With Shelly Silver; Marta Popivoda and Ana Janevski; Daniella Brito, Lex Brown, Leila Weefur and Nile Harris; Agnieszka Polska; Straub-Huillet and Annett Busch; Dorit Chrysler, the Optipus Collective and Cara Manes; Marwa Arsanios and Nele Wohlatz; and World Records, Onyeka Igwe, Laura Huertas Millán, Jeannette Muñoz, Mileidy Orozco Domicó and Syma Tariq.
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Thursday, February 2, 2023, 7:00 pm
Living Together With: Screening and Discussion with Shelly Silver
Shelly Silver has been making films for nearly thirty years, at the intersection of documentary, fiction, video art and experimental film. Her works with moving images often examine different subject positions and types of narrative, the contradictory nature of memories and the tensions between the real and the constructed, individual actions and collective responsibility. Many of her later films are also examinations of place, intimacy and boundaries, emphasizing the diversity and complexity of the fabric (personal, sensual, physical, social) in which we live and with which we live. At the Meet the People (1986, 16 minutes), Things I forget to tell myself (1989, 2 minutes), We (1990, 4 minutes) and a tiny place that’s hard to touch (2019, 38 minutes), Silver sustains the ambiguity of the real while deconstructing the prevailing patriarchal representations that perpetuate existing ways of seeing, as well as exposing the inevitably political character of cinematographic practice itself. The screening will be followed by a face-to-face debate with Shelly Silver. Read more about the films and the event here.
Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 7:00 pm
Exhibition and discussion: Marta Popivoda, Resistance Landscapes
Sonja Vujanović, 97 years old, was an anti-fascist fighter and the first Serb guerrilla interned in the camps of Auschwitz, then Ravensbrück. Marta Popivoda and her partner Ana Vujanović (Sonja’s granddaughter) have been filming her in Belgrade for 14 years, recording the tumultuous account of a woman at war. Landscapes are delicately superimposed on her voice, making it resonate, past and present. The militancy of the older woman has gradually been reminiscent of another: that of the couple, who fled Serbia and its “unbridled capitalism on the periphery of Europe, homophobia and populism”. The screening will be followed by a face-to-face conversation between the filmmaker Martha Popivoda and curator Ana Janevski. It constitutes the fourth event of “Landscapes to be deciphered,” the second chapter in the four-part series Aesthetics of Resistance: Straub-Huillet and Contemporary Moving-Image Art. Read more about the event here.
Tuesday, February 14, 2023, 7:00 pm
Lex Brown: the glass eye and Communication
The evening will begin with a performance by Lex Brownfilm of Communication (2021), followed by the world premiere of his film the glass eye (2023). Afterwards, Brown will speak with the show’s curator. Daniela Brito. The exhibition forms the first program in the three-part series What are you afraid of? taking place at the e-flux Screening Room in February and March 2023. In these two films, Brown converges the language of speculative fiction with theatrical strategies such as satire and dark humor to narrate a world governed by a fictional media conglomerate called Omnesia. Set in the vaguely distant future, the people of Earth no longer exist. The catalyst for its demise appears to be late-stage capitalism – a lustful force that haunts and watches over both films. At the Communication, Omnisia’s workers – each of whom is a character played by Brown herself – plan the displacement of people from the fictional town of New Framingham. At the The Glass Eye, Omnisia executives “exclude” a woman who reveals a range of human emotions, considered obsolete. Read more about the films and the event here.
Thursday, February 16, 2023, 7:00 pm
Films by Leila Weefur and Nile Harris
The evening will begin with a screening of Harris’ film fill it with air (call it self-care) (2021, 20 minutes) followed by two Weefur films, Between beauty and terror (2019, 19 minutes) and PLAY†PREY: One Gospel, (2021, 12 minutes). This screening constitutes the second tripartite program What are you afraid of?, curated by Daniella Brito and taking place in the e-flux Screening Room in February and March 2023. Nile Harris, the pleasure and play of childhood haunt the present day. The artist repeatedly uses a bouncy castle, saturated with cheerful reds and yellows, to create anxiety and tension. Through the repetitive and laborious act of jumping, Harris embodies the push and pull of the everyday, leaving the viewer eager to break free. Leila Weefur leans toward the surreal to stage frightening scenes that break the boundaries between fantasy and reality. This slippage is notable in the works Between beauty and terror and PLAY†PREY: One Gospel. In the first, crushed blackberries smear and splatter as they are lathered onto human body parts like blood. In the latter, a bible, suspended in the darkness, rotates with menacing restraint amid burning white candles. Read more about the films and the event here.
Saturday, February 18, 2023, 5:00 pm
Agnieszka Polska: between the real and the imaginary
In your body of work, agnes poland challenges the conventions of prevailing visual representations and encourages viewers to engage in a critical examination of their own perception of the world around them. Through her distinctive use of animation and computer-generated imagery, Polska navigates the boundaries between past and present, physical and virtual, real and imaginary, creating a dreamlike cinematic space that is both familiar and alien. A selection of Polska’s moving image works from 2010 to the present will address cultural and political issues such as the complexities of historical memory, the impact of technology on our lives and the deepening environmental crisis. The exhibition will be followed by a face-to-face conversation with agnes poland. The event is organized in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute New York. More details about movies and events will be added here.
Tuesday, February 21, 2023, 7:00 pm
Straub-Huillet screening class relationswith talk by Annett Busch
At the class relations (1983, 130 minutes), Straub-Huilletthe brilliant distillation of Franz Kafka’s incomplete first novel America it is perhaps the most authentically German treatment of Kafka yet. A haunted, ecstatic fever-induced dream of the United States – the place where Kafka yearned to disappear, if only in his imagination –America is told from the perspective of a young German immigrant who encounters a strange new world, with its violent lies and quixotic optimism, like a modern-day Parsifal. Straub and Huillet strove to faithfully reproduce the German mannerisms and dialects of Kafka’s novel, and shot the film almost entirely in the port city of Hamburg. The film will be preceded by a lecture by the screenwriter and curator Annette Busch. The night constitutes the opening event of “Communities, Work and Class Relations”, the third chapter in the four-part series Aesthetics of Resistance: Straub-Huillet and Contemporary Moving-Image Art. Read more about the event here.
Tuesday, February 23, 2023, 7pm
Album release: Dorit Chrysler, Calder Plays Theremin
Join us for the launch of Dorit Chryslernew album by Calder Plays Theremin (Kinship, 2023), featuring a live Chrysler performance with visuals by the collective Optipus (Bradley Eros, Lary 7, Rachael Guma and Richard Sylvarnes), and a question and answer session with Chrysler moderated by mane face. Dorit Chrysler is a Berlin-based composer and sound artist and co-founder of the NY Theremin Society. His work explores new applications of the theremin instrument in various media. She received the Austrian State Scholarship in Composition 2023 and obtained her MA in Musicology in Vienna. Chrysler has performed all over the world (eg Coachella, Roskilde, Lincoln Center) and has written for film and theatre. Her compositions have been collected by the Guggenheim and Moderna Museet. Read more about the event here.
Saturday, February 25, 2023, 5:00 pm
Double screening and discussion: Marwa Arsanios and Nele Wohlatz
This double exhibition playfully explores the linguistic and filmic ways in which care and solidarity can be manifested. Both films featured in this program offer distinct perspectives on the complexities of self-identity and resistance within smaller collectives (film extras, immigrants, migrant workers) exposed to institutional and cultural barriers within the dominant economic system. introducing Marwa Arsaniosin Amateurs, Stars and Extras or Love’s Work (2019, 25 minutes) and In it Wohlatzin the perfect future (2016, 65 minutes) and a post-show hybrid discussion with the artists. The night constitutes the second event of “Communities, Work and Class Relations”, the third chapter in the four-part series Aesthetics of Resistance: Straub-Huillet and Contemporary Moving-Image Art. Read more about the event here.
Tuesday, February 28, 2023, 7:00 pm
Exhibition and debate with World Records, Onyeka Igwe and Laura Huertas Millán
This screening and discussion accompanies the publication of world recordsVolume 7: Technological Ecologiesedited by Collective of Counter Encounters (Laura Huertas Millán, Onyeka Igwe, Rachael Rakes). Inspired by places where nature and culture, the organic and the scientific, the human and the more-than-human merge in ways that threaten to dislodge these binaries altogether, this edition thinks within the framework of technological ecologies, which analyzes and challenges the division between the ecological and the technological in several audiovisual practices. Join us for an exhibition of Jeannette Munoz, strata of Natural history (2012), Mileidy Orozco Domicó, Mu Drua (2011), and Syma Tariq, Partitioned listening: I hear (colonial) voices (2022); and a discussion with guest editors and Counter Encounters members Mr. Igwe and Laura Huertas Millánmoderated by world recordseditor Jason Fox. The event is co-sponsored by the NYU Center for Media, Culture, and History. Read more about the films and the event here.
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