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Experimenta

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

The Film That Buys the Cinema The Film That Buys the Cinema

A wonderful collection of films from an eclectic array of contributors commissioned to raise funds for the Bristol independent cinema the Cube.

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When You Fall into a Trance When You Fall into a Trance

Emily Wardill’s immersive exploration of the complexities mind and body connectedness.

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Letters to Max Letters to Max

The story of the contested state of Abkhazia told though an exchange of letters between the filmmaker and its Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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72-82 72-82

The first ten years of the groundbreaking London arts organisation Acme are explored through rarely seen archival film and new interviews.

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The Inextinguishable Fire: Harun Farocki 1944-2014 The Inextinguishable Fire: Harun Farocki 1944-2014

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.

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Tribute to Maria Klonaris 1950-2014 Tribute to Maria Klonaris 1950-2014

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.

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Material Evidence, A Major/Minor History Material Evidence, A Major/Minor History

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.

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This Illuminated World is Full of Stupid Men This Illuminated World is Full of Stupid Men

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.

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Occupied Territories Occupied Territories

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.

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Meditations from our Lady of the Angels Meditations from our Lady of the Angels

Preservationist Mark Toscano will present a specially-curated selection of restored Los Angeles artists’ films from the Academy Film Archive.

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Haunted Space Haunted Space

People and histories linger here, embedded in homes, houses and places, long after their departure, creating new psychic fictions and enigmatic truths.

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Subjective Documents Subjective Documents

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.

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Imitations of Life Imitations of Life

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.

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Life and the Light that Shines through the Cracks Life and the Light that Shines through the Cracks

A series of confident poetic works where everyday life is reframed and reconsidered; its otherworldly qualities being drawn to the surface.

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In the Garden of Forked Paths In the Garden of Forked Paths

Elusive narratives, traced from Sri Lanka to Atlantis.

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Pareidolia, Following the Leads Pareidolia, Following the Leads

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.

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OXI: An Act of Resistance OXI: An Act of Resistance

The popular resistance to the current Greek economic crisis explored and expressed through the ethical and political writings of Ancient Greece.

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Glance on a Revolution: Foolish Old Man who Removed the Mountains Glance on a Revolution: Foolish Old Man who Removed the Mountains

Joris Ivens and Marceline Loridan’s unique insight into the Chinese Cultural Revolution in new 2K digital restoration.

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Tomorrow Is Always Too Long Tomorrow Is Always Too Long

A modern day city symphony and musical love letter to Glasgow told through the institutions that make and define it.

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The Experimenta Production Pitch

A new initiative organised by LUX to support visual artists to develop ambitious moving image projects.

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The Experimenta Archive Panel

How has artists’ moving image responded to the questions and challenges of art’s transformations in a post-medium age?

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The Experimenta Seminar 2014

A series of intensive workshops organised by LUX and led by filmmaker Ed Webb-Ingall.

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