Close Up Cinema writes:
Many thanks to those of you who attended our Andrei Tarkovsky retrospective in September, we experienced overwhelming demand for all of these films. For those of you who missed out, we're very pleased to announce that we will be repeating the entire programme across October!
We're thrilled to finally announce our second collaboration with the Austrian Cultural Forum London and Sixpackfilm brings together nearly five decades of works – a retrospective on the moving-image works of radical Austrian artist and provocateur VALIE EXPORT. Divided into six distinct programmes – including her early short films and videos, performances, feature length fiction films and documentaries – this season presents a cross section of an enormously diverse, frequently controversial oeuvre, highlighting EXPORT’s commitment to producing challenging, theoretically engaged polemics throughout a technologically groundbreaking practice.
This Friday, Jamie Jenkinson and Evelyn Yard gallery present a programme that focusses on experimentation with popular video technologies by contemporary visual artists; on Sunday Edge of Frame presents the films of Karen Yasinsky, highlighting the Baltimore-based artist’s use of repetitive, labour-intensive animation processes to explore the unconscious through collective and personal narratives; and finally, towards the end of the month, The View From Our House: Berlin/London presents three films exploring collective and personal histories through richly poetic representations of objects and places.
Finally, in Library news, we're pleased to announce that we have removed the one night loan cap from all current and future New Releases - meaning that all DVDs now have a two week rental period!
7 October 2016
VIDEO – (Im)materialists
Presented by Evelyn Yard, VIDEO is a screening event highlighting the specific use of video by contemporary artists. The programme focuses less on the polished "moving-image" production, and more on experimentation and the use of more accessible popular video technologies. The screenings will highlight areas where video has been used for its specific characteristics, opening up the rising debate of medium specificity in and around ideas of post-media hybridisation.
8 - 31 October 2016
Close-Up on Andrei Tarkovsky
Due to popular demand we will re-run our Andrei Tarkovsky season in October.
Tarkovsky belongs to that handful of filmmakers who, with a small, concentrated body of work, created a universe. Though he made only seven features, thwarted by Soviet censors and then by cancer, each honoured his ambition to crash through the surface of ordinary life and find a larger spiritual meaning: to heal modern art's secular fragmentation by infusing it with metaphysical dimension. To that end he rejected Eisensteinian montage and developed a demanding, long-take aesthetic, which he thought better able to reveal the deeper truths underlying the ephemeral, performing moment.
9 October 2016
No Place Like Home: The Films of Karen Yasinsky
Edge of Frame presents a programme of films by Karen Yasinsky that highlights the Baltimore-based artist’s use of repetitive, labour-intensive animation processes to explore the unconscious through collective and personal narratives. From early stop-motion puppets inhabiting uncanny reveries, to references to canonical films such as The Wizard of Oz, Au Hazard Balthazar or L'Atalante, Yansinky's animations take place within the realms of memory. In her most recent works, narrative cohesion gives way to a more unconscious collage, creating haunting and compelling poetic compositions. Karen Yasinsky will participate in Q&A following the screening.
21 October 2016
The View from Our House: Berlin / London
This programme presents three films exploring collective and personal histories through richly poetic representations of objects and places. Reflecting the structure of the eponymous feature film, The View from Our House, the programme journeys between memories and geographies of Berlin and London, with each of the films giving voice to the latent histories revealed by their subtle interrogations of everyday details. Peter Todd, Anthea Kennedy and Ian Wiblin will be in conversation with Gareth Evans following the screening.
27 - 30 October 2016
Close-Up on VALIE EXPORT
Initially being met with a great deal of hostility, VALIE EXPORT is now considered one of the most important and influential artists to combine multimedia works and theory with a feminist approach. In 1967 she programmatically chose a pseudonym to symbolically distance herself from the identity and role assigned to her as a female artist working in a male-dominated world – augmenting and adapting contemporaneous ideas of Actionism with her own feminist ideologies.
This often-violent preoccupation with the body and its portrayal through images sees EXPORT presenting herself in the dual role of female object and sensuous subject of an electronically and socially determined gaze. However, the films and videos in this retrospective also highlight an extraordinarily expansive critical engagement with socio-political ideas, including: masculine and feminine social roles, the family unit, manifestations of power within public and private spaces; and more structural concerns with technology, time and space.