7 September – Laurie Anderson: Artist Talk

Laurie Anderson will give a talk about her work and work process which will centre on how language and stories have affected what she has done in various fields in the visual arts.

Her particular blend of poetical and vernacular language is integral to the creation of her imagery in painting, film, virtual reality and music. In this presentation, she will focus on the influence of storytelling in politics, the importance of having a viable Plan B, and the usefulness of failure. The presentation will include images and music and will also reference works in progress and the many influences and teachers to have inspired her throughout her long career.laurie-anderson-eye-filmmuseum01

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6 February: Beyond Index

New media pioneer Gerald van der Kaap created a film artwork about a group of art students copying paintings by European masters. The trance-like collages recall some of van der Kaap’s best work. Van der Kaap was one of the first VJs in the 1990s. The screening is introduced by Hripsimé Visser (Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam) and followed by a Q&A with Gerald van der Kaap.

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Beyond Index is an original travelogue across economic superpower China, an essay on capital and utopia. In an age which often measures art in terms of capitalist productivity, Beyond Index investigates whether art has the power to undermine or destabilize capitalist neoliberal regimes. Can it wake up and shake up passive and complacent spectators?

Beyond Index also explores the creative challenges facing novice artists in their confrontation with the classics. The moment they begin exploring their own artistic path. In the film artwork, a group of Chinese art students copy a Rococo painting and paintings by Picasso, Matisse and Renoir. A newcomer who has named himself after Yves Klein introduces the colour blue as if it were a mind-altering elixir. When one of the students is finally asked to reproduce a photograph of Yves Klein, she decides to copy the work in a new and original way by leaping into the void herself.  

New media pioneer Gerald van der Kaap was one of the first VJs in the 1990s. In his film artwork he also makes use of trance-like collages. The interior shots in the painting factory were filmed by Jia Zhangke’s crew. The music is by the Berlin DJ/producer set Âme (Frank Wiedemann and Kristian Rädle).

About EYE on Art (previously called E*cinema Academy)

EYE on Art* is a weekly programme where film meets the visual arts; a meeting place for everyone who is interested in film as an art form. EYE on Art keeps track of current events, offering shows relating to contemporary artists and special programmes to mark major exhibitions, manifestations and EYE activities. The series also focuses on the rich and animated history of the avant-garde film (Masters of the Avantgarde) and on experimental works and film programs by the new generation of filmmakers and curators (EYE’s Selected Artist’s Moving Images and the Research Labs).

The Research Labs provide scope for a new generation of curators and artists to hone their skills. In these Research Labs, students from different art academies and universities put together a programme involving their own work and films (including remixes) from EYE’s collection. The Research Labs as well do not follow a strict format and often result in a cultural crossover between film and other art forms. Within this context, EYE awards a prize for the best curated program and the best art/film work in collaboration with Heineken H41. The Researchlab program take place during two intense days in EYE, usually in February and May.

The Selected Artist’s Moving Images programs occur twice a year in EYE and they present the newest Dutch short experimental films, which have been recently included in the EYE experimental film collection.  EYE promotes and distributes these works, often made by young directors,  to international venues and makes them available for screening.

The programme of EYE on Art  is not tied to a strict format: it ranges from artist’s talks by filming artists, film evenings put together by artists or special programmes to accompany art exhibitions. All editions of EYE on Art are in English; the are introduced by a talk, a piece of music or a brief performance.

EYE Filmmuseum is since the opening of its brand new museum building in 2012, much more than just a film archive. EYE’s mission is to collect, preserve and present Dutch film heritage. Experimental film is one of the 5 core collections of the museum, together with silent film, international, Dutch cinema and expanded cinema. An active policy on acquisition, preservation and presentation of experimental films is still what very much defines the nature of EYE resulting among others in the series EYE on Art.

The EYE film collection was established in 1946, when the first predecessor of EYE was founded: the Nederlands Historisch Filmarchief. In 1952, this became the Dutch Filmmuseum; and since 2010 it is called EYE. The experimental film subcollection in EYE dates to the 1920s, when the Dutch film movement, Filmliga, developed a penchant for foreign avant-garde films, and focused on the “pure” film in their presentation, filmmaking and collection activities.

In addition to the experimental film programming, preservation, collection and distribuition, EYE presents since 2012, once a year, an exhibition devoted to the history of the experimental avant-garde film, such as those made by  Oscar Fischinger and Anthony McCall.

  • The series on experimental film existed in the old building in the Vondelpark as  E*Cinema in the 2000s and since 2012 until 2014, in the EYE new building, as E*Cinema Academy.

Useful links:

About the EYE experimental film collection –

http://cmzimmermann.blogspot.nl/2017/06/ivac-2017-simona-monizza-in-conversation.html

https://www.eyefilm.nl/en/collection/search-and-watch/subcollections/experimental-film

About the experimental film in the Netherlands –

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Experimental_film_in_the_Netherlands

About Korte Film Poule –

https://kortefilmpoule.eyefilm.nl/en/content/korte-filmpoule