Whether working with video, photographs or drawings, the work of Toronto-based artist Jean-Paul Kelly (b. 1977) explores the relationship between “materiality and perception”. Kelly poses questions about the limits of representation by examining complex associations between found photographs, videos, and sounds from documentaries, photojournalism, and online media streams.
At LUX, Kelly will present his most recent works The Innocents (2014, UK premiere), Movement in Squares (2013) and Figure-ground (2013), which will be screened in dialogue with a selection of films and videos from the LUX collection by artists such as Norman McLaren, Lewis Klahr, Steve Reinke and James Richards. The screening will be followed by a conversation between Kelly and Erika Balsom.
In Riddles of the Sphinx, a key work of the British cinema of the seventies, Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen use a new formal structure to analyse the way women were represented in the cinema. Based on the critical articles and research of the two filmmakers, the film returns constantly to women and the place of maternity in society, not as a visual image but as a theme for investigation. This content cannot be addressed by the aesthetic parameters established by traditional cinematographic practice, instead involving formal research in which, using multiple voices, Mulvey and Wollen seek to construct a different relation between the spectator and the female subject.
Dublin-based experimental filmmaker Rouzbeh Rashidi has become recognized as one of the most radical and uncompromisingly independent talents in contemporary underground cinema. Eschewing traditional narrative, he roots his style in the poetic interaction of sound, image and atmosphere. Visually and sonically hypnotic, his films provide uniquely intense sensorial experiences that question everything you ever took for granted about cinema.
Ten Years in the Sun is Rashidi’s most extreme and ambitious film to date. In it, several bizarre characters are entangled in obscure private obsessions, conspiracies and perversions that flicker on the verge of incoherence against the context of vast cosmic disaster. In an absurdist and fragmented plot, Nicholas Fox (Dean Kavanagh) seeks to make contact with the legendary villains Scorpio (Rashidi himself) and Boris Remy (Maximilian Le Cain) through the intercession of the insane Sergeant-Major Barrett (John Curran), while Herr Käferholz (Jann Clavadetscher) becomes so engrossed in his erotic fixations that he experiences humankind’s most primal state of existence. At the same time, the universe collapses into a random series of incompatible image systems
Back in the sixties when computers were about to make their colossal breakthrough in the territory of art, Henry Flynt coined the term concept art for a new art-form based in mathematics. For digital pioneers such as Stan Vanderbeek, John Whitney or Larry Cuba, the computer was "the supreme mathematical instrument", a new media meant to trigger aesthetic intuitions. Tonight we will present what could be considered a pure form of conceptual work (by Henry Flynt's standards). We are screening the digital masterpiece Calculated Movements, a vectorial animation created by Larry Cuba while programming the wireframe structure for the infamous Star Wars' Death Star.
The Video Art pioneer David Hall (1937–2014) who passed away in October 2014 was a crucial figure in British art of the post war period. His work across sculpture, film, video and installations pioneered new areas of practice and played a crucial role in the first chapter of video art in the UK. An impassioned teacher and influential advocate for video art, Hall was the co-organiser of The Video Show 1975, the first major international show of artists’ video in the UK. He was also co-founder of London Video Arts (now LUX) and a member of the Artist Placement Group and founded the first time based media course at Maidstone College of Art in 1972. His works has been exhibited and collected internationally. Hall was as adept working on his Television Interruptions for broadcasters from the BBC to MTV as he was presenting his work at the world’s leading museums and exhibitions, from Documenta to the Centre Pompidou.
On March 3rd, 20h. Playtime Audiovisuales will present the new fanzine Espacios de Libertad (Spaces of Freedom), which contains several texts about the work of filmmaker Laida Lertxundi. Laida, who will be present for this event, will also introduce a 'Landscape Plus' screening, with several of her own works, along with films from other filmmakers, such as Michael Robinson or Alee Peoples.
The presentation will be held at Espacio Labruc - C / Palma, 18 ([M] Tribunal), Madrid with free admission.
ANALOGICA is a festival dedicated to the community who loves analog and lo-fi arts and technology, a platform to share experience and projects with artists, filmmakers, performers, musicians, photographers.
3 days of screenings, music, performance and photo exhibitions in the north part of italy, in a old train station from the XX century in a very small village from the Alps, Ora/Auer.