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Michael Snow’s film Wavelength has been acclaimed as a classic of Avant Garde filmmaking since its appearance in 1967. In February 2003, Snow created a new work consisting of simultaneities rather than the sequential progressions of the original work. WVLNT is composed of three unaltered superimpositions of sound and picture.



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Sculpture Mouvante – Jean Tinguely (1981)

Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara.
Duration: 15 minutes
Language: Japanese

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This irreverent pseudo-documentary about the band The Residents blends comedy with live clips, music videos, interviews and documentary footage. Spanning the years 1972 to 1990, and including clips from the recent album The King and Eye and fragments of the band’s „media mercenary“ work, the program romps through established notions of pop culture, the music industry and the nature of musical invention, replacing them with the iconoclastic vision of The Residents. – https://ubu.com/film/residents_eyes.html

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Peter Kubelka (b. 1934) is a multifaceted artist and theoretician who has worked in the art forms of film, cuisine, music, architecture, speaking and writing. Since the beginning of the fifties he has been a leading exponent of the international avante garde film and has had screenings in all the European countries as well as in the USA and Japan. – ubu.com

… This idea has different materializations in different Kubelka films. In Adebar, only certain shot lengths are used — 13, 26 and 52 frames — and the image material in the film is combined according to certain rules. For instance, there is a consistent alternation between positive and negative. The film’s images are extremely high contrast black-and-white shots of dancing figures; the images are stripped down to their black-and-white essentials so that they can be used in an almost terrifyingly precise construct of image, motion, and repeated sound. (Fred Camper)

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In this meditation on speech and language, Cha juxtaposes English and French words to form new relationships and meanings. Vidéoème (1976)

Mouth to Mouth (1975).  8 min, b&w, sound. English and Korean words appear on the screen, a mouth forms the shape of an „O,“ then opens and closes. Is this the beginning of language? In this early videotape, Cha isolates and repeats a simple, physical act — a mouth forming the eight Korean vowel graphemes — so that this ordinary action becomes something primal and riveting.

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha was born in 1951 in Pusan, South Korea and died in New York City in 1982. Over a ten-year period in the 1970s, she received four degrees from the University of California at Berkeley: a B.A. in Comparative Literature, a B.A. in Art, an M.A. in Art, and an M.F.A. in Art. In 1976 she studied at the Centre d’Etudes Americaine du Cinema in Paris. Cha was awarded an artist’s residence at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, taught video art at Elizabeth Seton College and worked in the design department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. From 1980 until her death in 1982, she was an editor and writer at Tanam Press in New York.


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2000, 27′ (Belgium). Directed by Thierry de Mey. Choreography by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Based on the stage work „(But if a look should) April Me“ – Performed by ROSAS (dance) and the Ictus Ensemble (music)

Counter Phrases, made by long-time collaborators Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Thierry de Mey, features dancers from ROSAS with original music commissioned from ten contemporary composers. We are showing only the second half of the film. – Ubu.com


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Music: Maurice Ravel

Cast: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker • Jonathan Burrows • Iris Bouche • Erna Omarsdottir • Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui • Damien Jalet • Samir Akika • Michèle Anne De Mey • Mauco Paccagnella


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 Durch Navajo-Augen: Die unerschrockenen Schatten (1966)

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Werner Nekes filmed a Finnish landscape from a fixed point of view and just panned steady and slow around. What becomes of these experimental shots is a wonderful, universal, gigantic wall of pictures.- ubu.com/film/nekes


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