To coincide with Mark Lewis, Above and Below, Light Cone proposes (in partnership with AFEA) a programme of experimental films and artists' films from its catalogue and various collections. Screenings revolve around three axes and build on the elements which Mark Lewis accentuates in his work: an interest in formal invention in film […], whether by pioneers, the avant-garde or Hollywood; rejection of cinema's narrative and temporal illusion; and a fascination with the purely visual aspects of film that play with our perception.
The films of Mark Lewis are distinguished by their strong visual quality, in particular the acute attention paid to the framing of each shot. These filmic tableaux spring into motion by means of a camera that can be fixed while on a moving support or, on the contrary, made to glide and lunge using a Steadicam or a crane.
Lewis' passion for early filmmaking finds its echo in Opening the Nineteenth Century: 1896 by Ken Jacobs, a montage of various stereoscopic footage shot by Lumière cameramen, including Alexandre Promio who is considered one of the inventors of the panoramic and travelling shots. The latter, one of the fundamental cinematic techniques, is at the heart of the film shot by the Biograph Company from inside a New York subway car. In Railroad Turnbridge, Richard Serra produces a hypnotic panoramic shot: the camera, mounted on a turnbridge, creates a peculiar sensation of visual disorientation. In Peter Rose's film we experience this same lack of spatial awareness as the camera explores the ghostly corridors of a derelict building.
RUSH HOUR, MORNING AND EVENING, CHEAPSIDE
by Mark LEWIS
2005 / Video / color / silent / 4' 15
INTERIOR NY SUBWAY, 14TH STREET TO 42ND STREET
by AMERICAN MUTOSCOPE & BIOGRAPH CO.
1905 / 16mm / b&w / silent / 5' 37
by Chris WELSBY
1972 / 16mm / color / sound / 8' 00
by Peter ROSE
1977 / 16mm / color / sound / 14' 00
OPENING THE NINETEENTH CENTURY : 1896
by Ken JACOBS
1990 / 16mm / b&w / silent / 9' 00
by Richard SERRA
1975-1976 / 16mm / b&w / silent / 17' 00
Cinéma des Cinéastes
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reduced rate: 7.00 €
full rate: 9.00 €
screening & exhibition: 11.00 €