Expanded Cinema: Film als Spektakel, Ereignis und Performance

Date: 10 September 2004 | Season: Expanded Cinema 2004 | Tags: ,

EXPANDED CINEMA: FILM ALS SPEKTAKEL, EREIGNIS UND PERFORMANCE
10 – 26 September 2004
Dortmund PhoenixHalle

From the 10th to the 26th of September hartware medien kunst verein in conjunction with medien_kunst_netz dortmund present the festival Expanded Cinema: Film als Spektakel, Ereignis und Performance (Expanded Cinema: Film as Spectacle, Event and Performance). The programme has been conceived by Mark Webber and is a survey of Expanded Cinema encompassing historical works from the 1960s to the present day. Many of the artist-filmmakers will appear in person and will be available for discussion with the audience after the performances.

»Expanded Cinema« is the term used to describe works that do not conform to the traditional single-screen cinema format. Expanded cinema is not a movement; it is a style of presentation that can be used for films or performances made for a wide variety of aesthetic, personal and political reasons. The only common link between them is that they do not adhere to the »standard« mode of presentation of a single, continuous film projected onto a screen in front of an audience. Projectors are often placed in the room with the audience (not hidden away in a booth at the back) and become part of the overall, participatory event.

The programme stresses the unique, ephemeral and temporal qualities of a finite film or performance that has a beginning, middle and end, and is, by its nature, a shared experience for the assembled audience. There will be no secondary documentation, re-interpretations, installations or static loops, each piece happens once only at a designated time. It presents only film-based, »living works« in their original formats, including multi-screen projections, film performances and expanded cinema events. There will be no use of video or digital technology, but the influence these works have had on the development of new media and gallery installations will be clearly evident.

10-12 September 2004
Participating Artists: Valie Export (Austria), Christian Lebrat (France), Werner Nekes, Jurgen Reble & Thomas Köner (Germany) Malcolm Le Grice, Guy Sherwin (UK), Sandra Gibson & Luis Recoder, Bruce McClure (USA). Plus Films By: Joost Rekveld (Netherlands), Gill Eatherley (UK), Morgan Fisher, Paul Sharits (USA).

17-19 September 2004
Participating Artists: Maria Klonaris & Katerina Thomadaki (Greece/France). Plus Films By: Fred Drummond, Gill Eatherley, Sally Potter, William Raban, James Scott, Chris Welsby (UK), Storm de Hirsch, Claes Oldenburg, Barbara Rubin, Carolee Schneemann, Paul Sharits, Andy Warhol (USA).

24-26 September 2004
Participating Artists: Giovanni Martedi (Italy/France), Wilhelm Hein (Germany), William Raban (UK), Tony Conrad (USA). Plus Films By: Birgit Hein (Germany), Lis Rhodes (UK), Beverly Conrad (USA).

Presented by harware medien kunst verein & medien_kunst_netz dortmund
Curator: Mark Webber
Coordination & Press: Katrin Mundt
Technican: Uwe Gorski
Venue: Phoenixhalle, Hichofenstraße / Ecke Rombergstraße, Dortmund-Hörder, Germany.

In cooperation with dortmund-projet, LEG – landesentwicklungsgesellschaft NRW, Kulturbüro Stadt Dortmund.

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Expanded Cinema: First Weekend

Date: 10 September 2004 | Season: Expanded Cinema 2004 | Tags: ,

EXPANDED CINEMA: FILM ALS SPEKTAKEL, EREIGNIS UND PERFORMANCE
10 – 12 September 2004 (First Weekend)
Dortmund PhoenixHalle

The opening weekend is characterised by a diverse range of works that investigate the properties and use of colour in film and projected light, often using abstract imagery. The season will commence with an early two-screen film by Werner Nekes projected outside the gallery into the surrounding environment. Filmmaker and theorist Malcolm Le Grice will show a selection of his colour field films for up to eight projectors and Jurgen Reble will perform Alchemie (1992), using a mixture of chemical substances to irreversibly transform the composition of a film loop in real time.

Saturday features three young New York artists that recently participated in the Whitney Biennial. The afternoon begins with collaborative works for Super-8 and 16mm by Luis Recoder & Sandra Gibson present and later Bruce McClure performs with four specially adapted projectors. There will also be multi-screen films by Gill Eatherley, Joost Rekveld and Paul Sharits, and a performance by Christian Lebrat.

On Sunday afternoon, Werner Nekes will give a lecture/demonstration that illustrates pre-cinematic precedents of expanded cinema, followed by a special programme in which the screen is not only illuminated, but activated. Valie Export, Malcolm Le Grice, Werner Nekes and Guy Sherwin will present live performances of seminal film actions from the 60s & 70s in a programme that also features Morgan Fisher’s Projection Instructions (1976), which invites the projectionist to get in on the act.

Participating Artists: Valie Export (Austria), Christian Lebrat (France), Werner Nekes, Jurgen Reble & Thomas Köner (Germany) Malcolm Le Grice, Guy Sherwin (UK), Sandra Gibson & Luis Recoder, Bruce McClure (USA).

Plus Films By: Joost Rekveld (Netherlands), Gill Eatherley (UK), Morgan Fisher, Paul Sharits (USA).


Opening Night

Date: 10 September 2004 | Season: Expanded Cinema 2004 | Tags: ,

EXPANDED CINEMA: OPENING NIGHT
Friday 10 September 2004, at 8pm
Dortmund PhoenixHalle

Werner Nekes, Schnitte für ABABA, 1967, 11 min, mobile projection
A metrically edited film which animates nature and buildings through rapid changes in light. According to its original instructions, the film will projected outdoors onto the surrounding environment.

Malcolm Le Grice, Matrix, 1973, 18 min, 6 projector performance
Malcolm Le Grice, Blue Field Duration, 1972, 8 min, 2 screen film
Malcolm Le Grice, Threshold, 1972, 17 min, 3 projector performance
Malcolm Le Grice, Horror Film I, 1971, c.15 min, 3 projectors & live performance
As one of the core members of the London Film-Makers’ Co-operative, Le Grice established the idea that printing processing and projection were essential creative elements of filmmaking. His colour field films of the early 70s use rich, dynamic hues, which complement and contrast each other as the projectors are moved in predetermined sequences, creating constantly varied, durational ‘screen structures’.

Jürgen Reble & Thomas Köner, Alchemie, 1992, c.60 min, alchemical sound & film performance
By directly applying chemicals to the emulsion of a prepared film loop, Reble progressively decomposes and modifies the image, whilst Köner creates an electronic, aural counterpart using ambient sound. As the performance progresses, the elements are transformed into an abstract, iridescent unity.

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Ride the Light

Date: 11 September 2004 | Season: Expanded Cinema 2004 | Tags: ,

EXPANDED CINEMA: RIDE THE LIGHT
Saturday 11 September 2004, at 3pm
Dortmund PhoenixHalle

Recoder & Gibson, Ride the Light, 2004, c.60 min, multi-projection performance
Working individually and in collaboration as presstapes, Luis Recoder and Sandra Gibson explore the canvas of the filmstrip with the medium of light, manipulating both exposure and projection. For part of this performance, a regular power switch will be used to manually flicker, strobe, and flash forth a unique cinematic phenomenon.

Recoder & Gibson, Fourfold, 2001-04, c.7 min, 4 projector performance
Recoder & Gibson, Color Test, 2003, 5 min, 3 projector performance
Recoder & Gibson, Override, 2004, c.9 min, 2 projector performance
Recoder & Gibson, Ribbon, 2003, 6 min, 4 projector performance
Recoder & Gibson, Alignments for Linea, 2002-04, c.19 min, 2 projector performance

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Multi-Screen Films

Date: 11 September 2004 | Season: Expanded Cinema 2004 | Tags: ,

EXPANDED CINEMA: MULTI-SCREEN FILMS
Saturday 11 September 2004, at 5pm
Dortmund PhoenixHalle

Abstract colour films for 2 or 3 adjacent projectors. Liminal Minimal is a performance for mobile projectors using red, green and blue colour signals. #5 and Hand Grenade are both 3-screen action paintings produced by trails of light. In Dream Displacement, Sharits manipulates strips of single-frame colour fields, creating a soporific, cinematic meditation.

Christian Lebrat, Liminal Minimal, 1977, c.19 min, 2 screen performance
Joost Rekveld, #5 (Variation 1), 1994, 6 min, 3 screen film
Gill Eatherley, Hand Grenade, 1971, 6 min, 3 screen film
Paul Sharits, Dream Displacement, 1976, 24 min, 2 screen film

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Crib & Sift

Date: 11 September 2004 | Season: Expanded Cinema 2004 | Tags: ,

EXPANDED CINEMA: CRIB & SIFT
Saturday 11 September 2004, at 8pm
Dortmund PhoenixHalle

Bruce McClure, Crib & Sift, 2001-04, c.90 min, projection performance with adapted projectors
Bruce McClure’s light performances are constructed on the screen using 2 or 4 specially modified projectors.  His work “activates cinematic potential, omitting the artistic error of the camera eye, favouring the fugitive chiaroscuro in the automatic theatre of the brain’s emulsion. The programme will manifest the projector as the primary utensil in an enfilade of scotopic visions requisitioned and apportioned according to its rotary on-off swing.”

Bruce McClure, Crossfades, 2003, 13 min, 3 projector performance
Bruce McClure, Circle Jerks, 2002, 16 min, 4 projector performance
Bruce McClure, Presepio, 2003, 16 min, 4 projector performance
Bruce McClure, You Know My Methods, 2003, 15 min, 2 projector performance
Bruce McClure, Double Incident, 2004. 15 min, 4 projector performance

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Expanded Pre-Cinema

Date: 12 September 2004 | Season: Expanded Cinema 2004 | Tags: ,

EXPANDED CINEMA: EXPANDED PRE-CINEMA
Sunday 12 September 2004, at 3pm
Dortmund PhoenixHalle

Werner Nekes, Expanded Pre-Cinema, illustrated lecture, c.60 min
Werner Nekes presents an illustrated lecture on expanded light projections in the time before film, including demonstrations of objects from his historical collection of pre-cinematic devices.


The Active Screen

Date: 12 September 2004 | Season: Expanded Cinema 2004 | Tags: ,

EXPANDED CINEMA: THE ACTIVE SCREEN
Sunday 12 September 2004, at 5pm
Dortmund PhoenixHalle

After Morgan Fisher’s film activates the projector through a series of instructions to its operator, a programme of works that energise the normally passive screen, involving the direct participation of the artist. Guy Sherwin’s magical 8mm performances subtly blur our perception of reality and the projected image. Operation uses the body as projection surface, whilst the artist must draw on the canvas of the screen to fully realise Auf+Ab+An+Zu. After Leonardo uses six projectors to juxtapose a ‘real’ reproduction of the Mona Lisa with its re-photographed image and a Freud text on its creator.

Morgan Fisher, Projection Instructions, 1976, 4 min, film performance
Guy Sherwin, Paper Landscape, 1975, 10 min, film performance
Werner Nekes, Operation, 1967, 4 min, film performance
Valie Export, Auf+Ab+An+Zu, 1968, 4 x 5 min, film performance
Malcolm Le Grice, After Leonardo, 1973, 22 min, multi-screen performance
Guy Sherwin, Man With Mirror, 1976, 10 min, film performance

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Expanded Cinema: Second Weekend

Date: 17 September 2004 | Season: Expanded Cinema 2004 | Tags: ,

EXPANDED CINEMA: FILM ALS SPEKTAKEL, EREIGNIS UND PERFORMANCE
17 – 19 September 2004 (Second Weekend)
Dortmund PhoenixHalle

The second weekend features double screen projections of personal works, including landscape films, intimate diaries and insurgent affirmations of sexual identity. Andy Warhol’s classic Chelsea Girls (1966), an episodic dual projection starring Factory Superstars in “the Iliad of the underground”, will be shown on Friday evening.

Saturday 18th begins with Paul Sharits visit to Brancusi’s Romanian sculpture garden and Claes Oldenberg’s impressions of swinging London. A programme of works from the London Filmmakers Cooperative includes landscape films of William Raban and Chris Welsby, and reflective domestic observations by Gill Eatherley and Sally Potter. The evening begins will psychedelic films by Fred Drummond, Storm de Hirsch and Barbara Rubin’s orgiastic Christmas on Earth (1963), followed by Soma (1978), a subversive and erotic work by radical feminist artists Maria Klonaris & Katerina Thomadaki.

To close the weekend, multi-media artist Carolee Schneeman will present Kitch’s Last Meal (1973-78), a memorial to the cat featured in her Autobiographical Trilogy (1965-78). This highly emotional piece consists of variable units of private audiotapes and Super-8 films shown in vertical double projection.

Participating Artists: Maria Klonaris & Katerina Thomadaki (Greece/France).

Plus Films By: Fred Drummond, Gill Eatherley, Sally Potter, William Raban, James Scott, Chris Welsby (UK), Storm de Hirsch, Claes Oldenburg, Barbara Rubin, Carolee Schneemann, Paul Sharits, Andy Warhol (USA).


The Chelsea Girls

Date: 17 September 2004 | Season: Expanded Cinema 2004 | Tags: ,

EXPANDED CINEMA: THE CHELSEA GIRLS
Friday 17 September 2004, at 8pm
Dortmund
PhoenixHalle

Andy Warhol, The Chelsea Girls, 1966, 210 min, 2 screen films
Warhol’s magnum opus brought the avant-garde into commercial movie theatres. Twin screen projection depicts simultaneous events indifferent rooms of the Chelsea Hotel, playing psychological situations against each other. Factory Superstars including ‘Pope’ Ondine, Brigid Polk, Mary Woronov and Gerard Malanga give extraordinary performances in a fascinating observation of New York’s subculture. Sex, drugs and divinity, with exclusive music by The Velvet Underground.

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