10th SEASON — Show 3 — APPLIED SYSTEMATICS — TRT: 64.44 minutes
curated by Lili White
This presentation will also feature short video intros by filmmakers
Sara Bonaventura & Sarah Seené
THE BACKGROUND WORLD; Mélissa Faivre; France / Germany; 7.20
The Background World is an immersive, organic and pulsating environment. It is composed of vivid digital mandalas bringing us on a psychedelic journey through layers of earthly and submarine landscapes. By distorting biological life and transforming it into an unconscious digital place, this work encourages us to observe and experience the world from an inner perspective.
AGAMEMNON’S DAUGHTER (AD); Elise Kermani;
producer: MiShinnah Productions. USA; 4.23
This is part of a larger project entitled ‘Iphigenia: Book of Change’ The project was inspired by the 1977 film “Iphigenia,” directed by the Greek filmmaker Michael Cacoyannis, by Euripides (BCE 411) plays: ‘Iphigenia among the Taurians,’ and ‘Iphigenia at Aulis’, and by the various stories and memoirs of contemporary women who have survived captivity.
LUMEN; Sarah Seené; 8mm & Super 8; Canada; 1.41
LUMEN (Latin for the word ”light”) is a sensory film shot on Super-8 that portrays a young girl with oculocutaneous albinism. Despite the hypersensitivity caused by this genetic disease, the depigmentation of her skin and eyes gives her an extraordinary aura.
AMPM; Thais DeMelo; BRAZIL; 7.45
AMPM is an experimental color-bomb dystopian future, where analog TVs have the power to open up the portal to your mind. Since the creation of the TV the world feels that what’s on screen is approachable. In this world with no internet, the need to approach what’s out of our capacity increases, and only a few know how to revive that experience again. The analogue TV is a very political character, so taking their ‘trips’ feels like a mission, too. Once coupled with the TV, you can live new situations based on what’s inside your head.
FROM THE OUTSIDE (IZVAN); Liliana Resnick; Croatia; 14:15
dancers: Aleksandra Mišić, Petra Valentić, Ognjen Vučinić
Plato’s ‘Allegory Of The Cave’ concerns human perception. In the allegory, Plato likens people untutored in the ‘Theory of Forms’ to prisoners chained in a cave, unable to turn their heads. Behind them burns a fire, and all they can see is the wall of the cave, with shadows on it. So, the prisoners believe that the shadows are ‘real”, as they are ignorant about the true nature of reality.
Plato claimed that knowledge gained through the senses is no more than opinion, and that in order to have real knowledge, we must gain it through philosophical reasoning.
If we found ourselves in Plato’s famous cave today, would that trigger us to question ourselves and our world? Or would we neglect the possibility for any answers Plato’s cave could give us, and instead assign our own values to the caves?
NOTE: THE FOLLOWING VIDEO FEATURES FLASHING IMAGES & MAY CAUSE SEIZURES —SUSQUEHANNA; Sara Bonaventura; 30.26
Analog processing and digital editing of SD, color, 4/3, analog video synth: MVIP module, Jones colorizers, wobbulator; Sound: Von Tesla, Colossus – bonus track RAISED (Clear Acid vinyl version) released by Boring Machines
After looking through a book about hurricane and flood in town, in Ahwaga, Iroquois name of Owego, New York State, during my residency at SIGNAL CULTURE, I decided to film the river with its ice blocks and process the short takes in the studio a bit like in structural films, whereby the subjects are no longer the melting frozen blocks, but the loop of dissolutions of video-matter strata itself.
“…like a language where nouns referring to stillness are carried away by pure becoming, describing the dynamism of the pure event”— Eudosia Di Costanzo
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