Examining the complex and magical relationship between still and moving images, this five-part series presents films structured around the still photograph and how it can address the perception of time, memory, and the nature of cinema. Included are films by Agnès Varda, Raúl Ruiz, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Hollis Frampton, Jean Eustache, Ken Jacobs, and many more. More details »
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“That-has-been” is what Roland Barthes has described as photography’s defining feature. It always points to something that is no more. One could say photos are souvenirs; photos frequently assume the role of one's own memories. Films, on the other hand, “flicker” — as Susan Sontag noted — and then “go out” again. They always occur in the here and now. Yet film can also be viewed as a memory container: it safeguards something. This program is comprised of photofilms in which private, personal histories and world history confront each other, and features works by Thierry Knauff, Agnès Varda, Franz Winzentsen, Jerzy Ziarnik, Helke Misselwitz, and Janet Riedel, Katja Pratschke, and Gusztáv Hámos. (93 minutes) More details »
In its essence, photography is static and silent. It subtracts sound and movement from everything it captures. But in photofilms, the editing process adds sound, music, and language to the photographs; the static images begin to move, even to dance. This program reveals how illusions of movement are created: from stasis to movement, from rhythm to animation. Featuring work by Sabine Höpfner, Paul de Nooijer and Menno de Nooijer, Agnès Varda, Arthur Lipsett, Ken Jacobs, Maki Satake, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and Dan Geesin and Esther Rots. (85 minutes) More details »
The program brings together films that take as their subject the photographic: the search for the motif, the gesture of photographing, the materiality of the image, the reality beyond the image (hors-champs), and the description of the found image. The film medium requires a linear arrangement of the photographs, which the authors utilize to develop an analytical discussion on perception, recollection, and desire. Featuring work by Silke Grossmann, Shelly Silver, Esaias Baitel, Hollis Frampton, and Sean Snyder. (90 minutes) More details »
The narrative photofilms compiled here are, to a certain extent, time crystals in which different worlds appear next to or even mirrored in one another. A multilayered dialogue develops between the spoken word and the image. This program is dedicated to photofilms that quote the history of cinema and experiment with narrative forms. Featuring work by Katja Pratschke and Guzstáv Hámos, Paul de Nooijer and Menno de Nooijer, Leonore Mau and Hubert Fichte, Elfi Mikesch, and Raúl Ruiz. (92 minutes) More details »
We seem to be obsessed with recording as many images as possible. And nowadays we often mentally record a multitude of photos in a single moment. This permits us to observe the moment from different perspectives. This film program brings together films that appraise the surface of the photographic image, circling the moment and even entering it. Features works by Paul de Nooijer, Jean Eustache, Tim Macmillan, Maki Satake, Jean-Gabriel Périot, and Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen. (92 minutes) More details »