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  • Video Jam - Call for Film Submissions

    Video Jam is an ongoing series of unique, experimental events which seek to explore and re-examine the relationship between moving image and live sound by commissioning sound artists to compose original accompaniment for short, contemporary films. Initiated from scratch by a very small team of emerging artists, curators and promoters, the events act as a catalyst in bringing together these two mediums to create a new, third entity to be witnessed as a live experience.

    Dates: 

    Wednesday, February 11, 2015 (All day)

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  • Magic Lantern Cinema: Masses and Swarms

    From the earliest Lumière actualities to King Vidor’s *The Crowd* (1928) and onward through *Spring Breakers* (2012), cinema has given apt expression to masses and what they seemingly do best: massing. This program presents a survey of crowds, masses, and swarms in their many and varied manifestations: from the elemental to the complex, and from the archaic to the contemporary. Though often hidden beneath a veneer of solidity, masses and swarms are the very stuff of life. Gathering and dispersing, contracting and expanding, are the formal figures most proper to them. They exist at the level of particles and parades, demonstrations and desktop icons, spermatozoa and shopping mallers. Even the grain of film, the noise of video, the pixilation of a buffering stream—they, too, with their swirling and spreading, justly merit the name of “crowd.” Wherever division, multiplicity, and movement co-exist, masses and swarms are sure to follow: on the street, in the density of a throng; in the depths of the body, cell against cell.

    Dates: 

    Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 19:00

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  • Inevitability of Forgetting: Films of Lewis Klahr - We Live in Cities and Pass through Varied Ambiances…

    Working for over three decades, filmmaker Lewis Klahr is known for an extensive body of films based in collage, associational montage and cut-out animation grounded in elements of 20th Century popular culture, including advertising imagery, comic books, catalogs and ephemeral artifacts.

    Dates: 

    Friday, February 20, 2015 - 19:30

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  • Diffraktion 2015

    Once again after four successful editions, LaborBerlin presents Diffraktion, its annual showcase of new works on film by its members and friends. This year, Diffraktion is very excited to welcome guest programmer Koyo Yamashita who is presenting a selection of Japanese experimental films made between 1975 and 1980. The program provides a glance into one of the most fruitful periods in independent Japanese cinema. With works rarely screened in Germany, it also serves as a unique opportunity to experience one of Japan’s most unruly and idiosyncratic artistic scenes. Koyo Yashamita is the artistic director of the Image Forum Festival and programmer of Image Forum, one of Tokyo’s best-known independent cinemas. He joins us after taking part in the Jury for the Tiger Awards Competition for Short films at the Rotterdam Film Festival.

    Dates: 

    Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 19:00

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  • James Benning & Peter Hutton: Nature is a Discipline

    Curated by Ed Halter

    Internationally recognized as two of the most accomplished American filmmakers of their generation, James Benning and Peter Hutton have been making motion pictures since the early 1970s; up until just the past few years, both have primarily worked in 16mm. The two men have related interests in documenting our modern relationship to landscapes, both natural and manmade, but do so with distinct approaches and sensibilities that have evolved over the decades. Recently, they have each responded to the increased difficulties of working in small-gauge celluloid by turning to new technologies. Since 2009, Benning has abandoned film to create new moving-image work exclusively using video, ranging from high-definition cinematography to appropriated YouTube clips, while Hutton has begun transferring work produced on 16mm to digital formats for screening.

    As a result of this shift to digital, both artists have begun making pieces intended for installation in galleries and museum spaces, in addition to new works for theatrical projection in cinemas. Nature is a Discipline presents three recent installations that will show for the first time in New York: Hutton’s At Sea (2004-07) and Three Landscapes (2013), and Benning's Tulare Road (2010).

    Dates: 

    Saturday, January 24, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, March 8, 2015 (All day)

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  • Avanti Experimental Film Screening

    A new screening of experimental film is coming to Berlin! The topic of the current edition: conceptual love. The notion of love as opposed to its practice or, is the idea of love more than love itself?

    The event will feature screenings of classic experimental films, as well as contemporary works. It aims to create a discourse around the topic and its past and present understanding through the medium.

    Dates: 

    Friday, January 30, 2015 - 20:00

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  • Jonas Mekas: 365 Day Project - Part One

    Artist in person

    Microscope Gallery is extremely pleased to announce the screening premiere of the complete "365 Day Project" by Jonas Mekas, a nearly 38-hour video project composed of 365 individual videos posted daily on his website in 2007. The work will be screened across twelve programs, one each month of 2015, with part one "January" launching the series on Friday January 30th.

    For "365", as the project is more commonly known, Mekas challenged himself to make and upload a video on his website every day for an entire year. Despite the occasional technical or emotional close call, Mekas persevered capturing snowstorms, friendly birds and squirrels, historical news reports, gathering with friends and lots of music both at home in Brooklyn and during his travels abroad, at times repurposing or incorporating previously unseen footage from his earlier 16mm films or analog videos.

    Dates: 

    Friday, January 30, 2015 - 19:00

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