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Films in Experimenta

Films and videos by artists that transform our experience of seeing moving images.

Experimenta screens films by artists from around the world that use the moving image to change the way we think of film and how it functions. The programme is accompanied by talks involving the artists. This year’s selection presents an astounding range of work from delicate archive programmes of Super8 films from the 1970s to the vision of a future apocalypse. These artists work in a variety of formats and styles to investigate not only the subject but the very medium itself, whether digital or celluloid, to challenge the distinction between form and content and to inspire us to new interpretations of our world and its construction through images.

Benjamin Cook, Helen de Witt, William Fowler

Experimenta Special Presentation in Association with Sight & Sound

The Forbidden RoomThe Forbidden Room

Gleeful, hypnotic and totally deranged, Guy Maddin (My Winnipeg, The Saddest Music in the World) and co-director Evan Johnson’s phantasmagoric opus... in the IMAX!

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Event For a Stage Event For a Stage

The experimental document of four unusual performances staged by artist Tacita Dean and actor Stephen Dillane.

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Heated Gloves Heated Gloves

The uncompromising life of a radical, eccentric inventor is here explored through archival materials and 16mm film.

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The Host The Host

A personal investigation into family history and connections with the Anglo Iranian Oil Company (BP) begins a meditation on colonial narratives.

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Invention Invention

Canadian artist Mark Lewis presents an awe-inspiring cinematic experience that demonstrates how artists create new ways to see.

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Park Lanes Park Lanes

The detailed study of honest day’s work used to draw out the economic, social and cultural backgrounds of a group of factory employees that we slowly get to know quite profoundly.

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Remainder Remainder

Omer Fast delivers a startling adaptation of Tom McCarthy’s acclaimed first novel, starring Tom Sturridge.

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The Sky Trembles and the Earth Is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers The Sky Trembles and the Earth Is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers

The beauty of Morocco transformed into a mysterious landscape which is the site for an investigation into the creation of the cinematic imaginary.

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Short films programme

The Rain AfterApproaching Nature

Human structures and behaviours framed in the context of the overarching natural world, considering dialogues between the ecosystem and the ways in which people live and work.

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Short films programme

TricksterDream Worlds and Nightmare Visions

From rapid interpretations of history and supra-human communication to fantasy landscapes and apocalyptic spectacles, these films take you there.

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Short films programme

Rat NestGirls at Play

Female performance and imagination let loose to break all the rules.

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Short films programme

Dream English Kid 1964-1999ADMark Leckey, Dream English Kid

Turner prize-winning artist Mark Leckey presents his new autobiographical film, drawing on British popular culture from the past 40 years, alongside a personal selection of previous work.

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Short films programme

LiliMediums and Messages

Diverse excavations into historic and contemporary media, art, foraging behaviours and the way that the Internet shapes us, which question the limits of documentary and the specific interplay between subjects and mediums.

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Short films programme

Crippled SymmetriesScores

Abstract ordering structures derived from bodily functions, music and financial markets are central to this series of films.

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Short films programme

Finding FanonSecond Sight

Visions from the past and future received, revised or sought after in the present moment of each individual film.

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Short films programme

Notes on BlueA Strange Suspension

Three artists films that appropriate disparate found material into new affect orders.

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Short films programme

The Rules of the GameThe Stuff of Film

Films that reveal the properties of celluloid as a medium that can be used to conjure up magic visions and political interventions.

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Experimenta Archive Screening

The Rules of the GameJoanna Margaret Paul: I Am an Open Window

Six films shot in the 1970s by New Zealand filmmaker Joanna Margaret Paul with six commissioned responses by contemporary artists.

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Experimenta Archive Screening

Marie Louise AlemannMarie Louise Alemann: Thresholds and Sensations

New digital versions of Super 8 films by the German-Argentinian filmmaker and performer, Marie Louise Alemann.

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Experimenta Archive Talk

Anatomy of a Film Restoration

Explore the processes and ethics of restoring artists’ films with an expert panel.

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Experimenta Talk

Artists’ Moving Image Criticism

Leading critics discuss the current state of writing on artists’ moving image.

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Experimenta Workshop

Distribution as Production

Examine distribution strategies and how they influence the production process of artists’ moving image works.

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