Cinema for the Eyes and Ears

Date: 18 September 2007 | Season: ZXZW 2007

ZXZW Festival at Tilburg FilmFoyer

Tuesday 18 September 2007, at 9pm

The potential for combining image and sound has been explored since the invention of cinema. This primer of classic works of the international avant-garde demonstrates some of the possibilities specific to the film medium, from the flickering frames of Tony Conrad, Paul Sharits and John Latham to the intricate optics of Daina Krumins, Malcolm Le Grice, and others. Featuring soundtracks by Brian Eno, Rhys Chatham, John Cale and Terry Riley. All films will be shown on 16mm.

Peter Kubelka, Arnulf Rainer, Austria, 1958, 8 min
Wojciech Bruszewski, YYAA, Poland, 1973, 5 min
John Latham, Speak, UK, 1968-69, 11 min
Malcolm Le Grice, Berlin Horse, UK, 1970, 8 min
Daina Krumins, The Divine Miracle, USA, 1973, 5 min
Paul Sharits, Axiomatic Granularity, USA, 1972-73, 20 min
Lis Rhodes, Dresden Dynamo, UK, 1974, 5 min
Tony & Beverly Conrad, Straight and Narow, USA, 1970, 11 min

The programme also screened in The Wire 25 season at London Roxy Bar and Screen on Tuesday 30 October 2007, at 8pm.


La Région Centrale

Date: 19 September 2007 | Season: ZXZW 2007

ZXZW Festival at Tilburg FilmFoyer

Wednesday 19 September 2007, at 8pm

La Région Centrale is arguably the most spectacular experimental film made anywhere in the world, and for John W. Locke, writing in Artforum in 1973, it was “as fine and important a film as I have ever seen.” If ever the term “metaphor on vision” needed to be applied to a film it should be to this one. […] For this project he enlisted the help of Pierre Abaloos to design and build a machine which would allow the camera to move smoothly about a number of different axes at various speeds, while supported by a short column, where the lens of the camera could pass within inches of the ground and zoom into the infinity of the sky. Snow placed his device on a peak near Sept Îsles in Quebec’s région centrale and programmed it to provide a series of continuously changing views of the landscape. Initially, the camera pans through 360° passes which map out the terrain, and then it begins to provide progressively stranger views (on its side, upside down) through circular and back-and-forth motions. The weird soundtrack was constructed from the electronic sounds of the programmed controls which are sometimes in synch with the changing framing on screen and sometimes not. (Peter Rist)

Michael Snow, La Région Centrale, Canada, 1971, 180 minutes