Highview & Cluster Click City Sundays will feature in the To Be Alive! program at Art Cinema OFF OFF part of the 2017 Ghent Film Festival. To Be Alive! is a celebration of analogue photography, where 16mm projectors and celluloid film are handled and manipulated live on stage by the artists.
The two films will feature alongside a live performance by William Raban one of the pioneers of the British structural and expanded film scene. In the seventies, he was a central figure of the London Filmmakers' Co-Op and made waves with films that were screened with either two or three 16mm projectors. Following Raban, the French filmmaker Christophe Auger will take the stage. In the eighties, Auger co-founded METAMKINE, a group that abided in punk milieus and attracted attention through strong visual and auditory performances. In his solo work, Auger continues his pioneering research of the film image- by means of different projectors, he creates a ‘film' that is strictly performative and thus tells a different story with every performance. Simon Liu, who has roots in Hong Kong, is an absolute star of the New York underground. With several 16mm projectors, he generates a multitude of colors and rhythms that together tell one story. Dreamlike images from Lui's family life merge into one striking and poetic image. Although his work could recently be seen in Centre Pompidou, Werkstatt der Kulturen in Berlin, the Rotterdam Film Festival and the Whitney Museum in New York, never before has Liu showcased his work in Belgium. Lastly, the Venezuelan-Spanish duo Adriana Vila Guevara and Luis Macias will bring their latest work: Even Silence is Cause of Storm, a film performance with four projectors accompanied by the electronic music of Alfredo Costa Monteiro, wherein our uneasy relationship with nature is singled out. An experience that turns out to be hypnotic, subtle and violent all at the same time...
Art Cinema OFFoff is a unique presentation and research platform devoted to experimental film.
OFFoff's presentations review the rich history of cinema and its lost and obscure corners. The protagonists of the avant-garde film are confronted with the audiovisual creations of the emerging artists. At the base of each program is the form of the film: OFFoff creates the space to show what is possible with the cinema. The choice always goes resolutely towards the works which testify to an attitude of research and deviating from the medium. The presentations receive a broader perspective through presentations, which keep the debate around the film, and through live performances and experimental concerts, which look for the formal aspects of film in practice. Thus, OFFoff's white canvas becomes a meeting place for fans, critics, researchers and artists
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