The new collection films are distributed by Eye and are also screened at international festivals. The selection highlights recent trends in the artist’s film and the short experimental film. Most of the filmmakers featured in the program will be present for a Q&A. Language: English.
New work by Dutch artists and experimental filmmakers that was recently added to EYE’s collection. The program includes short films by filmmakers and artist’s like Charlotte Dumas, Serge Onnen and Julia Kaiser, both emerging artists and established names.
Films in the program
L’eau faux (Serge Onnen, Sverre Fredriksen, NL, 2020) 15’
There is friction in the water. An entity of the natural environment but also a constant subject of manipulation. When water became a ‘thing’ that you can buy in a bottle, something changed.
Zachte krachten (Julia Kaiser, NL, 2019) 21’
Folks who don’t know what they want manage to have a semi-satisfying afternoon.
Julia Kaiser writes, directs, produces, animates, films and acts as her alter ego Han Profond, who is interested in semiotics and lies about her age. To escape the critical gaze of her mother the felt frog, Han has moved out into the party shed where she drinks beers and welcomes her masked history teacher Schenkel, as well as some ghosts from the past and future.
Yorishiro (Charlotte Dumas, NL, 2020) 20’
Yorishiro is the second film of Dumas in which horses of an ancient breed that still roam freely on a small Japanese island play an important role. In the first film on this island, Shio (2018), the horses and a Japanese girl seem to be waiting for something or someone. In Yorishiro a little girl in a purplish-gray horse suit travels through urban Japanese landscapes to this remote island where she finds kinship with the horses of the island, subtly restoring the historical bond between animal and mankind. The suit transforms her into an intermediate form of humans and animals. Perhaps as a “Yorishiro”; something or someone who can contain the spirit or soul of a “kami” – (nature) god. Or, as the other meaning of the word can indicate, a transformation through metamorphosis.
Gaka (Tomoko Mukaiyama and Reinier van Brummelen, NL/JP, 2020) 22’
The sky is the way to the universe, if people are awed by nature, they become modest in order to be able to connect there. Gaka is the Japanese word for noble song. Gaka is a ritual performance in which dance, music and stage design contribute equally to an aesthetic experience together with the specific location and time of day. Gaka is a theatrical prayer performed by 20 Japanese dancers who dance, sing and play instruments. Gaka is an enquiry into a borderland where performance and nature are actively connected and separated. Gaka is a film by Tomoko Mukaiyama & Aryan Kaganof.