Tuesday APRIL 26, 2016 — 6:00pm
FUN & GAMES
curated by Lili White
STOP by and meet filmmakers AUGUSTA PALMER (USA)
RHAYNE VERMETTE in from CANADA!
Ektacy; USA; Music: Chuck Metcalf 16MM to digi; 2.00
Ektacy is comprised of “orphaned” home movie footage (origins unknown) shot in 1958 and optically-printed in 2015. “Ektacy” is a neologism, a combination of “ecstacy” and “Ektachrome,” and suggests the elation and energy that this resilient but now discontinued film stock evoked.
Les Châssis de Lourdes; CANADA; optically printed 16MM to digi; 18 minutes
“…while many architects through their time have sought a ‘true house’ or a ‘true architecture’, their truth was something of the past and not so true in the present […] here architecture is a child of the sea, arose from its substance (architecture is always conceived from the interior)…” — Gio Ponti
At the age of 32, I finally ran away from home. Dramatically, I left with only my cat and copies of all the still and motion images taken by my father (these dating until the mid 1990s when he then passed his camera down to me). And while I unpacked the baggage of this surreal house coincidentally, back home, renovations were in order… Here, an architectural threnody is composed through a falsified genealogy of image making and various “true stories” of Lourdes. What time is it? No time to look back.
Kapr (a fish scale can hide a sun); FRANCE; 5.00
A short experimental lo-fi winter tale based on a Czech Christmas carp story. Grainy images, fugitives lights, ghostly faces, a snowy road, a night ballad, a party at night, fish scales hiding the sun, a strange ritual, crumbs of a dream. The soundtrack uses a famous translation tool to create a song, direct sounds from a Prague suburbs house where they keep a carp in the bathtub before cooking it, and a fragmented czech popular poem. Willingly not translated, the sound, as are images, is treated as an abstract material
PI KA CHU; with the Kids of Floridsdorf Vienna; Austria / France; 6:44
PI KA CHU is the title of an experimental 16mm film project, which has been realised with a group of children from the district of Floridsdorf in Vienna. The film is both a playful rehearsal and an ode to the realm of childhood as well as to a cinema, which embraces this very topic. The opening scene shows the casting of a girl, one of the children from the local school in Floridsdorf. A rhythmical montage subsequently presents a collection of the most diverse children’s plays, ranging from the traditional to the contemporary, from elaborate group activities to more individual and confined games, from counting-out rhymes to up to date songs and rhythms. Underpinned by repetitive voice-over-sequences, a pulsating and absorbing narrative stream unfolds like a carefully woven pattern
A is for Aye-Aye: an Abecedarian Adventure ; USA; 13:27
In this whimsical short film that combines live action with animation, a young girl brings a hundred years of images to life when she encounters the image of a mischievous lemur in the visual archives of the New York Public Library’s Picture Collection, an archive of over a million image clippings that celebrates its centennial in 2015.
CANNOT PREDICT NOW; USA; 4:38
Russ Johnson, Sound &Edit
Music excerpted from “Smoke” by Mara Helmuth and Rick VanMatre
CANNOT PREDICT NOW features a spherical form that continuously evolves to perform its function as a predictor of the future. A magic crystal soccer ball shatters to become a vessel in a tolijabee, a Korean birthday ritual. After a brief phase of capnomancy, or divination using smoke; a rotorelief/wheel-of-fortune emerges and spins out a vague prophecy
MORE THAN ONE; Taiwan; 4:11
Poem: Amang; sung by Lo Sirong; subtitles: Steven Bradbury
It’s a wonderful interaction and collaboration between a poet and a singer. Both are female. The singer read the poem, very touched, and made a melody to sing. When the poet heard it, she made a video poetry to celebrate the new elements.