Seven Easy Pieces by Marina Abramovic

Date: 28 October 2007 | Season: London Film Festival 2007 | Tags:

Sunday 28 October 2007, at 7pm
London BFI Southbank Studio

Babette Mangolte, Seven Easy Pieces by Marina Abramovic, USA, 2007, 93 min
For one week in November 2005, Yugoslavian artist Marina Abramovic gave seven consecutive performances in the rotunda of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, presenting her own works alongside interpretations of what are now regarded as seminal performance pieces by artists such as Joseph Beuys and Bruce Nauman. Actions that were once performed to select audiences in studios or small galleries were transformed into public spectacle. The artist’s own ‘Lips of Thomas’ is an intense ritual that repeatedly subjects the body to physical pain, being clearly related to her country’s war torn past. Other uncompromising works address sexuality (Vito Acconci, ‘Seedbed’), confrontation (Valie Export, ‘Genital Panic’) and suffering (Gina Pane, ‘The Conditioning’). The performances, executed with extraordinary discipline and composure, test the thresholds of endurance and determination. Babette Mangolte’s mesmerising document of this event condenses the entire series into 90 minutes. The camera, cool and detached, rarely strays from the artists’ body, detailing mental and physical tension with the sharp clarity of high definition video. Live art, best experienced in the moment, has rarely been captured with such atmosphere.

Also Screening: Tuesday 30 October 2007, at 7:30pm, BFI Southbank Studio


The Anagogic Chamber

Date: 28 October 2007 | Season: London Film Festival 2007 | Tags:

Sunday 28 October 2007, at 9pm
London BFI Southbank NFT3

David Gatten, Film for Invisible Ink, Case No: 71: Base-Plus-Fog, USA, 2006, 10 min
‘Just barely a whisper. The minimum density, the slightest shape. A series of measurements, an equation for living. The edge of what matters, the contours of an idea. A selection of coordinates for finding one’s way back.’ (David Gatten)

Greg Pope, Shadow Trap, UK-Norway, 2007, 8 min
Shards of emulsion produced during an auto-destructive film performance have been layered and structured onto clear 35mm. Extending across the soundtrack area, the synaesthetic image creates an intense volley of sound and light.

Samantha Rebello, The Object Which Thinks Us: OBJECT 1, UK, 2007, 7 min
Utilitarian objects, related to health and hygiene, rendered in unconventional ways. This unsettling film questions the way that we relate to our surroundings by exploring the ‘radical otherness’ of things.

Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof, fugitive l(i)ght, Canada, 2005, 9 min
Adrift on the mists of time, archival images of Loïe Fuller’s ‘Serpentine Dance’ shimmer forth and dissolve in folds of abstract colour.

Emily Wardill, Sick Serena and Dregs and Wreck and Wreck, USA, 2007, 10 min
A farce of fractures: part study of allegorical stained glass windows, part fiction of disparate doppelgangers.

Michael Robinson, Victory over the Sun, USA, 2007, 13 min
Viewed through science fiction or scientific innovation, the future is as far away now as it ever was. Sites of past World’s Fairs witness battles between good and evil, the spirit world and the cold hard light of day.

Jessie Stead & David Gatten, Today!, USA, 2007, 11 min
‘Touch what you see when you find it or pick it up. Fall off tomorrow’s promise, not injured and again. In the woods there is snow, in the water there is sugar, bodies are made of salt and (yesterday is unaware).’ (Jessie Stead & David Gatten)

Festival guest David Gatten will lead a practical workshop on the use of text in 16mm filmmaking on Thursday 25 October 2007.


Peter Hutton in the Elements

Date: 29 October 2007 | Season: London Film Festival 2007 | Tags:

Monday 29 October 2007, at 7:00pm
London Tate Modern

Films by Peter Hutton appear more closely related to landscape painting and still photography than contemporary cinema. In their stately portrayal of urban and rural locations, they afford the viewer a rarefied and highly-focused mode of looking, a stillness seemingly at odds with everyday life. Over shots of extended duration, the world reveals itself before the camera, which often records only subtle changes of light and atmospheric conditions.

Peter Hutton began making films in 1970 and has work in the collections of the Whitney Museum, Centre Georges Pompidou, George Eastman House and the Austrian Film Museum. A former merchant seaman, he has been a professor of film at Bard College in the Hudson River Valley since 1985. His most recent film, At Sea, will screen in the London Film Festival on Sunday 28 October.

For this screening at Tate Modern, Peter Hutton will introduce works, made on land and sea, which relate to the elements of earth, air, fire and water.

Peter Hutton, New York Portrait: Chapter 2, 1980-81, 16mm
Peter Hutton, Boston Fire, 1979, 8 min
Peter Hutton, Images of Asian Music (A Diary from Life 1973-74), 1973-74, 29 min
Peter Hutton, Landscape (for Manon), 1986-87, 19 min
Peter Hutton, In Titan’s Goblet, 1991, 10 min

Curated by Mark Webber. Presented in association with The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival.