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CataractJason Dee IFFR 2017 0
Jason Dee creates video installations that combine found footage from numerous lens-based and audio media from different eras. In this installation the surface of a wall-mounted screen has been cut and the black reverse side pulled through. Onto this dark overhanging section is projected a looped video of Buster Keaton suspended on the edge of a waterfall.
Cinema FuturesMichael Palm IFFR 2017 126′
In the digital era, what chance does ‘real’ celluloid film have of surviving? Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, Tacita Dean: a small but influential group of archivists, filmmakers and artists are bent on saving the medium. A fascinating exploration, both sobering and encouraging.
Composition trouvéeGuillaume Bijl IFFR 2017 0
Exhibiting one of Bijl’s composition trouvées (in this case an employee time clock) is more than just a whimsical joke. It is primarily because of the references to mechanics, quantification and the economisation of time that this work resonates so exceptionally as part of an exhibition full of time-based art.
An EpilogueKeith Sanborn IFFR 2017 4′
By evoking the Mechanical Turk, a legendary chess playing automaton, Sanborn addresses the problematic relationship between art and technology.
The Focal CameraMathijs van Oosterhoudt IFFR 2017 0
Van Oosterhoudt engages critically with the political landscape of media, exploring the direct and indirect social and cultural influences of invisible technology. His works present such explorations through various ways of participation and interaction.
The Future of Work and DeathSean Blacknell, Wayne Walsh IFFR 2017 88′
Hidden or in the open, the future’s taking shape in laboratories and high-tech workplaces. If artificial intelligence claims our jobs while we keep living longer, why look forward to such a future? This documentary allows optimists and pessimists to warn us.
Grands travauxOlivia Rochette, Gerard-Jan Claes IFFR 2017 101′
The directors spent a year at a Flemish-speaking vocational school in Brussels, where young students have come to learn a trade. The film both documents and stages their central concerns: assignments and classes, football, romance, finding a place in life.
The Great SilenceJennifer Allora, Guillermo Calzadilla IFFR 2017 16′
Arecibo, the world’s largest radio telescope is located in Esperanza, Puerto Rico, which is also home to a critically endangered species of parrots.
How to Build a Time MachineJay Cheel IFFR 2017 84′
For decades, animator Rob Niosi has concentrated on a single hobby: making a perfect replica of the time machine in George Pal's film from 1960. Likewise, physicist Ronald Mallet has obsessively searched his whole life for a scientific model to grasp the fourth dimension. In this documentary, their quest even promises some results.
It’s Always Darkest Before It Becomes Totally BlackSerge Onnen IFFR 2017 0
With a quote from Chairman Mao as the title for this installation, viewers see a rectangular, paper puppet theatre inhabited by a number of clearly visible shadow puppets in the foreground, whilst the background is subtly coloured, changing infinitesimally slowly in a manner invisible to the naked eye.
Lesser HazardsAndrew Lampert IFFR 2017 0
A rover of mediums who favours formal structures and humorous ruptures, Andrew Lampert’s slippery live shows disrupt expectations of concept and execution, intention and results. This new entry in his unruly Projector Destruction series will – to give fair warning – not go as planned.
Little Doorways to Paths Not Yet TakenAura Satz IFFR 2017 7′
An intimate exploration of a studio, cluttered with all sorts of technological paraphernalia, presents an indirect portrait of the composer Laurie Spiegel.
NauseaTeatro Dondolo IFFR 2017 0
With Nausea, Oona Libens turns the space around her into a kind of aquarium that allows us to explore the vibrant and glittering surfaces on the dark and gloomy bottom of the sea. Underway, a narrator informs us about the most interesting sea creatures.
Nuts & BoltsIFFR 2017 570′
The Nuts & Bolts exhibition not only provides a route taking in 15 installations with projectors, shadow shows, wooden cameras and drawings on windows, but also – at 17:00 every day, a brief live moment; and at 18:00, a sandwich from one of the most radical filmmakers ever, Peter Kubelka. Thu 26 Jan to Sat 4 Feb, 11:00-20:30, Het Atelier, free admission
Out of OfficeHonoré δ'O IFFR 2017 0
Holy Molecule is the title of Honoré δ'O’s most recent retrospective. Since the mid-1980s he’s been introducing trivial objects such as dust masks, Styrofoam granules, cosmetic cotton pads and plastic tubes, which are used to obfuscate the boundary between daily life and the work of art.
Peter Kubelka Presents: Bread, Butter and Other MetaphorsPeter Kubelka IFFR 2017 0
"Objects of art may be edible, like a buttered slice of bread or they may be inedible, like ordinary sculpture." Avant-garde monument Peter Kubelka has collected thousands of ethnographic objects which he uses in his lectures on issues such as “what is cinema” and “cooking as an art form” to illustrate the evolution of craft, thought and communication.
ProjektorWim Janssen, Dušica Dražić IFFR 2017 0
Projektor’s concept is simple: an old 35mm film projector was entirely disassembled, a mould was made of every part, a bronze copy was then created and the bronze parts were subsequently assembled. The whole process was filmed, to then be projected by the new, bronze projector.
Punch a ClockIFFR 2017 0
The Punch a Clock is a daily event that, within the framework of Nuts & Bolts, turns the exhibition space into a work place. This series is a mixture of talks, concerts, happenings, performances and workshops.
P.O.V. Window Nr. 15 RotterdamLine Boogaerts IFFR 2017 0
Boogaerts essentially concentrates on painting on windows, using tinted oil or soap and brushes, along with window wipers and some other cleaning materials. The work may be presented as a performance, a maquette or an animated video shot in stop-motion. At its core, there is always an element of time.
RE-ENACTMENTS, This Comb Does Not Work at Random (Hommage à Segundo de Chomón) El Hotel Electrico 1908, 2014Quay Brothers IFFR 2017 0
The Brothers Quay constructed an octagonal scale-model with little mirrors, inspired by de Chomón’s animated short film, The Electric Hotel (1908). An additional looped projection serves as an intertextual anchor.
SeancesGuy Maddin, Evan Johnson IFFR 2017 20′
Seances presents a new way of experiencing film narrative, framed through the lens of loss. Guy Maddin has long been haunted by the idea that 80% of the films from the silent era have been lost. To reincarnate this vanished history, Maddin and the brothers Evan and Galen Johnson have emulated a multitude of film scenes with the express goal of combining and recombining them to create infinite narrative permutations.
ShowfishSarah Vanagt IFFR 2017 0
With the help of a transparent fish egg, two cat's whiskers and a small piece of copper paper, Sarah Vanagt tries to recall some of the earliest microscopic images. The installation consists of five magic lantern projections and two video projections.
Sound SystemsIFFR 2017
Informed by research and even hardcore science, these demonstrations of acoustic inventiveness illustrate that there are still original methods and techniques for opening up the universe of sound.
Step-directionJulien Maire IFFR 2017 0
Playing with perspective and space to create a “real” virtual reality, Julien Maire ponders on an archaic way of representing reality using the most recent technology. Over the last decade, Maire has mastered and used in unexpected ways advanced technologies such as laser cutters, precision optics, and 3D printers to create an ironic but no less poetic comment on contemporary media.
Talking Electronic ComponentsIFFR 2017 0
From his earliest Super-8 films onwards, Floris Vanhoof’s work has looked and sounded emphatically primitive. Like some anachronistic jamming station, the artist confronts his digitally spoilt audience with flickering 16mm films and slide shows, formats that are doomed to extinction.
What Is an Apparatus?Sean Lynch IFFR 2017 29′
A slightly ludicrous collection of tales illustrated by shots of nuclear submarines, postmodern architecture, robots, scrapyards and supermarkets.
The WorldMika Taanila IFFR 2017 8′
The Man Who Fell to Earth, pared down and flipped. Animals, furniture and empty vehicles are left awaiting disaster in abandoned landscapes.
#61Joost Rekveld IFFR 2017 0
In #61, abstract moving images react to the eye movements of several visitors. The installation deals with visual perception as a dialogue between observer and observed, seen as a metaphor for similar dialogues that occur in the relations between humans and their technology and humans and their environment.