Archives for September 2017

Film screening AN OBJECT


Film Screening: AN OBJECT
December 12, 2017 | 7PM
Miami Beach Cinematheque | 1130 Washington Ave, Miami Beach
Free with RSVP

AN OBJECT is a program mixing contemporary and historical works on material abstraction, geometry, shape, and color curated by Rachael Rakes as part of the exhibition On Documentary Abstraction. Featuring films by Madison Brookshire and Tashi Wada, Magdalena Fernández, Pierre Hébert, and Manuela de Laborde.

As Without So Within, Manuela de Laborde, 2016, 25 min

A meditation on the dreamlife of abstract objects, set to a minimalist soundtrack, As Without So Within maximizes the saturated colours and textures of 16mm film, creating a theatrical setting to center shape and materiality.

Around Perception, Pierre Hébert, 1968, 15 mins

“For the mind and against the mind,” this groundbreaking experimental film by legendary animator Pierre Hébert is a forceful work of pure shape-driven abstraction. It is structured according to eleven audiovisual “events” that challenge and unsettle perceptive human faculties.

As Water is in Water, Madison Brookshire and Tashi Wada 2017, 31 minutes (US Premiere)

Paintings collide to produce panels of time distended with space, set to music by Tashi Wada. While the score is spare, the image is excessive, the meter working with and against the imagery. The picture is made from paint-soaked 16mm film strips, reinterpreted with a digital camera, edited to cycle in short, hallucinatory loops, forming eerie abstract thaumatropes.

1pmS011, Magdelena Fernández, 2011, 7 mins

This work animates and deconstructs the iconic work of abstract artist Jesús Rafael Soto through movement and score. Animal sounds accompany the visual unlayering of white dots found in Soto’s collage in an increasingly radical way that makes the viewer conscious of an “awakened” multisensorial experience within an ever more complex environment.

Film Screening: A VALENCE


Film Screening: A VALENCE
Sunday, October 22, 2017 | 6:45PM
Miami Beach Cinematheque | 1130 Washington Ave, Miami Beach
Free with RSVP

A VALENCE presents four works on social and historical abstraction curated by Rachael Rakes as part of the exhibition On Documentary Abstraction. Featuring short films by Coleen Fitzgibbon, Tomashi Jackson, Marilou Lemmens and Richard Ibghy, and Ana Vaz. Conversation with artists Lemmens and Ibghy immediately following the films.

Self Portrait Tale of Two Michaels, Tomashi Jackson, 2014, 15 mins.

A work on the strange and sad intersection between Michael Brown and singer Michael Macdonald in the town of Ferguson, MO. Self Portrait Tale of Two Michaels literally animates the some of the themes and textures of Jackson’s sculptural work.

Occidente, Ana Vaz, 2014, 15 mins.

Occidente layers images and conflates past and present in order to meditate on Portuguese colonial history and its legacies. A work of contrasts and counterpoints, the work examines the lines between exploration and tourism, resource and commodity, monuments and fictions.

Real Failure Needs no Excuse, Marilou Lemmens and Richard Ibghy, 2012, 22 mins.

Consisting of a series of movements conducted in an empty office building, Real failure Needs no Excuse imagines what Lemmens and Ibghy lucidly refer to as the “transgressive potential of non-productive action and its relation to labor, work, and the imagination.”

Document, Coleen Fitzgibbon 16mm transfer to digital, b/w, sound, 8:22 minutes.

A spinning reel of microtext film records–warrants, debts, bank checks–that increasingly becomes mesmerically abstracted through speed and repetition.

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