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  • Model, counter model: The use of films by critics

    Written by Jonas Mekas for Film Culture in 1955, the article "Experimental Film in America" was particularly critical against the film avant-garde in America considered at that time by the young film critic as "the imprisoned self". Especially violent against filmmakers whose Jonas Mekas will defend the work later with passion and no limits – from Sidney Peterson to Stan Brakhage, Ian Hugo or Kenneth Anger – this lampoon reflected then the need of breaking the accepted ideas inherited from the tradition of the avant-gardism in cinema, but also the necessity, for the film critics, to canalize the dispersed energy of a young and rising generation of filmmakers. Conceived from this founder and critiqueable text, the program Model, Counter Model offers to revisit the use against type of films by critics.

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    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 19:00

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  • SCREENS - Videos by Filipe Afonso

    Microscope Gallery welcomes Filipe Afonso, Paris-based artist and film programmer at Collectif Jeune Cinema, to the gallery for a screening of his new and recent video works. The 6 videos in the program, all completed between 2012 and 2014, offer personal reflection and observations of the act of watching itself in a society increasingly populated by alternative realms accessible through digital screens – from present TV, to arcade video games, phones, computer-based slide shows and timelines. Looking more closely at what is already in plain sight, Afonso shows individuals absorbed in their daily consumption and interaction with these rectangular flows of images – including himself – and seems to propose rewriting Descartes’ paradigm as “I watch, therefore I am”.

    Dates: 

    Monday, November 24, 2014 - 07:30 to 08:30

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  • Balagan presents... Filipe Afonso & João Vieira Torres

    Balagan Films is thrilled to present, in person, two Paris-based filmmakers for a screening of their video works and discussion. 

    João Vieira Torres was born in Recife, Brazil, in 1981 and has lived in Paris since 2002. He has studied at the Miami-DCC Art Conservatory and the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris, and completed a two-year residency at Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains. He explores the 'other' through his work in cinema, video art, photography and performance. His work has been presented at Palais de Tokyo, Centre Pompidou, Cutlog Art Fair New York, Villa Arson, IndieLisboa, Tampere Film Festival, Vilnius Contemporary Art Center, Laboral, Kassel Dokfest, Barcelona, Cannes Festival Short Film Cornnner, Rio de Janeiro Curta Cinema, Festival de Cine Experimental de Madrid, Copenhagen CPH:DOX, Museu da fotografia de São Petersburgo, Pingyao Photography Festival…

    Dates: 

    Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 19:30 to 21:00

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  • LUX / MRes Public Lecture, Morgan Fisher

    The films by Los Angeles artist and filmmaker Morgan Fisher (US, 1942) are largely about film itself, whether in its material form and technical procedures or as an institution, such as the tropes of films made in the commercial film industry. Fisher started making film in the late 1960s, when the dominant schools of visual art were minimalism and conceptualism. Some of his films were included in “Information,” the landmark exhibition of conceptual art at the Museum of Modern Art in 1970, and received further recognition at the Independent Avant-Garde Film Festival, London, in 1973. In 2005-2006 a retrospective was presented at Tate Modern, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. From the beginning Fisher made his films as a filmmaker, but the range of his films, touching visual art on one side and on the other the commercial film industry, above all Hollywood, has complicated the reception of his work within avant-garde film criticism. Since the late 1990s Fisher has been active mainly as a visual artist, producing paintings and other works, many of which, like his films, bring into view unexamined assumptions about their medium.

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    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 19:00

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  • Absences and (Im)possibilities. Traces of an experimental cinema in Ireland

    Absences and (Im)possibilities, is a programme of experimental Irish film curated by the Experimental Film Club (Aoife Desmond, Alan Lambert, Donal Foreman and Esperanza Collado), commissioned by Irish Film Institute International and supported by Culture Ireland. The programme features a selection of films from 1897 to 2013, chosen for their relation to the possibility of an Irish experimental cinema. This touring programme, in partnership with LUX, presents a selection of films from the full programme. Filmmakers include the Lumiére brothers, Samuel Beckett, Vivienne Dick, Maximillian Le Cain, Dónal Ó Céilleachair and Jesse Jones.

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    Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 15:00

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  • Barbara Rubin: Christmas on Earth, A Season in Hell

    Legendary figure of the underground community in New York, Barbara Rubin (1945-1980), hired by Jonas Mekas at the Film-makers’ Coop in New York, has frequented many major artists including Robert Frank, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Smith or Andy Warhol. According Jonas Mekas' testimony, Barbara Rubin has been "the glue between the different factions of artists", introducing, for exemple, the Velvet Underground to Andy Warhol. In 1963, she directed Christmas on Earth – her only film, screened on two superposed screens - a transgressif film inspired by the poem "A Season in Hell" written by Arthur Rimbaud in 1873. In combining through an orgiastic ritual, the self-destructive passions of the young filmmaker - 17 year old at this time - and the aspirations of emancipation from her time, Christmas on Earth became quickly a totemic artwork of the underground scene. 

    The screening will be introduced by Philippe-Alain Michaud (Film curator at Centre Pompidou)

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    Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 20:00

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  • Breaking the Frame: Screening and Discussion with Marielle Nitoslawska and Carolee Schneemann

    The Film and Media Studies Program, the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, The Visual and Cultural Studies Program from the University of Rochester, and the Humanities Department at the Eastman School of Music welcome pioneering performance artist and avant-garde filmmaker Carolee Schneemann with filmmaker Marielle Nitoslawska, presenting a screening of Breaking the Frame (2013), a feature-length documentary portrait of Schneeman. A pioneer of performance and body art as well as avant-garde cinema, Schneemann (Meat Joy, 1964 and Fuses, 1967/2007) has been “breaking frames” of the art world for five decades, challenging assumptions of feminism, gender, sexuality, and identity. Nitoslawska (Bad Girl, 2002, and Sky Bones, 1999) has made numerous film essays, both feature length and short form, on ground-breaking movements and artists such as Domingo Cisneros, Szczepan Mucha, and Jozef Robakowsk, and teaches film production at Concordia University in Montreal.

    Dates: 

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 18:00 to 21:00

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