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Unseen Cinema 6: The Amateur as Auteur - Discovering Paradise in Pictures
AMATEUR AS AUTEUR is part of the film retrospective UNSEEN CINEMA that explores long-forgotten American experimental cinema. These home-made films incorporate avant-garde strategies and techniques to reveal a true sense of cinematic intimacy. Glimpses of life caught unawares are found in the home movies of Elizabeth Woodman Wright, Archie Stewart,…
Unseen Cinema 2: The Devil's Plaything - American Surrealism
THE DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND is part of the film retrospective UNSEEN CINEMA that explores long-forgotten American experimental cinema. Edwin S. Porter and other early filmmakers used bizarre sets, fantastic costumes, and magic lantern tricks to illuminate their fantasy films. American parody supplied Douglas Fairbanks with enough unusual material to produce the…
City Symphony Volume 1
Includes two films: Continuum and Deconstruction Sight. "This is history without narrative, an abstract summation of what happens when human beings move stuff around and make something of it, grow tired of what they've made and demolish it using other things they've made, and then start all over again. What…
If Brains Were Dynamite
Hanging like hindquarters in a meat freezer, bloody butchered human torsos and limbs simultaneously rivet and repel viewers of this film's opening footage. Mark Prent is a Canadian artist whose exhibitions always provoke outrage and have resulted in violent reactions and trials for obscenity. They also reveal the latent sadism…
The Paradise of Cornelius Kolig
The uncategorizable artist Cornelius Kolig lives and works today in the same small community in which he was born and grew up, on the border of Italy, Austria and Slovenia. Preoccupied with the environment - both the natural, organic environment and the artificial, industrial (and often polluting) one - his…
Jeremy Blake: An Interview
Jeremy Blake (1971-2007) used digital media to create works that function on a flexible spectrum between being more painting-like or more film-like. He created continually looping digital animations with sound to be projected or presented on plasma screens. Blake often began by making the digital C-prints, which he conceived to…
Screening Room with Peter Hutton
Part of the Series: Screening Room Series
Drawing on traditions of 19th-century landscape painting and still photography, Hutton's contemplative, meticulously composed films unfold as a series of tableaux separated by black leader. His work, primarily minimalist, silent portraits of cities and landscapes, has been shown at important festivals and in major museums across Europe and the United…
Dubois Lefebvre & Greg Lasserre & Chris Fulham
Part of the Series: Masters of Art
Jean DuBois and Chloe Lefebvre are Canadian-based artists who have worked in close collaboration since 2001. Their work involves interactive installations that explore the relation between the spectator and the screen. The observer can obtain a level of intimacy with the fictional characters the artists have created through lyrical encounters…
Chris Henschke & Knowles Sowerwine
Part of the Series: Masters of Art
Chris Henschke is a Melbourne-based artist who has been working with digital media for the past fifteen years. His main areas of research are in art / science relationships, interactive and hybrid media and experimental audio. Henschke is in a creative partnership 'Topologies' with Donna Kendrigan. His works have been…
Momoyo Torimitsu, Angelica Mesiti & Serge Spitzer
Part of the Series: Masters of Art
Momoyo Torimitsu Based in New York since 1996, Momoyo Torimitsu playfully critiques contemporary Japanese culture through works in sculpture, installation and video. She has performed and exhibited widely, including performances on Wall Street in New York and exhibitions in ISEA 2008, National Museum of Singapore, Momenta Art, New York, Museum…
Unrequited Love - On Stalking & Being Stalked
A story of obsessive passion. Based on an English academic's memoir on stalking and being stalked, Unrequited Love is a dazzling digital film essay on cinema and absence, on Hitchcock and Antonioni, on cinema and cities. It is a story of waiting, self-delusion, panic, fear of violence, and of modern…
Homo Sapiens
This New York Times Critics' Pick is an ode to humanity as seen from a possible future scenario. HOMO SAPIENS is a film about the finiteness and fragility of human existence and the end of the industrial age, and what it means to be a human being. What will remain…