22 january: Dreams and obsessions in the oeuvre of Jan Svankmajer

Film expert Jan Doense gives a lecture on the dreams and obsessions in the art of master animator Jan Švankmajer. Together with a screening of Conspirators of Pleasure.

 

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15 January:Visage

Tsai Ming-liang shot Face among Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpieces in the Louvre. A Taiwanese filmmaker travels to Paris to make a film about the Salomé myth. Tsai pulled out the visual stops with his stylized allusions to painting and Asian video clips.

With an introduction by David Verbeek, director of An Impossibly Small Object.

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18 December:Flatform – The Otherwise and the Elsewhere of Reality

FLATFORM is a group of artists from Milan and Berlin founded in 2006. The collective makes installations and films in which landscapes play a prominent role. A special evening featuring the world premiere of their latest work Eleven Trails in the presence of the makers.

1. World premiere:

Eleven Trails (2013-2018)
A bus trip. Three cameras, placed near each door, show the view from the inside to the outside. The landscape outside and the people in it seem to elude our gaze.

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2. Movement as Atmospheric Agent, with:

Movements of an Impossible Time (2011)
|Rain, wind, snow and fog are accompanied by Maurice Ravel’s Quartet in F major.  Each audio track corresponds with the type of weather: the sound of the first violin drips like the rain, that of the second violin is snow-muffled, that of the viola moves like the wind and the sound of the cello resonates as if inside a fog.

Cannot be anything against the wind (2010)
FLATFORM shot sequences of landscapes in an area of 60 km. The mosaics constantly change as does the horizon and the bodies are distant. The landscape is seen in a variety of speeds and movements.

3. The Elsewhere, In And Out Of Shot, with:

Trento Symphonia (2014)
Sunset in a mountain landscape. We see an orchestra, a choir, and a large group of ‘living music stands’ as they are filmed playing the first part of Mahler’s 8th Symphony. The musicians gradually begin to move in a precise choreography. Ultimately, the music and the landscape merge.

A Place to Come (2011)
A man crosses a landscape with two dogs. Another person walks along a ridge and stops to look at the skyline. There is fog everywhere. As in this fog, we see a reality shrouded in mists.

4. Light as Time Vector, with:

57.600 Seconds of Invisible Night and Light (2009)
In this study of time and memory, twelve people walk the same route four times on the same day, each time attempting to copy their previous movements. Day turns into night and back again as they move on, unaware of the distortion of time.

Quantum (2015)
A town observed from a hill resembles an architectural model illuminated like the interior of a house. Places emerge like miniatures and come alive by switching the lights in the room on and off. Meanwhile, the sounds shift and double.

Films courtesy Light Cone

4 December – Under Saturn: Eye Artist and Scholar in Residence week

Artist Alexandra Navratil presents an evening around the concept of Elemental Cinema together with invited guests Margarida Mendes and Alena Alexandrova. You will see images of fossils, microorganisms, earth gases and liquids in movement. Matter itself becomes the main character. This evening focuses on the research Navratil conducted as Eye Artist-in-Residence.

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In 2017 Eye for the first time launched its Eye Artist and Scholar-in-Residence programme, inviting Christian Gosvig Olesen as resident scholar and Alexandra Navratil as resident artist. For the second edition Eye has invited artist Aimée Zito Lema and scholar Prof. Patricia Pisters. This week marks the end of the first edition and the beginning of the second edition of the Eye Artist and Scholar-in-Residence programme.

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The evening will depart from  Navratil’s latest video work Under Saturn (Act 1), which she produced during her residency at the Eye Filmmuseum in 2018, as well as some of her previous video works. We will embark on a multifaceted journey with a short lecture by Alena Alexandrova and a screening curated by Margarida Mendes with videos and films by Deborah Stratman, Nicholas Mangan, Jean Painlevé and Ana Vaz.

From 3-9 December Alexandra Navratil’s new slide installation, Under Saturn (Act 2), will also be exhibited at Eye.

about the presenters

Alexandra Navratil is a Swiss artist based in Amsterdam and a lecturer at Institut Kunst in Basel. Her work has been exhibited widely in institutions within the Netherlands and internationally. In 2018 she was invited as artist-in-residence at the Eye Filmmuseum.

Margarida Mendes is a writer, curator, and educator based in Lisbon. She runs the ecological inquiry platform The World In Which We Occur and is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University.

Alena Alexandrova is a cultural theorist and an independent curator based in Amsterdam. She teaches in the Fine Arts and the Photography department at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy.

The Eye Artist and Scholar-in-Residence program is sponsored by Ladies Eye and FC Waterboys.

13 November:Dialogues with Machines – Joost Rekveld

Artist Joost Rekveld investigates what man can learn from a dialogue with machines and technology. The evening’s programme will be conducted in English.

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In this programme, Rekveld illustrates his findings using classics of avant-garde and contemporary work.

Artist Joost Rekveld investigates what humans can learn from a dialogue with machines and technology. He will present a programme of scientific films from the archives, combined with experimental films and some of his own works.

The programme will serve as a visual meditation on the relatively autonomous behaviour of machines, starting from mechanical machinery and the supposedly rigid world of mathematics, moving to the wonderful patterns produced by chaotic electronics and complex turbulences. When simple devices already give unexpected results, it is perhaps more appropriate to think about machines in terms of listening and dialogue instead of control.

With Nora Mulder on piano.

6 November-Sonic Acts

Sonic Acts, festival for contemporary and historical developments at the intersection of art, technology, music and science, looks at its shared history with Ikeda, and looks ahead to its festival in the spring of 2019. The evening’s programme will be conducted in English.

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Tatsuru Arai: Matters-ton (Hyper Serial Music)
Tatsuru Arai (JP, 1981) studied composition at Tokyo College of Music and continued with MA-studies Composition, Computer-programming & Multimedia art at the Academy of Music in Berlin. Arai’s live audiovisual performance Matters-ton is the 2nd chapter of his ongoing project Hyper Serial Music, in which he expands classical means related to the history of Serial Music, the significant 20th-century movement in music headed by Arnold Schönberg, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Pierre Boulez. In Matters-ton, Tatsuru Arai presents his own innovations of 3 principles of Serialism: ‘structural’, ‘complex’ and ‘noisy’.

Red Brut
Red Brut (NL) is the moniker of Marijn Verbiesen, who is also part of Sweat Tongue and JSCA. As Red Brut, she is isolated, displaying a highly talented ear for day-to-day sounds, musique concréte composition and spontaneous sound collage. She recently presented her self-titled debut LP on Belgian label KRAAK. Red Brut’s music is highly personal, subtle, and displays an ever-curious mind. Although rooted in the sinister absurdism of early 2000s experimentalism, her music embraces and redefines the concept of ‘music of the universe’, coined by the likes of John Cage and Daphne Oram.

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photo credits:Red Brut © Kasper Vogelzang

30 October: Westworld

Two visitors decide to go on a Wild West adventure in a theme park of the future. The two find themselves stalked after a computer malfunction by an unstoppable robot gunslinger on the rampage. Yul Brynner gives a scary performance as a killer robot.

 

On October 30, preceded by the film lecture (in English) The Sonic DNA or Westworld or: How We Are Lured to Love Intelligent Machines by Frank Mehring (American Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen). Are man machines servants of man or do they revolt against their makers? Do Silicon Valley and Hollywood prepare the global film audience to accept and embrace the human machine as an independent species?

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16 October: Pioneers of Electronic Art + introduction by Pawel Pokutycki

Interaction designer Pawel Pokutycki (Royal Academy of Art, The Hague) gives his view on the history of computer art, based on the rich archives of early computer animation awarded with the Prix Ars Electronica. The evening’s programme will be conducted in English.

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Photo credits: Nicola Sani & Mario Sasso, Footprint (1990)

From less known works of East European artists to early experiments of John Lasseter (Pixar) the program of the evening will be divided into several short chapters discussing different tendencies in the artistic and technological evolution of computer animation such as: digital image manipulation, generative art and 3D entertainment. Works of artists like Karl Sims, David Rokeby or Támas Waliczky will illustrate various intentions behind electronic art and general expectations from digital revolution in a socio-cultural, technological and political context of the 80’s and 90’s.

This performance is followed by Pi (1998).