Screenings

  • Vertical Cinema

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    As part of the Kontraste Festival 2013

    You hear it everywhere: Cinema is tipping over – its epic and dramatic forms are spilling over into television, avant-garde and experimental films have fled to the galleries, and all the images that once belonged to it are now available everywhere, anytime. At the Austrian Film Museum, we tend to refrain from such sweeping and simple-minded swan songs. For this very reason, we are honoured to participate in Vertical Cinema – a project committed to taking one step at a time. Instead of trying to tip cinema in its entirety into the digital netherworld, this project is content with just tipping the screen – observing how an artform changes if you respectfully chafe at its edges.’ – Alexander Horwath, Director of the Austrian Film Museum

    What we usually identify as the indisputable ‘temple of film’, the Cinema, is not really a given, especially not in the realm of experimental cinematic arts. Yet this is somehow sidelined in the process of re-thinking the possibilities of cinematic experience, mostly because the architectural frame is already there, if only as a convention established a long time ago within the theatrical arts. Actually, the history of experimental cinema and the art of the moving image suggests that the space might very well be the crucial aspect of the total audiovisual experience – something one should always question and take into consideration when producing a work for audiovisual, sensory cinema.

    Dates: 

    Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 21:00

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  • ACF Cineclub: Michaela Grill

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    The ACF´s Cineclub presents a selection of works by Michaela Grill, one of Austria´s most prominent exponents in digital art. Her videos are a skillful synergy between image and sound and deal with the question of cinematic perception and its reduction into abstract forms.

    Grill´s interest lies not in the faithful reproduction of reality, but she focuses on the potential of its manipulation. Born in 1971 in Styria, Michaela Grill studied in Vienna, Glasgow and London. Since 1999 she has produced various film and video works, sound installations, live visuals and performances. Apart from her artistic work Grill organized the festival “What´s Up Vienna! What´s Up Montréal”, which took place in Winnipeg and Vienna and acts as curator for various films. In recent years much of her work has been screened at the Austrian Film Festival Diagonale. In 2010 she received the “outstanding artist award” in the category avant-garde film by the ministry of education, art and culture in Austria.

    A brief discussion with Michaela Grill will follow the screening of her work.

    Dates: 

    Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 19:00

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  • Kino B: Contemporary Cinema by Berlin-based Artists

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    Curated by Caroline Koebel for Aurora Picture Show

    Kino B initiates viewers into the swarm of moving images made thus far in the 2010s by Berlin-based artists. Sylvia Schedelbauer’s Sounding glass, the stunning and astounding experimental short about vision, history, memory, and war that won accolades at Ann Arbor and Oberhausen, centers the outwardly spiraling program. The other projects—curated in situ during a research trip to Berlin—include film, video and installation (transposed to single-channel projection) by Guillaume Cailleau & Ben Russell, Harun Farocki, Isabella Gresser, Bernd Lützeler, Anna Marziano, Deborah S. Phillips, Michael Poetschko, and Daniel Steegman Mangrané. Chosen for their individual merits and seemingly unrelated in their disparateness, the works nonetheless share a command of cinema’s potential for experientially transformative critical reflection. Each title, in its own way, acts as an experimental essay on the world as it can be encountered, engaged and repositioned so as to enable a dialogue between self (artist) and others (viewers) on that world.

    Dates: 

    Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 19:30

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  • One Minute Volume Seven

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    One Minute Volume Seven curated by Kerry Baldry will screen at De La Warr Pavilion as part of a special Dear Serge event, during the Coastal Currents Arts Festival, on Saturday 28th September from 2pm - 9pm in the auditorium projected large on a loop.

    One Minute Volume 7 includes work by: John Smith, Rose Butler, Tony Hill, Steven Ball, Alexander Costello, Leister/Harris, Kayla Parker and Stuart Moore, Louisa Minkin, Claire Hope, Max Hattler, Guy Sherwin, Steven Woloshen, Lynn Loo, Lumiere and Son, Tansy Spinks, Gary Peploe and Peter Nutley, Eva Rudlinger, Michael Szpakowski, Zhel (Zeljko Vukicevic) , Matthias Kispert, Stuart Pound, Sellotape Cinema, Alex Pearl, My Name Is Scott, Kerry Baldry, Esther Johnson, Marty St. James, Nicki Rolls, Katherine Meynell, Chris Paul Daniels, Riccardo Iacono, Edwin Rostron, Martin Pickles, Grant Petrey, Annabel Dover, Kelvin Brown

    Dates: 

    Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 14:00 to 21:00

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  • Operación Rewrite: Performance

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    A collaborative project by Esperanza Collado and Maximilian Le Cain.

    The project Operation Rewrite started in January 2011 as an online video work in which both artists contributed a number of pieces of 45 seconds according to a set of rules, of which the most important was that a third of each video should be black screen. This peculiarity - the fundamental presence of negative spaces as expropriation, displacement of meaning and projection of thought- became the focus of the project, which soon expanded its activities to other areas of development, such as installation and performance, thanks to a grant from the MUSAC Artistic Creation. The film concept we examine in and out of the film medium is continuously reevaluated, so that perception and projection technology, as well as the articulation of signs, the body, the materiality of film and domestic consumer goods are part of our work. The project explores the mechanisms of editing, suspension and interruption understood as associating principles that connect to the movies with the act of reading. As the project progresses, certain objects, images and actions are repeated and reconfigured, gaining resonance and meaning. Operation Rewrite occupies an area between dreams, film and mundane ritual.

    Dates: 

    Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 20:00

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  • Experimental Film Society: Rouzbeh Rashidi & Maximilian Le Cain

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    Experimental Film Society is a creative organization founded in Tehran (Iran) in 2000, dedicated to producing and distributing low-budget independent and experimental films, from a dozen filmmakers and artists scattered around the globe. The session will consist of a sample of recent work by its most prolific members: Rouzbeh Rashidi, founder and promoter of the institution, and Maximilian Le Cain, honorary member and exponent of contemporary Irish experimental film. The duo will attend the session and questions from the audience after the screenings.

    Filmmakers in attendance.

    Dates: 

    Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 20:00

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  • Light Industry: Barbara Hammer's Audience + Cecilia Dougherty's Gay Tape: Butch and Femme

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    Light Industry presents a double-bill of sapphic autoethnography from the 1980s, featuring work by pioneering lesbian artists Barbara Hammer and Cecilia Dougherty.

    Barbara Hammer’s Audience is a fascinating deep cut from the director’s prodigious filmography. Relatively raw in its design, this 16mm diary of audience reactions at retrospectives of Hammer’s work in San Francisco, London, Toronto, and Montreal in the early 1980s bears none of the distinctive visual flourishes and essayistic form one usually finds in her filmmaking. Instead, it comes closer to the original ideal of cinéma vérité as seen in Chronicle of a Summer; informed by the consciousness-raising groups of the feminist movement, the artist herself acts as a catalyst for discussion, rather than fly-on-the-wall observer. Today, Audience serves as an invaluable historical archive, providing quick but complex portraits of lesbian scenes in different cities and countries: the San Francisco women are bold and raucous, treating Hammer like a celebrity; the London crowd more reserved and tentative; the Canadians politely critical after initial hesitation. It also functions as a testament to the power of Hammer herself as a figure in lesbian culture, showing how fully she engages audiences to incite new forms of discourse about representation.

    Dates: 

    Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 19:30

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  • Stan Brakhage: The Pittsburgh Documents

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    UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences present
    Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood Village
    10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

    Without question one of cinema’s most influential and prolific artists, Stan Brakhage (1933-2003) created a monumentally significant and expressive body of work that spanned 50 years and over 350 films. For five decades, Brakhage worked in a highly distinctive, individualistic vein, mining celluloid cinema and--at least in his hands--its seemingly limitless potential for the articulation of raw subjective experience and pre-linguistic vision. The Academy Film Archive has been actively preserving and restoring Brakhage’s body of work since his collection was deposited there in 2004. In a career loaded with countless visionary works, Brakhage’s The Pittsburgh Documents (often called The Pittsburgh Trilogy) are a trio of acknowledged masterworks, and represent a radical approach to the concept of a cinematic document (as opposed to documentary) rooted in subjective observation. By training his eyes and the film medium on three subjects he felt were elusive, inscrutable, even fearful in their universality, Brakhage sought to gain some empathic foothold--if not an understanding--in these realms of authority (police), illness (hospital) and death (morgue).

    Dates: 

    Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 19:30

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  • Short Cuts V: Resilient Structures

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    Block B (Chris Chong Chan-Fui, 2008)Short Cuts V: Resilient Structures
    Thursday February 25, at 6pm
    Northwest Film Center
    Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Avenue, 97205 Portland, OR, USA
    Co-Presented with the Northwest Film Center

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    Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 18:00

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