28th November @ Experimenta 2013
28th December | Thursday | 3:30 pm | 60mins | MMB
ARTIST PROFILE 1 – MARGARET TAIT
Curated by Benjamin Cook, Director, LUX London
Margaret Tait was one of Britain’s most unique and individual filmmakers. She studied film at the Centro Sperimentale di Fotografia in Rome during the height of the neorealist movement, before returning to Scotland in the early 1950s and founding her own film company, Ancona Films. Over 46 years she produced over 30 films, including one feature film Blue Black Permanent (1992) (at the age of 86), published three books of poetry and two volumes of short stories while living and working as a doctor between Orkney and Scotland.
Tait described her life work as consisting of making ‘film poems’ and refused suggestions that they were documentaries or diary films. She often quoted Lorca’s phrase of ‘stalking the image’ to define her philosophy and method, believing that if you look at an object closely enough it will speak its nature. This clarity of vision and purpose, with an attention to simple commonplace subjects, combined with a rare sense of inner rhythm and pattern give her films a transcendent quality while still remaining firmly rooted in the everyday. With characteristic modesty Tait said of her films they are born ‘of sheer wonder and astonishment at how much can be seen in any place you choose … if you really look’.
1. ‘Three Portrait Sketches’ Great Britain 1951 16 mm silent 10 min
2. ‘Portrait of Ga’ Great Britain 1952 16 mm sound 4 min
3. ‘Colour Poems’ Great Britain 1974 16 mm sound 12 min
4. ‘Where I am is here’ Great Britain 1964 16 mm sound 35 min
28th November| Thursday | 5.30pm | 63mins | MMB
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION 1
1. Shambhavi Kaul ‘Mount Song’ India 2013 video 9 min
2. Bee Thiam ‘Kopi Julia’ Singapore 2012 video 7 min
3. Anirudh Menon ‘Way Home’ India 2013 video 3 min
4. Oliveira Adalberto ‘Dique/ Dyke’ Brazil 2012 video 19 min
5. Payal Kapadia ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’ India 2013 video 3 min
6. Pranjal Dua ‘Chidiya Udh’ India 2013 video 22 min
28th November| Thursday | 7:00pm | MMB
Presented by Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan
“This film is an open plural meditation on the ways we relate to one another in close relationships, also in light of the determinations we reject/modify/receive from culture and mass media. During 3 months in Karnataka, I dedicated a particular attention to the film process, involving many inhabitants of Bangalore and surroundings in conversation. Different voices cohabit and clash in the space of the film, expanded by images shot on 16mm, S8 and archive material. In the library of the Goethe-Institute/ Max Mueller Bhavan, I propose a space in which it is possible to sit and share some notes and sound-sequences I gathered during the film process, as well as the sound-works created by 12 students who took part in an Interim semester at Srishti School of Art Design and Technology. Their names are Siddhanth Uday Shetty, Medha Gupta, Anisha Sirur, Aparna Marcelin Valan, Shreya Pratyush Vyas, Sneha Ganesh, Devansh Mathur, Rachita Rao, Nimisha, Singhal, Aditi Sivaraman, Rahul Kumar Singh, Karan Sunil Sharma.” A. M.
Sonata for Four Monitors (1968-1970)
By LUDWIG SCHÖNHERR
This four channel video installation was conceived by the artist, Ludwig Schonherr in 1970 but not realized until 2013. The work consists of four of Schönherr’s “electronic films,” single and multiple frame Super 8 films of television images that are interrupted by bursts of brilliant color. Three of the films are diligently structured by alternations between the television images and a single color (red, white or yellow) whereas the fourth film is freely structured by the interruption of various colors. Schönherr produced the flickering colors by filming colored lightbulbs, which he often neglected to turn off when he returned to filming images from the television, thus resulting in the light bulb’s reflection in the corner of the television image.
28th November| Thursday | 8:30pm | 63mins | MMB
ARTIST PROFILE 2 – STUPID STRUCTURES, HAPPY STRUCTURES
Curated by Marc Siegel, Film Studies Scholar, Department of Theater, Film and Media Studies at the Goethe-University in Frankfurt
The German artist Ludwig Schönherr produced a body of work in film and photography from the 1960s until the late 1980s, but never presented it to the public until 2009, when I curated a series of film programs and an exhibition for the Forum Expanded section of the Berlin Film Festival. The idiosyncrasy of Schönherr’s work, however, is not simply that of its sudden, belated emergence into the public eye. The work of this shy, reticent artist engages with, yet remains peripheral to the dominant artistic currents of its time. This aesthetic position “on the sidelines” echoes Schönherr’s fleeting personal and working relationships with a number of significant figures in the European and American avant-garde of the 1960s and ’70s, including Otto Mühl, Jack Smith, Dieter Roth and Nam June Paik. This program provides an overview of some of Schönherr’s most striking films. Throughout his work he focused on specific technical, formal and representational aspects of the medium, namely the zoom, single-frame technique, the use of flickering color and the depiction of the face.
1. ‘Zoom-Dokumentation’ Germany 1968 video 18 min
2. ‘Face 1 & 2’ Germany 1968 video 9 min
3. ‘New York. Ein visuelles Arbeitstagebuch’/ ‘New York. A Visual Working Diary’ Germany 1976-1979 video excerpt 7 min
4. ‘Elektronik 18 (Serie A Rot)’/ ‘Electronic 18 (Series A Red)’ Germany 1968/1969 video excerpt 5 min
5. ‘Film No. 57a [Andy Warhol Catalog Film]’ Germany 1969 video 24 min