1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

Kamau Patton: The Sky Above

Saturday, October 26th, 7 PM, $7-$10 suggested donation (cash only)

Artist in attendance!

The Sky Above: a video work and experience by Kamau Patton
(2014, US, digital, 66 min total)

In Partnership with Machine Project as part of the Getty initiative “Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.”, Machine Project asked artists to take on the whole environment of Los Angeles and create performances shot on video and edited into short experimental films in response to notable architectural sites throughout the city.

As part of The Machine Project Field Guide to L.A. Architecture, artist Kamau Patton engaged with a series of buildings in Los Angeles via a chartered helicopter, while performing a sound work composed for the flight. Accompanied by a cameraman and sound engineer, the entire flight was streamed live to Machine Project’s storefront space and the web.

Kamau Patton is an interdisciplinary artist and art educator. His work is an examination of history and culture through engagement with archives, documents, stories and sites. His research focuses on questions of human ecology, environment, memory, cyberspace, telematics, and transmission technologies. Patton’s projects take form as expanded field conversations, always becoming, continuing and undergoing transformation.Patton received his MFA from Stanford University in 2007 and his BA in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.



Filed under: artist in attendance, cityscape, documentation, experimental, sound

Ism Ism Ism

Wednesday, October 9th, 7 PM, FREE

Ism, Ism, Ism
Meta: Cinema Critiques Cinema
(Various Artists, 1977-2003, Various Countries, digital and 16mm, 65 min total)

In a reflexive mode, the filmmakers in this program contemplate their chosen medium, its history, defining characteristics and iconic movements. If there exists any Latin American specificity of meta-cinema, The Vampires of Poverty (Agarrando pueblo, 1977), by Luis Ospina and Carlos Mayolo, is one of the starting points of that tradition. It reflects on the representation of poverty in Latin America, produced by privileged local filmmakers and financed by European funders in search of the elusive “real” in Third World cinema. Ospina and Mayolo accompanied the 1978 Parisian premiere of The Vampires of Poverty with a manifesto entitled “What is Poverty Porn?”, which represents a new level of self-awareness and critique surrounding the foreign perception of Latin American film. Ximena Cuevas Cinepolis, la capital del cine (Cinepolis, the Film Capital, 2003) presents an insider‘s unsettling perspective on the everyday world of image—making and image consumption. The cinematic apparatus is foregrounded in the Cuban critique of flawed and careless production in Enrique Colina Barnet’s Chapucerias (1987), while the Brazilian conceptual short Duelo (Duel, 1979), by Daniel Santiago, is a conceptual game that represents the tensions between Super 8 and 16mm filmmakers.

Program:

Agarrando Pueblo (The Vampires of Poverty)
(Luis Ospiña and Carlos Mayolo, 1977, 29 min, Colombia)

Duelo (Duel)
(Daniel Santiago, 1979, 3 min, Brazil)

Cinepolis, La Capital Del Cine (Cinepolis, the Film Capital)
(Ximena Cuevas, 2003, 22 min, Mexico)

Chapucerías
(Enrique Colina, 1987, 11 min, Cuba)

About the Ism, Ism, Ism Series:
Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America (Ismo, Ismo, Ismo: Cine experimental en América Latina) was organized by Los Angeles Filmforum as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Ism, Ism, Ism surveys Latin America’s vibrant experimental production from the 1930s through today. www.ismismism.org

Ism, Ism, Ism is accompanied by a bilingual publication, Ism, Ism, Ism / Ismo, Ismo, Ismo: Experimental Cinema in Latin America (Jesse Lerner and Luciano Piazza, editors, University of California Press, 2017) placing Latino and Latin American experimental cinema within a broader dialogue that explores different periods, cultural contexts, image-making models, and considerations of these filmmakers within international cinema. Available worldwide, https://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520296084.

Lead support for Ism, Ism, Ism is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation. Significant additional support comes from the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

This program is produced in partnership with The Block Museum and Filmfront.



Filed under: experimental, Free Screening!, Latinx

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