For Light Cone's 30th anniversary, the Pompidou Center has invited the association to present six programs made up of films from the collection. Both prior to and following this event, a series of other programs taken from this selection of films will travel to several cities around the world (Le Havre, Montreal, Brussels, Naples...)
In 1982, Yann Beauvais and Miles McKane founded Light Cone. Thirty years later it would become one of the most important collections of experimental film in Europe and throughout the world. Its catalogue is made up of nearly 3,500 films, videos and digital works, representing all of the major avant-garde movements.
The filmmakers whose work was shown at the very first Scratch screenings, as well as those who submitted their films to the collection as early as 1982, also played an essential role in the history of the organization. A number of other individuals also contributed to Light Cone through their work as volunteers or as employees. This screening is conceived as an homage to them as well as an opportunity to show “expanded cinema” works – a field explored by filmmakers associated with Light Cone from the very beginning – as four films on the program are dual screen projections.
Although the Light Cone catalogue brings together a large number of films from the history of the avant-garde, the collection also contains an important and constantly growing number of contemporary works. Since the beginning, Light Cone has promoted the visibility of contemporary artists, in particular through the Scratch screening series, which has left its mark on - and continues to influence - artists and filmmakers in their engagement to a radical form of film practice, and has become a regular discussion forum in regards to contemporary and historical practices of the moving image.
The second part of the “collection vivante” series, which offers a selection of notable contemporary works in the Light Cone catalogue. The majority of the films in this program have been screened at festivals around the world, including Rotterdam, Toronto, New York and Oberhaüsen.
Although there is no rule which grants Light Cone exclusive access to the work of the filmmakers who are part of their catalogue, they remain nonetheless the sole European distributor of a number of major filmmakers, whose films are only available through Light Cone.
The Light Cone catalogue contains films made between 1905 and 2012 by more than 650 artists and filmmakers from around the world, a majority of whom come from either North America, Austria, Germany or France. The Light Cone catalogue does not exclude any era or style, as long as the work can be placed within the broad spectrum of experimental cinema; a large part of the collection is nonetheless made up of several key works from the history of experimental cinema, including the complete cinematographic output of several major artists of the 20th century, films from the 20's and 30's, and the work of the avant-garde from period between the two world wars.
The Light Cone catalogue also reflects post-war avant-garde movements and the major tendencies of cinematographic creation in the years following the 60's, in particular through a number of filmmakers whose pioneering work has made them veritable figures in the fields of experimental cinema and contemporary art.
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