In the 1960s, WERNER NEKES (1944-2017) began making films and experimenting with different film stocks to scale the possibilities of the medium. Free from narrative and psychological aspects, the films are organized according to temporal units and structural systems as they focus on aspects of representation. In a direct dialogue to pre-cinematographic optical techniques – with different ways to create illusion of movement - Nekes referred to his films as ”light theater”.
Brussels based artist Els van Riel (b 1965) is a member of the analogue film-lab Labo Bxl and Cinema Parenthèse. Her films, videos and installations examine the impact of detailed changes in moment, movement, matter, light and perception. Her works relate to a tradition of minimal and structural filmmaking (Paul Sharits, Ernie Gehr), she processes the basic elements of film - time and light, silence and sound - and develops a form for expanded aesthetic saturation based on phenomenological observation within a sensitive and personal horizon that bypasses symbolism and narrativity.
Cinema Parenthèse presents Land/Scapes, a series in three programs with films by Claes Söderquist (Sweden), Els van Riel (Belgium), and Werner Nekes (Germany), that seeks to explore the encounter of film and the expanse of landscape. The encounter stages the possibility on the one hand of the investigation of historical and dimensional aspects of space, and on the other, a reflective reconnaissance of the film medium.