From Friday 9 November to Sunday 11 November, there will be screenings, talks, listening sessions and an installation in WORM, Rotterdam.
The starting point of Field Recordings is the work by multi-disciplinary artist Joshua Bonnetta, who will present a new installation and several of his films and audio pieces in person. Field Recordings is an exploration of contemporary anthropological cinema and landscape film, with works by among others Laida Lertxundi, Deborah Stratman, Salomé Lamas and Chick Strand.
On Sunday at 14:00 my film Walking Fire (2017) will be shown in the Treaded Territories section. The premise of this video is an exercise in improvisational filming. I asked the film-students of the Sapientia University of Cluj-Napoca to walk on their own in a small village called Szèk for one day and make a video in which they weave their observations into a cinematographic thread. I did the same.
Have a look at the program here.
The sound recordings for this track were made this summer, during an artist residency at Art Center Slovenia.
Going back to the 18th century, Slovenian beekeepers had the tradition of painting their beehives with various scenes, linked to folklore stories, jokes or even news items.
Still to the present day, a beehouse accommodates rows of beehives that can be opened from the inside with doors that are lined with newspaper.
On Sunday 17 June 2018, an empty gas station and architectural jewel was the decor of a special screening of A Dog’s Luck, together with some other wonderful short films.
The event was in collaboration with Cinemaximiliaan.
The Private Life of a Cat (Alexander Hammid & Maya Deren, 1947) – 22’
“Providing a delicate look into the love and family life of two cats, the filmmakers present them as autonomous characters. The film activates their gaze as they look at each other, roaming about in their indoor universe. The cats appropriate the interior of the house as their own habitable space, without being influenced by human interference.”
Nina de Vroome
With a live soundtrack by Mostafa Taleb and Rohab Ashuoriuo.
Parallel IV (Harun Farocki, 2014) – 11’
“Parallel IV explores the actions of the heroes and protagonists of the video game world. These heroes have no parents or teachers; they must test their relationships with others and determine, of their own accord, the rules to follow. “These characters are homunculi, anthropomorphist beings, created by humans. Whoever plays with them has a share in the creator’s pride.”
Nie płacz [Don’t Cry] (Grzegorz Królikiewicz, 1972) – 8’
“Grzegorz Królikiewicz’s tense, enigmatic and voluptuous short masterpiece, Don’t Cry (1972), leaves one with an insatiable yearning for more, and yet it is perfectly self-contained. With its refusal to guide the viewer towards comprehension, and its blatantly confrontational musique concrète soundtrack, Królikiewicz pushes his documentary into the realm of abstraction so intense, it’s almost abusive. Right from the very first shot of free-floating, long-haired heads turning into visual blots, it’s the mere surface of things that cries out to be acknowledged and perceived in its nakedness.”
Het geluk van honden [A Dog’s Luck] (Nina de Vroome, 2018) – 23’
Hands (Adam Roberts, 1995) – 5’
“Choreographer Jonathan Burrows and I wanted to make a film that would treat only one part of the body, ignoring the whole that is the usual subject of dance. While Jonathan was excited by the beauty of a pair of hands and their particular movement possibilities, I had been intrigued by the expressive possibilities of human parts other than the face that so dominates and organises film framings. For both of us hands were important and beautiful.”