited Material From The Star by John Latham
16 mm, color, sound (optical), 12', 1960
Saturday, December 19, 2009, 11 pm
John Latham (1921 - 2006) is definitely a pillar for the british contemporary arts. Starting as a painter and sculptor in the late forties, he soon moved these mediums to conceptual fields and social practices. In the fifties Latham developed an holistic system where art emerges as a visual language, the most accurate meaning to approach time and matter. This new time-based theory, termed "Flat Time" becomes a unifying philosophical structure capable of ordering the Universe and human behavior.
"Unedited Material From The Star" is an animated documentary of the production of another piece, "Film Star". The film presents debris of literature agglomerated over a grav-
ity field, the canvas. The result is a flickering book-wreckage site shaped as a bright nonlinear star
"Unwritten echoes from a neighboring star" - Alexandre Estrela
Oporto is a studio and a non-profit screening room located in Lisboa. Occupying the former Merchant Sailors Union headquarters, Oporto projects from time to time a single unique experimental video or film. The programme is exquisite and extremely slow.The selection of the pieces screened is made, not only on the basis of the work itself, but also on an overall idea of an exquisite corpse . The space is directed by artist Alexandre Estrela, in cooperation with designers and associate program managers Antonio Gomes and Claudia Castelo a.k.a. Barbara Says and artist Miguel Soares. Sponsored by GAU- Gestão de Audiovisuais.