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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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  • Ernie Gehr: Framing urban ghosts

    Ernie Gehr (1941) is a key figure in American avant-garde cinema and the structural film movement, and he is undoubtedly one of the most influential and innovative artists of his generation. The film Serene Velocity, which he made in 1970 in the cellar corridors of Binghamton university, is a masterly synthesis of the conceptual and aesthetical preoccupations which even in his earliest films (Reverberation, 1969) tend to subvert a purely illusionist cinema by affirming the primacy of its elementary constituents. For over fifty years since then, Gehr has been deploying a genealogy of the photographic in cinema, no matter whether it is made on celluloid or digitally, and no matter whether it is screened in a theatre or as (part of) an installation. Gehr’s body of work therefore constitutes a homogeneous and consistent entity in which the artist, nourished by his observations of quotidian American urban landscapes (Winter Morning, 2013), his reflection on the obsessive nature of the photographic or cinematographic image, and the temporary nature of human life (A Commuter’s Life (What a Life!), 2014), purposefully articulates recurrent themes.

    Ernie Gehr will personally attend the presentation of this selection from his films which also includes some unreleased titles. The screening will be followed by a conversation between Ernie Gehr and Jonathan Pouthier of the Paris Centre Pompidou.

    Dates: 

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 20:00

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  • Xcèntric: Listening to space. Three films by Robert Beavers

    Robert Beavers personally controls every screening of his films, which are always an exception: in this session we present his latest film in a dialogue with Still Light and Sotiros, both of which are extraordinary to see. Beavers was 16 when he met Gregory Markopoulos, who was then, at 37, a prestigious filmmaker, who encouraged Beavers to leave school and start making films. Shortly after, they went together toEurope, where Beavers put together his research into the “philosophical majesty of the image”: “the spectator's power of perception, liberated by this order of the senses and not by dramatic empathy, begins to learn what composes film and its harmonies...” Beavers’s work is a prodigious meditation of extreme meticulousness, subtlety and emotion, on the processes and materials of film (cutting, light, emulsion, sound): the artisan and manual gestures (of gardening or music) harmonize with the gestures of editing, and extend and poetize the visibility of the smallest things.

    Dates: 

    Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 20:00

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  • Another Experiment By Women Film Festival

    Another Experiment By Women Film Festival

    Another Experiment by Women Film Festival promotes and screens moving images in any media, made by women, that encourage critical thinking and dialogue. Our 4th season of screenings begins with our 1st show:
    From the road; TRT:60 min; Curated by Lili White;
    Filmmaker, Elizabeth Henry and special guest, Toni Gault, will attend;

    Dates: 

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 18:00

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