Events

  • Landscape Dances - Super 8 films by Richard Tuohy

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    Between 2004 and 2008, Richard Tuohy made around 30 short films on Super 8. This was a prolific (and unexpected) return to the small gauge after a protracted hiatus from film-making. 

    'Landscape Dances' (a term coined by friend, painter and Melbourne Super 8 Group figure Maeve Woods to describe some of Tuohy's films from this period) is a representative selection of 9 short and rarely seen 'camera original' Super 8 works on Kodachrome, Ektachrome and Tri-X. 

    These films portray a deep, if somewhat troubled, appreciation of the Australian nature-scape and a abiding fascination with the possibilities of the super 8 camera.

    Dates: 

    Friday, April 25, 2014 - 19:30

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  • Basma Alsharif: Doppelgänging

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    Basma Alsharif in person!

    Basma Alsharif’s sharp, seductive films have often been informed by Palestine’s history, its contemporary political situation, and the conflicted experiences of those who call it home (whether or not they live there). She returns to CATE with a collection of recent films that explore bilocation—the act of being in multiple places at once—a state of being she uses to describe Palestinian identity, as well as cinema itself. The program offers the possibility of bilocating through the visceral experience of drone-glitched TV and teenage cello lessons in Home Movies Gaza (2013); a rhyming exercise in the Panathenaic Stadium in Girls Only (2014); a stroboscopic oral history in Farther Than the Eye Can See (2012); and a hypnosis-inducing pan-geographic shuttle in Deep Sleep (2014), a film/performance. Presented in collaboration with the Video Data Bank.

    Dates: 

    Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 18:00

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  • SPCL NTRST (presented by Sight Unseen)

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    [SPCL NTRST] wipe[s] the console with a soft, dry cloth. [Together they] peel the white paper from the base of the [appropriated VHS footage in order to] affix the base so the < mark on [Health & Safety] and the > mark on [Music] are pointing at each other. When affixing the base, [SPCL NTRST] make[s] sure that you so not cover any of the lettering on the console. Do not touch [inadvertent musicality] for about 30 to 60 minutes after affixing it to the console. Doing so can cause the [exposed moments of emotion and subtext hidden within the practical and impersonal] to come off. 

    Do expect [Category: Health] as well as [Category: Music].

    For further information on SPCL NTRST, please visit: http://www.spclntrst.com/

    $6 General Admission

    Presented by Sight Unseen (http://sightunseenbaltimore.com/)

    Dates: 

    Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 20:00

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  • Devoted Songs, The Films Of Nathaniel Dorsky

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    IFI & Experimental Film Club present:
    Devoted Songs, The Films Of Nathaniel Dorsky

    The devotional cinema of American filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky is a rare treasure that allows for a distinct experience of time and meditation. His films blend a poetic and introspective view of his environments with an exploration of the different cognitive and emotional associations that can be established between one shot and the next.

    Available to view only on 16mm, this programme of Dorsky’s films, curated by EFC member Esperanza Collado in collaboration with Lumiére magazine, represents a truly unique opportunity to experience this important work. The programme features three films: The Visitation, the first of Dorsky’s Devoted Songs; Winter, a seasonal portrait of New York; and Alaya, one of the filmmaker’s most radical and structural works.

    Dates: 

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 18:30

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  • Balagan presents... Waldeinsamkeit

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    Screening time: 19:30. Tickets: $10 / $8 student and senior.

    Rebounding from the sylvan charms of A Spell to Ward off the Darkness, we've decided to unveil this melancholy program centered on Waldeinsamkeit, or, woodland solitude. The forest has always sparked the imagination of the lonely traveler, promising encounters with tree-dwelling spirits, ferocious bandits, treacherous plantlife, and feline royalty... During Transcedentalist times, it grew into a benevolent zone of introspection and personal growth. And today, it has gained the status of vestige signifying humanity's lost innocence.

    The presented films touch upon some of these ideas in direct or oblique ways, whether through exploring the endlessly compelling shapes of the forest, the evolution of a solitary space across time, or the human's place within. The lineup features a number of new international works that innovatively utilize experimental techniques like pinhole cinematography, screenprinting, layering of multiple exposures, and timelapse; as well as a couple rarely-seen classics -- and a few surprises.

    Dates: 

    Thursday, April 17, 2014 (All day)

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  • Screensavers 001: A Night of Experimental Audio Visual Performances

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    Screensavers pairs musicians with filmmakers for three brand new audio visual performances featuring live cinematic projections edited before your eyes, decaying feedback loops, powerful drones, audio reactive graphics, deconstructed VHS tapes, electro-acoustic improvisation, drum machines and maybe even some guitars.

    Nathan Halverson + Jason Robinson 
    Taka Suzuki + Ryan Maguire/Jon Bellona
    Greg Nachmanovitch + Will Bollinger

    collaborative, improvisational, pretty cool.

    Dates: 

    Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 20:00

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  • Courtisane Festival 2014

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    In its yearly festival, Courtisane 2014 (April 2-6, Ghent, Belgium) presents a kaleidoscopic mosaic of styles, media, gestures, languages and emotions; a patchwork of recent and historical works that share an insatiable hunger for experimentation, a personal signature, and a sense of resistance. The main core of this year's programme will include recents and classic works from artists such as Leslie Thornton, Peter Emmanuel Goldman, Laure Prouvost, Ben Rivers & Ben Russell, Laida Lertxundi, Gary Beydler, Bruce Baillie, Nathaniel Dorsky, Alexandra Cuesta, Morgan Fisher, Camille Henrot, Gregory Markopoulos, Robert Beavers, Olivier Dekegel, Sarah Vanagt, Black Audio Film Collective and Larry Gottheim among many others.

    This edition's "Artist in Focus" is Ken Jacobs, who will be the protagonist of several dedicated screenings and a performance with composer and visual artist Aki Onda.  The programme "Across the Margins, Beyond the Pale: Re-imagining the post-colonial" will include films by Kidlat Tahimik, Djibril Diop Mambéty, Med Hondo, Carlos Mayolo & Luis Ospina, Nelson Pereira dos Santos and Glauber Rocha.

    The festival will also feature several musical and performatic events with Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda, Julius Eastman (works for 4 pianos), Wanda Group, Christina Vantzou, Angela Melitopoulos & Bettina Knaup and Ayreen Anastas & Rene Gabri.

    Dates: 

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014 (All day) to Sunday, April 6, 2014 (All day)
  • Sheffield Fringe: Write after reading

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    The shifting physicality of the written word in the age of digital surveillance continuously warps and renegotiates notions of the personal and the political throughout this selection of films. Personal footage and self-interrogation are re-appropriated in narratives that blur the lines between documentary, manifesto and fiction.

    With 40 years between them, John Latham’s Encyclopaedia Britannica (1971) and Andrew Norman Wilson’s Workers Leaving the Googleplex (2011) both interrogate the evolving physicality and accessibility of the written word. Helen Benigson’s The Future Queen of the Screen (2011) starts with an old-fashioned, echoing keyboard clang, never letting go of the seductive tactility of the digital interface. Equal parts futuristic dystopia and childhood holiday nostalgia, Daniel Mann’s Future Diaries (2011) creates an improbably seamless experiment in narrative dissonance from the artist’s father’s Hi-8 family video archive.

    A discussion will follow the screening. 

    With thanks to Openvizor, LUX, and Angus-Hughes Gallery.

    Dates: 

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 19:00

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  • Turbidus Film Presents: Cécile Fontaine

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    Film screenings and artist talk
    Curated By Daniel A. Swarthnas

    "Cécile Fontaine works with what can be called margins, the excluded parts of cinema, revindicating scratching, soaking, de-collage and so filmmaking passes as a primarily plastic activity, with almost no material resources, renewing at once with the first major steps of the Dadaists in their collage – principally in the works of Schwitters and especially the collage of Hannah Höch executed with a kitchen knife and the work of recycling or how to make art without having the air to have touched it." - Yann Beauvais

    Born in 1957 in south of France, grew up in a French oversea departement named Ile de la Réunion in the Indian Ocean; studied art both in France (1975/1979) and in the United States (Boston 1980/1986) where she started making film in 1982 after taking an evening film class at Massachussetts College of Art then registering full time at School of Museum of Fine Arts, majoring cinema. Returned in France in 1986 and lives since then in Paris, teaching art fulltime in a primary school and making films.

    Dates: 

    Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 19:00

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  • Directors Lounge Screening: Karl F. Stewart - Impressions in Mind

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    Karl F. Stewart: Impressions in Mind
    Photographs and Video

    Karl F. Stewart makes a mark in digital photography and video with his saturated colors and his rigorous compositions showing urban landscapes. He works with a photographic hybrid combination between still images and videos that do not hide their origin in their photographic concept. After being a documentary photographer in the 70's in Pittsburgh, his home town, he worked as an English lecturer in Italy for 24 years, before he took up photography again only 5 years ago, now going fully digital.

    San Francisco, his next temporary residency after Italy, became his starting point for his relaunch in photography, where he mostly explored the downtown area. Not just the financial district of San Francisco, but a big part of the highly dense urban areas show an amazing economic growth with glossy surfaces and artificial contemporary green landscaping on one hand, and wide spread poverty of homeless people on the other. “The Unearthly Beauty of Simulated Nature in Contemporary Architecture” is Stewart's most pronounced piece from that period, presented as a video-photo essay. At the same time, the artist started exploring motion-blur and photoshop cut-outs. “Impressions of Movement” is a series of panoramic works that resulted and which he continued in different countries such as USA, Italy and France. The time-based presentation of digital pictures, that seems to be natural to the medium, led to digital video as his preferred medium at the moment. The artist recently moved to Düsseldorf, where he continues exploring landscapes and urban settings in often unearthly colors. Like with “K-20”, showing a small fountain at the K 20 Museum in Düsseldorf, the examinations of urban-nature relations combined with sometimes witty surprising experiments, seem to propel his creative energy most successfully.

    Dates: 

    Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 21:00

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