A Pocket-sized Constellation

Experimental Films from Argentina
Presented by C8FF
Pablo Marín in person!


 Saturday, October 19th at 8 pm, $7-10

“O God, I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a King of infinite space”. With this famous line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Jorge Luis Borges opened his masterpiece The Aleph, a story about the (inexplicable) possibilities of exploring the universal through a small point in space. In a less mystical but equally enigmatic way, Argentine experimental cinema has been a similar case of achieving a virtually infinite exploration of vision by means of a technology as limited and substandard as 8mm film. Almost all of the experimental filmmaking in Argentina was done –and still is being made– in Regular 8, Super 8 or Single 8 formats; and although economics played a great part here, this decision has proved to be an aesthetic one: to embrace the amateur while pushing a medium to its most complex boundaries. These are some of the stars in this miniature yet dazzling constellation called Argentine Experimental Cinema, presented by the Chicago 8 Fest in many cases for the first time in the US. -Pablo Marin.

Program Details:
Come Out, by Narcisa Hirsch (1971, Super 8, Magnetic Sound, 9 min.)
El ver de los árboles, by Sergio Subero (2012, Super 8, Silent, 6 min.)
El inmortal, by Jorge Honik (1968, Super 8, Silent, 7 min.)
Conjeturas, by Pablo Mazzolo (2013, Super 8, External Sound, 4 min.)
Un enano en el jardín, by Claudio Caldini (1981, Super 8, Magnetic Sound, 12 min.)
untitled trilogy, by Pablo Marín (2008-09, Super 8, Silent, 12 min.)
Denkbilder, by Pablo Marín (2013, Single 8mm, Silent, 5 min.) (shown above)


Pablo Marín was born in 1982 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Besides teaching and writing on film he’s a film/video curator, translator and filmmaker. His films were premiered at International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, International Film Festival Rotterdam, London Film Festival, TIE (USA), Austrian Film Museum, Anthology Film Archives (USA), Starting from Scratch (Netherlands), Millennium Film Workshop (USA), Pleasure Dome (Canada), Malba (Argentina), Avanto Festival (Finland), no.w.here (England), Pacific Film Archive (USA), Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival, The 8 Fest (Canada), Onion City Film Festival (USA), $100 Film Festival (Canada), The FLEX Fest (USA), Chicago 8 Fest (USA) and Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires (Argentina), among others. In 2009 he was invited as visiting artist to FAC’s Found-footage Workshop in Montevideo, Uruguay, and as filmmaker and lecturer to the exhibit Displacement: Cinema out of site, Gallery of Contemporary Art, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Pablo’s visit is made possible by Amy Beste, CATE, & SAIC and his program at C8FF will be preceded by GHOST ANTHOLOGY @ CATE on October 17th. For more information about his show at CATE go to:http://www.saic.edu/cate/

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