Monday, 17 November 2014

"Forbidden Symmetries" (excerpt) in The Austrian Film Museum

A section of the collaborative feature film "Forbidden Symmetries(2014) will play at The Austrian Film Museum on Wednesday 26th November 18:30 pm as part of Daniel Fitzpatrick's contribution to 'The Invisible Cinema – Film, Art, History, and the Museum' (Lectures and Conversations: Nicole Brenez, Chris Dercon, Noam M. Elcott, Daniel Fitzpatrick, Lars Henrik Gass, Siegfried Mattl, Winfried Pauleit and Jacques Rancière).

Expended Cinema – Curating Cinema’s Futures During an Era of Transition (Daniel Fitzpatrick) 

In relation to cinema’s digital futures a time for prognosis seems now to have passed, apparently all we need do to understand the shape of this digital future is look around us. In spite of the rhetoric that initially supported this transition it can seem that the digital ‘revolution’ (an awkward term for a transformation that has witnessed a large degree of unreflective acquiescence) has perhaps not led to the ‘opening up’ of possibility it once promised but rather to a further calcification of ‘what cinema is’, at least if we are to consider it in terms of its more visible, more mainstream iterations. While the dematerialisation of cinema now seems like a distant memory its despecification gathers apace. The following article will consider several instances of curatorial practice iterated in relation to the cinema’s recent transitional era. It will include references to gallery exhibitions like Hall of Mirrors (MOCA, LA 1996) and Future Cinema (ZKM, 2002) alongside curatorial projects realised in relation to the cinema space (Kubelka Was ist Film? project, 1996-). Each of these instances is considered in relationship with the emergence of a digital future which threatens to subsume existing understandings of cinema, almost entirely.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

EFS Activities in November 2014


EFS in Cork Film Festival 2014

(above: "Hades of Limbo", dir. Rashidi, 2012)

EFS has been crucial in nurturing a new Iranian underground cinema that is significantly different 
from both official Iranian cinema and the politically oppositional works that western audiences are familiar with.
Introspective and nightmarish, these films consist of oblique but searingly intense visions of enclosed existences.
Rouzbeh Rashidi will present both programmes in the forthcoming Cork Film Festival 2014.


(above: Hamid Shams Javi's "The Hell With It" 2013)

Monday 24th November, 6pm

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (Studio 6 Open), 5-9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
 Free admission, all welcome.

The second of six bi-monthly Experimental Film Society (EFS) screenings, taking place at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios under the Studio 6 Open programme, highlights the reach and stylistic diversity of EFS’ international membership. Bahar Samadi’s haunting, gem-like videos make very personal use of found footage to evoke a mysterious sense of loss and memory. Jason Marsh’s "Pitpony" and Esperanza Collado’s "The Illuminating Gas" both explore the raw materiality of celluloid but with contrasting approaches to rhythm. An emphasis on hypnotic rhythm and a willingness to tackle darkly erotic material characterizes the two collaborative pieces in the programme, Dean Kavanagh & Rouzbeh Rashidi’s "Homo Sapiens Project (183)" andVicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain’s "Desk 13". And the darkness continues into Hamid Shams Javi’s surreal nightmare vision of family life in contemporary Iran, "The Hell With It". 


Bahar Samadi and Navid Salajegheh @ The Guesthouse, Cork

EFS are very pleased to announce that Iranian/Paris based artists Bahar Samadi and Navid Salajegheh 
will occupy The Guesthouse, Cork for a three week residency from the 7th of November 2014 concluding with an exhibition on the 30th.


"Forbidden Symmetries" at Österreichisches Filmmuseum 

A section of the collaborative feature film “Forbidden Symmetries" (2014) by Dean Kavanagh, Maximilian Le Cain & Rouzbeh Rashidi will play at Österreichisches Filmmuseum on Wednesday 26th November 18:30 PM as part of The Invisible Cinema – Film, Art, History, and the Museum (Lectures and Conversations: Nicole Brenez, Chris Dercon, Noam M. Elcott, Daniel Fitzpatrick, Lars Henrik Gass, Siegfried Mattl, Winfried Pauleit and Jacques Rancière) 

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Friday, 24 October 2014

Official Poster for "Polar Nights"

Poster by Rouzbeh Rashidi

Experimental Conversations 13 Online

"13, eh...? As far as we can tell, this will be the final issue of Cork Film Centre's online magazine of experimental film, video art and art cinema, which I've edited since it first appeared in 2008. Ruminations on this state of affairs and, more importantly, 'thank yous' to many wonderful people connected with the magazine can be found in my editorial here.

The magazine has been plagued by technical problems in recent months and has been, to all intents and purposes, a dead, broken thing since suffering a major hack. 
It is now fully fixed and revived for all to enjoy not only the new issue but an archive of what now amounts to a full six years of writing.

Or, as Groucho put it, "Hello, I must be going!"

But we're giving the project quite a send off, with texts by many of the wonderful writers who have defined Experimental Conversationsover the years: Esperanza Collado, Tony McKibbin, Gianluca Pulsoni, Chris O'Neill, David Brancaleone, Donal Foreman, Phillina Sun, and the project's spiritual godfather, Fergus Daly. Read on...  "