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Experimental cinema and artists’ film and video.
Experimenta is a dazzling collection of artists’ moving image work exploring the multifarious manifestations of interconnectedness, taking in the complexities of neuroscience in When You Fall into a Trance; self-made city lives in Tomorrow is Always Too Long; art, performance and property in 72-82; an emerging nation in Letters to Max; and the philosophy of economics in OXI. Combined programmes expose the camera’s subjectivity; unreliable and meandering narrations; random creative connections; innocent incisiveness; construction in the landscape and deconstruction of the image. Academy Film Archive presents a programme of restorations and we pay tribute to two very different pioneering artists who sadly passed this year, Maria Klonaris, and Harun Farocki, whose very last work we have the privilege of screening.
Helen de Witt, Benjamin Cook, William Fowler
A wonderful collection of films from an eclectic array of contributors commissioned to raise funds for the Bristol independent cinema the Cube.
Emily Wardill’s immersive exploration of the complexities mind and body connectedness.
The story of the contested state of Abkhazia told though an exchange of letters between the filmmaker and its Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The first ten years of the groundbreaking London arts organisation Acme are explored through rarely seen archival film and new interviews.
As a tribute to the late great German filmmaker Harun Farocki, we present the UK premiere of his most recent film series Parallel I-IV, a powerful meditation of post-cinematic image-making in video games alongside one of his earliest films, the agitprop classic, Inextinguishable Fire.
Unheimlich I : Secret Dialogue
Maria Klonaris’ and Katerina Thomadaki’s Super 8 groundbreaking investigation into the uncanny as the repressed feminine unconscious. A major piece of French experimental cinema restored and transfered into 35mm by the Archives françaises du film. Screened in tribute to the late Maria Klonaris.
Three works that interrogate media representation and the subjectivity of images in the writing of cultural and political histories, ranging from the Mumbai terrorist attacks and French community television to histories of the radical left in 1970s Bangladesh.
A selection of films in which the changing state of the world – and questions about how we might try to understand and visualise the complexity of its narrative – are explored in bold, speculative terms.
The world we live in is full of strange and hidden things. These films teach us to look anew at what’s in front of our eyes, to dissect the built environment, examine the landscape and experience how the moving image constructs the objects of our gaze.
Preservationist Mark Toscano will present a specially-curated selection of restored Los Angeles artists’ films from the Academy Film Archive.
People and histories linger here, embedded in homes, houses and places, long after their departure, creating new psychic fictions and enigmatic truths.
A series of films in which the artist filmmaker performs and interacts with spontaneous situations, capturing in keen detail the iconography and rhythm of daily life, at work and leisure.
The cinema lures us into intoxicating worlds of forbidden desires and dangerous places. The movies provide these artists with the raw material to strip back the image to its fundamental forms, to then build new aesthetic structures that range from the lyrical to the abstract.
A series of confident poetic works where everyday life is reframed and reconsidered; its otherworldly qualities being drawn to the surface.
Dizzying verbal and visual connections between seemingly disparate and unconnected elements, ranging from internet scams to a children’s adaptation of Friedrich Nietzsche’s ‘Thus Spoke Zarathustra’ are explored in this group of smart first-person films.
The popular resistance to the current Greek economic crisis explored and expressed through the ethical and political writings of Ancient Greece.
Joris Ivens and Marceline Loridan’s unique insight into the Chinese Cultural Revolution in new 2K digital restoration.
A modern day city symphony and musical love letter to Glasgow told through the institutions that make and define it.
A new initiative organised by LUX to support visual artists to develop ambitious moving image projects.
How has artists’ moving image responded to the questions and challenges of art’s transformations in a post-medium age?
A series of intensive workshops organised by LUX and led by filmmaker Ed Webb-Ingall.
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