Famous for Fifteen Minutes (1960’s) – 4 March h 19.15

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On Tuesday the 4th of March at h 19.15 E*cinema academy will present a film program about Pop culture and mass media, which played an important role in the aesthetics of the New York underground of the 1960s. One of the most relevant figure of those times was Andy Warhol to whom this screening is dedicated. For him, filming was life, and life was a film.
The program will be presented by Anna Abrahams, programmer EYE, experimental film director, teacher at KABK and author of the book “Warhol film”, Rongwrong, 1989.

Music live performance by The Job. http://www.thejobmusic.com
Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti – Wurlitzer, bass, Korg, voice
Oscar Jan Hoogland – electric clavichord, guitar, Moog, voice
Jochem van Tol – organ, guitar, turntable, voice
Onno Govaert – drums

EYE will screen:

Andy Warhol’s Silver Flotations by Willard Maas (16 mm, 1966, 5 min, colour, sound, Lightcone film copy)
Andy Warhol’s Silver Flotations is a portrait of Warhol’s famous installation of floating silver helium-filled balloons at the Leo Castelli Gallery in 1966. Willard Maas’s lyrical “film poem” is the only visual document of this seminal exhibition.

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Filmmaker and poet Willard Maas (1906-1971) was married to filmmaker and painter Marie Menken. Together they were a legendary couple in the New York art world, not only for their influential underground films, but also for their lavish parties and salons, which brought together artists, writers, filmmakers and intellectuals. According to Warhol, “Willard and Marie were the last of the great bohemians. They wrote and filmed and drank (their friends called them ‘scholarly drunks’) and were involved with all the modern poets.” (www.eai.org)

Andy Warhol by Marie Menken (16 mm, 1965, 22 min, colour, silent, Lightcone film copy)
Andy Warhol is a lyrical exploration of Warhol’s creative process by filmmaker, painter, and actress (Chelsea Girls) Marie Menken. Using a hand-held camera, Menken captures Warhol and his assistants, including Gerard Malanga, as they work at the Factory. The result is an intimate portrait of the artist in the process of creating some of his most famous works, including the Brillo boxes, the Jackie series, and the Flowers silkscreens.

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With her husband, underground filmmaker and poet Willard Maas, Menken (1910-1970) created the Gryphon Group (which also included Stan Brakhage, Charles Boultenhouse, Gregory Markopolous, Ben Moore, and Charles Henri Ford) as a cooperative organization to further the production and distribution of independently made films. Writes Warhol, “Marie was one of the first to do a film with stop-time. She filmed lots of short movies, some with Willard, and she even did one on a day in my life.” As a painter, Menken was concerned with capturing light and its effect on textured surfaces and colors, qualities that are carried over into her films. (www.eai.org)

Blow Job by Andy Warhol (16mm, 1963, 36 min, colour, silent, EYE film copy) with live music performance of THE JOB.
Blow Job consists of one, silent, monochrome shot filmed in January 1964. It depicts the face of an uncredited DeVeren Bookwalter as he apparently receives fellatio from an unseen partner. While shot at 24 frame/s, Warhol specified that it should be projected at 16 frame/s, slowing it down by a third.

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An article about “Blow Job”, Andy Warhol and POP on Senses of Cinema: http://sensesofcinema.com/2001/cteq/blow_job-2/
http://sensesofcinema.com/2002/great-directors/warhol/
http://sensesofcinema.com/2005/book-reviews/blow_job/

Andy Warhol (August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987) was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement that flourished by the 1960s. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became a renowned and sometimes controversial artist.
Warhol’s art encompassed many forms of media, including hand drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, silk screening, sculpture, film, and music. He was also a pioneer in computer-generated art using Amiga computers that were introduced in 1984, two years before his death.
Between 1963 and 1968, he made more than 60 films plus some 500 short black-and-white “screen test” portraits of Factory visitors. In the early 1970s, most of the films directed by Warhol were pulled out of circulation by Warhol and the people around him who ran his business. After Warhol’s death, the films were slowly restored by the Whitney Museum and are occasionally projected at museums and film festivals. (wikipedia)
More inforomation on: http://www.warholstars.org

Hand-out: Hand Out POP

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