EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILMS PROGRAMS
SATURDAY MAY 22
11 AM - $12
This program brings together experimental films from three countries: the Netherlands, Austria and the United States. Pushed to the limit of abstraction, these works travel between the organic materials of 16mm film to the glitched pixels of digital image. The program begins with #5 by JOOST REKVELD, a 16mm triple projection, followed by Deletion by ESTHER URLUS, two well-known European analog filmmakers. After the politicized video of TELCOSYSTEMS, a multimedia duo, we will enter the world of two great Austrian video artists, TINA FRANK and MICHAELA GRILL, both of whom presented performances at the Festival in 2004 and 2017 respectively. The program will end with Another Void, a visual and musical poem shot on Super 8mm (transferred on 16mm) by the late American filmmaker PAUL CLIPSON.
3 x 16mm, 6 minutes, 1994
#5 is a film for three 16mm projectors which explores the relationship between image, color, rhythm and time. Using simple techniques (long exposures of moving objects filmed image by image, photographs printed on strips of film using a photo enlarger), the film produces a field of dispersions of colored streaks, "action painting" in light.
16mm, 12 minutes, 2016-2017
Visual suggestion allows negative space to be discerned – a hint of an absent image – in an immersive cloud of coloured granules. Its substantiation lies in the viewer’s imagination, coloured by the dark ambient soundtrack. Deletion was shot on 16mm using home-made emulsion inspired by the more than a century-old autochrome colour process.
Video, 14 minutes, 2019
Digital Cinema Package is the new standard for projecting film. TELCOSYSTEMS attempts to hack the system, to free it and open it up to chaos and creativity. Will they manage to disrupt the projection by finding cracks in the rigid binary system? Or is it completely immune to human interference? (International Film Festival Rotterdam)
Video, 3 minutes, 2016
Music by Peter Rehberg
Is there life after HD? And more importantly: will awareness begin to revolt at some point when HD becomes implanted in all of our minds as a standard without alternative? Such questions seem to be at the conceptual base of TINA FRANK´s 20160815. This is not the first time she has collaborated with Pita (Peter Rehberg), whose track, 20150609 congenially elevates FRANK´s eruptive pop-approach to a higher, shared, techno-visionary level. In doing so, both share the intention of radically undermining the smooth, unquestioned aspects of digital culture.
Video, 16 minutes, 2007
Music by Martin Siewert
The perception of the city in the modern era is characterized by its fleeting and momentary nature. Social and architectural constructions are fragmented and elusive. cityscapes attempts to make archived recordings from the Austrian Film Museum legible along these lines. Single images are isolated from the cinematographic flow in order to scrutinize their inner cognitive potential. For Walter Benjamin, history disintegrates into images as opposed to stories. cityscapes is a search along the tracks of these images. (Michaela Grill, Martin Siewert)
16mm, 10 minutes, 2012
Music by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
Another Void is the result of a continuing practice of working with Super 8mm film, optimizing the format's limitations and benefits to maximum effect. The process of in-camera editing, in this case the layering of a progression of hundreds of shots over each other presenting up to five or six images at a time, yields an array of unexpected collaged compositions largely unplanned for, but achieved with a particular design in mind. The overall structure of the film resembles a piece of music, like that of the sculptural soundtrack by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma. Like the rhythms and layered phrases of his composition suggesting a far-reaching but indistinct space, the film’s visual superimpositions process a way of describing the world through gesture and repetition, an act of filming before one sees, of making choices out of an obsession for shape, color and texture. The film was shot on Super 8mm film and transferred to 16mm by Bill Brand.
SUNDAY MAY 23
11 AM - $12
This program celebrates canadian experimental film by women, proposing an exploration that oscillates between photography, music and cinema. Included are the most recent silver emulsion based films from photographers SARAH SEENÉ and ANNIE ST-JEAN (with Philippe Lauzier and Éric Normand) as well as the magnificent Athyrium filix-femina from KELLY EGAN, which pays tribute to the works of Anna Atkins, a pioneer in photography. Also to be discovered are collaborations between ERIN WEISGERBER with musician Radwan Ghazi Moumneh and SHANNON LYNN HARRIS with Silvervest (Kim Zombik and Nicolas Caloia). To continue our dive into the materiality of film, we also find Eidolon, the 16mm film that MIKE ROLLO made in collaboration with musician Andrea-Jane Cornell (Le fruit vert) and Altiplano, the first sound film MALENA SZLAM made using “field recordings” from volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer, oceanographer Susannah Buchande and sound artist Jacob Kirkegaard.
3 x 16mm to video, 6 minutes, 2020
Music of Jerusalem In My Heart
Filmed along fault lines.A cut in the earth.A line in the sand.They told me.Qalouli.
SHANNON LYNN HARRIS
Video, 3:10 minutes, 2020Music of Silvervest (Kim Zombik and Nicolas Caloia)
Wandering through the sonic landscape of improvisation, we pull sound into being, we pull light into form. This work was commissioned by the improvisational duo of Kim Zombik and Nicolas Caloia of Silvervest.
16mm, 3:35 minutes, 2020Music of Andrea-Jane Cornell (Le fruit vert)
The seer passes beneath branches, crosses fields, observes the quiet corners of creation. Bright and dark take turns showing their faces, a two-sided phantasm, one energy shape-shifting through time. The seer makes note, gleans eidolons.
Super-8mm to video, 1:40 minute, 2019
Lumen (light in Latin) is a short experimental super-8 documentary that paints the portrait of a teenage girl living with oculocutaneous albinism. Despite the hypersensitivity caused by this genetic illness, the lack of pigmentation in her skin and eyes endows her with an aura that is anything but ordinary. This film echoes SEENÉ’s Fovea, a photographic serie focusing on teens living with a visual impairment.
ANNIE ST-JEAN, PHILIPPE LAUZIER and ÉRIC NORMAND
Video, 10 minutes, 2021
Music-photographic film. Stealthy illusions or ghostly fragments.A poetic investigation into the territory of a farm frozen in time.
35mm to video, 5 minutes, 2016
This homage to botanist and photography pioneer Anna Atkins was made using handmade cyanotypefilmedstock exposed directly in the sun, which reanimated found film negatives. Crafted as a quilt, and then deconstructed into a linear filmstrip, the film’s structure is formed by the narratives presented in traditional quilting patterns, revealing a feminine discourse based on the ideas of écriture feminine.
35mm to video, 16 minutes, 2018Land recordings by Jacob Kirkegaard, Clive Oppenheimer and Susannah Buchande
Filmed in the Andean Mountains in the traditional lands of the Atacameño, Aymara and Calchaquí-Diaguita in Northern Chile and Northwest Argentina, Altiplano takes place within a geological universe of ancestral salt flats, volcanic deserts and coloured lakes. Fusing earth with sky, day with night, heartbeat with mountain and mineral with iridescent cloud, Altiplano reveals a vibrating Ektachrome landscape in which a bright blue sun threatens to eclipse a blood-red moon. Coupled with a natural soundscape generated from infrasound recordings of volcanoes, geysers, Chilean blue whales and more, Altiplano makes use of in-camera editing to create evocative visual rhythms through the ecstatic clash of color and form. Landscapes pulse and stutter, transformed through 16mm pixelation and superimposition techniques into spaces that exist in a multitude of times simultaneously. Located at the heart of a natural ecosystem threatened by a century of saltpeter and nitrate mining practices and recent geothermic exploitation, Altiplano reveals an ancient land standing witness to all that is, was and will be.
Karl Lemieux, short films curator